We’re back to visit the antique craftsman style home we’ve been touring. Little bit by little bit, we’ve seen some really clever and super cute transformations in this young couple’s first home, and the subject of today’s post is no exception to that.
When they bought this antique house, the kitchen, unfortunately had been re-done in the 1980’s. In which, the previous owners had completely stripped down and removed every original surface… appliances, floor, trim and window from the original home gone, and replaced with that famous, generic looking 80’s style.
To give you a mental picture of the before: The cabinets were all white laminate… except for that cobalt blue ‘racing’ stripe edge on the face of the counters and at the top of cabinets by the ceiling. With the white tile backsplash and the cobalt blue floor tile… get the picture? It was all white, sterile white, no hardware, and had only cobalt blue for an accent, quite harsh and cold, with no interest.
Without the budget to replace the cabinets or appliances or counters, creativity was going to have to transform this kitchen!
Though this wall mounted pot rack they designed and implemented on a wall to where previously there were weird shallow cabinets, is the main feature of this kitchen, the other changes they’ve made to this room, on a very limited budget to do so, has likewise made an incredible difference to the space.
It’s amazing how much just simply removing some cabinet doors and little paint can make a huge difference!
By picking and choosing which upper cabinets could lose their doors, they did just that, took off the doors, filled the holes, primed and painted.
And by using a really good bonding primer, (here’s the link for that bonding primer) they even primed and painted the plastic laminate cobalt blue edging on the counter tops and the top of the cabinets. Amazing the difference that did.
Then to bring some interest to the space, they chose their accent to be those open cabinets. They painted the back of them the same grey color that they painted the beadboard behind the pot rack.
Then with some great displaying ability even every day dishes look great and it has made a huge change to the kitchen.
Next time I’ll show you more details of this room, including the window treatments, and accessories…
Update!… By special request, here is a better photo collage showing the before and after of the ‘racing stripes’:
Here’s the link for the bonding primer that even works on formica!