Hi friends! Are you all back in full swing after the holidays? I am just about there. Not quite but just about. Last week while many of you were relaxing in your pj’s and drinking egg nog, I was getting a ton of work done…my day job, my night job – the blog, house projects and more. Therefore I spent yesterday in sweats putting away Christmas decorations which was surprisingly less depressing than usual; snuggling my snoring puppy; catching up on blogs; and watching a Sex and the City marathon which made me feel old since I watched these episodes all throughout college. I tend to still think of college as just a couple of years ago but I guess a decade is longer than just a couple of years ago! Hmmph. Anywho, it was a perfectly uneventful day off after non-stop busyness.
Moving right along…today I have a before and after reveal for you that I am super excited about! Here’s a glimpse at the after…
Last week we spent some time focusing on the dated galley kitchen in Cape May. The cabinets, appliances, countertop and backsplash were all very late 80’s style but in excellent condition from little use over the years. It is like no one ever used the kitchen in this old beach house ’til we got here. With that said, we just couldn’t justify a full reno nor was it in the budget. Here’s the awful before…
We found a couple of ways to transform this galley to become the rustic coastal kitchen that the beach house (and us) deserves.
Starting with the backsplash…the original was a sheet of plastic. So 1988. In the photo above it looks like drywall but it is actually waterproof. This turned out to be a great base for the new reclaimed wood backsplash. Would you believe it if I told you that reclaimed wood is an old shipping pallet? For more details on the pallet wood, click here.
True story and I love it! Ryan took a weathered oak pallet board apart and cut them into 18 inch segments. He laid them out to play with the configurations and I scrubbed them clean. I actually bathed them in the bathtub. Weird but totally worth it.
The bf adhered the wood backsplash to the plastic walls with liquid nails. He mixed up the light and dark colors and stained and plain in the layout to give lots of texture to the wall.
Then it was time to give the cabinets a makeover. We removed all of the doors and primed the wood veneer. I couldn’t wait to kiss the 1980’s builder grade cabinets goodbye! Isn’t it crazy how much of a disaster zone a little project can become?
We chose Benjamin Moore’s Woodmont Cream for the cabinets to brighten up the space.
It worked. Two coats and they’re like new and so. much. brighter. For more details on how we painted the laminate cabinets, click here.
And I’ll tell you what, with this new look in the kitchen I like the old school appliances. I might even call them vintage, with love.
I couldn’t be happier with the end result.
Would you believe this transformation only cost about $60? The cost of paint, primer and liquid nails plus our time planning and labor.
Did I mention the pallets were free? Trash to treasure baby!
Here is an update on how the kitchen looked in 2013.
UPDATE: Check out the 2014 update here.