Name: Sandra (sent in by Melissa)
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
This kitchen makeover was done for our neighborhood chef Sandra. She had a limited budget so the community came together to make it happen. We sent her away for what was supposed to be 7 days, which tuned into 9.
The gently used stove and sink where found on Craig's list for a song. The light fixture brass & glass 80's box store ugly and the vintage 50 aqua blue tile still in it's original box that was used for the stove backsplash tile were discovered at the The EcoStore, a store that sells second-hand building and remodeling materials to the general public.
The light fixture had to be sanded and spray in brushed nickel to match the cabinet hardware. The cabinets where cleaned sanded repainted and given a fresh look with new hinges, bin pulls and knobs. There was just enough in the budget to add glass panels to 2 doors. The butcher block counter tops are made from red oak flooring. After it was installed he wood was rubbed down with mineral oiled instead of polyurethaned so it is food safe.
Original to the home, Quarter sawn oak was discovered under 3 layers of vinyl and linoleum flooring. We ripped it out and refinished the wood floors. The old dishwasher was never used so it was ripped out and replaced with an Ikea Bekvam kitchen cart. This fits the space perfectly and can be pulled out and used for an additional prep area or a place to sit and have a cup of morning coffee.
There where 10 different people who worked on the project. Everyone generously gave their time and skills be it carpentry, cleaning, or just running for beer & pizza at the end of a long day. Needless to say she was very surprised and touched by all the effort the neighborhood put into the remodel.
Sandra loves Apartment Therapy and asked me to submit her kitchen remodel on a budget. We love Sandra and her wonderful cooking and wanted to giver her a space to work in that was functional and beautiful. Thanks for your consideration.
Thanks, Melissa and Sandra !