Bruno Bornsztein

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Comments - Our Affordable Kitchen Makeover: The Reveal!

Anonymous on Nov 14, 2015:

Hi I really like your countertop choice. We are considering it. How do you think that it has held up?

Ann on Jul 05, 2013:

It just looks like a row house to me.I was raised in South Philadelphia and it just looks like a kitchen you would find there. Its a great job but I would rather have upper cupboards as the open shelves seems to me to be a dust catcher. Really neat kitchen and I love that they kept the old kitchen clock.

Sandi on Jun 24, 2013:

I like everything except the shelving above the sink. It looks great but I think it would collect dust or dirt being open. The kitchen looks wonderful

fabulosa on Jun 24, 2013:

Great job, kind of midcentury vibe, wich I love. He most be very please.

FairLady on Jun 13, 2013:

I love the RED KitchenAid stand mixer (I have one too).  You could go with red and the warm yellow of your hood for accent colors and put up white subway tiles on the wall behind the sink.  Hang some bistro with reds, warm yellows to really tie in your bistro style black/white flooring.  The green grassy thing doesn't fit into the style you are aiming for.   

FairLady on Jun 13, 2013:

I like the black/white tiles, the dark gray counter tops, the white cabinets and shelving with stainless hardware.  However, if the many multi-colored accessories were eliminated and accessories were basically just one accent color like the yellow (used for the hood color) it would be even more attractive.   I have the same basic scheme in my kitchen and have found this to be true (and am currently in the process of de-cluttering even more).  My accent colors are red and teal.   Luckily, this would be easy for you to do (to eliminate so many different colored accents).

bruno on Jun 11, 2013:

@amahlala: thanks! That's the look we were going for. 

@ann: nope. It's not a row house. What made you think that? Just curious...

Amahlala on Jun 11, 2013:

Still enjoy coming back to see the before and after on this kitchen! Great job! It looks so much more spacious and bright; cheerful even!

ann on Jun 10, 2013:

Well use of the space. Is this a row house? It really seems to be.

bruno on Jun 10, 2013:

@michelle - good question. Obvsiouly in this case we worked with Wilsonart on the countertops, so that doesn't apply to everyone. But using laminate can defintely be an option to consider when you want to save some money for other 'splurges'.

Our total expenses (excluding countertop and sink, which were donated by the sponsor) were under $2,000 (and a fair chunk of that went to a few new power tools I needed, and will continue using for years and years).

I think that's affordable for a really nice transformation! What do you think?

Anonymous on Jun 10, 2013:

Website for lullaby accessories? All I'm finding is a website for bras

Aidel.K on Jun 10, 2013:

Amazing job! The black & white with pops of color really works. And that Bruno is a keeper! He makes pizza, too?!!! :-)

Kathy B on Jun 10, 2013:

I'm always looking for ways to make a small space look larger & stay functional.  You did it!

mod*mom on Jun 10, 2013:

What A Lucky Dad

Michelle Glauser on Jun 06, 2013:

Awesome! But how much is considered affordable?

alicia on Jun 05, 2013:

Hi Chaucea! Unfortuantely, in projects like these sometimes the old retro pieces are in such bad shape that saving them is impossible.

The pull-out bread board was made of plywood and in such bad shape that it was literally crumbling in the middle and shooting slivers at anyone who dared pull it out.

We LOVED the slotted under-sink cabinet panel, but after years of faulty plumbing, it was waterlogged and warped beyond repair. It was a bummer.

alicia on Jun 05, 2013:

Sandesigns: Thanks! Your kitchen sounds wonderful. We'd love to see it!

Chaucea on Jun 05, 2013:

Noooo! You took out the built-in breadboard. :-( Those things are awesome, and never seen in newer kitchens (and they save a lot of space).

GAH! And you removed the awesome horizontal slots from the panel below the sink.

Shame on you for not honoring the wonderful "retro" features of the cabinetry! >:-(

alicia on Jun 05, 2013:

Hi Kim! The drying rack is the Boon grass drying rack. They market it as a baby goods drying rack, but we love it for everything. Here's a link:

Sandesigns on Jun 05, 2013:

Very nice job!  Love the floor with the white painted/renovated base cabinets with stainless IKEA pulls.  The countertops look nice in the dark finish and your IKEA upper shelving looks great too.  I love open shelving.

I have a black and white (12 inch squares) porcelain tile floor and used IKEA stainless steel Grundtal shelving (which is good) near the stove.   We didn't want granite countertops (or other outrageously $$$ material for counter tops).  We used light butcher block counter tops from IKEA and everyone loves them.  Wish I could post a photo here but my photo doesn't have a URL.

bruno on Jun 05, 2013:

@tina: It's Sherwin-Williams ProClassic latex enamel (link). I applied it with a foam brush to get a more uniform coat. You could also add a paint extender (ask at your local store) to try to reduce brush marks.

@kim: I can't remember! Maybe Alicia knows?

@jeanio: sorry you had a bad experience. The counters in this kitchen have held up great so far. 

Tina on Jun 05, 2013:

What kind of paint is used on the range hood?  An oil based enamel?  I love all of it!!

Kim on Jun 05, 2013:

Love the dish rack! Where's it from??

Kim Turner on Jun 05, 2013:

I loved the fun and retro look. A 1950s or so dining table would be cool.

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