Need help sprucing up an 80's kitchen
ecupples
October 11, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Any thoughts on how I can make this 1980's kitchen livable until I can afford a complete renovation? Please help!
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Hudson Street Design
Paint would be awesome and inexpensive! Change out the light fixture too! How about some color to the windows with a nice light filtering shade. Hunter Douglas is great and we use them exclusively here at Hudson Street design of Napa.
October 11, 2013 at 12:07PM      Thanked by ecupples
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Darzy
Wow. I think it looks pretty darn livable now! I like the modern look. To spruce up the style a bit, I only suggest a modern table/chairs/pendant for the dinette area. In this case, no color looks great!
Tobias Chair, Clear
Eero Saarinen Tulip Table
Maskros Pendant Lamp
October 11, 2013 at 12:08PM     
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Denita
Countertop and backsplash make a huge difference. Personally, I would change out the stove and range hood to something more modern. If there is enough in the budget upgrade the sink and the faucet. Then do the window treatments mentioned above. If you replace the breakfast area as suggested above you will have a whole new kitchen!
October 11, 2013 at 12:09PM   
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Hudson Street Design
like these.... ; ) Use colorful accessories and towels.
October 11, 2013 at 12:09PM   
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ecupples
Wow, thanks so much for your help! Darzy, I really appreciate you including those links. Funny thing, I was just drooling over ghost chairs so we're on the same wavelength! Denita, what color backsplash and countertop were you thinking? Stainless for both? Hudson Street Design, love the blind. What color paint were you thinking? And, ugh, those floors. The white linoleum has turned yellow and tan in some spots, white in others. We just had no idea kitchens were so expensive to redo when we bought the place.
October 11, 2013 at 12:17PM   
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Darzy
The Tobias ghost chair is only $80 from ikea!
October 11, 2013 at 12:20PM   
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dclostboy
I wouldn't replace countertop if planning on getting rid of cabinets in near future. If enough of a budget, I would address floor. If not, paint and backsplash. Gray glass subway tile or even stainless steel tiles would look cool.
October 11, 2013 at 12:25PM        Thanked by ecupples
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Super Bright LEDs
An easy way to spruce up any kitchen space is to add under cabinet lighting, and even lighting at the toe kick of the cabinets. White would add to the overall illumination and also helps with everyday tasks, or you could choose a color or color changing strip to add a little pop! We even have an RGB+White strip so you change from mood to task lighting at the touch of a button! Best of luck with the update!
October 11, 2013 at 12:26PM        Thanked by ecupples
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Denita
This is what I had in mind: play off the white and chrome you already have in place. This might be too traditional for your style, but with the basic bones you have already in your kitchen you can go any direction
October 11, 2013 at 12:35PM   
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Denita
I am having trouble uploading the photo (will keep trying)
October 11, 2013 at 12:41PM   
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ecupples
Denita, can you resend the link to the photo you had in mind? Thanks so much everyone for your help!! I was at a complete loss.
October 11, 2013 at 12:42PM   
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ecupples
No problem. Thank you!
October 11, 2013 at 12:42PM   
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October 11, 2013 at 12:59PM   
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Denita



This one is more contemporary - works with your existing cabinetry. Depends which direction you prefer to go - more toward the gray's or whites.
October 11, 2013 at 1:05PM   
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ecupples
Thank you, Denita. So grateful for everyone's help!
October 11, 2013 at 1:14PM   
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mlou72
There actually are products out there to paint the counters, but I think the counters are fine. I would put new range hood in, faucet and dining chairs. Add some stick on floor tiles and it would change it dramatically for under $1000.
October 11, 2013 at 1:16PM      Thanked by ecupples
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Lydia (Kazza Design)
I also find your kitchen looks quite nice! Bring in some wooden chairs to warm it up. Either natural or black. The green chair gives the kitchen a very fresh and fun look and brings the outdoors in. A simple modern chandelier so as not to hide that beautiful window. I usually love window treatments but in this case I would leave the window as is.......it looks like a painting!
October 11, 2013 at 1:16PM      Thanked by ecupples
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Denita
What do you think of this backsplash that would go with your existing cabinetry?


October 11, 2013 at 5:34PM   
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libradesigneye
I'm going to suggest something really inexpensive - paint. If you took the walls to a metallic tone of silver gray like sw tinsmith, it would help the white pop away and mimic the hardware. Put a cotton rug on the floor with a big gray and off-white stripe and call it good.
October 11, 2013 at 5:48PM     
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ecupples
Wow, Denita, that looks stunning.
October 11, 2013 at 5:48PM   
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ecupples
Brilliant, libradesigneye. What does sw mean? Sherwin Williams?
October 11, 2013 at 5:51PM   
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Denita
It even goes with your existing countertop!
October 11, 2013 at 5:51PM   
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ecupples
Truly gorgeous, Denita. You're a photo-finding ninja! I really appreciate your help. We've been really stressed about it. Thanks!!
October 11, 2013 at 5:53PM   
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Denita
lol, I just think your kitchen has great potential and really only needs a little bit of tweeking. You never know, you might get another ten years out of it before you do the big reno. :)
October 11, 2013 at 5:57PM      Thanked by ecupples
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Crogan Inlay Floors
would you recommend replacing the floor with something a little more modern? Or a linoleum rug to add color?
October 12, 2013 at 7:48AM   
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