This kitchen in a small house of about 1,000 square feet had been customized to someone with very specific taste and it was time it had a kitchen update to make it more appealing for resale!
Walls & Flooring
The first thing to do was was to paint and get rid of the intense red color! We went with Behr Buckwheat Flour, it is neutral without being totally boring! The flooring was also replaced with the same hickory laminate that was being used in the rest of the downstairs. This made the kitchen feel less cut off from the rest of the house.
Cabinets & Countertop
The layout of the cabinets was the best layout for the space and were in good condition they just needed a thorough cleaning with Murphy's Oil Soap and then a coat of Liquid Gold. The Liquid Gold replenishes the oil of the wood and really makes the cabinets look good! The old white laminate was taken out and replaced with a granite inspired laminate. The new countertop adds some interest updates the space. New sink and fixtures were also installed.
The only one left was a gas stove and hood. They were both in good condition other than needing to be cleaned but we decided to give them to someone who needed them and replace it with a new stainless steel gas range and a microwave with built in hood. The space for the refrigerator is situated under the stairs going up so it actually sits back from the cabinets giving the kitchen a more open feeling. A new stainless steel dishwasher was installed after modifying an existing cabinet to make room for the dishwasher.
Lighting & Breakfast Bar
The two recessed lights over the sink had seen better days while still functional the red paint did a number on them. They were replaced with LED recessed light kits and they are energy efficient and much better looking. The overhead light was replaced with a clean and modern glass and chrome fixture. Opening the area that is now the breakfast bar made a big difference. Originally there was a wall cabinet elevated on a wood support that made the countertop 48” tall. There was then a small wall cabinet over the cabinet. By removing the cabinets and bring the counter to a bar height of 42” we gained additional eating space and opened up the kitchen to the dining room.
The electrical panel is located in the kitchen and has a cabinet door over it. A few coats of trim paint and chalkboard paint on the recessed panel turns an eyesore into a functional bonus!