Today we are going to go over a bunch of small projects that made a huge impact on the Phase 1 Kitchen Update, as well as take a look at the budget and what is left on the To-Do List.
Paint Back Splash ($4):
I figured if the countertop paint could handle the countertops, it could for sure handle the backsplash. I some leftover paint so I used the primer from this kit to paint the backsplash tile (3 Coats).
It was looking a bit “Jail Cellish”, so I decided to paint the grout lines. I purchased a $4 gray marker from Michaels and ran it through the grout lines. Since the lines were already there I did not tape or measure anything, just ran the marker through the grout channels:
Here is the final:
Paint the Window Mouldings:
The mouldings were all the unpainted wood, and while I actually liked it, I really needed them to be white to be less of a focal point in the room. We pained the mouldings and it freshened up the space right away:
Replace the Knobs and Pulls ($50):
Replace the Faucet ($250):
I installed a new faucet that was a Champagne finish that really tied it together with the pulls and handles.
Replace the Light ($60):
The kitchen originally had a built-in can light above the sink. I ordered this light as a replacement. The price was right, but when it came in, it was way too yellow gold, rather then Antique Gold. I used Rub-and-Buff in European Gold to rub on a more antique look. It worked perfectly and the fixture looks great:
That covers some of the smaller details that needed to be done. Here is the best after I have of most of the little projects in action:
There is still a lot to do including:
- Replace the floors
- Replace the window treatments
- Cover/Paint the Dishwasher to match the cabinets (not sure of the plan here yet)
- Paint the Walls
- Re-Configure the Island
- Island Lighting
- Install Island Countertop
- Pulls for the Pantry (I would like longer pulls for those doors)
At this point, we have spent a grand total of $850. We are trying to keep the kitchen reno at around $3000. The remaining projects are the big ones that are where we would like to spend more of the money, including flooring and a massive 10 foot island with the most beautiful real (ie: not painted) soapstone countertops you have ever seen. Stay Tuned!