Budget Kitchen Before & After

Meet Jane. I love her blog, Frugal Fine Living. Take a look at her kitchen makeover – a beautiful change on a budget:

Kitchen Before
Kitchen After
If you’ve been following my Budget DIY Kitchen Redo and have read Part 1, you’ll remember the 90’s style oak kitchen cabinets were painted and glazed. Then, in Part 2, the cabinet hardware was installed, and beadboard wallpaper was installed on the sides of the cabinets and breakfast bar. Finally, the countertops were painted to look like granite.


The copper backsplash tile I mentioned in Part 1 arrived while we were on vacation. When we came home, I opened the box and decided not to use them. Next to the bronze and stainless steel, I just felt there were too many metals in the room. I decided to use some of the leftover beadboard wallpaper instead, which was also painted and glazed to match the cabinets. I am pleased with how it looks!


We also painted the walls a very light, sage green. The color is subtle and has a very relaxed feel. We carried the light sage green into the adjoining breakfast nook, after removing the old wallpaper border. I have decided I’m going to install the beadboard wallpaper in the breakfast nook in the near future. I will also add chair rail moulding above it.

Our appliances are getting older, and we had planned to replace them only when they stop working. The dishwasher and microwave were the first to go. We replaced them with stainless steel ones. When the stove and refrigerator die, they’ll also be replaced with stainless steel appliances.

In the interim, I decided to try painting the old appliances to look like stainless steel. I ordered Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel appliance paint online, which as made by the same company that makes the granite countertop paint I used. I followed the directions on the instructional DVD that came with the kit. I think they came out nice. While they’re probably not as shiny as th
e stainless steel dishwasher, since they’re not side by side, it really isn’t noticeable.


Well, that’s completes my Budget DIY kitchen redo. I spent approximately $250.00 on it. It did take some time to complete, but I am very pleased with how it turned out.

Jane – $250? Seriously?
You did a fabulous job!

Thank you so much for sharing!

Don’t forget – I’ll open the Fall Festival this evening.
I hope you’ll join in the fun with a DIY fall project, inspiration or fall decorating. 🙂

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