Before & After: Bekki & Gary's Low-Cost, High-Impact Kitchen Renovation

When Bekki and Gary moved into their Wardman townhouse in Woodley Park, they knew they faced some significant renovations. But when it came to the kitchen they did not want to invest the time and money required for a major overhaul. Instead, they made a series of small changes that together transformed a bleak, outdated kitchen into a fun and livable one.
By pacing their projects over a month, Bekki and Gary were spared the inconveniences typically associated with a kitchen renovation. "The longest we were banned from the kitchen was 3 days while the floor was ripped up and replaced," Gary explains. Better still, they were able to keep the costs remarkably low.

Spending less that $6,000 (excluding appliances) across a four-week period, Bekki and Gary made the following high-impact, low-cost changes:

1) Installed New Flooring. Contractors were hired to replace the old flooring with traditional black and white speckled linoleum tile. "We knew we were going to have kids in the next year or two and wanted something cheap and durable to withstand the wear and tear of family life," explains Bekki. "We didn't want to have to worry about harming our kitchen floor." They also knew that it would be a waste to invest in high-cost flooring for a kitchen that is likely to be renovated more completely down the line. When the contractors ripped up the old flooring they discovered considerable mold, which meant that the flooring had to be stripped down to the basement ceiling below. This unforeseen complication translated into higher than anticipated costs.

2) Painted the Cabinets. Bekki and Gary painted the faded wood cabinets a simple white and replaced the hardware with silver knobs from Restoration Hardware.

3) Installed New Countertops. Black granite countertops were installed to replace the faded, stained Formica.

4) Replaced the Appliances. A Frigidaire Professional Series range, a Bosch dishwasher, a GE Profile wine fridge, and a new refrigerator were purchased at the Home Depot Expo in DC.

5)Repainted the Walls. Bekki and Gary painted the pale pink walls a bright, retro lime green, which contrasts nicely with the white cabinets and black and white tiled floors.

Thanks for sharing, Bekki and Gary!

Images: Catrin Morris

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