Possibly the ugliest room in our home: the kitchen. Builder's 1987 oak cabinets, ivory Formica counters, original vinyl floor - complete with rips and burns. Classy. Since kitchens help sell houses, we needed a re-do (10 years ago we needed a redo!), and we had a budget.
These are the counter tops. Bought them from Home Depot, who is having a 10% off sale right now on Wilsonart Laminate counters... so with the extra money we got a fancier edge. (Full Wrap Ogee, if that means anything to you... to me it just "looked nicer")
This is the tile for the floor and the back splash. It's actually a lighter, sandy color porcelain tile (not "pink" like the picture), but has slate profile. My contractor and I both walked right to it - and he said, "It's is never this easy." Basic 16x16 tiles on the floor, 8x12 staggered tiles as a back splash (NOTE: THIS IS NO LONGER THE TILE. BECAUSE IT IS PINK AND UGLY.)
I know I was going to paint the cabinets... but with our not changing the appliances (which are white) I actually wanted to go darker. I'm going to try gel staining over the oak to get a darker, richer color. Not as dark as below, but this is an example of gel stain over oak.
Moen Faucet in stainless steel, spot free.
Wish us luck! The kitchen should be done before Thanksgiving... nothing like pushing a date like that!