Ideas on updating on the cheap?
Zara Bolam
September 12, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Would like to keep same tiles as the are a theme throughout the house.
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Zara Bolam
Another view.
September 12, 2013 at 12:11am   
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rinqreation
What is it you don't like about this kitchen? And what does the rest of the space look like?

Wonderful cabinets by the way. A stone grey backsplash and blackened/brass hardware would add to it's craftsman style. Black or stainless appliances would not distract so much. And stone countertops could be a good investment.
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September 12, 2013 at 12:48am   
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rinqreation
If you want to modernise it, go for white counter and backsplash (not cream though):

September 12, 2013 at 12:52am   
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rinqreation
You could have it stained one shade darker (and a little more grey) to contrast nicely with the floortile. But please don't paint it a solid color. Craftsman Kitchen
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September 12, 2013 at 12:57am   
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Zara Bolam
Thanks. The counter top is quite worn in places and would like to change the green colour. Part of me would like a nice stainless steel range hood, but that would mean taking out those cabinets with the lead glass. Rest of space is dining area- large and those floor boards, with 2 small flights of steps to living room and passageway.
September 12, 2013 at 1:08am   
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Zara Bolam
I'd like to mainly have it not look so tired!
Would using the paint on the counter top to make it look like granite/stone work you think?
Saw then doing it on " selling houses Australia" and thought was a clever idea!
September 12, 2013 at 1:12am   
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rinqreation
You don't need a big range hood! ;)
September 12, 2013 at 1:14am     
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rinqreation
Painting a countertop sounds like a quick-fix to me..
I assume there is not enough budget to replace?
What about a new laminated one and some fresh wallpaint?
The cream and red do look 'heavy' with all this wood.
A pale seablue, sage-grey or white could add some freshness.
September 12, 2013 at 1:20am     
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cathieg
Check out Granite Transformations. My friend had her bench tops done and it looks great. They put about a 6mm thickness of engineered stone over the existing tops and you wouldn't know if you weren't told, that it wasn't the real deal. If you do something like that and change your splashback you'll love that kitchen, because it's really quite nice. I agree that it would be unnecessary to change to a canopy hood.
September 12, 2013 at 1:28am     
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sallywood1
I had a similar kitchen in my old house. Replacing the benchtops with a liminex that looks like ceasarstone (try limestone or sand pebble) with a square edge worked well. Also change the door handles to something stainless looking. If you can afford it switch the lead light glass to plain glass, this is more modern.
September 12, 2013 at 1:41am   
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