After all that huge rush before Christmas, I haven't felt like doing anything other than housework.....
I was supposed to make a to-do list for us to start the beginning of February,
We've decided on updating the-
I have so many ideas for this space, while trying to keep ourselves on a strict budget.... so it will come in baby steps-
This is how the room looked when we moved in:
I think we all can agree it's pretty outdated!!
We did make a couple smaller changes to the room shortly after moving in (before the floor in the living room/dining room was started)
- Stainless appliances (minus the hood fan above the range, because that will be part of our bigger kitchen remodel and why do it twice?)
- Island table (handmade by the hubby with free wood)
- Two pendant lights installed above the island table
- Removing the existing faucet, replacing with a new faucet
- Removed the scalloped edge trim piece over the sink
- Removed one of the cabinet doors already (have placed three woven baskets on the shelves)
Now the more cluttered version looks like this:
This will be our 'short version' list for at least a month:
- Removing the top cabinet doors off of two of the cabinets & painting the backs of the cabinets
- Painting that fabulous catheter-pee-yellow color on the walls (how did yellow and brown/cream colors go together in the first place??) The color will be the same as the living/dining room
- We have a spot for the ever-popular chalkboard wall....
- Window treatments above the sink and the side window
- Ceiling repaired (from removing the old flourescent light) & paintedCover up the wonderful one-of-a-kind cracked linoleum backsplash with beadboard
- Removing the doors under the sink and installing a little curtain
- Removing the tan rubber baseboard and replacing with MDF trim
- Replacing the grill right under the sink (on the faux drawer) it's cracked
- Maybe....Using a kit to 'reface' the countertops (until we can replace with something we really want!)
- Maybe...either painting the existing cabinet handles, or replacing with an antique-oil rubbed bronze look
- Raise those pendant lights to the proper height...
- Install a cute funky industrial light above the kitchen sink (something that won't compete with my pendants above the island)
I wont bug you with the long term goals for now, because they wont happen until at least next year.
Here is some spaces I've seen for my inspiration:
Did have one question...
Have you, or anyone you've known, painted over existing formica countertops?
Did it last? Look like a million bucks... (cough cough) or did it look like you just painted the countertops????
Thanks in advance for your advice :)