before & after: Robert’s condo kitchen
I look forward to visiting my friend Robert and his partner Javier in their newly purchased condo in downtown Vancouver this coming August. They have been busy making their mark on their new home and Robert promises some potential blog post topics for me. But before we get to the new place, I have another fabulous DIY success story from Robert’s old condo. With a little vision, a tight budget, and some handy skills, he transformed a decades old basic kitchen into a modern gem.
Robert ingeniously flipped the original doors inside out, utilizing the simple square style of the interior profile on the exterior (Update: he built new drawer fronts in a similar style to match the interior side of the doors). After carefully hand painting the doors and drawer fronts in multiple, thin coats with a meticulous sanding between each coat, he achieved an almost perfect finish, that rivals any sprayed application. New modern door and drawer pulls and a modern swing-arm faucet set further update the project.
Robert also removed the original plastic-panelled drop ceiling and added pot lights on a dimmer, along with under cabinet lighting. New, simple, white appliances and a square-cut laminate counter in a natural stone pattern complete the look.