Burbank Kitchen – Before & After

I’m so excited to share the final pictures of our Burbank kitchen project!

Here’s what the kitchen looked like when we first toured the house:

I know what you’re thinking– what could we possibly want/need to update??

Beautiful, right?

I like old stuff, but this kitchen just didn’t function for us. In addition to being generally filthy and caked in grease, the kitchen had a laundry list of issues:

  • 19″ deep countertops
  • brown grout that used to be white grout
  • crumbling countertops
  • peel & stick (but luckily not asbestos) tile
  • super cool 80s wallpaper that was covered in grease
  • did I mention grease?
  • so. many. doors.
  • mismatched cabinets

Our contractor helped us modify the kitchen so that it’d work a little better for us while we saved up for a remodel. They cut out one of the cabinets and boxed out a frame for our dishwasher. While they were there they also removed all of the old floor tile. The laundry room floor had a lot of water damage, so we knew we had to tile that.

What was that subfloor covered in glue under the million layers of old flooring? Original Douglas fir floors! Enter the crazy lady who likes old things. I’m about 95% sure my contractor didn’t believe I’d be able to salvage the kitchen floors, but Nicole Curtis told me I could sand off all that glue, so I went for it.

Sanding the glue off the floor wasn’t any different than sanding the rest of the floors in the house, except it took approximately 5,000 passes and ALL the sand paper. Luckily I was able to convince my sister that sanding floors all day would be totally fun and she should help!

Look at her go!

Ultimately, we were able to get all the glue off the floor in about 4 hours. It wasn’t the quickest project ever, but definitely do-able and not particularly difficult.

The only thing we did differently when we sealed the floor was that we went ahead and did an extra coat of polyurethane in the kitchen since it’s exposed to more water/mess/dogs dancing around at dinner time.

One other original feature we were able to save was the 80-ish year old ironing board cabinet. It was no longer functional, and I don’t iron, but I didn’t want to remove it completely. Using some scrap wood we were able to convert it into a pretty cute spice rack.

 I planned on keeping the door off, but reality (aka clutter) set in and the door eventually made a comeback. Thankfully I had just hoarded it in the garage, so it was easy enough to reinstall.

Once the floors were finished, we deep cleaned everything and started saving up for our remodel.

Once it became pretty clear that we were going to move to NEPA we fast tracked the kitchen remodel and started planning our Ikea kitchen. Ready?

1930s classic ikea kitchen remodel

1930s classic ikea kitchen remodel renovation

1930s classic ikea kitchen remodel renovation

1930s classic ikea kitchen remodel renovation

1930s classic ikea kitchen remodel renovation

These pictures give me heart eyes all day, every day. I only got to live with this finished kitchen for a few months before I moved the PA… but hot damn! It looks good! I can’t wait until it’s time to update our current kitchen. We’ll definitely be using Ikea cabinets again.

1930s classic ikea kitchen remodel renovation

You may also like

Leave a Reply