Remodeling transforms 1970s-era kitchen

Remodeling transforms 1970s-era kitchen

When she and her husband bought their home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., three years ago, Angie’s List member Catherine W. knew that someday she would remodel the kitchen – completely.

Plain looking and very 1970s, this was definitely not the kitchen Catherine wanted, but she was patient as the couple began setting aside money for what they knew would be an expensive investment.

This year, they decided it was time to act – if they could keep to their budget. Catherine was more than ready to take on the challenge.

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“For months, I collected kitchen design magazines and then browsed all kinds of kitchen photos online,” she says. Using Pinterest and other social media sites, Catherine amassed a collection of photos of every detail that would go into her kitchen remodeling project from backsplashes to faucets. She also kept a spreadsheet to keep track of all the prices.

Pictures were one thing, but the couple also took trips to major hardware stores to look at cabinets, "and we decided we both loved off-white painted, classic cabinets.”

The daughter of an electrical engineer, Catherine learned more about home construction than the average person, and she ended up acting as her own general contractor – hiring one company to design and build the cabinets and others for plumbing, flooring and wallpapering.

One thing Catherine knew she wanted was a big, deep sink. “We chose the farmhouse sink, single bowl fireclay style,” she says, “and found that bridge style faucets seemed most popular with the farmhouse-cottage chic look we were going for. I LOVE this sink. It was worth the splurge and is actually very, very practical - easy to wash pots and pans, plenty of room.”

And then there was the ceiling. Inspired by a photo she found on a blog, Catherine decided on beadboard wallpaper for the ceiling. Her husband “thought the wallpaper on the ceiling idea was crazy,” but he trusted her vision and “he loves it now that it’s in.”  

Catherine says it made a huge difference to work with service providers who could share her vision and make it a reality. "I can't believe it went so smoothly."

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