When I was looking to purchase this house, I loved the fact that it had such a big kitchen– in fact, (and this might be the only time you’ll ever hear this) it almost had too much counter space. It was also a pretty bland, builders-grade kitchen, but it had excellent bones, so I knew I could make it exactly what I wanted with a little hard work.
Here is what I started with: Solid oak cabinets, a marbled-salmon colored laminate counter (not shown: an equally ugly 4″ lamnite “backsplash” piece including metal quarter round at the top and bottom– that’s why you see the ugly yellow strip at the edge of the counter). As it was, its color scheme was decided: salmon-y pink/warm brown/etc. And that just wasn’t working me for.
So I got to work (about a year and a half after I moved in!) My first project was the tile backsplash. You can read all about that process HERE. It wasn’t too difficult (with a wet saw), but was incredibly time consuming. I spent 10 hours on a Saturday and almost didn’t have the strength to grout it the next afternoon. It looks absolutely beautiful though– the pictures don’t do it justice. And like other shiny-tile-owning people can attest, it almost sparkles at night when the lights are off. That’s just a bonus! After sealing it, it should be really easy to clean AND beautiful to look at. LOVE.
The cost of the tile project was $182
Then I went a little crazy and decided to paint my counters to look like granite. You can read all about that project HERE. Among all the projects I’ve ever undertaken at my house, THIS felt wrong. Painting my counters just felt wrong. Amazingly though, it turned out awesome. I’ve had lots of people come over to see them and everyone is amazed at how good they look. They’ve been painted for a month now, which means they should have totally cured. No problems with peeling, or water, or scratches, or whatnot so far.
The cost of the counter project was $140 (and it was super easy– a project that can easily be done in a weekend)
And then I painted my kitchen cabinets white. I’ve wanted to have white cabinets since, well, forever I think. My parents had honey-oak colored cabinets (without hardware) growing up and they were just never my thing. I knew I would paint them, but the tutorial on how YHL painted theirs really inspired me to get going. So I did. And two weeks later I had these beauties. You can read all about that journey HERE. This was easily the hardest part of the kitchen– not because painting is hard, but because it’s a looooong process to paint cabinets, and I had LOTS of them to paint!
The cost of the cabinets was $228
I set a preliminary budget to finish my kitchen with under $600, and I totally came in under budget! My total kitchen makeover only cost $550!!
I absolutely LOVE the transformation– it looks (and feels) like a completely different room! Now I just need to learn how to cook– and with a beautiful new kitchen, that should be easy, right?
What kind of projects have you been up to lately? I’d LOVE to hear from you!
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