Kitchen Makeover on a Budget
Though Diane is a talented faux-finish artist, we enlisted the help of her good friend and one of our favorite Texas designers, Jennifer Spak. We gave the pair a budget of $2,500 and a time frame of a few short months. We knew the outdated kitchen didn't stand a chance against this dynamic duo.
We think you'll agree that the result is incredible. The kitchen is filled with ideas, and Diane and Jennifer even came in under budget. Take some of their great ideas home with you.
Diane and Jennifer also removed the bulky kitchen island and replaced it with a table and chairs that were in storage (see page 136). It's the perfect place for quick breakfasts, snacks, and casual meals. What's more, the top serves as a work surface when needed for food prep.
Because they were so expensive, the tumbled marble tiles Jennifer and Diane first selected for the backsplash were out of the running. Instead, they achieved the same effect by using ceramic tiles that resemble stone.
|trim and basket tile||$270|
|labor for tile and countertop||$800|
|copper for countertops||$308|
|labor for floor||$300|
|stain and sealer||$13|
|hardware for awning||$35|
- clean cloths
- wax or petroleum jelly
- paintbrush and paint
- clear polyurethane sealer
Step 2: Sand cabinets to a uniform smoothness. Wipe surfaces with wet rag, and allow to dry thoroughly.
Step 3: Apply stain according to manufacturer's instructions. Let dry, and repeat two more times or until you get the look you want.
Step 5: Apply paint in desired color according to manufacturer's instructions, let dry, and repeat two or three times. Let dry thoroughly.
Step 6: Lightly sand with 220-grit sandpaper, and wipe to remove dust.
Step 8: Apply an aging glaze, and let dry according to manufacturer's instructions.
Step 9: Apply three coats of a clear sealer to cabinets and doors, allowing to dry between coats.
Step 10: Replace cabinet doors.