There's nothing like seeing someone else's kitchen to encourage you to get cranking on your own. In this case, I'm talking about the Midwestern kitchen renovation featured on Apartment Therapy  today.
The fact that this kitchen has red cabinets probably doesn't hurt my instant love for it. Neither does the fact that its wall color emphasizes its natural light and adds to that retro-feel I love so much. The whole thing makes me want to start working on my own kitchen (right this minute!) to make it as bright and easy as my inspiration's.
I've decided on how to deal with my funky fridge problem : I'm going to buy this refrigerator during the state's Energy Star incentive program . The fridge is one of Whirlpool's most efficient and is estimated to run on $37 a year. My current refrigerator is almost half its size and uses more energy.
Its relatively reasonable retail price, the state's program (which will also give me $75 for recycling my current rusting refrigerator) and taking advantage of my Discover Card's 5 percent cash-back incentive at home improvement stores in April have me pretty sure that I'll spend less than $600 on the refrigerator itself.
I've found an auto body shop that will paint my fridge a tomato red - I gave them my favorite enamel bowl for inspiration - and they've told me it will cost $275. The grand total - less than $900, a fraction of what I would've spent on a retro-style refrigerator . A luxury, yes, but a more rational one.
While I'm replacing my refrigerator, I want to seize the opportunity to rip up the vinyl tiles and plywood subfloor and refinish what I'm pretty sure is the hardwood floor underneath. It's possible the floor has patches of plywood in it, especially near the duct work, but I feel like a resource like PACA  could provide hardwood replacements if necessary.
I've long wanted to paint my yellowish-gold combined kitchen and dining room, but have never been sold on a color. But I love that aqua color featured in the kitchen I mentioned above. I know that if you're going to replace a floor, you might as well paint before ripping it up. Don't you love how a home-improvement project snowballs? I'll keep you posted on how things go.
Photo credit from Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn .