Today’s the day! After months of planning, ripping down, painting, sewing, dreaming and scheming, our pretty new kitchen is ready for its big day.
This big space in our old house had lots of potential when we first moved in. The view out the window of the ocean is breathtaking. But inside? Well…it was a little sad. The layout was awkward, with strange upper cabinetry that perched on top of European cupboards.
Although it was a strange hodge podge of elements, we first painted the upper cupboards white, the walls candy apple green, and lived with that for a few years.
But, one night, we made the decision to go ahead renovating this space with as much creativity as we could come up with ~ since our budget was basically non-existent!:)
Once the upper cupboards were ripped out, we knew we were committed! Throughout the entire process we tried to focus on making the most of what was already there, re-purposing items we already had, and sourcing out specific items we needed at thrift stores. The largest part of the budget ($100) was spent on building materials for the upper cabinets. We think it was money well spent!
Painting out the wood strips of the European cabinet doors and adding handles makes them much more modern and up-to-date looking.
A thrift store light was spray painted to give an old farmhouse feel to the space. On the other side of the room used to sit an empty wall. Then we added a very functional (but admittedly strange!) concoction of cupboards (without doors!) that we scored at the local ReStore.
After searching high and low for new cupboard doors with no success, we ended up instead adding some custom fabric “doors” that ended up being one of my favorite features! Beadboard wallpaper added interest to the backsplash and walls, and a new coat of paint brightened up the whole space.
Here’s the whole room when we started:
And here it is now! We absolutely love it, and encourage others not to be scared to add budget friendly changes to spaces you don’t like. It’s amazing how a few well placed changes can completely revive a worn out old space.
Every little piece of this process was documented here on the blog. For all the details & tutorials, click on the links below.
From Black to White – A Dresser Makeover
DIY Kitchen Curtains
Painting European Cupboard Doors
Restoration Hardware Inspired Pendant Light
Old Window Message Board
Fabric Cupboard Doors
- Walls: Designer Gray from General Paint (a close match to Benjamin Moore’s Gray Cashmere)
- Backs of cupboards: Stratton Blue from Benjamin Moore
- Trim and cupboards: Cloud White from Benjamin Moore
If you like this budget friendly makeover, then you just might want to check out this one, too!
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