Awesome DIY Kitchen Makeover

I received this note from Kinga and Joseph from BlueLoom about their awesome DIY kitchen makeover.  Sometimes budgets are small but results are HUGE!  Take a look!

When we bought our house, we knew we had to do something about the ugly kitchen from the 70s.

We didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a complete renovation, so we decided to do it ourselves.

Total kitchen reno took us more than 2 years but we saved a lot of money. The biggest project was to restore the existing kitchen cabinets which were solid maple, so we were able to send them and apply white paint. See our original blog post here:

Money saved on cabinets allowed us to hire contractors to install spanish tile floor and new windows.

We did the rest:

  • restored kitchen cabinets and replaced hardware
  • installed the backsplash
  • installed new counter top
  • replaced all light fixtures and added two new ones above the sink
  • removed one kitchen cabinet and installed a dishwasher (originally there was no dishwasher in our kitchen). We also built the new cabinet for the dishwasher.
  • replaced the old trim
  • replaced electrical switches
  • removed wallpaper and painted the kitchen

The sink and faucet were pretty much the only things we kept. 

Here is the kitchen before:

First, we removed all cupboards and hardware.  We used electric sender to send cabinets to bare wood. It was a very time consuming process but eventually saved us a lot of money, and we were pleased with the result.

This is how the cabinets look like after sending. They were ready to be painted.

We applied one coat of primer and two coats of paint and installed new hardware. We also installed backsplash a replaced countertop ourselves (more on that in the near future).
 New tile

Here is our new kitchen:
Once our window was replaces, we installed two identical light fixtures above the sink. We paid lesss than $100 for both lamps at Home Depot.
New light fixtures
Old cabinets, new look
New table

If you purchased your first home and like us inherited an old kitchen, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars by putting a brand you kitchen in. We saved a lot of money by painting old cabinets. The only expenses were primer, paint and new hardware.
WOW!  All of their hard work paid off because it’s a beautiful transformation, isn’t it?  Gives me hope for my own old kitchen.  Thanks for sharing Kinga & Joseph!  You guys rock!


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