Project by: Brit
Location: Seattle, Washington
We live in a 1924 house in Seattle and have been slowly tackling renovations over the past several years. Last year we embarked on a major kitchen remodel, which included tearing out and moving walls, and really gutting the entire thing. The project took about a year to complete, but we've taken our small, outdated kitchen and have expanded it to create something much more modern, family-friendly, and fun.
We are hard-core DIYers so did nearly everything ourselves, from putting together and installing our cabinets, laying new floors, and planking the ceiling to tiling our backsplash, creating our own open shelving, and finishing the whole space. Our goal was to create a space that is functional for our family but also great for entertaining. We used a combination of marble, white paint, and natural wood to create a space that is bright but also not too sterile. We mixed stainless steel and brass and blended modern and traditional, to help the kitchen fit into our 1924 home yet keep it current for our lives today.
To make the kitchen work in our budget we spent on some areas and saved on others. One of our biggest savings was using ready-to-assemble cabinets (from The RTA Store) and customizing them with trim and even a hidden retractable-door microwave cabinet for a higher-end look. We also took the existing 25 year old Sub-Zero fridge (that still works great!) and updated it with chalkboard contact paper to create our chalkboard fridge.
It was a long process but well worth it to take the kitchen from the its 1990-beige-self to something that is a great space for family and friends to gather for years to come.
You can check out Brit's website, House Updated for sources, more information, and more pictures.
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