Kitchen Face Lift After 30 Years!

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After 30 years of struggling with our miniature kitchen in our one bedroom New York Apartment, our stove and dishwasher gave up the ghost at the same time, and we had to empty out the kitchen, breakfast nook and hallway into our living room to remove the old appliances, so we could have the new ones installed. Opportunity! Let's give our Kitchen a Much Needed Face Lift.
I love lots of things around me, filled with color and memory, but our kitchen really needed to be updated. We couldn't do a full renovation, much too expensive in the city, and we couldn't remove the broken stove and dishwasher to be able to bring in the new appliances. Everything had to come out of the kitchen and breakfast nook - I mean EVERYTHING....
Even the old linoleum had aged over the years and was hidden by our now broken dishwasher and stove. I see new linoleum in our future. This was awful.
There was never enough space in the kitchen to actually cook or prepare anything, and as you can see the only place to store things was to hang them on a peg board we had installed years ago.
We moved the Fridge, and broken dishwasher, micro and toaster oven into the breakfast nook, after we had moved EVERYTHING else into the living room.
I am not a horder... remember, this was everything on top of everything from the kitchen, the breakfast nook. Great opportunity to sort and toss. My husbands favorite thing to do.
Once everything was out of the area, we went to work painting everything WHITE. The room seemed so much bigger with everything out and the new coat of paint. The wooden cabinetry was still in good shape so we painted it white inside and out and kept the black hinges. Replaced the wooden knobs with black ones to match the hinges.

I added more storage by extending shelving around the window and over the sink to give a place for coffee maker, toaster oven to live instead of on the counter to give us more space. Designed it myself and went to the local hardware store and had it cut to size. A day worker recommended by our super helped me with the handywork.

The counter cabinet that you will see in a later pic was also painted white and we added a board at the back to act as a back splash. Makes it look more finished and stopped items dropping behind it.
The linoleum arrived next, so I had to move everything from our hallway into the living room as well! Don't you really appreciate having a house, garage and back yard for storage during a renovation? Not in a city apartment. Learned to just make due and it is all worth it in the end.
They had to remove the old linoleum, and the old old linoleum underneath that to level the floor before the new linoleum could be installed.
One side on it's way. Coffee maker has a home on the window sill and toaster oven is now on a new shelf on the wall over the sink. Saved the silverware racks from the old dishwasher on the wall for extra space. Still have some electrical wiring issues to handle so cords are not visible. Flowers add more color while we wait for the new appliances to arrive.
New Stove and Dishwasher. Stove is the same size as the old one, but it has a top broiler, a light inside the oven and no more pilot light - electric ignition. The dishwasher is smaller than we had before, which gives us a small space between for added storage. I will build a full counter and slide out storage in that area at a later date.
White Pine Shelving installed over the window gave us added storage and places to have plants, etc. It is so pretty with the sun shining in through the leaves.
Another angle of the window next to the shelf on the wall and the breakfast nook area in the back.
A look at the full kitchen face lift. I added more items since this picture, baskets on the wall, etc. It is still busy, but it reflects our lives in the city. We are busy people with full calendars, and more room in our kitchen now gives us space to prepare our meals. We still bump into each other when we are both in the one person galley, but there is more room to bump.
Counterspace.... a city luxury.
And our breakfast nook with paintings from my Father in Law hanging on our wall. I am ready for a cup of coffee to share with my husband, now that we are all put back together. (No, not everything found a home in our new kitchen, some things were tossed, some given away, some are still waiting for a new home. And no, you can't see my living room yet.... that reno is next.)
Thanks for taking the time. I love my new Kitchen Face Lift.

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  • Diane Diane on Apr 27, 2019

    One question, did you put baseboard around the base of the walls?

  • Winkler Winkler on Apr 28, 2019

    I have to say this is about the best “makeover” I have seen on this site. You all deserve a lot of credit for making a kitchen this size “work”. Congrats! A job well done. 👍🏼

  • Kevin Kevin on Mar 01, 2020

    looks GREAT! Is that marble counter "contact paper"?


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  • Elizabeth Haire Elizabeth Haire on Jul 29, 2020

    Really nice ☺️

  • Mary Ellen Mary Ellen on Jan 27, 2021

    You are ingenious to meet this challenge so well! You must get a thrill every time you walk into the new kitchen. It turned out beautiful; I love all your creative solutions, & also love your pegboard! Everything about your apartment looks very cozy & inviting. Thanks for sharing this with us.