A Fab Kitchen Rehab

5 1/2 years ago this kitchen was too disgusting to take pictures. We bought the house in a great neighborhood and with the layout we wanted but it came with a price~it was a disgusting mess. The kitchen could not be cleaned. There were cigarette butts clogging the drains of the sink; and the oven, well, let's just say that there were roaches stuck to it! So I went about and gutted everything down to the joists because grease, mold, and years of neglect could not be scraped with a putty knife.
We enlarged the kitchen too and moved the mudroom/laundry, and 1/2 bath so that I could build the dream kitchen. It took 5 years and a lot of patience, sweat, and creativity to come up with this. As a good friend and neighbor says "Renee, you step in it". I found everything in my kitchen for thousands less and unbelievable deals.
I still have some finishing touches~I am going to make my own crown moulding and finish encasing the tops of the cabinets before adding the moulding. I also am adding a freezer next to the refrigerator again and I have toe kick to install. I also just "scored" $1.99 markdown can of Rustoleum counter top paint at Home Depot that an employee tried to tint for a customer and it turned out too black. (I will update pics when I have 3 days to paint the counter with a messy teenager who eats me out of house and home LOL)
My kitchen island houses the garbage and dishwasher which makes loading and putting away dishes so much easier. The best thing I ever did was find the double ovens and the 36" cooktop on Craiglist that came from a home of an elderly woman who did not use them! The cooktop area and the island are granite which I picked up the 2 slabs at a going of business sale for $50 each! and then had them fabricated for $450 where the granite guys told me I had over $3,000 worth of granite. I walk in to deals. That is what I do and have for 30 years. It does require patience and a lot of visualizing and creativity to envision what I do with my finds.
The paint was a gallon of mis-tint I picked up for $5 over the summer for another project but I decided last minute to try it for the kitchen. I am not a blue person and the color looked gray in the can but dried and in certain light the paint has more of a blue hue~which ends up bringing out the blue flecks in the granite. The handles were from my neighbor and had been in her garage for 13 years! They were discolored and she thought they were to gross to use. Well not for me~I cleaned them up and used my Rustoleum hammered spray paint in chrome and they look fabulous! I had to purchase a few knobs to mix in since I was 5 handles short.
My backsplash is Armstrong laminate flooring that was special order and returned and marked down from $40.37 to $1.05 each box. I could not decide on what to do for backsplash and I remembered seeing a HGTV show where they used flooring for a wall; and today many are using pallets but pallets were too primitive. My husband says to me "why not use the flooring?" I balked at first because the flooring was for the foyer but then I came around. The flooring hides a multitude of flaws and it was so easy to install.
The glass tiles were marked from $2.87 to 16 cents each. I had to buy trim for less than $10 and the slate piece for $1.59. The Stainless Kenmore hood was a steal at $300 ($1200 regularly) at Sears (because it was a return and the box was a mess but the hood was in perfect condition).
I hope this inspires others who are on a budget to think outside of the box. I have renovated and remodeled and even built one home. I love to create and make things beautiful. Everything is possible if you can dream it.
95% complete. Still have finishing touches but the transformation was amazing. I do not like clutter and so many things are hanging or put away and out of the way
Kitchen Island with my dishwasher and far side is the garbage which I invested in roll out gliders for the garbage and recycling
The missing drawer is actually where the garbage can easily be tossed in. The microwave has its own cabinet and the floating shelves allows for me to keep things off the counters
I built the plate rack with wooden dowels. The cabinet was a 12 cabinet and I removed the door and put it sideways. Best thing I ever did with kids. that slit in the bottom cabinets house cookie sheets and cutting boards
this is a dream for me~ I love double ovens and my 36" cooktop.
This is the view of the family/living room from the kitchen. I took out half the wall to make the bar and to bring more light into the family room from the patio door
My kitchen sink is a 25+ year old cast iron/porcelain sink that fits a cookie sheet and was "thrown out" from a million dollar home. I took it~I am not ashamed to take a free and in perfect condition sink~it was heavy!
A cabinet to the right of the sink houses another garbage roll out for recycling. I had to make recycling easy and nothing is easier than rinsing/cleaning and tossing in the "plastic bin"
The cabinets are built out above the refrigerator and soon to be new freezer. I built the frame so the cabinets hang from the ceiling and I can reach them above the frig. A broom closet and catch all is the right
the ugly countertop will be painted black soon. but with the backsplash the counter does not look so "cheap"
The right is our 6' patio door that replaced the picture window. We grill a lot and I did not like going through the family room out to the deck.
This is one pic of what I started with.

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  • Marilyn Mack
    on Feb 22, 2015

    Love your color choice for cabinets; I've been thinking the same thing but, my old cabinets are laminate! What did you use for the beautiful back splash?

    • @Marilyn Mack I used flooring I found on clearance for about a $1 a box which was special ordered and returned for more than $43 each!. There were 4 boxes just enough to do the backsplash. It works great and is easy clean up

  • Diana
    on Mar 7, 2015

    Very nice job.....good for you for overlooking the "mess" that the home in--many people can't do that, one thing I wish I have done when we built our home was a double oven..enjoy!

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