My husband and I just bought our first home, in West Orange, NJ. We’re very excited about it and look forward to years of home projects.
The house is 65 years old, and while some things have been updated they haven’t been done with quality materials, or in a way that really suits our style.
For example, the appliances in the kitchen are new, but they’re stark white and don’t really look as stylish as we’d like. The counters were recently redone in formica, which presents kashrut and maintenance (and, again, style), issues. We’re thinking about ways to improve the look of the kitchen without a real overhaul.
One idea is to get stone/granite overlays for the counters rather than replacing them, and swapping the ceramic (?) sink with a stainless steel one, which will go a long way to kashering the kitchen and also improving the looks.
Another idea was to use stainless steel contact paper for covering the appliances. I wondered if you – or any of your other readers – had experience with these types of projects. I’ve been reading up on the stainless steel contact paper in particular and it gets really mixed reviews, depending on where I look.
Here’s how I responded to M.
Is money an object?
I ask because honestly, if it was me, I’d live with the white appliances, especially since they are brand new. In my experience, although cosmetic changes can seem urgent when you first move into a house, you may feel differently after living with it for a few months.
I know that was our experience in our home.
As for the formica, I’d consult with your LOR about kashering it. Per the CRC, it can be kashered. http://www.crcweb.org/kosher_articles/Kashering_in_the_Kitchen.php#countertops
Of course, I understand wanting granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, but unless money is truly not an object, I’d save your resources (home ownership is expensive!) and give yourselves a few months to “settle in”.
Can you help this new homeowner out? Do you have any experience with making small cosmetic changes to your home, especially your kitchen?
Has anyone ever used contact paper on appliances?
What do you think about my advice to wait on making cosmetic changes and rather living in a place for a while before diving in?
Let’s talk kitchen upgrades in the comments section!