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Before and After: Zulkey's Kitchen Revamp

Before and After: Zulkey's Kitchen Revamp

Su Casa member Zulkey and her husband bought their house less than a year ago in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. Since that time, they have been busily renovating the 10-year-old home, including this bedroom transformation. Throughout the process, they've relied on the help of their good friend and interior designer Jessica Riddle, who's helped them with everything from choosing paint colors to rearranging rooms.

The kitchen was originally plagued with a painfully dull white paint that blurred into the cabinets.

To see how the kitchen got colorful,

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Zulkey writes, "We painted the kitchen in Sherwin Williams Wheatgrass and the backsplash with chalkboard/magnetic paint."

I love the addition of the chalkboard paint to the backsplash! It seems like a perfect way to make grocery and reminder lists while adding a fun, unexpected element to the room. Stay tuned for more photos from other rooms in Zulkey's house!


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leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
Cute kitchen! I love the flooring and the stove is beautiful. The shade of paint isn't too common which adds a nice, interesting touch. I have also dealt with wood floors without any issues. My former home had wood flooring in the kitchen and they held up just fine; no one ever fell,lol.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 7 years
ndchristine, that sounds more like it! Imo, thats a great investment! Not a bad price at all, and when you consider the value it'll add to your home it becomes an even better deal.
ndchristine ndchristine 7 years
punk glam - Sorry! I meant to type "$2 per sqaure foot." The total to sand and refinish the floor in our living room, dining room, and bedroom (all connected ) was $1700. Not a bad investment! (And much cheaper than I had expected!)
ndchristine ndchristine 7 years
punk glam - Sorry! I meant to type "$2 per sqaure foot." The total to sand and refinish the floor in our living room, dining room, and bedroom (all connected ) was $1700. Not a bad investment! (And much cheaper than I had expected!)
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
hihowareya, it is a litlte darker than we'd like. I think wer'e going to install some West Elm hanging globes. We're doing this piecemeal, as we can afford it! Renee, the backsplash part is very durable--I use the area above the oven all the time to write down my shopping list or notes to my husband. I have to say the magnetic paint wasn't really all that but the chalkboard was totally worth it.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
hihowareya, it is a litlte darker than we'd like. I think wer'e going to install some West Elm hanging globes. We're doing this piecemeal, as we can afford it!Renee, the backsplash part is very durable--I use the area above the oven all the time to write down my shopping list or notes to my husband. I have to say the magnetic paint wasn't really all that but the chalkboard was totally worth it.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
i love hardwoor floors! I've lived in many houses with them and have never had any problems! Honestly I live in the the desert now and have had WAY more problems with my tile floor kitchen. I wish we could afford wood! Also, love the backsplash, what a fun idea! Is it pretty durable, like wipe off-able?
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
i love hardwoor floors! I've lived in many houses with them and have never had any problems! Honestly I live in the the desert now and have had WAY more problems with my tile floor kitchen. I wish we could afford wood!Also, love the backsplash, what a fun idea! Is it pretty durable, like wipe off-able?
hihowareya hihowareya 7 years
I've always wanted hardwood flooring. The closest I've come is having it in the dorm: several dorms at Wellesley have them in the rooms, and those have been around for about 100 years. Students with allergies are usually housed in those particular rooms, since carpeting can be a haven for allergens. While I love color, and that particular green is fun, perhaps it's just the lighting in the after photos but it seems more dark and I personally like bright and light kitchens. I do like that it's more personalized now. I like seeing renovations and before/afters! :-D
hihowareya hihowareya 7 years
I've always wanted hardwood flooring. The closest I've come is having it in the dorm: several dorms at Wellesley have them in the rooms, and those have been around for about 100 years. Students with allergies are usually housed in those particular rooms, since carpeting can be a haven for allergens. While I love color, and that particular green is fun, perhaps it's just the lighting in the after photos but it seems more dark and I personally like bright and light kitchens. I do like that it's more personalized now.I like seeing renovations and before/afters! :-D
jenlovesgreen jenlovesgreen 7 years
nicely done!
jenlovesgreen jenlovesgreen 7 years
nicely done!
anti-curl anti-curl 7 years
The improvements really gives the kitchen a nice warm feeling. Great job!
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 7 years
ndchristine: "The cost of redoing hardwood floors depends on several factors - mostly the labor cost and your location. I just had a quote done on my living room and dining room floors, and it was $2 to sand and refinish. Not too bad. Cheaper than rugs I've bought at Ikea." Did you mean either $200 or $2000? I agree, when we had our late Victorian scraped, stained, and finished it didn't cost much at all (I think it was around $500-$800, it was definitely under a grand to do the whole main floor consisting of three big and two small rooms and a hallway) and this was in Brooklyn where I would assume prices are higher.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 7 years
ndchristine: "The cost of redoing hardwood floors depends on several factors - mostly the labor cost and your location. I just had a quote done on my living room and dining room floors, and it was $2 to sand and refinish. Not too bad. Cheaper than rugs I've bought at Ikea."Did you mean either $200 or $2000? I agree, when we had our late Victorian scraped, stained, and finished it didn't cost much at all (I think it was around $500-$800, it was definitely under a grand to do the whole main floor consisting of three big and two small rooms and a hallway) and this was in Brooklyn where I would assume prices are higher.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 7 years
Zulkey: "Although I have never had a problem with the floors in our house--the wood's given me no problem whatsoever and the house is over 10 years old (and it's had children living in it before) so I think the wood has held up great but I'm not a professional, so what do I know!" :ROTFL: Yeah, apparently those of us non-professionals who live with hardwood in the kitchen have no clue as to how bad they are! I think your friend did a marvelous job of perking up the kitchen with what seem like some simple inexpensive fixes! I think I'm going to steal the chalkboard/ magnetic paint backsplash idea for my kitchen!
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 7 years
Zulkey: "Although I have never had a problem with the floors in our house--the wood's given me no problem whatsoever and the house is over 10 years old (and it's had children living in it before) so I think the wood has held up great but I'm not a professional, so what do I know!":ROTFL: Yeah, apparently those of us non-professionals who live with hardwood in the kitchen have no clue as to how bad they are! I think your friend did a marvelous job of perking up the kitchen with what seem like some simple inexpensive fixes! I think I'm going to steal the chalkboard/ magnetic paint backsplash idea for my kitchen!
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 7 years
GlowingMoon: "Just be careful on that floor (to keep it's beauty, and for your safety). That shining, sleek floor looks great, but somewhat dangerous because it's in the kitchen." What in the world are you on about? Hardwood floor is easy maintenance, and no more dangerous than any other type of flooring! Really, I can't imagine any type of kitchen flooring that isn't a potential danger. Bathrooms are much more dangerous with tiling that becomes a prospective hazard with every use of the tub/ shower/ sink. Yet you don't see designers telling people not to use tile in a bathroom, correct? So is driving on icy roads -- should we stop doing that because it could possibly prove fatal? Not all hardwood is super shiny-glossy nor do all of us prefer that type of finish. My floors have a warm, soft glowing finish -- not high shine -- throughout my home. "I know you don't understand why hardwood floor is a poor choice for the kitchen. You haven't seen enough residences and commercial interiors to know that." Your comment comes off as very condescending, and you've made assumptions as to what I've seen as far as residential and commercial interiors, as well as what my knowledge base is. My comment as to not understanding why hardwood is considered a poor choice was a statement, not a question. I illustrated why I felt in my experience it was the opposite. "You haven't heard of clients slipping and falling due to poor interior design decisions. You haven't heard of interior designers being sued over that." You're right, I've never heard of an interior designer being sued successfully over what is essentially a home accident and could happen in any room, with any type of flooring. And I fail to see where this could be taken seriously in a court as its ultimately the homeowner's decision to install whatever type of flooring they desire. If it were due to faulty materials that were installed