The small kitchen in our house was certainly not the worst kitchen in the world but it was also not good. After we moved in we immediately changed the floor and then started changing out the contractor stock appliances, counter tops and added a tin back splash for a little character – But it was definitely time for the oak to go!
Although I would have loved to have all new custom white cabinetry, carrara marble or soapstone countertops and the latest high end appliances, these things were just not in the budget. Fortunately I knew that I could get a stylish kitchen that would reflect what I love by being creative, resourceful and enhancing what I already had.
By painting the existing oak cabinets a lovely shade of white, Sherwin Williams Alabaster to be precise, adding a small decorative molding, vintage cup pulls and brushed nickel knobs I was able to get a look similar to what I would have chosen had I went with new cabinetry - fresh and white with a vintage feel.
We continued on by painting all of the trim white as well as painting the oak banisters black and white - a classic look that I have always loved. We then added a new table, chairs and rug.
The end result is a stylish and current kitchen that reflects my taste perfectly. The best part is that we didn’t have to go broke to have a kitchen that we love.
Another great benefit in not overspending on your re-design is that you don’t have to feel guilty when you want to change things up again. Stay tuned - changes on the way!