Kitchen Face Lift After 30 Years!

Flip it!

After 30 years of struggling with our miniature kitchen in our one bedroom New York Apartment, our stove and dishwasher gave up the ghost at the same time, and we had to empty out the kitchen, breakfast nook and hallway into our living room to remove the old appliances, so we could have the new ones installed. Opportunity! Let’s give our Kitchen a Much Needed Face Lift.

I love lots of things around me, filled with color and memory, but our kitchen really needed to be updated. We couldn’t do a full renovation, much too expensive in the city, and we couldn’t remove the broken stove and dishwasher to be able to bring in the new appliances. Everything had to come out of the kitchen and breakfast nook – I mean EVERYTHING….

Even the old linoleum had aged over the years and was hidden by our now broken dishwasher and stove. I see new linoleum in our future. This was awful.

There was never enough space in the kitchen to actually cook or prepare anything, and as you can see the only place to store things was to hang them on a pegboard we had installed years ago.

We moved the Fridge, and broken dishwasher, micro and toaster oven into the breakfast nook, after we had moved EVERYTHING else into the living room.

I am not a horder… remember, this was everything on top of everything from the kitchen, the breakfast nook. Great opportunity to sort and toss. My husbands favorite thing to do.

Once everything was out of the area, we went to work painting everything WHITE. The room seemed so much bigger with everything out and the new coat of paint. The wooden cabinetry was still in good shape so we painted it white inside and out and kept the black hinges. Replaced the wooden knobs with black ones to match the hinges.

I added more storage by extending shelving around the window and over the sink to give a place for coffee maker, toaster oven to live instead of on the counter to give us more space. Designed it myself and went to the local hardware store and had it cut to size. A day worker recommended by our super helped me with the handywork.

The counter cabinet that you will see in a later pic was also painted white and we added a board at the back to act as a back splash. Makes it look more finished and stopped items dropping behind it.

The linoleum arrived next, so I had to move everything from our hallway into the living room as well! Don’t you really appreciate having a house, garage and back yard for storage during a renovation? Not in a city apartment. Learned to just make due and it is all worth it in the end.

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