Quick Fix Kitchen Makeover, Day Three (The Wrap Up?)

Category: Restore & Repair

And so ends the last day of our planned Trading Spaces-style kitchen makeover. Our goal was to make over our kitchen and have it 'baby-ready" in just three days (with much appreciated help from Jeannie's parents!).

Did we make it? Here's the before and after based on what we were able to get done in three days...





Not bad, if we can say so ourselves, especially if you can look back at what it looked like back before we even moved in...

From the start, we said this was a Trading Spaces-style makeover and, in that spirit, the most quick-fix solution we came up with was on the wall near the rear exterior door. For some reason, the former owners (or someone) decided to rough-in an exterior vent and fan...and then finish it off with just wallpaper.

Since this never got much past the roughed-in stage, we needed some quick and easy way to fix it up without doing the full-out job we expect to do at some point in the future. And we still occasionally need to use that fan. Our solution? We ended up simply covering the fan with a hand woven bed sheet stretched across an old 3'x5' painting canvas that we'd been storing in the garage for the past two years. You can see the finished effect in the first photo at the top of this entry. This way, we can take the canvas down when we need to use the fan and replace it when we need to hide the fan.

Beyond that cover-up, the rest of the makeover was equally superficial...new paint, new cabinet hardware, and a new storage solution next to the refridgerator.

Alas, there were three things we didn't get done in the three days...

First, a replacement for the old ceiling fan. We really like the comment 'savvy saver' left on our entry Saturday about dropping the new fan down a bit from the ceiling. Probably an easy project for next weekend.

Second, we intended to put in a new temporary working counter that would sit over and enclose the radiator. Unfortunately, the one we really want is out of stock at Ikea so it looks like we'll be doing without for a month or so.

Third, and more complicated, is the floor. We didn't have the time to attempt anything dramatic, but we're wondering what the best temporary solution would be. It's in pretty bad shape. More on that later...

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Very impressive, looks clean, neat and a space that will be easy to fumble your way around in the wee small hours of the morning when a warm bottle is required. COngratulations and best wishes.

Looks great! Painting all the cabinets the same color really unified the room.

Looks good. My kitchen will continue to look like a nuclear bomb went off in it until at least next August, so even quick fixes make me a bit jealous.

For the floor, what about laying down some VCT squares in a checkerboard pattern? Lowes can special order a ton of different colors, and I think the cost is something like .60 a square foot. It will be cheap and easy, look semi-vintage, plus have the added benefit of concealing dirt very, very well, so you won't feel obligated to mop when you would rather be playing with Baby.

I'd prefer rolled vinyl flooring if you intend on repairing the floor in the future. It doesn't need to be fastened to the floor at all, if it stands up around the edges you can use some double-sided sticky tape. I've been living with such a kitchen floor for most of my life (my parents put yellowy-beige vinyl loosely over the cold, dark and ugly Terrazzo floor when I was about 2) and never had a problem.

I'm sure you did a better job quality wise than the trading spaces makeovers. I'm sure some of the stuff they do, doesn't even last a year. It looks great.

Have you thought about painting the floor with a oil based floor paint? We used it on a dingy wood floor and it is very durable and clean. If you choose to keep the wood when you do the remodel, you will probably have the floors refinished anyway and the sanding would get rid of the paint. We used a high gloss Pratt & Lambert paint and it has been great....scrubbable and all! You could even create some sort pattern checkerboard etc....A great alternative for not a lot of $

Wow! I love it! Nice choice of colors and everything is so neat! Well done!!

like the old junkyard keeper in Stephen King's "Christine" said "you can't polish a turd"

great job. i like the wall color. i forgot what home improvement show it was, but they made an area rug of sorts for a kitchen from tile/linoleum so it was not stuck to the floor but to some sort of thin sheet of particle board. also, i'm not sure if you are familiar with hobo's in chicago. there's not a lot of great stuff there--well to be honest a lot of their selection is fugly or maybe its just the display and lighting--but sometimes you can find something decent. my inlaws found nice floortile for a basement recreation room makeover there. good luck.

You've made great changes - the cupboards look very crisp with their new paint and hardware. I'm fond of the "quick fix" makeovers. We've done a few of those, including the downstairs bathroom, so we could feel ok about the house and not get depressed/embarrassed when people came over. It's ok to comprimise on quality now and then for the sake of your sanity!

What about something like a braided rug to hide the majority of the floor? That wouldn't requiring extra work when you're ready to refinish.

Wow! To me, that's a perfectly nice-looking kitchen. The lil' critter won't know the difference. :)

Wow, looks great! I was wondering about that big red thing until you explained... you could also tightly fasten some criss-crossed ribbons to that and make it one of those casual picture/card holders. Even though you did this in prep for the baby, it's got to be nice for your sanity, too. It just feels good to have things in order, even if only temporarily. When you say your floors are in bad shape, how bad? If they're really rough and need sanding, I'd say go with one of the other poster's advice. However, if they just LOOK bad (dingy, worn off finish) then I'd suggest using lemon oil religiously for about 2 weeks. I've been doing this because our house is now on the market, and the floors really need to be refinished. But, after some heavy lemon oil usage, they really look fabulous, even when I don't clean them every day. I just wish it hadn't taken me this long to figure it out - 3 years of living with "ugly" floors, and in the past 2 weeks I love them! Go figure!

Hey there! Looks great! I think when you install the front door you should take a NEW picture of your home to post on your home page. Your house is so much prettier now than when you took that last shot, yes????? YES!

Wonderful job you guys, it looks really great and cozy. What paint did you use for the cabinets and trim?? I really like it!

nicely done! Your cabinets look especially spiffy!


i think it looks great! i agree with marie that some criss-crossed ribbon on your red sheet would turn it into a stylish message board and a place to put pictures of baby-in-progress. as far as the floor---i think some red woven cotton rugs would look really good, and would pop out the other red accents you've used. a room-sized one for the middle, and a few 3x5's for the ugly spots, with those rubber non-slip pads underneath. they're cheap, washable, soft on the feet, and will protect from splinters until you can get your wood floor sanded and finished.

About your floors. The wood floor was also the last thing on our mind when we moved in to our place a litttle over a month ago. However in talking about how we were going to clean it and how damaged and unprotected it was due to neglected over the years we decided to go ahead and make this our/my first project.

If it is only the kitchen and the hw does not extend into another area this should be a quick project for you two. If not it is still do able in a week/weekend. The u-sand (i hope its ok to post a link) made this project quite managable and clean. Probably 90% of the dust is cought in the bag and the thing is easy to manuver and gets close to/under many edges etc. All I did was take up the shoe molding around the base board and went right up to the edge. The polyurethane went on easy. We did each of our 3 coats at night and it was usually dry enough to walk on in the AM. There is also a neat snout looking tool to get under your radiators.


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