Be sure to tune in tonight to episode 9 of Sarah 101 (9:00 EST on HGTV.) I think this was my favourite episode yet!
Sarah and Tommy transformed a dark and dated kitchen in a mid-century bungalow into a bright and happy space.
Before I show the beautiful “Afters”, here is a photo of the Before which I took from my TV screen. You have to see the Before to fully appreciate the After!
Notice the awkward placed sink on the island! I’m a big fan of painting your cabinet doors if they are of solid construction and in good shape like these were. Why do a full blown reno when you can be easy on your bank account and the environment by simply painting your cabinetry?
What a difference! This kitchen hadn’t been touched in 40 years. The only change to the layout was to move the fridge to a small wall and relocate a range to where the fridge was. This leaves the island with just a sink – much preferable. Update with paint, new flooring, appliances, counter, backsplash and lighting … et voila!
Tips from Sarah and Tommy:
- figure out what mood you are going for. A colour scheme of fresh blues, creams and yellows transforms the space into a bright, happy place.
- the colour scheme is reflected in the Marmoleum floor tiles and the glass backsplash.
- paint the ceiling using 1/3 of a colour used elsewhere in the space. In this case, the gorgeous robin’s egg blue on the island is repeated on the ceiling. (My peninsula is painted a similar colour (BM Woodlawn blue) and I love it but may need to add some beadboard to it like they did here!)
- with all of this colour, keep your walls neutral
- hang your pendant lights 36” above the counter
- raise a desk to counter height for one long run of counter and so that you can use the same counter height stools from the eating counter.
- purchase cabinet handles before you paint to determine whether you have to fill the holes .
- use graph paper to sketch out your tile pattern if using square tiles.
What else I loved about the design:
- the chrome pendant lights and vintage industrial stools
- quartz counter (I tend to recommend over granite because of the low maintenance factor.)
- the round mirror reconfigured into a bulletin board with gorgeous fabric. This was my favourite part!
As I mentioned in this post, Sarah’s House 4 airs this Fall. I had an opportunity to view the house recently during an Open House as it is currently for sale. You can see some photos and information here. She worked with a builder to design and decorate a new home from the ground up. To sum up the home in one word – stunning!
If your kitchen requires a facelift, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.