A DIY Kitchen Makeover: The Sweet Smell of Progress

Craftsman inspired kitchen remodel makeover gray ceramic floor tile countertop white subway tile The Decor Guru A year ago, I planned out a makeover/small remodel for my parents' kitchen. To set the foundation for this makeover, I used Craftsman styling for inspiration. At the time, we didn't anticipate it would take so long to complete. But, life happens. The winter came and that hindered some of the work that had to be done outside, like cutting wood and tiles. Then in January, my mother passed away unexpectedly, which really changed things. If you've experienced this loss as a spouse or a child, you know your world is changed completely. Thankfully, things have pretty much settled for my stepdad, so we jumped back into the makeover. In the last month or two, we've made some great progress. It's a sweet feeling when you finally start seeing the fruits of your makeover labor, so I'm excited to share some photos with you! Continue reading to check out our progress so far...

In the beginning, my parents replaced the floor with faux hardwood. They also filled in the wood wall paneling and painted them in my favorite neutral, Sterling (Behr). They were amazed when they saw how this cool, light gray opened up the kitchen and made it feel larger:

Craftsman inspired kitchen remodel makeover gray ceramic floor tile countertop white subway tile The Decor Guru

Molding was also attached to where the walls meet the ceiling. So that the room wouldn’t feel so heavy with wood, the molding was painted to match the walls.

The next large task was replacing the countertop. At first, they tossed around the idea of a light, marbled (but formica) countertop, something with a natural effect. Thankfully, I convinced them to go with a darker surface to add visual weigh and contrast to the newly lightened kitchen: Craftsman inspired kitchen remodel makeover gray ceramic floor tile countertop white subway tile The Decor GuruMy stepdad actually used ceramic floor tiles to create this countertop. The tiles were originally 2′ x 4′, so he used as many of these as possible and cut the rest with a wet saw. We tore off the old countertop and then affixed the floor tiles with mastic. (The countertop is awaiting a layer of grout, so it is still unfinished in these pics.)

Craftsman inspired kitchen remodel makeover gray ceramic floor tile countertop white subway tile The Decor GuruOnce the countertop was set, we replaced the sink and faucet. Well, he did the plumbing and I helped him take out the old sink and put in the new one. That was a lesson: porcelain sinks are heavy, y’all!

Craftsman inspired kitchen remodel makeover gray cerami floor tile countertop white subway tile porcelain sink The Decor GuruNext on the to-do list was the backsplash. We used simple white subway tiles for a clean, classic aesthetic and in one weekend, he had them up. Like the countertop, they need grouting. But it’s so cool to see how they flow with the rest of the makeover. This must be that sweet moment where clients have their “aha” moment, when they finally see the designer’s vision. (It’s a good feeling for me, too.)

Craftsman inspired kitchen remodel makeover gray ceramic floor tile countertop white subway tile The Decor GuruNow that the hardest parts are now checked off the list, we can get to work on the cabinets. The cabinets will be refaced, will include new doors with translucent inserts, plus feature new hardware. I originally  planned on using black drawer pulls to infuse the Craftsman vibe, but my stepdad is now contemplating handles like these:

I like them for the modern simplicity, but I’m not sure how they would look with the more rustic details of the kitchen (like the lighting). However, I am a master at mixing styles so I think we could work something out. 🙂

I’d also like to tweak some other decorative details like textiles, planters, and a bit of wall art. Just some little styling accents that will help set the style of the room.

Stay tuned for more updates as we make them!

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