Last December Kitchn reader Melissa and her husband bought a fixer-upper home in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood, and the kitchen was (shall we say) not of this time. They hope to do a full renovation at some point, but in the meantime chose to make do with a few stop gap measures. "We decided to aim for a little more rustic, a little less 'Knights of the Templar,'" as Melissa wrote to us.
A few smart, affordable changes later, here's what the kitchen looks like now:
Definitely better! Here's what they did, in Melissa's words:
- Painted the godawful Z-brick white using a heavy-duty Muralo primer followed with high gloss white paint
- Yanked off the wood bead accents, painted the cabinets green using a Muralo Waterborne Floor paint (no primer needed!)
- Changed the hardware to brushed nickle knobs
- Installed a new faucet (Delta Vessona)
- Installed a dishwasher
Project Cost Breakdown
- Paint: ~$200 ($150 for 5 gallons of primer for use in other projects as well and $50/gallon for the floor paint). We already had the glossy white paint.
- Hardware: $36 for 25 knobs
- Faucet: $120
- Dishwasher: $600 for a fancy Bosch and $350 for professional installation.
It may not be the kitchen of their dreams, but it's inspiring to see what a few small changes can do!
Thanks for sharing, Melissa!
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(Image credits: Melissa N. via The Kitchn's submission form)