Remember my tiny, cramped kitchen before? Remember the massive peninsula that took up so much room in the kitchen that it made the kitchen look miniscule? Remember the retro, faded countertops? Remember the honey oak cabinets? Remember the stick-on tiles? Remember the large dividing wall that made the space even smaller?
Yeah..that’s all gone now.
The kitchen has been a loooong process, and it’s not totally over yet. But I’ve made some huge improvements!
What started with a Friday night date with a sledgehammer, turned into a new partial cabinet layout.
And then came the removal of that large dividing wall!
Then, of course, those stick-on tiles HAD to go! So I added beautiful hardwoods to match the living room.
Obviously the cabinets got a face lift too! Then it was time to add some fun retro-inspired appliances!
And I added gray-neutral countertops!
And I accented with retro hardware. And for the last several months, this is how the kitchen has stayed.
But in the background, I was working on a very unique kitchen island! While shopping at a local antique store, I stumbled on a beat up metal cabinet.
The cabinet had broken legs and chipping paint. But it was just too cool to pass up. And the added bonus? This piece was taken out of the local high school cafeteria circa 1960s…the exact same time Dad was attending high school there! Since this flip is being designed with a retro flair, I loved that addition!
For an embarrassing amount of time, this cabinet stayed in my garage- taking up an enormous amount of room. I started by stripping the remaining paint off the cabinet. It was flaking off in tiny pieces. After I applied the gel to the cabinet, I used a scraper to remove the paint.
When I had all of the paint scraped, I cleaned and cleaned…and cleaned. And cleaned the cabinet. Because of the gel and years of use, it does not have a shiny appearance, but I kinda like that. There are still little hints of paint and wear on the cabinet, and given its history, I appreciate all of that!
Since some of the legs were broken, I removed all of them. I opted to replace them with rotating casters. The cabinet is enormously heavy, so having the casters not only helps with moving it, but I like the industrial look of them.
After way too long, I finally got the cabinet from the garage into the kitchen! It’s not your typical kitchen island, but it’s retro and unique! Not only that, it provides tons of storage- two large pull out drawers and shelves.
It’s hard to believe this is the same kitchen! The island is the perfect addition!
I assure you, there are still 924 more projects to do, but it feels really good to see visible, dramatic progress. Every flip is different. I choose different design elements, different things inspire me, but yet I love every one. Admittingly, I have incorporated far more of me into this flip– for obvious reasons. But even with so much of me–and Mac–I think this design will really appeal to buyers!