ABOVE~ The kitchen looks like this now!
After doing parts of it over several months
this is a summary post showing all the steps we took.
BEFORE~The kitchen with maple cabinets and faux granite laminate countertops.
Step One: Paint all the cabinets in Annie Sloane Old White chalk paint.
Step Two: Build a shelf over the window by cutting plywood
and covering it with faux tin tile panels, and attach it with vintage iron brackets.
Paint the tile covered shelf with the same paint as the cabinets.
Step Three: Order new countertops in a marble lookalike product made by formica.
This is a newer product that is a large scale laminate called 180fx by Formica. Large scale means the pattern repeats at 8 feet instead of the usual 12-18". We ordered our counter tops from Lowes Home Improvement stores and it arrived in one week.
Step Four: Install the counter tops. We did this ourselves by unscrewing and removing the old counters.
Step 5: Select a vintage sink. We wanted a farmhouse look on a budget. Anytime you change your counter tops that is the time to decide if you want to change your sink.
We found this sink on Craigslist. It is a 1940s era porcelain drainboard sink. The cost was $75.
This sink fit into the existing base cabinet and the new counter tops were carefully cut to accommodate with a jigsaw. We added a silicone adhesive under the sink to secure it to the counter top.
Step 6: Bead board and Mini Hutch. We used beadboard wallpaper for the backsplash. This paper is by Martha Stewart at Home Depot.We removed the doors and outfitted the useless cabinet above the stove with hooks and a plate rail for displaying a collection of purple transfer ware to add charm to the kitchen.
The paper is three dimensional and looks like the real thing.
It is also meant to be painted so you can choose any color for the beadboard.
The mini-hutch display is finished off with a piece of carved foam molding..
Step 7: Reconfigured the cabinets around the refrigerator to gain more space in the corner. Since we were replacing the counter tops, this was the time to do this job and it was not difficult. We unscrewed the cabinets from the wall and left the crown molding intact and then moved them over and screwed them back into the wall.
This shows the reconfigured layout of the cabinets that used to flank the refrigerator.
The finished hutch that we made out of the seldom used cabinet above the stove.
The old fashioned sink and the marble look counter tops.
Some counter top styling with vintage dishes and silverplate.
Last thing we did was change out the light fixture~
My Vintage Inspired Cottage Kitchen!