Living in a studio apartment or a small apartment usually means that the spaces will be small. This was the case with our kitchen. It was the tiniest kitchen imaginable with just one wall that fitted the fridge, stove, sink and limited counter space. Talk about cramped!
These tips are so easy that anybody with a free Saturday or two can completely renovate their kitchen space on a small budget.
We were slowly reaching our breaking point and decided to do something about it. Of course we didn’t have the budget to get a brand new kitchen so we opted for simple ways to update the cabinets and add some more counter space and some well needed style.
When we were converting what is our new office space (click here to read about our office renovation) we carefully removed the kitchen cabinets that was in the space. At the time we had no idea what we would do with it but it surely came in handy. In your case you may not need extra cabinets or have the space to expand, but if you do refurbishing old materials is always the way to go.
We decided to use these cabinets as a peninsular and not against a wall so we had to find a solution to close it. To refurbish the salvaged cabinets we used a sheet of plyrock (or concrete board) to cover the back of the cabinets.
We carefully dismounted the cabinet doors and sanded them down using a Makita hand sander to strip away the existing paint.
Next comes the fun part of choosing a colour or stain. We opted for this lovely deep navy blue colour (Rainstorm SW6230) from Sherwin Williams to compliment the scheme of our apartment. Colour is highly dependent upon your preferences, but what we do suggest with paint, choose a semi-gloss or eggshell type for painting cabinets. This enables you to clean cabinets easily with a damp cloth if necessary. We also painted the peninsula with the same navy blue to give a cohesive look.
Things like the hinges and handles add so much character to your cabinets and its overall look and feel. Simply purchase handles and hinges at your local hardware along with some stray paint to get your desired color. We opted for a handle that was clean and modern and spray painted it gold. The hinges were also spray painted gold to match the handles.
There are many varieties of counter tops to choose from, such as granite, quartz, solid surface, laminate and wood. We were looking to add some warmth and a rustic touch to the kitchen so we decided to use 2’’x 6’’ and 2’’x 8’’ wood. If you are using wood ensure your wood is planed, treated and primed before adding your desired stain.
FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
The black sink was a statement piece of the kitchen. We wanted a bold accent piece that would highlight the light wood countertops.
We could not find a gold faucet to compliment the black sink and match the handles and hinges, so we simply spray painted our existing faucet. Such a simple fix with a great effect.
The wall space was so small we could have afforded to splurge a little with the backsplash tiles. We chose a simple subway glass tile with black grout to match back to the sink for a cohesive look.
ADDING STYLE AND DÉCOR
Instead of upper cabinets we chose to do open shelving. This is probably the best feature of the kitchen as it gives a light airy feel to the kitchen while adding so much function and style.
Opening shelving is great for displaying nice plates, bowls, mugs and cups you may have. This is great for storage of everyday items that are easy to reach.
Lastly, touches of greenery as décor pieces always brings life to a kitchen. Carefully choose spaces to fill with any faux greenery or succulents.
A kitchen renovation is not as pain staking as we may imagine it to be. Firstly set out a plan of the changes, colour scheme and décor inspiration that you want. Then follow these simple steps to achieve a cohesive and inspiring kitchen space. Happy renovating!
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