Creating a User Friendly Apartment Kitchen

5:28:00 AM

I've written several times about my super talented married daughter Kasey 
and her DIY home improvements before.

How to re-create a kitchen that is both stylish and user friendly. www.homeroad.net
She and her husband live and work at a private high school where they rent an apartment in a very old mansion which is part of the school.  

This is their kitchen. It was a mish-mash of built in cabinets and appliances placed randomly around the room. 

They've decided to do most of the work themselves and to rearrange the room to make it more user friendly.

How to re-create a kitchen that is both stylish and user friendly. www.homeroad.net

Step one was to remove this extra large built in cabinet which was no easy task! Kasey did most of the demo herself and we won't talk about the electrical mishap!

How to re-create a kitchen that is both stylish and user friendly. www.homeroad.net

Those wooden boards that were on the top and on the bottom of the cabinet were actually made of mahogany with about 10 nails on each board. 

Each board was extremely heavy and so full of nails that I wasn't even able to salvage them for projects.

How to re-create a kitchen that is both stylish and user friendly. www.homeroad.net

Don't you love the triangles painted on the wall? Kasey painted those too. 

The wooden floors were very damaged and and so were covered with an inexpensive wood flooring product called Allure that they easily installed in an afternoon.

When the huge cabinet was finally out it was time to start re-arranging the appliances and installing the IKEA cabinets.

How to re-create a kitchen that is both stylish and user friendly. www.homeroad.net

How to re-create a kitchen that is both stylish and user friendly. www.homeroad.net

Butcher block counter tops were installed on the top of the cabinets and the room was beginning to look like a real kitchen!

How to re-create a kitchen that is both stylish and user friendly. www.homeroad.net

Notice the swatch of retro wallpaper on the wall? 

Wallpapering the kitchen is her next project and I've already been recruited to help.

Next up: Wallpaper, area rug and Mid Century accessories. 


How to re-create a kitchen that is both stylish and user friendly. www.homeroad.net

Stay tuned for the final touches on this real DIY kitchen and a look at the whole room!

How to re-create a kitchen that is both stylish and user friendly. www.homeroad.net

Now run on over to see the results of this beautiful room!

Here are a few of Kasey's other DIY apartment projects...






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2 comments

  1. Susan,
    what a great job she does! Functionality in a kitchen is so important, even a small one and beauty, that just makes it so much better! Can't wait to see it finished!
    Rebecca

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    1. Rebecca thanks so much! The reveal will be tomorrow and I can't wait for everyone to to see it because it came out so beautifully. I'm very proud of the skills she is getting just by trying!
      :)

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