When we got this new place, I was really excited... but not so excited about how dated it was in some respects. Being a rental, there's only so much that I had the liberty to do. Luckily, our landlords know my husband really well and have given us ALOT of freedom in fixing the place up.
The kitchen was pretty sad. Structurally sound, but really really needing some love. The photos don't do it much justice. The countertops were choppy and stained gold-flecked melamine. The backsplash was made up of strange plastic tiles from the 50's, and covered in chicken and rooster stickers. And check out the colour of those walls. Again, the photo doesn't do it justice.
I decided I really needed to tackle those countertops. I know you can get melamine paint, but I didn't want to do an all-one-colour-obviously-repainted something. Plus I wanted something with some visual interest.
The backsplash was a toughie... I really didn't want to get into tearing all those tiles off and replacing them (I mean, it is still a rental). But what the heck could I do to change it that would be durable? I pondered just getting some peel and stick floor tiles, but couldn't find anything that matched or just didn't look too corny.
With the help of some primer, craft paints, and many many layers of acrylic polyurethane, I totally transformed that bad boy.
The backsplash was a whim... I picked up some silver spray paint for the cupboard handles, and decided to test a coat on the tiles. I really liked how it turned out... I'll get some better pics up once my kitchen gets cleaned. It's kind of a moved-in mess right now.
AND I'll get up some instructions on how I did the countertop in a few days.
Until then, enjoy the weather and stay warm!
Update: You can now find the tutorial for the countertops here!!