Good Questions: Kitchen help!

Good Questions: Kitchen help!

Aug 31, 2006

Debbie writes:
Hi AT, My husband and I just purchased a condo in "as is" condition and as you can see, the kitchen is desperately in need of help. From the 20 year old burnt orange/brownish tile counters to the lacquered cabinets to the 80s vinyl floor we don't know where to start. The problem is, with a baby on the way and going broke just to buy the place, we don't have much money for a complete overhaul. Can you and your readers suggest any economical ways to improve our kitchen, especially the countertops?

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Hi Debbie- Congrats on the new purchase (and upcoming new addition to your family!) Looks like you have a fun project ahead of you! We think the easiest thing would be to simply paint over your cabinets. You'll probably want to sand them first, or depending on how thick the lacquer is, some sort of liquid remover may help too. Perhaps consider switching out the hardware. You could try newer vinyl tiles to go right over the existing flooring. Not sure what to tell you about the countertops without completely removing them, which is a bit more involved. We're sure there are several AT:LA readers that have been through this- What do you guys suggest Debbie should do?

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