Sunday, March 14, 2010

Condo Project: kitchen

Another exciting project is the kitchen. Our kitchen has pretty good bones and is a good size considering the overall space. It has a breakfast bar and that seems to be where people congregate. I don't want to spend a lot, so I am going to paint and add a backsplash. I am loving the grey painted cabinet trend. I first saw it in the house we rented for our honeymoon and fell in love. This will be a great fix for the cabinets. This is a shot of the kitchen now, please pardon my mess.

Not pretty, but these cabinets are pretty good for 1989.

Oh dear. Sigh.

Right now the kitchen has olive green herringbone print wallpaper. Obviously it has to go! So Friday night (after 2 of Brett's deliciously strong margaritas) I thought it would be a good idea to start stripping the wallpaper immediately. What did I find under the green? 80s country plaid. Great. And that stuff ain't budging. This is going to take some time.

Here are a bunch of inspiration pics. I am thinking grey cabinets, white subway tile backsplash and maybe some nice but not expensive new countertops, like a Corian perhaps? And lower end stainless stuff. We don't want to spend too much because the condo market will just never give us the return we'd need. I'm thinking a pop of paint above the cabinets for a hint of color.

I love an apron sink. Ikea has a good version for $89!

Our floor actually looks a lot like this. It is a nice stone, thank god no linoleum.

My barstool inspiration.

Would love open shelving but that's too much construction.

I already bought 9 of these. I get a great company discount from Amerock since its a sister company of Goody. Now if I could just get a discount on 3 of these!


Courtney said...

Fun! I love the white subway tile look. I was looking at magazines with my mom last week, for the house they're about to build, and I think she's going to go with a gorgeous blue one. LOVE the gray, too!

As for open shelving, I really think it's better in theory, construction aside; we have pretty stuff, but realistically, don't use more than a couple sets of the dishes, which means everything else would just collect dust.

Fun projects, T!

emr said...

these were the stools we had in our studios at daap, they were matte grey though (more like the ones near that counter) and i thought about stealing a pair so. many. times.

Along the Ausable said...

We actually took the doors off our cupboards and they're all open. Very colorful, ours is a different look than you're going for. No dust problem except for a little on the top shelves of dishes we hardly use.

What color do you think you'll paint the strip above the cupboards?

So much work, but it will be worth it in the end. You need those stools!

Lori Ann said...

they have those stools at Leon's in Decatur...maybe no one would notice if we walked out with a few??