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After 25 years of marriage, Jan is keeping her first secret from Andy. While Andy is away on business for the week, Jan has enlisted the help of Debbie and the Facelift team to completely redo her kitchen. After the demolition dust has settled, will Andy like the renos or will it mean marriage counseling for the couple?
Jan and Andy had talked about redoing their kitchen, but Andy was always away on business so they never got around to it. The exposed brick and ceiling beams exude a feeling of warmth and the appliances are in modern stainless steel. But the back wall and staircase make the kitchen dark and dingy and give it a closed-in feeling, which Jan hates. The honey-stained cabinets have faded yellow over the years and need to be updated. The entire space needs to be brighter and lighter.
VIVE LA DIFFÉRENCE! Removing the staircase and installing French doors opens up the entire space and brings the garden sunlight pouring into the kitchen. After 8 long days of hard slog, Andy returns to a brand new kitchen; complete with reinvented cupboards, sleek-looking Corian counters and painted tin backsplash. The 'pièce de résistance' is the new kitchen table, which master craftsman Dirk Boder of Panache Fine Furniture made from recycled old pine planks from the kitchen stairs. Andy and Jan think this idea is ingenious, as they get to keep their beloved old stairs refashioned into a classic Shaker-style table.
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These stamped steel panels are fabulous for ceilings as well as backsplashes. They are available in many patterns and are easily painted by first priming with a high adhesive primer. We painted with a cream colored latex paint, let it dry, then applied an ochre glaze over the entire surface, and rubbed it back, leaving the dark glaze in the crevices. This created an antiqued effect. After it had dried properly, we varnished it with 3 coats of water-based varnish. We used the 'tin' pressed metal panels (Style No. 209) from Steptoe & Wife Antiques,
Jan's cupboards were good quality and still functional, but needed some TLC. First they were sanded to remove the varnish and stained with a translucent glaze - a modern brown stain on the bottom, moving to a soft pale grey on the top. We wiped it, let it dry, then applied three coats of water-based varnish. Adding a little pizzazz to the upper cabinet, we cut out the centre panel and added a pane of frosted glass. For next-to-nothing the tired old 'seventies' units were transformed into a warm but modern kitchen.
DuPontTM Corian® Countertop
Corian® is the original solid surface material, first developed in 1963 by DuPontTM. It is now available in over 100 colors, and provides consumers with endless design possibilities including custom shaping, edge treatments, custom in-lay designs, drain boards, integral sinks, and so much more. Corian® is a nonporous surface that is easy to clean and maintain, is both heat and stain resistant. Corian® can be used for applications throughout the home including countertops, backsplashes, vanity tops, wall cladding, tub and shower surrounds, desktops, fireplace surrounds and windowsills, just to name a few. The color we chose for the molded countertop in Andy's kitchen was Shale (3). For more information, please consult www.corian.com, the The Willis Supply Company at email@example.com, or 1-800-4-CORIAN.
We were all amazed by how the demolished stairs turned into a
kitchen table. All credit goes to Dirk Boder of Panache Fine Heritage Furniture. He turned a pile of rubble into a gorgeous and functional work of art. His talent and enthusiasm is unsurpassed for the beautiful wood that he can form into fine furniture. Panache specializes in authentic antique reproductions, miniature furniture, restoration, as well as custom building. Dirk is in Montreal, Quebec and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at
Debbie asked Jan what kind of flooring she would like - tiles or slate? The beauty of these ceramic tiles is that they look like slate but are easy to keep clean. Perfect for Jan who has two teenagers,an outdoor cat, and Charlie, a 100 pound dog with huge muddy paws. Tiles are from Italbec International Inc.