Rental Apartment Kitchen Updo!

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$700
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My girlfriend renovated her kitchen and watching it transform her space so dramatically I thought why not do something with mine!
rental apartment kitchen updo , kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
This is the before! The cupboards are from the 70's. The laminate on the doors was warping on the edges. Old hardware and a lovely (tongue in cheek) butcher block laminate counter top. I have lived with this for 11 years and was really tired of it.
rental apartment kitchen updo , kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
With my sister's help we added 2"wide by 1/2" moulding from Home Depot to create a shaker style cabinet doors. The molding cost was $49 for 10 x 8' sticks which was just enough! First we sanded all the surfaces and wiped them down, measured and cut each piece with a dry fit before gluing in place. We used PL200 glue, clamped them in place and left them to dry overnight. Checked them a few times in the first hour to make sure they hadn't moved and adjusted if required. We caulked the inside edges and allowed to dry.
rental apartment kitchen updo , kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
I then painted the cupboard doors inside and out with Dulux Vintage Wedding (white) water borne alkyd paint, This paint went on beautifully and created a durable, scrubbable eggshell finish after two coats. I chose this paint as I have a friend in the business and got a great deal.
rental apartment kitchen updo , kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
For the backsplash I purchased peel and stick tiles from Aurora on Amazon. ca. Three packs of 8 tiles to make sure I had enough and with some leftover in case I wanted to do more. Total cost $150
https://www.amazon.ca/Aurora-Stick-Mosaic-Tiles-Titanium/dp/B015QHUQPA?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cd_al_qh_dp_t
These were a little tricky to install because of all the small tiles on the overlap edge to get them to fit. Once I got going it got easier. They are very tacky and after 6 weeks they are not lifting at all. I bought some modern door pulls on sale at Lowes Canada. I love the new look!
On to the counter tops.
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Now I have to admit I was quite nervous about the counters. The laminate was in good shape but ugly to me. First a good wash down to degrease and then I sanded the sheen off the laminate and wiped down to remove the dust. Next I primed with Dulux water borne alkyd primer.
rental apartment kitchen updo , kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
I caulked between the backsplash and counter first and let dry. Then I painted a grey alkyd one coat as the base. I had decided to try a faux marble and wasn't sure about how to do it. After watching several videos online I got up the nerve to start. Because the white primer and the grey were both water borne alkyds they could be used together. I took a brush and painted large irregular lines on the diagonal across the counter front to back. Then I took a large sea sponge and started dabbing and blending the colours together. I let the first coat dry, stepped back and looked at what more needed to be done. I took my sponge and dabbed paint on it and then added more mottled areas in both the grey and the white where I thought it needed it. I also took a fine artist brush and drew some veins in both the white and the grey. Then I took the sponge again and softened the veins! Finally a couple of coats of polyacrylic to seal the surface. We always use cutting boards so as not to harm the counter surface.
rental apartment kitchen updo , kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
Voila! This is how it turned out!
rental apartment kitchen updo , kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
Installed some under cabinet LED lighting by Sunbeam I bought at Costco. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHQ9FkPEIVM
Looks pretty good!
rental apartment kitchen updo , kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
I painted all the walls a soft grey. I had enough tile leftover to do a row on the window wall so I added that.
Finally I thought the cream floor tiles looked a little off with all the white and grey so I saw a design for a carpet I liked and decided to make a floor cloth to brighten up the kitchen. That will be another post.
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Before and After!
Costs breakdown:
artika for living backsplash tiles $150.00
paint - Dulux $150.61
home depot trim caulk glue sander $164.81
cabinet pulls $76.84
Costco lighting $40.00
canvas for floorcloth $20.00
incidentals $80.00

Total cost $682.26
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  • Dorothy Haggard
    on Mar 1, 2019

    Did you use the the size trim on the drawers as you did the cabinet doors?

  • Carol
    on Mar 2, 2019

    That looks fantastic! You did good girl! Thanks for sharing, love the rug where did you get it?

  • Giovanna
    on Mar 2, 2019

    Hi how you did the rug floor

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  • Tamara Pickett
    on Apr 20, 2019

    I love your kitchen makeover. I really love the faux marble countertop. It’s absolutely beautiful. It actually looks like it could pass as real marble.

  • Mis33972201
    7 days ago

    A very impressive professional looking makeover! The cabinets now look current, interesting and in good condition (at least on the surface). The floor rug and valance are a great addition and the valance makes the kitchen look wider and more lively! The landlord should take note and have this done to all of the kitchens on his/her property.

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