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- New York City, NY
- U.S. Renter
- My room makeover::
- Moving to this apartment gave me a huge outlet for creative projects. It was historically an artist loft and hasn’t really been updated for about 15 years.
Most proudly this kitchen has received had a total facelift excluding refrigerator, oven, and floor with a budget of less than $1000 ($920 to be exact). My favorite resource has been craigslist for sourcing Ikea cabinets. They cost a total of $500 dollars for the entire kitchen! Most of the cabinets were picked up from a Brooklyn home renovation. I supplemented those with cabinets from an office that was moving out of Manhattan. Not only was it economical but it was even sweeter as these cabinets were already put together!
It took 1 year to finish. Countertops were constructed from porcelain tiles with thresholds as edging. Back splash was purchased at Build It Green in Gowanus for $40. Lighting was leftover from design projects at work.
- My makeover advice::
- For people wanting to change over their new kitchens I would recommend craigslist for used cabinets. It was an amazing cost savings and I found some very lightly used products online. Even if you only use the empty boxes and source new doors it can be really worth it.
Secondly, I would say just keep pushing! Some days I was so tired of the project but i knew that trying to do it on ZERO budget the work and sourcing required a ton of sweat to get it accomplished. Painting a mural was a reaction to gorgeous wall paper I had seen on AT that I couldn’t afford. It was my inspiration and I wanted it enough to make it myself. In terms of design, pushing forward is also important. I never thought I would be able to afford or source gold for the kitchen. But with help from friends and a little ingenuity I was able to have it - even if it is only temporary.
- What I love most about my new space::
- GOLD GOLD GOLD GOLD! I used gold vinyl that I sourced as extra material from my job (window designer) and went for it! I talked to a vinyl installation and he swore that it would work very well in the kitchen. It was amazing and exciting – in one night I was able to add a touch of lux that was both fun and unexpected.
Secondly, I think everyone likes the new functionality and the relaxed aesthetic. We love to cook and this is a fun Kitchen to prep and finish big meals. It has a great vibe which I’m sure all the artists and musicians who have lived here would appreciate!