Before and After: Little Changes Made a Big Difference in This Kitchen
Not every renovation has to be a tear-down-the-walls, spend-weeks-without-a-stove endeavor. In fact, sometimes the best redos are the simplest, with lots of attention on the little stuff. For Kit Lin, the little stuff in her kitchen was what bugged her. The layout worked well, and the cabinets and appliances were nice and new—but the speckled, wood-trimmed countertops felt dated, the cabinet hardware was meh, and there was hardly a backsplash to speak of. “We always had to be very careful during cooking,” Kit says, since any splatters would just end up on the painted wall.
But overall, the kitchen was a real catch, says Kit. “The kitchen size is actually huge considering only my husband and I live in this house,” she says. “Besides, there is a south-facing window near the sink which brings lots of natural light!”
So, to keep all the good stuff—the ample size, the natural light, and those pretty wood cabinets—but amp up the rest, Kit and her husband spent about a month researching and planning before contracting out the countertops, sink, and lighting.
Kit and her husband decided to put the bulk of their budget toward the countertop, which they replaced with crisp white quartz. Then, they had super affordable mid-century-style pendant lights from Amazon installed over the island to help lend some light and style to the space.