Before: Boring White KitchenAlicia and Hector Zuniga recently finished redecorating their little cottage home in a New Orleans style, but they have run out of steam and ideas for their ultra-white kitchen. Can the Design on a Dime team transform the Zunigas' kitchen into the epitome of the French Quarter for less than $1,000?
They'd like to add richness and texture so it matches the decor of the rest of their home. They want to tone it down, make the bay window a focal point of the room and hide the unsightly microwave. Additionally, they would like to update the industrial-looking overhead light fixtures and add an accessible wine rack.
After: New Orleans PizzazzThe Solution
The walls are primed and painted a rich, two-tone Merlot color. New Roman shades cover the windows, and a custom suspended wrought-iron light box hides the unattractive fluorescent light. The last project to complete the transformation involves stripping out the shelving in the cabinet underneath the bay window. A faux brick interior, new paint and new barstools create a mini breakfast bar with a stunning view of the backyard.
Paint and supplies – $160
- one gallon Minwax gel stain for cupboards, 76078, $8.84 each – Lowe's
- one gallon American Traditions paint, 144509, $21.94 each – Lowe's
- two gallons American Traditions paint, 144513, $21.94 each – Lowe's
- two gallons American Traditions paint, custom color, $21.94 each – Lowe's
Cabinet appliqués – $40
- wooden appliqués, $5 each – Superior Mouldings
Wine nook – $60
- wine rack, 000000030298, $19.99 – Cost Plus World Market
Wine glass rack – $20
- glass rack, $19.99 – Cost Plus World Market
Breakfast bar – $125
- brick board for breakfast bar, 4' x 8', $25 each – Lowe's
Stools – $50
- stool, birch, $19.99 each – Linens 'N Things
Window treatments – $110
Lighting – $110
- glass globe, $5 – Lowe's
- fleur de lis wrought-iron grille for light cover, $25 – Marshalls
Clock and plates - $40
- clock plate, $8.99 – Marshalls
Accessories – $170
- accessories, vases, dishes, cutting board, spices, etc. – Marshalls
Plants and rugs – $108
- rug, Soft Step, 010892454768, black/beige, 30" x 50", $29.99 – Linens 'N Things
Total – $993
Embellished CabinetsThe drawers and cabinet doors are then painted a contrasting caramel color, using a strie brush technique, that shows the brush strokes. Then the wooden fleur de lis appliqués, which have been painted the Merlot wall color, are glued onto the cabinets.
Chef ClockThen he attached a clock kit and batteries for a simple, do-it-yourself clock. Arranged with similar dessert plates, the collection makes a statement.
Light DisguiseSuspended within the box is a French Quarter-style wrought-iron grille that hangs from the ceiling by chains. The box has trim pieces in the corners that are attached with hook-and-loop fasteners so that the homeowners can remove the light box to change the bulb.
Breakfast BarWith a little paint and new stools, the old storage unit is transformed into a cozy breakfast nook with a lovely view of the backyard.