New House, New Kitchen, New To-Do List

Prepare yourself. Our new kitchen needs a little bit of TLC to bring into the 21st century.  Okay a lot of TLC.  Whenever I look at the backsplash, I think of a comment one of the Property Brothers made on one of their shows, which was “don’t match the ugly.”  And man, are those tiles an excellent match to the cabinets and the shell border.

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There are a million things I want to do & of course not all of them will get done right away.  I’ve been browsing for (and pinning) inspiration pictures.  I think my kitchen role model will be Dana from House*Tweaking‘s awesome kitchen make-over.

Here’s what’s on the short to medium-term list (in no particular order):

  • Replace the ceiling fan light monster (Any favorite flush mount fixtures?)
  • Pry those awful faux hinges off the doors (Yup, those metal pieces aren’t connected to the actual hinges)
  • Replace the cabinet hardware
  • Add molding to the cabinet doors (like so)
  • Paint the cabinets (any paint/paint color suggestions?  what about helpful hints?)
  • Replace the backsplash with something clean and modern
  • Remove the “she sells seashells by the seashore” border
  • Paint the walls
  • Replace the linoleum with tile
  • Replace the vintage vent-hood with a microwave/vent combo

In the long-run I’d like to replace the counter tops (but since we might want to replace the cabinets eventually, I’m not sure how to approach that).  I’d also love to open up the opening into the living/dining room, scrape/replace the ceilings, and update the dishwasher. And while there’s lots on our to do list, it’s nice to know that the house is totally liveable & we’ll get to those over time.

Now please keep your fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly with closing!  I can’t wait to share more details & pictures!

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6 thoughts on “New House, New Kitchen, New To-Do List

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  2. Congratulations on the new house and the “it has so much potential kitchen!” My kitchen was very similar to yours down to the awful hinges, 1960s brown wood cabinets, old appliances, and wallpaper border on the soffit. I pulled off the decorative portion of the hinges and found that when the cabinets were built, the varnish/poly was applied to my doors OVER the hinges, thus leaving me with imprints of the hinge on the door face. We had to clean and thoroughly sand the wood doors to get rid of any shadow of the decorative hinge, but all it took was elbow grease and an orbital sander. We then painted our upper cabinets Behr Ultra White and the lower cabinets Graphite by Benjamin Moore in order to “hide” our old black appliances. Do not skimp on sanding! I did and all of cabinets peeled since I had not removed all of the varnish. Needless to say, they were all sanded down and painted a second time. A paint sprayer was a life saver and gave a very smooth finish to the doors.

    We are blessed with a peach tile countertop and backsplash. I painted the backsplash with a high quality primer and several coats of white latex paint (to blend into the walls) and I was able to stomach the kitchen for several months until further renovation.

    If you can’t stand your laminate there are several products that will allow you to resurface them for a different look. Rustoleum has a paint product that I have seen used with great success (you could get the black counters like in your inspiration picture) and then there is Ardex Feather Finish which can be applied for a concrete look. This will allow you to live with the counters until you replace your lower cabinets.

    Our kitchen had original green indoor/outdoor carpet which we immediately removed. We needed a cheap temporary flooring solution and ended up installing TrafficMaster 12×24 Ceramica vinyl tiles, which we love! The temporary solution is now permanent.

    Good luck on the transformation. 🙂

  3. Hey Sarah – congrats on the house – the kitchen has so much potential – looks like so much fun! Love the photo of what you would like for it to look like. Can wait to see the project progress pictures!

  4. Wow, that kitchen is certainly going to give you plenty of project opportunities :). At least you can tell someone really put their heart into it at one time….even if it was a very 80’s heart ;). can’t wait to see what you do in there and to see the rest of the place!

  5. Wow Shari, kan net dínk hoe jik julle al om alles te begin regmaak!! Kan nie wág vir die “after”-foto’s nie! Van teëls gepraat, het julle nie iets soos die vinylvloere van by julle nie? Die mooiste “hout”vloere – ons het ons hele huis behalwe slaapkamers, daarvan. Geniet!

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