Monday, February 15, 2010

My $75 Kitchen Makeover

I hate winter. I would rather be outside working in my yard or playing at the park with the kids. During those long winter days, I dream up "projects". It makes my husband crazy because he's usually roped into helping with my "projects". So one of those cold winter nights, I decided my kitchen needed a makeover.

Before Pictures

Above the sink I have in vinyl "Topham" in dark brown.

I was most excited about painting my island a different color.

So, this project was completed with leftovers from other projects (fitting since it's the kitchen!). I used a cottage white left over from my front room project to paint all of the cupboards. I then painted espresso glaze leftover from downstairs bathroom over the top of them. I let it sit for a minute and then wiped it in and off.

After Pictures:

Some of the cupboards took a few tries to get it how I liked it.

When I painted the wall, I painted over the top of the vinyl. After it started to dry, I pealed it off to reveal white!

Ta Da! The only thing I had to buy the crown moulding, $12 and the knobs for the drawers and doors, $60. I probably wouldn't have bought that nice of knobs, but I was so proud of myself for saving money everywhere else, I figured I could splurge!

And my favorite part! The red island. This is the same color as my office, except it looks alot darker with the glaze on top of it. I hired my daughters as cheap labor to paint the bead board I had left over from the baby's room.

I'm super happy with how things turned out. I was hoping for a country cottage feel. It was a fairly simple project to complete and a perfect wintertime one. It wasn't exactly something I could finish during baby's nap time, but a couple hours each night after work and a whole new feeling in my kitchen!

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Duchess said...

You're amazing! I love it!

Wanda Price Lewis said...

Turned out very nice. good work!

Teresa, mom, Deitz, Aunt Dee Dee said...

Looks good, Kerstin. Glad somebody has crafty genes in the family for my girls to be inspired by, I'm too chicken to do much of that kind of stuff. Good Job.

Amberlyn said...

I'm totally impressed!

Jer + Lu said...

Looks incredible!!
I love the cabinets + flashy island!!

Kerstin said...

I LOVE IT!!! yours truely,Grace in person

Kerstin said...


rachel said...

What color is the paint on your wall? It's beautiful.
Did you do the crown moulding on your own or have hubby help?
Looks GREAT!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

OH I'm in love! The "new"cabinets look amazing and so much more expensive!!! The splash of red and beadboard is awesome!!! Thanks for showing this off at

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I am featureing this at

mmtncrfts said...

Great job. They look so much nicer. Nice before and after pictures. I'm still trying to get up the nerve to paint my cupboards. Someday.....
Thanks for sharing.

Jaime said...

Wow, what a difference, it looks amazing.

dunfordorama said...

WOW!! Love it! your before is my exact kitchen! I have thought of painting the cabs, but have been too scared.
Now that I have seen what it could be, Im gonna dive in on Spring break.

Ellie said...

Love it! My favorite part is your budget. That's just plain amazing!

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