To enhance the existing space in this kitchen, Country Living Contributing Editor Randy Florke knocked down a wall, expanded the doorways, enlarged the window, and ripped out linoleum tiles to reveal hardwood underneath.
Colorful - and functional - details, such as the swinging towel rack and countertop canisters, liven up the kitchen's neutral palette. Inexpensive terra-cotta pots and tin ceiling tiles add visual interest to the shelves above the oven.
Chandelier: An Art Deco-style chandelier with vintage shades dresses up the kitchen. The medallion, $40, from the Home Depot, hides an elbow pipe jutting from the ceiling.
Cabinets: Randy took a farm-friendly approach by replacing the cabinet doors with wainscoting panels. He then painted them a warm neutral shade that complements the walls.
Appliances: To minimize expenses, all the working appliances stayed put, including the 10-year-old dishwasher, which was resurfaced in wainscoting for a fresh look.
Countertop: Material for the countertop, which is made of molded linoleum tiles, cost only $74! The surface was coated with a clear polyurethane finish for protection.
WHERE TO SPEND
"With a renovation, you do need to spend money on the things you don't see," says Randy, who recommends checking the plumbing and electrical systems for problems before making any cosmetic changes.
WHERE TO SAVE
Randy reused and repurposed wherever possible, updating everything with a sunny color palette. He also saved money by incorporating vintage appliances, such as a $600 turquoise oven and the sink, a gift from a friend.
Paint: Benjamin Moore. Walls: Lancaster Whitewash, HC-174. Cabinets: Abingdon Putty, HC-99.
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