BUDGET KITCHEN MAKEOVER
DECONSTRUCTED – PART 3
We continue breaking down the kitchen makeover
I spent a good few years, on my regular LOWES and HOME DEPOT runs, wandering over to the Kitchen countertop section, running my fingers over the samples…dreaming of my Beautiful Marble Countertops..then for a while I had a fantasy of having Silestone…even a brief interlude with Granite. But never, EVER with Formica. Formica is what I had…and what I hoped to get rid of.
One day while I was picking the brain of the patient Kitchen Designer…now on a first name basis, I glanced sideways and saw a finished Marble countertop…probably waiting for its lucky rich owner to pick it up.
“Just for kicks…. how much would THAT marble be?” I asked.
She smiled .”THAT is NOT marble” she said with a grin. “Believe it or not, THAT is FORMICA!”
“NO WAY!!!” I said. I walked over and looked at it from all sides, and honestly could not see that it was Formica. It was wild! Then I touched it, and it was not cold like marble. That was the ONLY giveaway!!!
“Tell me more about this Formica Marble” I said…..
I learned that Formica had introduced a line of countertops, called 180X which Formica.com says “captures the true scale and visual drama of a full granite slab, recreating the dynamic sweep of its striking colorations and exquisite veining. Affordable luxury on a grand scale.”
Amore Edge , Kohler Vault Sink, Rohl Faucet
These beautiful countertops are really just digital “prints” of the real thing, technology at its finest….that is why they look so real.
FORMICA IDEAL EDGE
In 2012, FORMICA introduced the Ideal Edge which – (from the Formica Website) “Transcend the limits of yesterday’s laminate. New IdealEdge by Formica Group offers decorative edges that bring a fresh look to laminate countertops, islands and work tables. What you see, is a perfectly finished edge. What you don’t see is the brown seam line visible with a conventional flat edge.eliminates the telltale brown seam line of Formica and can go around corners.”
For a while there, Ideal edge could only be accessed in a select number of locations and created by only a few fabricators, but this past Spring and Summer Formica launched a Nationwide training program to teach fabricators all over the country how to construct Ideal Edge. This is GREAT NEWS for the customer who wants the total look…without the telltale brown line.
So, while I got my countertops a bit early to get the ideal Edge, Hopefully YOU can!
SO This Is why I chose Laminate over Real Marble……
1. Cost. My Formica Countertops cost me under $800.
2.And they are so beautiful.
3.And they are less maintenance.
4.And they are less fragile.
5.And in a kitchen that is 45 years old…I just did not think it was sensible to invest over $5000 on Countertops.
I think that is a ridiculous amount of money when we want to take the kids to Europe and put braces on their teeth or maybe buy some nice boots. If the LOOK were dramatically different…maybe…but honestly…These countertops are beautiful!!!
JUST PLAIN GORGEOUS!!!
All along I had planned to lay a hexagon tile in our kitchen.
I could just SEE it…can;t you JUST see it. I had done the research and I had practiced by doing both the Powder Room and our Master Bathroom. I can think of no better flooring for my kitchen in THIS house. But I ran into a little problem. There are so many layers of vinyl flooring that if I were to add one more layer, my toes would not fit under the cabinets…I could have removed the TOP layer of vinyl but It became clear that the shape of the floor underneath was questionable and unable to be removed because of potential asbestos. And then I had an IDEA!!!
PAINT THE FLOOR!!!!
HOW I DID IT:
1. Cleaned the floor thoroughly.
BEFORE …this floor was nasty…dirty and old…but intact and I liked the underlying pattern…
2. Used TSP to clean it some more. Then, I got some super hot soapy water…and a heavy duty scrub brush…cleaned some more.
3. Designed my pattern….
I used to graph paper to make my design.
4. PRIMED the floor with SKILZ primer which I had tinted to one of the gray colors.
5. Touched up the trim with Benjamin Moore – Mountain Peak White and “CUT in” the floor around the edges…
I cut in the shoe mould around the base of the room with a coat of fresh paint.
6. I originally designed a Herringbone Pattern but changed my pattern when 4 colors looks too busy…the result is a kind of “Chevron meets Stripes” pattern
I started with 4 colors…it was too too busy so I took it down to TWO colors
7. Taped off the lines to get them nice and straight…
8. Removed the taped…touched up the bleed throughs…and then touched up THOSE bleed throughs..rinse and repeat!!!
9. LET IT DRY
This was not a difficult project..TEDIOUS YES,
but EASY TO DO.
The hardest part was keeping people out of the kitchen for a few days while I let it dry…
FINALLY, I devised this “ISLE OF PLACEMATS” system…
which allowed folks to come in the kitchen… ONLY if they stepped on the placemats!!!
BENJAMIN MOORE PORCH AND FLOOR PAINT 2 quarts $15.00/each
1.Coventry Gray and 2. Tucker Gray
2. SKILZ Primer $25
3. Cleaning supplies etc $20
TIGER spent MORE time in the kitchen during the painting process than he ever has in his life!!! I think he was looking for his food, which usually sits in the window sill…away from the dogs…
I AM IN LOVE WITH MY KITCHEN FLOOR!!!
TOMORROW WE WILL FINISH UP THE BUDGET KITCHEN MAKEOVER BREAKDOWN BY GOING THROUGH THE ODDS AND ENDS!!!
UNTIL THEN, NAME THIS BABY!!! HE COULD BE COMING HOME TO YOUR HOUSE!!!