Our $24 Kitchen Makeover

Last week I decided that I had had enough of the rotting cabinet and the horrible yellow color in the kitchen.  My mom was still in town, and we suddenly came to the conclusion that we could easily take a hammer to the cabinet and paint he whole room white.  So that’s exactly what we did, and the total cost came to $23.25.  It was something around $24 with tax so that’s what I’m going with.

Here is what our kitchen looked like when we moved in, and I had to throw this one in the post because it shows the horribleness (if that’s a word) of the previous wall color.   Not to mention it was on the ceiling, trim, and crown moulding, among other spots where it splattered while she was painting.

This is basically how it’s been looking since we moved the washer and dryer hookups.

They were right in the middle of the kitchen when we looked at the house- great for convenience I guess, but not so nice to look at.

My first job was to take apart the cabinet by the fridge which turned out to be pretty easy.

Here is what the base looked like when I got it apart.  Pretty disgusting!

Once the cabinet was on the curb, we got down to business and started painting.  All the while Jimmee was out getting his tires changed and had no idea that the kitchen would look totally different when he came home.

We used two half gallons of white paint that I had sitting in the garage, and then we went out and bought another gallon of white pain to finish the job (we only used half).   I also had some old blue paint hanging around so we used that for the backsplash.

Here are the finished results:

Oh, and now that I look at this photo, I have a confession to make.  I went out yesterday and bought these curtains for $7.99 each so that adds $32 to the kitchen total.   That brings the total to $56, but that’s still not bad for a whole new look.

We painted the backsplash (a faux wood laminate) a robin’s egg blue, along with a shelf that was built in to the kitchen.

Striper enjoying himself in the new kitchen, fitting in some bird watching out the window.

The canister set that I found at an antique store and then later found out that my Grandma has the exact same set from when she was first married (it was hidden in a cupboard so I had never seen it).  I love the silver with the blue.

My Grandma also gave me this beautiful stained glass piece that’s in the kitchen window now, but this photo was taken pre-curtains.

I think that sums up our one day kitchen makeover.  Everything feels so much cleaner and fresher in there, and maybe it will make me want to cook more.  You never know…

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6 responses to “Our $24 Kitchen Makeover

  1. Mel

    Get outta town! The update makes such a difference. Ahhhh, a fresh coat of paint is so refreshing.

    Thanks for the visit over at my blog. Trust me, anyone can do those flowers. There are lots of tutorials out there and a little tip is to use a glue gun sparingly as you wind and twist.

    • Thanks, Mel! I don’t have a sewing machine so I’m going to try to flowers with a glue gun and see how it goes. Maybe I’ll look up some instructions online, first. :)

  2. Kattee

    Anne!!! Your redone kitchen looks amazing!

  3. jb tx

    Who wants to sit on a beach when there’s a room to paint? It can be really speedy when you’re just covering up ugly and can skip all that tedious prep work.
    I really enjoyed the time with you and Jimmee, and loved working on the house. Can’t wait to see the exterior painted, and pics of the landscape filled in along with all the other things that you will be doing.

  4. Thanks Kattee and Mom! I had a great time with you and Emma visiting and now the house feels lonely and empty. Thanks for all of your help with the house! :)

  5. Wow! Your kitchen looks 1000x better already! Isn’t the magic of paint amazing? And I LOVE that paint color you chose for the backsplash! Everything looks so much nicer and fresher now, and it doesn’t blind my eyes anymore. ;)

    Enjoy your new kitchen!!

    ~Chelsea

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