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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Act 1

Joni has lived in this condo for 10 years and is ready for a change.This is Joni’s SoCal kitchen. And this is Patti contemplating Joni’s kitchen.

Patti and Joni are nurses who work together. Patti has a great sense of style — her hair, her clothes, her house, her life. So when Joni decided she wanted some of that style for her own kitchen, she asked Patti to help.

We will be following the progress as these two friends renovate the kitchen.

Joni’s budget is $1,000, and the work will be mostly DIY. The slim budget means there will be no replacing of cabinets or counters or floors. Maybe "refresh" is a better term than "remodel."

Here are the plans so far:

• Remove cabinet above peninsula to allow in more natural light.
• Lighten up the cabinets with paint or stain.
• Replace hardware.
• Add tile backsplash with some glass tile.
• Replace lighting fixture in ceiling with low-voltage track lighting.

Joni says she wants the kitchen to feel like a comfortable and funky coffee house. She likes one particular local coffee house (pictured above), which has stone floors and white cupboards, and she and Patti will go there to check out the details. Meanwhile, Patti pulled a pillow off Joni’s couch (middle photo above) and wants to use some of those colors in the kitchen.

Check out this video of Patti explaining the project so far.

Bookmark this page and check back for regular updates. Joni and Patti welcome feedback and suggestions!

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