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L.A. Story: A Budget Kitchen Makeover, DIY Countertop Hack Included

Photography by Sara Tramp, courtesy of Emily Henderson Design.

She had renovated the kitchen in her 363-square-foot flat. One of her layout inspirations? The kitchen of Sarah Lonsdale, among Remodelista’s founding crew members. She wondered, would we like to see with her space.
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One look at the before/after images, and it was clear that we needed to write about it. From the posh breakfast nook to the plywood counter tops, that covers the countertop beneath Jessica’s kitchen rehabilitation is clever and considered.

And cost-conscious, too: The entire DIY project cost approximately $2,000 ($1,000 for its built-in jobs and $1,000 for its decor), because of some handy and willing father. “My father built, I then installed and sealed. I am quite aware that this kitchen would have hit my wallet considerably harder had I not had my dad do all the craftsman function,” says Jessica.
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Above:”When I first walked into the kitchen, the priority was to rectify the countertop,” says Jessica. “It was miserable, outdated, and bringing me down.” Her solution: Inspired by Sarah’s clever idea to pay unsightly counters Jessica, with plywood along with a huge help from her daddy, did exactly the same with her countertop. She secured it.
 Jessica didn’t have to do much to the kitchen cabinets. “I just replaced the hardware on the lower cabinetry, but the uppers came that way! When I looked at the place for the first time, my heart stopped when I saw all the open shelving. In my head I thought it was the perfect excuse to buy only beautiful kitchenwares since they would be on display all day, every day,” she says.

Above: Jessica did not have to do much to the kitchen cabinets. “I simply replaced the hardware on the lower cabinetry, however, the uppers came this way! My heart stopped when I found of the shelving, when I looked in the location for the first moment. In my mind I believed it was an ideal excuse to buy only beautiful kitchenwares because they would be on display daily, daily,” she says.
Jessica chose Farrow & Ball’s Pointing for the walls—”the most perfect warm white.” She’s not sure what’s on the cabinets, as they were painted before she moved in. Jessica considered making over the linoleum floor with sticker tiles, but its unevenness would have made that difficult. Instead, she made do by covering much of the floor with a vintage Turkish rug. The mirror has been in her family for four generations. The landscape was a $20 flea market score. (See The New Art Gallery: 12 Favorite Kitchens with Paintings on Display.)

Above: Jessica chose Farrow & Ball’s Pointing to your walls”the best warm white.” She’s not certain what’s about the cabinets, since they were painted before she transferred in. Its unevenness could have made that hard, although jessica considered making the linoleum flooring over with decal tiles. Instead, she chose by covering a lot of the floor with a classic Turkish carpet, do. The mirror has been in her family for several generations. The landscape was a $20 flea market rating. (See The New Art Gallery: 12 Favorite Kitchens with Paintings on Display.)
“After clearly looking at too many beautiful modern Parisian hotels and homes, I designed this guy,” says Jessica of her breakfast nook. “I wanted to utilize and maximize the space with a renter-friendly (minimal holes in walls) built-in instead of going for a table and chairs. This way, four people can eat at once here instead of two or maybe three.”

Above:”After obviously looking at a lot of amazing modern Parisian hotels and houses, I designed this man,” says Jessica of the breakfast nook. “I wanted to utilize and maximize the space with a renter-friendly (minimum holes in walls) built-in instead of going to get a table and chairs. In this manner, four people may eat once here instead of two or maybe three.”
At a cost of about $750, the nook was Jessica’s biggest splurge (the Smeg was gifted). “I purchased 10 red oak stair treads—that’s where the bullnose edges came into play—that I then graciously passed over to my dad, along with my design plan. The brass bars are curtain rods and the back cushions I made with fabric, foam, wood, and a staple gun,” shares Jessica.

Above: In a price of about $750, the nook was Jessica’s biggest splurge (the Smeg was talented ). “I purchased 10 red oak stair treads–that is where the bullnose edges came to play–which I then graciously passed to my father, along with my layout program. The metal bars are curtain sticks and the rear cushions I created using foam, fabric, wood, and a staple gun,” stocks Jessica. Jessica’s dad also constructed this beautiful bench, that wraps around to the entry hall, from alder timber sourced from Austin Hardwoods and Hardware in Santa Ana. (you may see her living room makeover here.)

Before

A peek at the original kitchen.

Above: A peek at the original kitchen.

 

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