Being our last best nest, tearing out the kitchen for a total redo was not happening! To see what we spent our remodeling dollars on to upgrade our beloved smaller downsized home, read on:
In my design career, I could show you dozens of upscale kitchens that I have designed with top of the line appliances, counters, hardware, faucets, pot fillers, and on and on…..actually, just exactly like our last kitchen in our Cypress home that I designed.
But not for this remodel, on no. With Bob and my semi-retirements, being wise with our upgrading budget allowed for changes yes, but not for gutting our new home’s kitchen. This is where as a designer, I decided to spend our remodeling money to get the most bang for the buck as they say.
As you can see in this image, 95% of the elements were brown, brown, or brown toned. I realize that this was the trend in the early 2000’s. However, with my love for light filled spaces, there was no way to keep most of these kitchen finishes.
As a design professional, my work with clients was to solve their issues and challenges by creating solutions to meet their budgets as well as their project goals. Now, this was another opportunity for me to be my own client so to speak, by meeting our budget and accomplish design goals, especially in our last best nest!
HERE ARE THE CHANGES IN OUR KITCHEN REMODEL ON A BUDGET:
While unfortunately, most of the appliances were in good condition, replacing them all wasn’t in the budget. However, in the future, I have my eye on which appliances to purchase. Regardless though, since I am not a fan of microwaves on the counter, this made the priority list in this remodel.
Bob spent a ton of time online trying to find a microwave to fit into existing cabinets since most microwave ovens are very deep. As you can see, he succeeded and I could not be happier with the results. We did bring our small scale trusted toaster, convection oven that fits perfecting in what I call our business area of our kitchen.
This short video below will show you the results that I believe hiring a professional contractor, who retrofitted cabinet , is well worth your remodeling dollars.
CABINETS WERE PAINTED
In every space, there is an emotional response, usually unconscious, but there are definitely vibes given off in all our spaces. What is your emotional response to this before image of the kitchen before our remodel?
Also, as we age, research tells us that lighter, brighter interior spaces enhance not only our emotional needs, but is also a requirement for the 50+ to live and work in lighter, brighter spaces in order to achieve their optimum wellness over all areas of aging.
As you can see by the above and by the following photos that painting these cabinets perhaps made the most impact for dollars spent. My advice is to you is either have it done professionally or plan on lots of prep time along with several coats of good quality paint.
To me, painting outdated cabinet finishes is one of the best investments for resale, along with enabling homeowners to experience this maximum enjoyment. In doing this one upgrade, client responses were consistently the same. Why didn’t I do this sooner!?
Revere Pewter by Ben Moore is the paint color that was FINALLY selected…long story here that my sister loves to tell!
BACKSPLASH TILE WAS REPLACED
As I made my priority list for this kitchen remodel, without a second hesitation, I knew that backsplash just had to go! Can you even imagine those tiles trying to work in this upgraded kitchen?
I have to share this side note of a sweet story of installers measuring mistake of pricey custom tile from California for our former Wichita Cypress home. I wisely kept the overage moving this tile from Kansas to Ohio…:) What you are viewing in this image is that exact tile that measured out to almost the exact amount needed…only 4 tiles left over.
A major remodeling inverstment was to replace all, and I mean all, of the flooring on the first floor. We removed the carpeting in the living room, master bedroom, dining room, and this existing maple/orange toned flooring in the kitchen and laundry.
The above sample was our final flooring selection, Pergo Outlast + Vintage Tobacco Oak Laminate Flooring 7.5’ wide by 47.25” length from The Home Depot.
What a difference this decision made! I would highly recommend this major investment that not only you will love the easy care, but also the resale value that hard surface flooring is for attracting home buyers.
This image above reinforces why this kitchen floor just had to be replaced even though it was in good condition. I probably struggled with this decision more than any other one. However, viewing the image above versus the image below and well, hello Mitzi, what was your issue? Easy answer, money. Whew again, thank goodness this change was made.
By now most of you know that I am a lighting fanatic, yes, this is true. Why? Because for all I have written, spoken on, or blogged on, lighting is ALWAYS a goal.
Upgrades under counter LED lighting, additional ceiling cans, and changing out yellow cast light bulbs in all ceiling cans of course made a huge difference. For this major change, the budget was not terribly affected for the exchange of money spent.
WHAT WE DID NOT CHANGE
The hardward, counters, sink, faucet and appliances were not changed or replaced. This is where having a professional advise you on where and what to spend your remodeling dollars on literally, pays off.
Next post I will share with you the hearth eating area of the other end of our last best nest kitchen.
Please stay tuned for the announcement of an exceptionally exciting offer to you all that I know you will totally love and want to have for your own knowledge of kitchens.
And please remember, there are always ways to upgrade, remodel, or enhance your own kitchens, always. My hope is that this post will inspire you to evaluate your own kitchen for what could make it one of your favorite spaces.
Loving and Living Life Together,