gracesantacruz' Kitchen

Beach-inspired White Kitchen with Iridescent Glass and Stone Backsplash

Contact: gracesantacruz (My Page)
Posted on Sun, Jul 12, 09
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Background Info:
We updated what was a mid-80's top-of-the line kitchen to a 2009 kitchen. We replaced the appliances, painted the oak cabinets, and replaced the 80's ivory colored 6-inch tile countertops and backsplashes.
Total cost was only a little over $20K because:
1) We kept our original cabinets by painting them.
2) We purchased all the appliances online and found good deals including no tax.
3) We did some DIY: backsplash, most of electric works, plumbing, and did not hire a general contractor.
4) Our painter is the fastest, most thorough, very affordable wonderful professional. He did the most tedious part of removing the wall papers and all the painting, which would have taken us months.

Cabinets: Painting the existing cabinet was another big decision. It is solid oak but after 25yrs, it was looking dingy. Our painter to use eggshell rather than semi-gloss swiss coffee, which turned out to be crucial. The Eggshell finish gave us much softer, classier tone. (i.e., looks more expensive). I was worried about stains and dirt on white cabinets, but because the dirt and stains show clearly, I can just wipe it with soapy sponge and in 2 seconds, they are gone.

Bar with Seating
Bay Window
Cabs Wall>12in Deep
Cabs Wall>36in High
Glass Doors
Lighting Pendant
Lighting Recessed
Lighting Under Cabinet
Peninsula with Seating
Prep Sink
Sink>30in Wide
Trash Pullout
Walk-in Pantry

WOW! So beautiful!

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