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Kitchen Nightmare Transformed

By: sballan

Created: Dec 10, 2012

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1967 Kitchen needs major updating on a limited budget.

What you probably can't see is the wood cabinets that are damaged (very badly scratched & worn) there was once a leak in the upper left corner wall and the wallpaper is peeling off. The kitchen is a galley and has limited storage. The countertops are orange formica that has badly faded & stained and the backsplashes are the same faded orange formica. The vinyl floor in the kitchen is completely worn through in spots. The lighting is horrifically dark even in broad daylight. We don't have the budget for a complete make-over but we are removing, sanding and painting the cabinets (I'd like white). When we replaced the appliances we noticed that the cabinets and backsplash are nailed directly to the outer wall—there is no drywall or insulation of any kind. So we are putting up dry wall in order to insulate. I'm taking down the soffit and may add a decorative moulding on the top of the cabinets and we're changing all the hardware (we'll need to fill the holes, sand and prep the cabinetry). I have a built-in microwave that we can't use because of the huge exhaust fan that's over the stove. We have to move the cabinets up to install it. That will eliminate the microwave on the counter. I'm getting rid of the dish rack and would like to get a white farm sink. Trying to think of colors that would go nicely and an accent. I think I'd like to keep the peg board for the pots (it is a little clever) but paint it a bold color. I'm taking down that "decorative" moulding thing that's over the window. I would like to change the shelf to a stainless IKEA shelf that I can hang utensils under and just place pretty accent color canisters. The adjacent dining room has the same worn vinyl tile and we need to replace everything so I need to pick a floor that goes well there, too. It needs to be easy to install because we're doing it ourselves.

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