I would imagine a valid lawsuit against the manufacturer -- not the interior designer -- would be in order. Regardless, I'd love to see someone try to prove that slipping on a floor within their own home is anyone's fault but their own. We need more frivolous lawsuits clogging up the court systems! "Also, it seems like your interior designer hasn't either." I made it clear that my house was built in 1930, and at that time the hardwood floors were installed. I wasn't around 79 years ago, so I can't say with complete authority that a designer wasn't involved, however I believe this to be true. Apparently in older homes the interior designers, architects, and contractors didn't hear of a problem with hardwood in kitchens either. They even installed hardwood in bathrooms! And imagine that, after 100's of years, they are still in beautiful, usable condition! Quelle lunatique! "Just be careful. That's all I'm gonna say." Imo, this comes across as very patronizing. "Also, I suggest that your designer friend to NOT include a photo of this gorgeous kitchen floor in her portfolio. If anybody reputable in the industry sees it, she would be the laughing stock. Seriously." I presume this is directed at Su Casa member Zulkey? As mentioned above, I didn't say I'd used a designer anywhere in my response. I must say that I disagree 100%. Many will argue that it's quite desirable to have hardwood throughout your home, including the kitchen. You'll always find when available, a hardwood kitchen floor is a spotlighted feature in real estate listings as well as designer portfolio's. Hardwood flooring is a choice that some people seek and others seek to avoid. Laughingstock? You're kidding, right? Highlighting a material choice that is considered by many (professional or not) to be not only beautiful, durable, easily maintained, hypo-allergenic, eco-friendly, as well as time-tested is not ill-advised in any stretch of the imagination. Design aesthetics are as varied as designers and homeowners; personally I wouldn't choose a designer who had such rigid notions.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 7 years
GlowingMoon:"Just be careful on that floor (to keep it's beauty, and for your safety). That shining, sleek floor looks great, but somewhat dangerous because it's in the kitchen."What in the world are you on about? Hardwood floor is easy maintenance, and no more dangerous than any other type of flooring! Really, I can't imagine any type of kitchen flooring that isn't a potential danger. Bathrooms are much more dangerous with tiling that becomes a prospective hazard with every use of the tub/ shower/ sink. Yet you don't see designers telling people not to use tile in a bathroom, correct? So is driving on icy roads -- should we stop doing that because it could possibly prove fatal? Not all hardwood is super shiny-glossy nor do all of us prefer that type of finish. My floors have a warm, soft glowing finish -- not high shine -- throughout my home. "I know you don't understand why hardwood floor is a poor choice for the kitchen. You haven't seen enough residences and commercial interiors to know that."Your comment comes off as very condescending, and you've made assumptions as to what I've seen as far as residential and commercial interiors, as well as what my knowledge base is. My comment as to not understanding why hardwood is considered a poor choice was a statement, not a question. I illustrated why I felt in my experience it was the opposite."You haven't heard of clients slipping and falling due to poor interior design decisions. You haven't heard of interior designers being sued over that."You're right, I've never heard of an interior designer being sued successfully over what is essentially a home accident and could happen in any room, with any type of flooring. And I fail to see where this could be taken seriously in a court as its ultimately the homeowner's decision to install whatever type of flooring they desire. If it were due to faulty materials that were installed I would imagine a valid lawsuit against the manufacturer -- not the interior designer -- would be in order. Regardless, I'd love to see someone try to prove that slipping on a floor within their own home is anyone's fault but their own. We need more frivolous lawsuits clogging up the court systems!"Also, it seems like your interior designer hasn't either."I made it clear that my house was built in 1930, and at that time the hardwood floors were installed. I wasn't around 79 years ago, so I can't say with complete authority that a designer wasn't involved, however I believe this to be true. Apparently in older homes the interior designers, architects, and contractors didn't hear of a problem with hardwood in kitchens either. They even installed hardwood in bathrooms! And imagine that, after 100's of years, they are still in beautiful, usable condition! Quelle lunatique!"Just be careful. That's all I'm gonna say."Imo, this comes across as very patronizing. "Also, I