1970s Detached Backsplit – Week Four – Kitchen

Hi guys!! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

I know, I’m super delayed getting this post up. It has been an insanely crazy last couple of weeks getting everything finished at the reno house and I’m finally finding time to sit down and get this post together! Thanks for bearing with me!

This week, we tackled what many will say is the most important room in a house – the kitchen.

The kitchen was one of my favourite spaces to redo, mainly because it had so much potential. We already had a beautiful (new) picture window over the sink, and the cabinets were in pretty good shape! Because I was designing this reno with the main goal of selling the house for the most money rather than designing someone’s dream home, we did what we could to save costs where possible!

A great way to control your budget is to freshen up the existing cabinetry. New boxes and doors can become expensive, so we opted to spray what we already had. This way, we could focus our budget on new stainless steel appliances, a new backsplash, new countertop/sink/faucet, new floors, new cabinet hardware, and the demolition of a peninsula cabinet/island set. Here are a few of the before pictures to jog your memory of the canvas I was working with!

The Original Kitchen

original wooden cabinets (notice the blue door above the countertop on the right side – this was for milk deliveries!)

another view looking into the back door entry/pantry/hallway to basement

looking at the kitchen and living room from the dining room – this peninsula cabinet/island was on our demolition radar to make the space feel more open concept

I wanted the new kitchen to evoke feelings of comfort and pleasure. I wanted the new owners to want to cook in the kitchen and have all the amenities, storage and utility they needed. In order to achieve this, I relied on the extensive natural light in the house to compliment the white and grey colour scheme. To add modernity to the space, I opted for black pendant and flushmount lighting – simple, sleek and different than what you might typically see.

I also wanted the new kitchen to offer enough storage since we were demolishing the peninsula cabinetry. We settled on installing floating shelves in the back door/pantry area, which allowed us to keep the kitchen as clutter-free as possible while opening up the space to the dining room.

Since we were working with a budget, I chose a Belanger Laminate countertop in Neo Cloud which offered a marble-looking finish. If we were going to redo the cabinets, I would have opted for a Caeserstone countertop, but it made sense simply switch out the existing (blue) laminate countertop for a fresh new one.

Check out below what the new kitchen looks like! These photos were taken before the tiles were grouted and the appliances were delivered, so be sure to check out next week’s FINAL REVEAL post to see everything in its finished glory!

The New Kitchen

we switched the light fixtures to a more practical setup – a pendant over the sink and a flushmount in the centre rather than the previous (and opposite) way!

classic subway tiles in a brick pattern were the perfect budget-friendly solution that didn’t compromise on style

we used Benjamin Moore Cloud White to spray the cabinets making them feel fresh and modern!

we selected a single basin top-mount sink to give ample space for washing dishes, plus we purchased a brand new stainless steel dishwasher to take on the heavy lifting 🙂

what a difference the new flooring makes!

we wouldn’t say no to cooking in this kitchen!

looking out into the dining room – no more peninsula blocking in the space!

a view from the dining room looking in

We are SO excited to share the final reveal coming up next!! In the meantime, have a great week!

xo P

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