We went back and forth whether to completely gut this kitchen and start from scratch or save on the budget and work with what we had. After much debate, we went with option B. We decided to keep all appliances, cabinets and the countertop as these could be big ticket items in a renovation and they were in pretty good shape.
To give the space a more open feel we removed the upper cabinets and installed open shelving with lights over them. Keeping in mind this is primarily a summer home we really wanted a laidback grab things off the shelf and go vibe. We wanted to incorporate wallpaper to make the space fun and give the kitchen some high visual impact. I had my eye on a beautiful floral print, but was nervous because this is the real deal paste to wall wallpaper, not the peel and stick kind so this was a serious commitment.
Here’s one of those instances where you need to really go with your gut.”
We ended up loving the result and used it as our inspiration for the accent colors in the rest of the house.
As for the countertops, they were cracked and chipped in a few areas so we decided to patch them with a wood filler and then paint them with Giani Marble Countertop Paint Kit. Who knew this even existed?!?! We were blown away by the results! The kit was seriously amazing, it came with everything you need for the project in one box – I’m talking the brushes, drop cloths, gloves for your hands – seriously everything! I think I need to do an entire post on how we did that but I can’t say enough how realistic it looks
We didn’t want to continue the wallpaper over the oven since we didn’t think it would wash easily. Instead, we used white subway tile we had leftover from our main home kitchen renovation. We still need to grout, but intend to use a light gray. The original owners had a pot rack over the oven, which we loved, so we saved that and will install it when we complete the tile.
We painted the cabinets using Benjamin Moore’s Advanced paint in a satin finish in Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze and swapped out the hardware. The floor got an update with the wood linoleum we found on clearance at Lowe’s.
We still need to complete a few small projects in this space (building a moveable cabinet for the garbage and the microwave as well as some additional shelves over it). So stay tuned….
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