In Surprise Kitchen Reno: Part III, we laid the porcelain tile floor in the kitchen and bathroom. Here’s the ‘hard work photo montage’ of what had to be done next:
Now for the fun parts! We cleaned all of the cabinet doors with a solution of TSP and water, and then we switched out the brass and cream knobs, drawer pulls, and cabinet hinges with brushed nickel versions.
The former knobs, drawer pulls and hinges had seen better days, and drew attention in a bad way; our nickel versions blend in just as we’d hoped.
One of the most fun decisions in changing a space is choosing a paint colour! I keep a small tote bag full of home decor lit for these kinds of situations:
The olive tones in the countertop had us looking at greens and beiges, but gray won the day:
We ultimately we decided on Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart, available at Home Depot. For the windows, doors, ceiling rosette and trim, we went with Colonial White by Pittsburgh Paints.
We’re happy with our choice.
I’m thrilled to be rid of the ‘tole painted’ window cap!! After removal, I discovered that the paint job was actually wallpaper cut-outs, a kind of 90s trompe l’oeil, out of the pages of Country Woman.
Then came the roman shade over the main kitchen window:
The light fixtures in the kitchen and hall space included 3 pot lights, 1 dome light, track lighting, and a hanging fixture above the table:
Above the table, we chose a simple chrome fixture to replace the former, which hung too low for the space.
Our next, and last, installment in Surprise Kitchen Reno will cover the finishing touches, like the switch plates, crown moulding and baseboards. Then, we’ll show our final reveal of the finished space!