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Kitchen of the Week: A Low-Cost Before/After Kitchen in Brooklyn

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Kitchen of the Week: A Low-Cost Before/After Kitchen in Brooklyn

July 7, 2016

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.”

Photography by Sarah Elliott; see more at Eye Swoon.

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Above: After priming the “horrific honey-toned kitchen cabinets” with a coat of Valspar’s Professional Stain Block/Bonding Primer, Athena added a single coat of Valspar’s Mark Twain House Ombra Gray.

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Above: Athena also replaced the existing dishwasher with a 24-inch LG Studio Dishwasher ($999 from AJ Madison).

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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).

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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.

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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.




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