My 80′s Kitchen Gets a Major Makeover

August 8, 2012

When my husband and I moved into our home a year and a half ago, I knew I loved the spaciousness and smart layout of the kitchen, but I was positive that the 80′s look of the space had to go, as quickly as possible. I’d seriously lay awake at night listening to the dirt I couldn’t scrub away sink into the black grout on the counters. It drove me nuts!

But, the reality was that we didn’t have a ton of cash to spend on a complete kitchen remodel (we just had a baby less than a year ago!) and I certainly knew I couldn’t stand to be out of my kitchen for the 3+ months I’d heard a total re-do could take.

Luckily, we were able to do business with a great construction company called kitchenCRATE, which specializes in new kitchens in 7 days for $15,000. Sign me up!

After spending way too much time obsessing about my finish choices (everything had to be just right, doncha know?) I finally let the KitchenCRATE guys do their thing. (If you’ve been following me on Facebook, this won’t be news to you, but I wanted to share the final photos on the blog.)

I can honestly say, it’s now my dream kitchen. Here’s a look at the before and after shots:

I love the clean, fresh look of the space now. I love the durability of the painted cabinets and the laminate flooring. I love the sparkle of the subway tiles when the sun hits them. I love that the new hardware makes the old maple cabinets so much more functional and modern. And I love love love love love the way I can just sweep crumbs right into the sink now, rather than having them get caught on the lip of my old porcelain sink. It’s the little things, right?

And just because I found this so helpful on other blogs when I was making my choices for the kitchen finishes, I’ll include the details:

80s Kitchen Makeover

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara August 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm

The kitchen looks awesome!!! Love it!

Erin August 15, 2012 at 7:18 am

Wow! Did that include materials and appliances?! That’s a great price and amazing turnaround time!

Meredith Meredith August 15, 2012 at 9:16 am

Hi Erin! Great to hear from you!!!

The cost included everything except the appliances and the flooring. It was a great deal and I still can’t believe they got it all done in 7 days!

Ashley August 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I love the polka-dot utensil holder! Can I ask where you got it?

Meredith Meredith August 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

Ashley: I love that utensil holder, too. (I’m a sucker for polka dots, actually.) We got that on a trip to Mendocino in a little store there, but I don’t remember the name of it.

But, I did just a bit of poking around and found one very similar on Amazon for just $25:

Hope that helps!

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Melissa January 3, 2015 at 7:12 am

Hi- wonderful transformation! I am also doing this to my kitchen. Have the cabinets painted in an off-white color and newly installed Giallo Ornamental counter tops. Came across your post while looking for back splash ideas. I LOVE the daltile urban putty. Could you tell me what wall color you used? They look great together. Thanks!

Rebecca January 5, 2015 at 6:46 pm

I love the kitchen. I am considering urban putty color for my backsplash. The sample I saw will look great with my counter top but I am wondering it it will be to dark with oak cabinets. Any thoughts on whether or not it will be to dark? Other questions what was the grout color you used it looks great? Thanks for your help.

Cassie March 17, 2015 at 1:21 pm

I love what you’ve done! What a transformation! My husband and I gutted and remodeled our kitchen and our marriage, by some miracle, survived. :) You made the right decision by hiring professionals! I have the same questions as previous posters: what wall paint and grout color did you choose?

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