suggest that your designer friend to NOT include a photo of this gorgeous kitchen floor in her portfolio. If anybody reputable in the industry sees it, she would be the laughing stock. Seriously."I presume this is directed at Su Casa member Zulkey? As mentioned above, I didn't say I'd used a designer anywhere in my response. I must say that I disagree 100%. Many will argue that it's quite desirable to have hardwood throughout your home, including the kitchen. You'll always find when available, a hardwood kitchen floor is a spotlighted feature in real estate listings as well as designer portfolio's. Hardwood flooring is a choice that some people seek and others seek to avoid. Laughingstock? You're kidding, right? Highlighting a material choice that is considered by many (professional or not) to be not only beautiful, durable, easily maintained, hypo-allergenic, eco-friendly, as well as time-tested is not ill-advised in any stretch of the imagination. Design aesthetics are as varied as designers and homeowners; personally I wouldn't choose a designer who had such rigid notions.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
Glowing, I have to say you kind of put a bee in my bonnet--not really so much about your comments about our pal or the house but about design in general. Is the industry really that snotty? If we were paying clients and we were adamant that we loved our floors--it would make our designer look bad for not being able to force us into changing them? ick.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
GlowingMoon, we didn't pay Jessica to decorate--she at the time was an aspiring designer and so she gave us her consulting services gratis (she is now in design school). So basically she gave us her ideas based on our budget and that does not include new flooring. Although I have never had a problem with the floors in our house--the wood's given me no problem whatsoever and the house is over 10 years old (and it's had children living in it before) so I think the wood has held up great but I'm not a professional, so what do I know!
ndchristine ndchristine 7 years
Hardwood flooring is an excellent choice for kitchen flooring. You just need to make sure they have a coefficient of friction of at least .6. Use the right finish on the floor, and that can be achieved. While it would be a bit foolish to install one in a commercial interior (where'd you want a flooring with as high of a frictional coefficient as possible), but it's common to have hardwood in residential kitchens. You'll see them featured in everything from Architectural Digest to Cottage Living,so I wouldn't tell her friend to not include a photo of this kitchen in her portfolio just because it has hardwood floors. The cost of redoing hardwood floors depends on several factors - mostly the labor cost and your location. I just had a quote done on my living room and dining room floors, and it was $2 to sand and refinish. Not too bad. Cheaper than rugs I've bought at Ikea.
ndchristine ndchristine 7 years
Hardwood flooring is an excellent choice for kitchen flooring. You just need to make sure they have a coefficient of friction of at least .6. Use the right finish on the floor, and that can be achieved. While it would be a bit foolish to install one in a commercial interior (where'd you want a flooring with as high of a frictional coefficient as possible), but it's common to have hardwood in residential kitchens. You'll see them featured in everything from Architectural Digest to Cottage Living,so I wouldn't tell her friend to not include a photo of this kitchen in her portfolio just because it has hardwood floors. The cost of redoing hardwood floors depends on several factors - mostly the labor cost and your location. I just had a quote done on my living room and dining room floors, and it was $2 to sand and refinish. Not too bad. Cheaper than rugs I've bought at Ikea.
gonedelirious gonedelirious 7 years
it looks like they started out with hardwoods. it may have just been more cost effective (which you also have to think about) to stick with them.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Punk Glam Queen, Just be careful on that floor (to keep it's beauty, and for your safety). That shining, sleek floor looks great, but somewhat dangerous because it's in the kitchen. I know you don't understand why hardwood floor is a poor choice for the kitchen. You haven't seen enough residences and commercial interiors to know that. You haven't heard of clients slipping and falling due to poor interior design decisions. You haven't heard of interior designers being sued over that. Also, it seems like your interior designer hasn't either. :) Just be careful. That's all I'm gonna say. :) Also, I suggest that your designer friend to NOT include a photo of this gorgeous kitchen floor in her portfolio. If anybody reputable in the industry sees it, she would be the laughing stock. Seriously.
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