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Sabina’s “Dated, Depressing” Kitchen Gets a Bright Makeover

updated Dec 19, 2019
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Project by: Sabina
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We moved into our house three years ago and it was love at first sight. We loved everything about it—except the fact that it was incredibly outdated. So, after putting up with our dated, depressing kitchen for three years, in June of 2015 we finally started our dream kitchen renovation. We had replaced a few of the appliances with our own when we moved in, so we didn’t opt to get all new appliances during this renovation.

(Image credit: Submitted by Sabina )

We ended up having to tear out everything. There wasn’t anything we wanted to salvage. The cabinets, the floors, the hideous dated wallpaper, everything had to go. We wanted to create a modern, unique kitchen. There was originally a large walI with a small door opening to separate the dining room and the kitchen, but since we wanted to open up the room we tore it down. I think that the most difficult decisions were splurging on super-white granite countertops and picking out a unique backsplash. We needed something more cost effective for the backsplash but didn’t want to go with the same, boring, white subway tile everyone else had, so we opted for a bright turquoise subway tile laid out in a herringbone-format.

(Image credit: Submitted by Sabina )
(Image credit: Submitted by Sabina )

In addition to this, we decided to go with fresh, brass hardware and a brass kitchen faucet to achieve a more rustic approach. We replaced the dated laminate flooring with an indigo ceramic floor tile, to tie the entire kitchen together. My favorite part of my kitchen is either the bright backsplash or the countertop. We do sometimes have second thoughts regarding the backsplash, but looking back I can’t think of anything that would’ve fit in better!

(Image credit: Submitted by Sabina )

Thanks, Sabina!

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