It’s finally done! My kitchen transformation is complete and I’m so happy! Check out the before and after:
Okay, truthfully, it wasn’t ALL paint that made up the transformation. If you have a keen eye you can tell we got:
- A new dishwasher
- A new fridge
- A new light fixture
- New knobs
- A new sink and faucet
So, all in, our kitchen transformation cost around $3500. So while that’s not a totally shoestring budget, I’m pretty pleased with it. Especially considering the TOTAL COST was less than our quote for just the granite countertops.
So, where did we save money?
1. The cabinets
My gorgeous, stylish, two-toned cabinets are not new. They are the same honey oak cabinets that we got with the house. We were lucky that they were in fairly good condition (and that they are solid wood all the way through). For the lower cabinets, the island, and the oven cabinets/pantry I used General Finshes Gel Stain in Brown Mahogany. You can read about that here.
For the upper cabinets, I painted them white (actually, Glass of Milk by Martha Stewart). That’s in this blog post.
Those materials ran me around $150, including the primer and the top coat for the stained cabinets.
The knobs I got from Lowe’s, and in total were around $250 (I have a lot of cabinets).
2. The countertops
The countertops are the same laminate countertops that came with the house, I just painted them. Yes, that’s right, that beautiful glossy finish is paint! You can read about how I did that here. Total cost for that project: $350.
3. The backsplash
The backsplash looks like beadboard, but it’s actually paintable wallpaper that I got at Lowe’s. It was super easy to measure, cut and install and a little paint and caulk made it look polished and pretty. I painted it the same color as the upper cabinets, and painted the oak backsplash the same color to match.
I can’t believe it’s actually done! I’ve been working on this project, in small chunks (and along with other projects) for about 7 months now. So yes, if I had a bigger budget and paid someone else to do it, it would have been done a lot sooner. But that’s okay – for all but about a week of the project (for the countertops to set up) I was still able to use my kitchen.
There’s one area of my new kitchen that’s a little sad, though.
That’s my wine rack. Trouble is, it always seems to be empty.
Maybe it has something to do with this:
And I tend to do a lot of cooking. =)
Here’s some more pictures of my new kitchen gorgeousness:
Hope you like it, and I hope I inspired you!