Kitchen Updates

I’m back! As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to talk a bit about our kitchen plans.

When I recently blogged about some ReStore purchases I realized how little I’ve blogged about our kitchen. Before we bought a new fridge (in April) we had spent maybe $1200 on the kitchen, and that included the price of our stainless dishwasher. In fact, here’s an old post from 2010 about our “budget kitchen redo“. For those who don’t feel like following the link, we painted, added the light over the sink, built the shelf for the microwave, hung a curtain, and replaced the cabinet hardware, sink, faucet, stove and dishwasher.

We really haven’t done much since then – we added $80 worth of peel-and-stick vinyl floor, and bought a fridge. These things were done to tide us over until we either saved up the money for new counters/cabinet doors, or couldn’t stand it anymore and felt the need to find a creative solution. We’ve been very happy with the flooring (save for one area in front of the dishwasher where there is a gap between a couple of planks), and we love our fridge. Saving money for things like counters, cabinet doors, and a backsplash has mostly taken a backseat to things like going to Seattle for a week, but we may have reached the point of “I just can’t stand it anymore!”.

I’m incredibly tired of our chipping, sagging, and swelling MDF cabinet doors, and while I loved our current hardware when we moved in three years ago, I am looking forward to a change. A while back, I ordered these handles (D) from Lee Valley for $1.55/each, and these drawer pulls from Amazon for around $5.30/each. I loved the look of the Aubrey Pulls and Gilmore Pulls, couldn’t bring myself to pay Restoration Hardware prices. All of our hardware was about $79 (including the F size of the Lee Valley handles for the pantry).

I’ve also been plotting a new Shaker-style look for our cabinet doors, especially since seeing this post by Emily @ Merrypad. I had been considering this route for a while, and seeing Emily’s project pretty much solidified my plan. Although Robert and I will need to cut entirely new doors (probably from cabinet-grade plywood), because again I am SO sick of the ^%$*ing MDF doors with swelling, chipping corners and sagging hinges. Thank you, Florida humidity.

As for the counters, Robert and I have wanted concrete countertops for quite a while. The main concern with this idea has always been the added weight and whether our off-grade house and probably-original base cabinets could handle it. Then I saw this post from my girl Kara at Kara Paslay Designs. After showing it to Robert and asking whether he thought it would be possible to do in our kitchen, I think we’re both sold on this approach. We’re planning to either brace any weak areas of our existing counter (near the sink, for example) and coat it, or replace the current counters with a few layers of plywood and coat that.

And finally, the backsplash. Currently our counters and backsplash are both Formica that has been coated with one of the countertop coatings sold at Home Depot/Lowe’s. I have not enjoyed the look of having the same color/texture on both for the past three years. I would love a tile backsplash, and was thinking subway tile was the way to go. Then earlier today I saw a Pinterest picture of concrete counters with subway tile and my gut reaction was “no!” (I’m sure this is one of those to-each-their-own things.) I think we’ll go with something a little more colorful/unusual for tile. I like the look of this “lantern” shaped tile from Merola, available at Home Depot (it also comes in white, gray, black, and terra cotta).

So that’s the current plan with the kitchen.

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3 Responses to Kitchen Updates

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  2. I am in love with that lantern tile. It has such a fantastic look!

    One of my old apartments had concrete countertops, and my only word to the wise is to be sure to seal it properly! Ours was not sealed properly and it was disgusting. Always sticky, dirty, and no amount of scrubbing would help. It turned me off from concrete countertops, but I have seem some beautiful examples when it’s done correctly.

    • Cait says:

      Thanks Sara! We definitely need to research the best sealers. I remember another reader said their favorite bar’s bartop was sealed with something that got super sticky after the floors were steam cleaned.

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