Colorful RetroBefore: Unexpected Renovation
What started as a leaky dishwasher ended up being a very expensive chain of events for homeowners Heidi and Brian Brezinka. Their dishwasher broke, and the resulting water rotted out their floor. They replaced the dishwasher and floor and then the refrigerator went haywire. So now that they had two new stainless-steel appliances, they decided to buy a new stainless-steel stove to match. There's still plenty more things in the kitchen they'd like to change.
PaintThe cabinets aren't painted, but the cabinet doors are painted soft gray and given new chrome hardware to complement the cool blue walls.
Wall paint – $24, cupboard paint and hardware – $78
paint, 88169210 and 88909610, Hirshfield's
handles, Lansa, 10175810, Ikea
knobs, Exakt, 20061506, Ikea
IslandThe width of the tabletop is cut down. New longer legs and a bottom shelf are added and then the entire piece is painted orange. New baskets on the bottom shelf provide the homeowners with extra storage.
Island – $18
baskets, 834389008780, Richfield
Backsplash and Wine RackThe flooring pieces are snapped together and glued onto the wall. The empty space between the stove and cabinet is made into a wine storage. PVC pipe is cut into 24 pieces and stacked side by side into the cubbie. The wine bottles are then laid inside the pipes.
Backsplash – $67 and wine rack – $23
CountertopLuckily, designer Todd Pinzuti found a white countertop at a salvage yard that just happens to match their existing countertop.
Countertop – $24
Window Treatments and ChandelierThe strips are hemmed in a zigzag stitch and then washed so that the edges will fray. The homeowner's existing curtain rods are used to hang the strips. The focal point of the seating area is the ingenious light fixture made from a colander and flatware. Reminiscent of crystals hanging on a chandelier, the flatware is held onto the colander with strong clips. A duplicate fixture hangs over the sink.
Window treatment – $24 and colander lights – $39
BanquetteBoth pieces are painted gray and then small legs are screwed onto the bottom to make them look more like furniture. The banquette is lined with seat cushions made with the same fabric used for the window treatments. The homeowner's chairs are painted orange to match the kitchen island. A white, secondhand table brightens up and rounds out the seating area.
Banquette – $118 and table – $40
cushion fabric, SR Harris Fabric Outlet
seamstress, Levi Murphy
bench legs, 5029681, Ace Hardware
Art BoardsChalkboard paint is applied to a piece of scrap lumber and then paired with a piece of magnet-friendly metal flashing. The final piece is a message board made from a ceiling tile that is covered in fabric.
Art boards – $30