After: Keep Retro Charm, Save Big Bucks!
Who: Nick Macke and Ted Moss
Where: Milton, Mass.
What: Gave their old cabinets a stylish yet frugal makeover.
"We wanted to keep some of the original retro details such as the stainless-steel sink and metal cabinets," says homeowner Nick Macke. That's the initial reason why he and his partner, Ted Moss, decided to go with mostly surface updates to their kitchen. Then they realized that doing so would save a huge chunk of cash as well as the kitchen's vintage charm. Here's how to Install a Glass Mosaic Tile Backsplash like the one shown here.
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A scalloped soffit, '70s-era wallpaper, wood paneling, and peeling linoleum dated the space. An open shelf above a new mosaic backsplash, a fresh coat of paint for the cabinets and walls and for the paneling, and a new floor bring it into this century.
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After: Working in the Same Footprint
No walls or appliances were moved in the 10-by-12-foot workspace. Painting twin sets of the original metal cabinetry (one in the sink area and one above the stove), in addition to the walls and paneling, and laying a new floor directly over the old one took three months.
Paint: Sherwin-Williams's Golden Fleece (walls) and Dover White (paneling and cabinets)
Backsplash tile: Home Depot
The homeowners kept a perfectly serviceable stove but brightened up the rest of the cooking area.