A couple of weeks ago we featured Athena Calderone’s revamped bathroom (see Before/After: A Perfectionist’s $1,000 Bathroom Overhaul in Brooklyn); this week we’re taking a look at her freshened-up rental kitchen, which she’s living in while her house is being renovated. “Undergoing a massive kitchen upgrade, particularly in a rental, is not ideal for most, but it’s incredible what a difference a coat of gray paint, new wood countertops, and a functional dishwasher can make.”
Above: Athena also replaced the existing dishwasher with a 24-inch LG Studio Dishwasher ($999 from AJ Madison).
Above: Athena kept the original stove but ripped out the brown laminate countertops and replaced them with Karlby birch countertops from Ikea ($139 for a 98-by-1.5-inch length).
Above: Athena at work in her kitchen (stay tuned; she’s got a cookbook coming out in fall of 2017 with Abrams). The birch countertops wrap around the end to create a waterfall effect.
Above: The kitchen, before.
See another low-cost kitchen transformation at Kitchen of the Week: A Stylist’s $3,400 Kitchen Makeover, DIY Scandi Edition.