Our Inexpensive Kitchen makeover: Three Projects Under $185 Total

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Today I want to show you three simple projects we did to completely change the look of our kitchen- and it all cost under $185! Now, if we had the money, sure I'd love to put in granite counters and custom cabinets but that's not really the situation we (or most people) are in. We especially didn't want to pour a ton of money into renovations when this is really our starter home that we'll likely only be in for a few years. So, here are a few simple cosmetic projects you can do too that will completely transform your space!

1. Chalk Paint the Cabinets (Cost $55)

No surprise here, we started with a Chalk Paint project. The cabinets were actually a nice oak color but the problem was the floors and our large farmhouse table were also the same color. We felt like changing up the cabinets was the key to making the room pop. We wanted to go for a country style in the kitchen to match with the farmhouse table my father-in-law had made for us.

Since the cabinets were in good shape we decided to paint them with Annie Sloan chalk paint. We mixed about 3 parts Chateau Grey with 1 part Old Ochre for this look which actually ended up creating a nice green tone. The paint itself cost $39 and the protective soft wax was $16 bringing us to $55. If you don't have essentials like painter's tape and paint brushes this will add to your cost. Note for this project, we removed all the cabinet doors before painting and reassembled after. Check out the before and after photos! 

diy kitchen makeover
diy kitchen makeover

2. Change Out the Hardware (Cost $65) 

A very simple way to change up your kitchen (or bathroom) is by changing out the hardware. The knobs on the cabinets were fairly plain (black and round) and just didn't stand out in any way. We ended up finding antique pewter, birdcage hardware on Amazon for just a few dollars a piece. This project will vary in price based on how many knobs you need and what kind you're looking for. Amazon definitely has lots of great options at cheap prices- you can find the ones we used here. The project was very simple and only involved the hardware and a screwdriver. Check out the finished look!

You can see the after on the left and the before on the right.

You can see the after on the left and the before on the right.

Birdcage hardware.

Birdcage hardware.

3. Use Faux-Granite Paint on Countertops (Cost $64)

The final project was by far the most extensive and I'll be writing a separate piece on it in the future. The original countertops were a deep hunter green which we really didn't care for- especially with our newly painted green cabinets. We debated putting in all new counters since I don't care for the look of the small tile counters but ultimately decided it wasn't worth the cost. With that in mind, I started doing some research on alternatives and came across Giani granite paint. You can check out their site here which has more details on how it works, tutorials, and information on the different color kits you can purchase. 

Now, because I'm an Amazon addict I went there first to look for deals on the paint kits (here) and sure enough I found one. Not only did I not have to pay for shipping (thanks Amazon Prime!) but I also found an open box deal. If you're not familiar with open box, it just means someone purchased and returned the product unused. I was able to save $30 by purchasing the paint kit this way instead of directly through the company's website. We opted for the White Diamond kit but research which one works best for your space! This paint can be used on all sorts of countertops (especially laminate) so check it out if you're looking for inexpensive options that still have major impact. Also, I'll be writing a step-by-step post on this whole process down the road so stay tuned for that.

diy kitchen makeover
diy kitchen makeover

As an added bonus to our kitchen makeover, I've recruiter my father-in-law to fix the ugly grout in between the tiles and also add a subway tile back-splash which I am SO excited for. I'll definitely be doing a follow up post once that's finished next month!

So, there you have it! We completely changed the look of our kitchen with just three simple, inexpensive projects. A lot of hours went into these projects but the process for each was relatively simple and it was so worth all the work!

Before.

Before.

Talk about a makeover!

Talk about a makeover!

What do you think of this transformation? Are you going to use these DIY projects in any of your home makeover plans? Tag #AtHomeNE on Instagram with pictures of your kitchen projects if you do!

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