9.25.2007

readers write: kitchen makeover

A reader of mine over at Curbly posted a detailed 'how-to' of her recent kitchen makeover. Forced with limited ideas to give her rental a facelift, check out how she accomplished a super cool kitchen in just a few bucks:


"I just HAD to do something about those white laminate cabinets. I was pretty restricted due to us living in a rental. This required pretty minimal drilling and looks so good that my landlord was ecstatic."



"I purchased sheets of gauge stainless steel from the duct department of the hardware store. I cut it down to size for each cabinet door and filed all the edges so that they couldn't slice a finger. I used 400 grit sandpaper on the steel in a circular motion to make the steel look "brushed". I purchased 3/4" #10 nuts and bolts to fasten them on for a cool industrial look. I used a 1/4" drill bit to make a hole 1" square from each corner and did the same in the sheet metal. Then I simply bolted them on w/ the nut on the outside and reattached the handles."



"I found this brass chandelier on the side of the road. It had an on/off switch on the base that had decomposed from age. I took it apart, cleaning the brass thoroughly, and gutted the old switch housing from the inside. I then disconnected the wiring from the switch to hook all the lamps to one positive and one negative cord that would lead to the ceiling electric hookup. I sanded the metal w/ 400 grit paper and spray painted it black. I purchased a black chain to hang it with and hooked it up to the ceiling source and added a dimmer to control it."

[love it.]

12 comments:

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Ooh hidden treasure. This is fantastic!
Where have you been - how could I have missed this?
I would be honoured to be on your roll (so to speak).

PreciousStyle.blogspot.com said...

It's so funny when stubborn and tasteless landlords are brought to the light by the fabulous designs of their tenants. Great job.

design for mankind. said...

House of Beauty and Culture: I LOOOOVE YOU!

Precious Style: great take on this. I absolutely agree--- tenants unite!

cardboard said...

I love that chandelier project too. The end result is glitzy and so so chic. WAY TO GO.

design for mankind. said...

Cardboard: I love it, too. This project is FABULOUS.

becky said...

OK, I TOTALLY want to copy this on the loft I am helping renovate - how expensive was the steel? How long did it take to cover the cabinet doors? It's genius and it looks SOOO good!

design for mankind. said...

Becky: I'll find out for you! Stay tuned...

design for mankind. said...

Becky: Here's what our expert had to say...

"The steel was about $7 a sheet 24 x 36 ". I used tinsnips to cut it to size and the filing took about 15 min. per piece b/c I wanted it perfect (no nicks and cuts for my houseguests!) I would say that once you had the measurements & the materials you could get the project done in an afternoon. Maybe two if you have a bunch of doors. The project cost me about $30! So cheap!"

Antoaneta said...

I know this style! I love it and I love the people who use this kitchen:))) I wish them a lot of banitza and other tasty things, which will be prepared there...

mother-in-low:)

design for mankind. said...

Antoaneta: What a sweet mother you are! You have some very talented kiddies!!!

designdna said...

brilliant. love it. i super love the diy. we take that VERY seriously at our house! your blog is great if i have not said so before!

design for mankind. said...

DesignDNA: I love you back!!!

welcome.

because beauty lies in the details of design. in the pencil shavings, in the blueberry waffles. the vintage dress, framed portrait, old postcard.

design is inevitable. celebrated. design for mankind.

9.25.2007

readers write: kitchen makeover

A reader of mine over at Curbly posted a detailed 'how-to' of her recent kitchen makeover. Forced with limited ideas to give her rental a facelift, check out how she accomplished a super cool kitchen in just a few bucks:


"I just HAD to do something about those white laminate cabinets. I was pretty restricted due to us living in a rental. This required pretty minimal drilling and looks so good that my landlord was ecstatic."



"I purchased sheets of gauge stainless steel from the duct department of the hardware store. I cut it down to size for each cabinet door and filed all the edges so that they couldn't slice a finger. I used 400 grit sandpaper on the steel in a circular motion to make the steel look "brushed". I purchased 3/4" #10 nuts and bolts to fasten them on for a cool industrial look. I used a 1/4" drill bit to make a hole 1" square from each corner and did the same in the sheet metal. Then I simply bolted them on w/ the nut on the outside and reattached the handles."



"I found this brass chandelier on the side of the road. It had an on/off switch on the base that had decomposed from age. I took it apart, cleaning the brass thoroughly, and gutted the old switch housing from the inside. I then disconnected the wiring from the switch to hook all the lamps to one positive and one negative cord that would lead to the ceiling electric hookup. I sanded the metal w/ 400 grit paper and spray painted it black. I purchased a black chain to hang it with and hooked it up to the ceiling source and added a dimmer to control it."

[love it.]

12 comments:

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Ooh hidden treasure. This is fantastic!
Where have you been - how could I have missed this?
I would be honoured to be on your roll (so to speak).

PreciousStyle.blogspot.com said...

It's so funny when stubborn and tasteless landlords are brought to the light by the fabulous designs of their tenants. Great job.

design for mankind. said...

House of Beauty and Culture: I LOOOOVE YOU!

Precious Style: great take on this. I absolutely agree--- tenants unite!

cardboard said...

I love that chandelier project too. The end result is glitzy and so so chic. WAY TO GO.

design for mankind. said...

Cardboard: I love it, too. This project is FABULOUS.

becky said...

OK, I TOTALLY want to copy this on the loft I am helping renovate - how expensive was the steel? How long did it take to cover the cabinet doors? It's genius and it looks SOOO good!

design for mankind. said...

Becky: I'll find out for you! Stay tuned...

design for mankind. said...

Becky: Here's what our expert had to say...

"The steel was about $7 a sheet 24 x 36 ". I used tinsnips to cut it to size and the filing took about 15 min. per piece b/c I wanted it perfect (no nicks and cuts for my houseguests!) I would say that once you had the measurements & the materials you could get the project done in an afternoon. Maybe two if you have a bunch of doors. The project cost me about $30! So cheap!"

Antoaneta said...

I know this style! I love it and I love the people who use this kitchen:))) I wish them a lot of banitza and other tasty things, which will be prepared there...

mother-in-low:)

design for mankind. said...

Antoaneta: What a sweet mother you are! You have some very talented kiddies!!!

designdna said...

brilliant. love it. i super love the diy. we take that VERY seriously at our house! your blog is great if i have not said so before!

design for mankind. said...

DesignDNA: I love you back!!!