Before: Gloomy, Carpeted KitchenHomeowner Roslyn Davis is a do-it-yourselfer. Since moving into her home she's ripped up carpet and painted — and her beautiful home shows the results of her hard work. But when she decided to remove the carpet in her kitchen, the adhesive stayed behind, leaving her in a sticky situation.
Now, the Spice Up My Kitchen team wants to help Roslyn take her kitchen from tired and outdated to open, airy and sophisticated.
Roslyn would like to spend between $15,000 and $25,000 on her renovation. Designer Lauren Lake rises to the challenge, offering two budget-friendly makeovers. To help save money for new appliances, both options include refinishing the existing cabinets.
Lauren recommends bringing in a light, open theme to integrate the kitchen and breakfast room. This would include painting the cabinets white, adding black granite counters and sleek stainless appliances. A low-cost white tin backsplash and blue paint would tie together the kitchen and the breakfast room.
In option two, Roslyn's kitchen would become a sleek, contemporary kitchen with vibrant colors. The cabinets would be painted a juicy lime green, with frosted glass inserts added for visual punch. Earthy laminate countertops would ground the bright color, while a stainless backsplash and silver-gray walls would give the kitchen and breakfast room a unified look.
Roslyn chooses the first option because she loves the look — and the resale value — of granite countertops.
The kitchen cabinets need an update as do the '70s paneling and appliances. In addition to those tired appliances, the kitchen boasts a washer and dryer that take up unnecessary space. The breakfast room also leaves much to be desired. The unattractive carpeting, tacky paneling and eye-popping wallpaper make it an unwelcoming space.
After: Crisp, Modern EateryLauren reworks the layout, eliminating three cabinets to create a gourmet cook station with a shiny new vent hood. Then she moves the washer and dryer to the basement to make room for an office area complete with a custom message board.
Blue paint and faux wood laminate flooring bring together the kitchen and breakfast room. A low-cost but attractive tin backsplash in a traditional square pattern gives the kitchen an updated feel, and new hardware adds a final decorative touch to the cabinets.
The Spice Up My Kitchen crew got Roslyn out of a sticky situation and turned the kitchen into a bright, open, modern space that she can enjoy for years to come.