The 1990s Called, They Want Their Kitchen Back
Some things are better left in the past, and the finishes in this '90s-era kitchen are no exception. See how a few budget strategies helped a design-savvy homeowner transition her outdated kitchen into the 21st century.
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Before: Oak Overload
When homeowners purchased this 1990s home, they loved the open floor plan and large L-shape work zone in the kitchen. However, the decor was definitely of the decade. Orangey oak cabinets spanned the walls, while green laminate countertops and biscuit-hue appliances filled the space with not so attractive contrasting color.
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After: Beautiful on a Budget
Thanks to a background in high-end design, the homeowner was able to update nearly every surface with style -- using paint, specialty finishes, or tile. The layout, which includes a generous landing space around the sink and range, was maintained, while a new island table adds smart function.
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Silver and taupe tumbled-stone tiles update an existing laminate backsplash that could not be removed. The hues reappear in the 4x6-inch tiles that line the cabinet toe-kicks. Custom window valances allow natural light to flow through the kitchen's large windows while softening the cabinetry and countertops.
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Although the couple splurged on window treatments, they saved money by using a kit to convert a recessed light junction box. The simple fix made it possible to accommodate pretty pendant lighting above the sink.
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Functional Work Space
A new butcher-block-topped island boosts storage and contributes a stylish work surface away from diners seated at the breakfast bar. A mix of metal and wood brings fresh texture and material to the space.
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Glossy black countertops give the kitchen an upscale look. To keep the room light and airy, the homeowner removed the door from an upper cabinet. The open shelves create a stylish display space.
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For budget-friendly countertops that resemble granite, the homeowner applied a simple refinishing system. She sanded and applied the product multiple times over the course of a weekend to achieve richly textured ebony surfaces.
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A taupe-gray semigloss paint coats the existing oak cabinetry in warm neutral color. Stainless-steel appliances replace the dated models for a modern vibe.
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Streamlined cabinet pulls further the kitchen's transitional style. Purchased for only $72, the hardware lends an additional decorative layer to the budget-savvy kitchen remodel.
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Scalloped wood brackets painted the same color as the cabinetry add architectural interest to the range wall. The decorative decor attaches to upper cabinets with the help of heavy-duty epoxy.
Do It Yourself: Open Shelves
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Do It Yourself: Paint Cabinets
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Do It Yourself: Install Cabinet Hardware
Give cabinets a finishing flourish with new hardware. Watch and learn the secrets to success.
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