Hallelujah and pass the peas! It’s been a year in the making and at some points I thought we might never finish it, but I’m happy to report that the kitchen at the Delbert Meier House is finally (mostly) done. There are still a few lingering little tasks – repainting the walls and replacing the faucet – but it’s finished enough to show off the before and after photos here on the blog.
The intention in the kitchen was to give it a light refresh. While we had grand plans to gut the kitchen when we moved in – even toying with the idea of reclaiming the original kitchen cabinets that we found in the garage – we quickly decided that a light rehab would suffice. The footprint of the kitchen works really well and the cabinets are solid, so why not just gussy up the kitchen and leave the full renovation for a future endeavor?
As you can see in the before photos, the kitchen was feeling a bit dark and worn out. The black appliances and dark cabinets seemed to suck up all the light in the room. To bring some lightness to the space, we replaced the black appliances with new white ones and then painted the cabinets white as well. Those two improvements did a great job of making the kitchen feeling brighter and newer.
We still wanted the kitchen to have a vintage farmhouse feel, so we brought in a butcher block countertop to replace the old formica countertop that had been painted silver at some point. I think we’ve done a fine job of walking the line between modern and vintage. And the butcher block brings warmth to the space, which seems especially important now that the cabinetry is white.
Continuing with the vintage farmhouse vibe, we installed a white subway tile backsplash. Again, the white tiles brighten up the space. And subway tile never goes out of style!
Lastly, we replaced the brown peel and stick vinyl tiles with gray toned laminate flooring. We had been thinking about tiling the kitchen floor, but since this is a temporary rehab and we expect a bigger renovation in the future, we didn’t want to install something as permanent as tile. Now that the laminate flooring is in, I think I actually prefer it over tile. The gray wood adds warmth whereas white tile may have made the kitchen feel a bit antiseptic. Not to mention the fact that we saved a lot of time, energy and money by opting for laminate instead of tile!
All told (and not including appliances), we spent less than $3000 on the kitchen rehab. (Adding in the cost of appliances, we’re probably closer to $4,500.) Not bad for a new kitchen, right? The biggest expenses were the countertops (IKEA) and the tile and flooring (Home Depot). This light rehab should get us through the next few years while we work on other projects around the house. Perhaps by then we’ll be ready to come back and gut the kitchen for a full renovation. Or maybe not.