Hi friends! Today, I am so excited to share a tour of my "closet" kitchen. We've lived in this apartment for almost a year (next week) and we just finalized our kitchen. We are pretty proud of how inexpensive, easy, and enjoyable this makeover was.
We did this makeover in two parts. The first part was as soon as we moved in. The kitchen was bare and lacked storage space. Peter, took a few days out in our backyard to cut, paint, and hang shelving for dishes. He also put up a few Ikea racks to hang all of our pots and big cooking utensils. I spent the first few days selling all of our vintage dishes and bought white simple and clean ones. In combination this helped create a more functional and open space for our initial needs.
With those few changes we left the kitchen as is and worked on other rooms during the year. Here's how it looked during that time:
The cabinets and counter were dark and outdated and I realized that my personal time to complete projects was winding down as we will have our hands full with a baby soon. I spent many nights looking on Pinterest for inspiration, and let me tell you, it was the best. I saw many small kitchens like mine that were beautiful and updated with just a few little steps.
We wanted to go for a more open and clean space without going stark white. We love white, but for our kitchen, it just didn't seem right. 1) We painted the cabinets a mist green. We had to do quite a few layers since the cabinets were so dark. We were told the primer was included in the paint already, but if I did it again I would prime with a separate primer first. 2) We purchased a bunch of mis-matched knobs from Home Depot for under a dollar each. I originally wanted to go on a thrift hunt for vintage ones, but I quickly realized I didn't have the time nor the patience. Home Depot had plenty of vintage-esque ones to choose from for really cheap. 3) After we finished painting most of the cabinets, we tried to move on to the side of the cabinets and under the cabinets. After attempting to paint them we realized that the cabinets were not real wood and we couldn't paint them, that's where contact paper came in handy. Someone recommended that we should contact paper the entire kitchen instead of painting and even though I am so thankful for the advice, never do that. I had a relatively hard and stressful time doing the side and under cabinet. It might be the perfectionist in me, or the fact that contact paper can sometimes be a pain in the butt, paint instead.
Sources: Paint- Misty Green from Home Depot| White Plates- Ikea| Rug-Vintage| Flower pot-Ikea| Knobs- Home Depot| Utensil Case- Vintage Tool Box that was painted white| Cart-Ikea| Shelf Dishes- Vintage, Antropolgie, and Ikea| Shelving- Made by Peter| Frog Sponge Holder- Amazon