Kitchen Inspiration

March 30, 2009 at 2:28 pm (Inspiration, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We are currently preparing to do a bit of kitchen renovation in our house.  While I have a pretty clear picture in my head of what I would like to do I have also been scouring the blog world for some inspiration and creative ideas.  We are trying to do this on a very tiny budget, so I am also searching ideas in that area.  Today on Apartment Therapy I found one of my favorite kitchen pictures.

I just love the little swinging door.  It reminds me of old western saloon doors.  I am wanting one for our kitchen.  I’m just not sure that every kitchen could pull this off.  Maybe that will have to go on my “someday” dream list.  For now we are thinking more basic remodel in the kitchen.  I would like to sand and paint all of the dark wood cabinetry a glossy white.  The cabinets are outdated and mismatched.  This will also allow us to fill the holes from the old hardware and add new pulls.  These are the pulls I am thinking of, bin pulls:

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I have also been reading that it is possible to safely paint laminate countertops.  Since paint is a much cheaper alternative to replacing the countertops at this point I would like to paint these black.  Here is inspiration for a black and white kitchen with warm hardwood floors:

We would also like to change out the ugly, burnt up old strip lights to a couple of these vintage school house pendant lights:
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2 Comments

  1. nj countertops said,

    What type of countertop are you thinking of?

  2. jessimarie33 said,

    We are going to either paint the existing laminate countertops black or install new black countertops. We are limited by budgets and landlords, so no slate or concrete…yet.

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