I’ve been plugging away at the kitchen for the past week and I must say it’s coming along better than I expected.
The biggest part of the face lift was making something out of the floor. The vinyl tiles were in good shape and I didn’t have the money to lay a new floor so I had to come up with a plan.
With a very neutral wall color, the room needed a shot of color so I purchased a gallon of red (Bolero) and a gallon of white (Antique Lace) for a total of $22. A quart of high gloss polyurethane ($10) would provide enough for three coats of durability.
I painted the entire floor with two coats of white and after it had plenty of time to dry, I marked off each vinyl tile with painter’s tape. Using a small roller I applied two coats of red on every other tile to create a checkerboard pattern.
Once the paint had a full day to cure, the polyurethane was ready to be applied. Polyurethane darkens objects by a couple of shades, so pick out colors a little lighter than what you think you want.
The only bathroom in my house is accessed by tramping through the kitchen and I just knew the minute I polyurethaned in front of the bathroom door, I’d have to “go”, so the poly was only applied at night, just before bed.
Three coats later, I had a kitchen floor to be proud of. The project was easy but time consuming.
The kitchen has come a long way from this:
And the total to date? $198.45
Considering I had more than $100 left to my budget, I made a pair of cafe style curtains ($2.99) and purchased a bamboo blind for the kitchen door ($22).
Robert and his friend Lew are building a cabinet/work surface to fit between the fridge and the stove, which is very very cool of them…and they work cheap, which fits my budget.
Some pictures on the wall and the kitchen will be complete.
I have, with the help of friends, created a pretty and functional kitchen on the cheap. Just goes to show you what a little money and a whole lot of ingenuity will accomplish!