kitchen updates

Do you remember way back in January 2012 when I posted about our galley kitchen makeover? No, you don’t? Maybe you saw it on pinterest because it continues to get lots of looks and pins. But don’t fret if you didn’t, I will show you where we came from and where we are today.

kitchen before and after - pallet wood backsplash

We started with 80s laminate everything in this room.  Cabinets, counters, floors, backsplash.  Everything was laminate except the appliances and ceiling.  I love the 80s but that’s just too much laminate for my taste!  So in 2012, we resurfaced the laminate cabinets with paint and the laminate wall got resurfaced with a pallet wood backsplash.

pallet wood back splash & painted laminate cabinets

Those updates got us through but it gets even better with the long-awaited addition of hardware. Think of it as jewelry. Yes, even better!  Jewelry.

I suppose it isn’t really a makeover but more like make-up. She needed foundation and some accessories.

kitchen before & after

Check out those bin pulls for the drawer fronts! This is my favorite new addition adding just a dose of industrial charm.

pallet wood back splash & painted laminate cabinets eith industrial pulls

kitchen drawer industrial pulls

We added simple brushed nickel knobs for the cabinet doors. I scored the hardware on ebay. The knobs were only $1 each!  And I’ll tell you a secret that will have my husband rolling his eyes, I’d change out these knobs in a heartbeat if I could find just the right vintage jadeite knobs.  Always, a work in progress, my friends.

pallet wood back splash & painted laminate cabinets

You might notice some other updates as well. The dishwasher got upgraded out of necessity. I actually found the old appliances charming unlike all of the laminate surfaces.  Not charming.

We opted for a stainless dishwasher to go with the stainless refrigerator that the previous owners had already put in. Do you know you can pretty much only find standard appliances in black, white & stainless these days without going the custom route. An almond dishwasher to replace the last one was impossible to find.

indsutrial kitchen

I still love the almond colored stove and it’s now vintage charm. Isn’t she cute?

pallet wood back splash & painted laminate cabinets

I don’t even mind that the appliances are mismatched in this room for some reason. Let’s call it eclectic.

pallet wood back splash & painted laminate cabinets

You’ll be happy to know that the faucet got an upgrade as well. That needed to be done in my opinion.

pallet wood back splash & painted laminate cabinets

But let’s talk about functionality of the finishes in here, shall we? I’ve had tons of questions and comments about the paint and pallet since the first post back in 2012. The paint (over laminate) has held up impressively well with a few minor chips around the drawers. That was one of the influencing factors for finally putting on pulls. Plus they look good!

As a reminder the paint was water based latex (BM Woodmont Cream) over water based primer although the recommended application is oil based primer. Still, this isn’t so bad, is it? You can read more about the paint application here. Ahh, the power of paint!

pallet wood back splash & painted laminate cabinets

Now for the pallets…either you love ’em or hate ’em. We love ’em and haven’t had a single issue since we glued these suckers up. More about that here.

pallet wood backsplash

Do you like the addition of the copper lid that turned a pleasant shade of green? I do!  I’m smitten with it and have been looking for just the right place for it for years.

copper lid turned dish towel rack on pallet wood backsplash

There’s still more to do to round out this industrial inspired kitchen but I love how it is coming along.  Next project …the counters. The laminate wood tone needs to go!

pallet backsplash, laminate counter

Slowly but surely…resurfacing laminate one surface at a time.

UPDATE: Check out the 2014 update here.

cement counters-4511

17 thoughts on “kitchen updates

  1. All of the updates look great! I personally would not do the pallet back splash but that doesn’t meant I don’t love the way it looks! Our kitchen needs a serious reno. Ugh, BUT with baby number one on the way, the kitchen took a back seat. The Hubs is hoping to have the kitchen at least painted within the month. It’s currently a bright red (I love red, but I don’t like it in the kitchen) and the upper parts of the walls are a different color because there was a border up there that we took down. Weirdly, the previous homeowners put the border up and then painted the walls… anyway, love your updates!

      1. Ain’t that the truth!? And they were in just about every room. There was even a sports ball border type of thing going through the guest room right in the middle of the wall and that thing was a pain! It was more of a sticker than wallpaper and oh my goodness. Never again!

  2. I love this! It doesn’t matter that the appliances don’t match. Also, I really liked how you resurfaced your existing cabinets. I’d like to do that to ours but while they look nice on the outside, our cabinets are of terrible quality and not worth resurfacing. thanks for sharing:) can’t wait to see if you do replace/make-over your countertops.

  3. I’m about to knock out the pallet backsplash in my home. We do use our kitchen regularly.. But do not fry. Have any suggestions?

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