Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Kitchenette Makeover

I'll be kid free next week (Thanks Mom!) and I plan to finally take pictures of all of the progress we've made on the house. In addition to the big house projects, I've been tackling small projects here and there.

One smallish project is the kitchenette in our guest room. Here's the before shot:

This picture does not adequately capture the off-whiteness of the cabinets or appliances.
We had the walls (Benjamin Moore Pale Vista) and the trim painted before we moved in. The kitchenette was added to the house as part of an addition in the 1980s. The bottom section is a one piece unit made by acme company. I think it was barely used by the previous owners. It includes a stove top, oven, sink and fridge. Acme still makes these tiny kitchens and they retail for ~$2,000.

Many of today's Acme kitchenettes include upper cabinets. Our's has wood cabinets - I'm not sure if they were custom build or manufactured by Acme.

When we moved in, we thought we'd replace the kitchenette with something more modern i.e. quartz counter top and stainless appliances. However, a recent plumbing issue has us reigning in the budget a bit. Also, the little vintage (can something from the 80's be vintage?) kitchenette has gown on me. I challenged myself to to spruce it up for less than $100. It ended up costing $70. I'm very happy with the end result.

Of course this photo doesn't do the bright white paint justice...
I tackled the section housing the appliances first. I did not like the off white color of the oven or the fridge and I really didn't like the black metal surrounding the appliances. I carefully removed the oven door and drawer facing (this took a little guess work and a screw driver, but wasn't hard), cleaned both with Simple Green, then painted them with Rust-oleum white appliance paint. I cleaned the handles (which I also removed) with Bar Keepers Friend. Next, I took off the oven nobs and taped and/or covered everything I did not wanted painted (never underestimate the range of spray paint over spray). I used the same paint for the black surround and the small off-white door (sink access) next to the fridge. Once everything was dry I reattached the oven door and drawer facings. Even though everything was very clean to begin with, the off-white color just made it look dirty. The love the bright white.

I decided to do something fun with the fridge door and covered with with temporary wall paper from Chasing Paper. This stuff isn't very cheap ($35 for a 2x4' roll), but its easy to use, easy to remove, and comes in tons of great patterns and colors. Its also made in the USA.

When choosing my paper, I wanted something turquoise to accent the headboard in the adjoining guest room. It is upholstered with this fabric. Trust me, the blue in the fabric is much more turquoise in person.


I ended up ordering this fun print called Bowtie from Chasing Paper. Its a bit more subdued in person.


The wallpaper was very easy to install. I positioned it so that it was slightly overlapping the metal trim on the fridge, then used an xacto knife and a straight edge to trim it to align perfectly with the metal trim. Once the paper was installed, I cleaned and reattached the handle (I thought about painting it to cover the "ACME", but my husband convinced me to keep it.

Next I turned my attention to the upper section. I painted the vent hood with the same appliance paint, that I used for the oven etc. Before painting I taped and covered everything on it and around it that I didn't want painted, including the underside (I didn't want to mess with getting paint on the filter or mechanical parts). Next I removed all of the cabinet doors (x4) and hardware. I cleaned all of the hardware and painted the doors using a can of Rust-oleum Painters Touch (ultra cover latex) white gloss. I picked this paint primarily based on price (~$10 for a quart). I was pleasantly surprised by the finish. It only required two coats, it dried quickly, and the glossy finish is exactly what I wanted.

This picture really shows just how dirty the old off white looked.


I really liked the shape of the cabinet knobs, just not the color. So I spray painted them with the turquoise paint I had leftover from this project.


I have found this to be the best method for painting knobs. You can easily see which areas are not getting covered and you can hold the stick when painting the underside of the knobs. 
As a final touch, I framed and hung a page from a calendar I bought at Paper Source. Of course now the rest of the room needs decorating.


I'd love to DYI a rug like this one from One Kings Lane, but with white and lavender or turquoise.


Overstock has a nice looking reproduction tulip table (various sizes). I think Ikea does too, but theirs may be too big for the space.
Once I figure out the table I'll start looking at thrift store for a set of chairs. Maybe I'll get lucky and find something like these:

Via Circawho.com
or these:

Via Etsy
I'm going down to South Carolina in August to pick up some furniture I've inherited from my grandmother's recently sold home. There are a couple of pieces that I think will work well in the room too. Stay tuned…

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Cute makeover! I just randomly stumbled across your blog while searching for vintage acme kitchenettes. I love the color you chose for the knobs, but the change makes the rest of the hardware stand out. Have you thought about painting them chrome/stainless to match the rest of the metal finishes? I think it would really tie the cabinets to the base.

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