Hey there! I’ve mostly stopped blogging, but I wanted to share this kitchen update for any DIYers who might stumble across this post looking for cheap ways to transform a blah kitchen. Photos teach more than words, so I’ve included several of our process below.
Our kitchen is now in a state that will become somewhat permanent. We’d still like to replace our black oven with a stainless, slide-in gas range and replace the laminate countertops, which would involve lowering the bar counter and maybe actually retiling our backsplash. But those projects take money, and we’ve been pretty happy with the trade offs our cheaper reno have afforded.
This summer we got to take an incredible family trip overseas, and I fall more in love with my counters and old stove every time I remember that trip.
Here’s where things stood the last time I gave an update. Compared to where things started, being 80% done felt as good as done, but it’s a far cry from where things are now.
Once I got some distance from the project, I was up for tackling the last few changes. I added trim to the front of the vent hood, which mimicked the look of our cabinets and helped it blend in with their raised panel doors.
I also changed out the bottom piece of molding and wrapped it around the vent. This change really took away from the “Lazy DIYers Were Here” look we had going on before.
That look is most clearly depicted in this picture:
I also toned down the contrast in the backsplash by painting a white wash (paint and water mixture) over the tile. It happily came out looking more blue than gray, which ties in to the curtains in the next room. I also painted the island a medium-toned gray (Back Drop by Sherwin Williams).
I’m slightly embarrassed to post these next few pics because they reveal how shoddily we built our hood. We are two English majors who don’t own many tools and never tried to build anything from scratch before. We were making it up as we went along, which is exactly what it looks like. It’s also a testament to how much grace some paint, caulk, and molding give a project.
It’s still holding strong, knock on wood. Just not this wood. It might fall down. The wreath that hangs there now only weighs a few ounces and is held up by a command hook.
These last two photos show the evolution of the island. When we got it from a local Craigslister, it was a honey-maple wood tone. Then I tried to match the color of the island and the hood to the paint I used in the backsplash. May the photos help you learn from my mistakes.
Here’s a photo of our kitchen the day we moved in.
And here’s a few more photos of how it looks now.
Happy DIYing, and take those daunting projects one step at a time.