I can't say this enough.. Paint goes a loooong way! Don't underestimate the power of paint, it can totally change the look of your home. A few gallons can save you a lot of stress. Sure it's a bit stressful and chaotic for 3-5 days while repainting, but the days and years after that will be a lot more cheerful and happy.
That's what mostly went on in this makeover -spraying and rolling of different shades of paint color. They hated the existing marble counter top, but replacing those wouldn't be practical since they are just renting. So instead, we changed everything around those marble making the counter top less of an eyesore and part of the overall design.
What did I tell you about paint? :)
All the paint colors had a bit of yellow undertone to be cohesive with the counter top. Dark charcoal for the lower cabinets, and a milky white for the upper storage. The walls are a shade of taupy grey. These linoleum tiles were laid over the existing tile to cover up the muddish always-dirty-looking tiles. To add chicness to the floors, little black diamonds were incorporated to create that pattern (which resonates with the backsplash). Oh and for the lighting, we spray painted this chandelier (used to be bronze), and added counter lights.
See the big upper cabinet on the right part of the before photos? That houses all the electrical box for their unit. You can see them exposed here. I don't want to build another massive cabinet that cuts out a lot of counter space, so we devised this shelving contraption.
The shelves up to the tiles below can be removed from opening the silver thingy locking thing. (Obviously I don't know what it is really called.. haha) You can see a gap on the right wall, and a little gap on the backsplash tile (left) on where the contraption ends. The upper storage opens to reveal fuse boxes. I'm not even sure if you understand what's going on there, but I tell you, that's one challenging spot to tackle! haha.. Just glad that it works! Oh, and I'm in love with the backsplash. The pattern and the color is spot on!
So that's the simplest yet complex makeover ever. Lots of paint and a contraption. Haha...
To my client, thank you so much for trusting me with your kitchen. I know it's one of the most important part of your house 'cause you all love to cook, and I'm happy to be part of this. And thanks to your hubby for this amazing photos!
This is Style+Kitchen a.k.a. The Kitchen That Fashion Built (as coined by my client). 'Til my next kitchen makeover. :)