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Previously, this kitchen (originally installed in 1988) was too monochromatic. The color of the cabinets and the floors was too similar and the small island was lost in sea of golden oak. The awful drop ceiling fluorescent light was extremely dated and the lack of cabinet hardware only emphasized the arched paneled doors which didn't feel very modern..
I stained the center island dark brown, and painted the cabinets a warm cream color (Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore) I added hardware to the cabinets and removed the old fluorescent lights which I replaced with 2 pendants and some LED cans. I tiled the backsplash with pencil tile to accentuate the generic granite countertops. I also updated the kitchen faucet and removed a few cabinet doors to break up the monotony of the cabinet doors.
The entire transformation (including the new Bosch appliance suite) came in under $3500. I did all the work myself, including the electrical, plumbing and tiling. The transformation took a little less than 3 weeks.
With some really simple changes we were able to take my daughter's blah bathroom to a colorful bath-time spot. Focusing on grayish-blue walls, wainscoting and pops of yellow we made a huge impact for only a little money.
More details on the project (including detailed budget breakdown, additional photos and links to detailed step-by-step tutorials) can be found:
I replaced outdated white tile and engineered marble with tumbled travertine, glass pencil tile, and creama marfil marble. The gold fixtures were replaced with chrome (including a new frameless shower door.) The large plate glass mirrors were removed and replaced with smaller framed versions. Additional lighting was added and/or relocated. The oak cabinets were stained a dark brown-black to match a new corner cabinet installed to replace an undersized medicine cabinet. The entire update cost a little more than $5000.
For a complete step-by-step detailed tutorial on how I assembled this planter please visit: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2012/09/pottery-...
My version of the planter is made of cedar fencing and paint stir sticks. I then painted and distressed it to look like the pottery barn version. My total cost was $8. To buy the same sized planter from Pottery Barn would have been $179