We bought a bunch of subway tile off of craigslist to retile our kitchen backsplash and wall. The previous owner had bead board up. When we pulled off the bead board we were not thrilled to find a destroyed wall behind it. Some places the wall seemed to have no support, other places were just holes with insulation stuffed in. I reinforced the wall with 1/4″ hardie backer board. As the additional thickness of the hardie board, thinset and tile was more than that of the bead board I also had to replace the bottom piece of trim on the window above the sink with an old piece of trim from the house, that wasn’t tapered in such a way that the tile would come out farther than it on the wall (as the existing one was). Then Lindsay rented a tile saw and went to tiling, while I was out of town. We also used grey caulk to finish the look and match the grey grout. We are very happy with the results both in look and durability!
As part of our kitchen remodel we created countertops from plywood (and a little slate) all on our own!
We recently purchased our first home on St. John’s Street and have been renovating it ourselves since last December. Our kitchen is an area we totally transformed…
For this kitchen makeover, I refinished the floors, repaired and painted the walls, and replaced the appliances and lighting.
We used Ben Moore Natura in ‘Pale avocado’ and ‘split pea’ as well as Ben Moore high gloss white. And polyurethane to add shine to all wood finishes (from Atlantic Hardwoods). The guys in paint department at Maine Hardwood are always so informative and helpful. The pale avocado was used in both rooms (most not seen in these photos).
We transformed our kitchen by stripping, sanding, and painting all the cabinets and painting the kitchen walls. We used Benjamin Moore paint for everything – Hawthorne yellow on the walls, an off white Butterfield on the cabinets and a bright white for crown and trim paint. We soaked the existing hardware in a degreaser/cleaner we bought at Maine Hardware and on a recommendation of your staff, spray painted the hardware black with a rustoleum spray paint. It took some time but saved us a ton of money on new hardware and the refinished cabinet hardware looks like new! Our kitchen was completely transformed using just paint.
We recently bought our first house and returned back to the east coast after many years in San Francisco. The only thing that may have trumped the brutal weather we encountered in our first winter back was the reality of what a “fixer upper” really means! We have been humbled by the amount of work that goes into turning this 1907 New Englander into our dream home.
We purchased this tired old house in July of 2014 and have been working tirelessly to give it a makeover! When we started, the walls were a deep red and the tin ceiling was rusted, greasy and coming apart at the seams.
When we bought our house, the kitchen had white wainscoting and wallpaper with lighthouses on it. We stripped the wallpaper and painted it Hydrangea blue from Valspar. I was hoping it would make an impact, but the transformation was stunning! We later added a chalkboard paint wall which we love!