I just returned last night from my son’s home where I gave his family an early Christmas gift by paying for and helping to redo their very dated kitchen. I have always loved interior decorating and even supported my family while I went to college as a single mother by taking on redecorating projects. Of course our timing was off, we ended up working during the three hottest days yet, the temperatures were 98, 98, and 99 degrees for the three days running. Let’s just say, there’s a time for cold showers, and more than one a day.
Thought I’d share the project with you.
I only have one before picture to share as by the time I arrived my son had already removed all the doors and began sanding them. My DIL had taken this picture when he started, so you can get the idea from this.
My DIL, is part Italian and true to stereotypes loves to cook and bake, the kitchen is her domain more than anyone else. But her kitchen was a place she hated. What you probably can’t tell from the picture is just how bad it was. ALL the walls were covered completely with ugly laminate panels, the cabinets are a laminate, as well as the counter top. The pattern on the wall and counter top were patterns which were supposed to look like marble, but neither did, nor did they match.
Their idea was to do a green make-over which would mean they wouldn’t tear anything out, by doing this they could have a nice looking kitchen for less money and shorter time living in a disrupted home, important with a small child in the home.
Since my son and his wife prefer to cook their meals at home and there was a toddler we didn’t want penned up in one room all day, we worked mostly after little one went to bed, and after the dishes were done and out of our way.
We used all low VOC paints and primers, using a primer which would hold up on laminate surfaces. We primed and painted the laminate walls and counter top, then painted each. The counter top we painted a creamy white, then sealed with polycrylic for a stain resistant surface.
The cabinets, they chose a newer product by rustoleum called Rustoleum Transformation. After my son sanded the cabinets, he realized the Rustoleum product didn’t call for sanding, but it didn’t hurt. I don’t think I would use the Transformation kit again, but did turn out nicely.
After pricing hardware, they decided to simply spray paint the existing hardware, eliminating the metal plate behind the pulls.
Here’s the updated kitchen.
You can see a little of the baseboard in this shot, it too was a plastic molding, I”m not sure what it’s called by it’s flexible and is glued to the walls, instead of replacing this, we primed and painted it the same color as the counter top.
I needed to leave so a few finishing touches were left undone when these pictures were taken. My son has the new outlets, switches and covers to replace the old and mismatched ones you can see, when done they will all be in white.
The most surprising thing is that the whole project cost only $199, and they still have half the transformation kit left over they can sell to make back some of the money if they choose too. The only things not reused were the metal plates originally behind the pulls, and the electrical switches and outlets which all can be donated.
This was the largest present I’ve given, but it was well worth it as I know they are enjoying being in their kitchen now. I some times wish we didn’t celebrate Christmas in the traditional way, as I prefer giving a gift to someone I care about when I see some thing I know a person can use or want…or it just makes me think of them.
What is the most unusual, or thoughtful gift you have received or given?