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Updating a Kitchen on a Budget

14 Jan

There are so many inexpensive ways to update your kitchen!

  • Paint
  • Hardware
  • Counter top
  • Backsplash


I have a friend that has melamine frameless cupboards & a counter tops she hates and is looking to update the space on a budget. I have suggested painting her cabinets white to freshen up the space because she has dark hardwood floors and dark leather furniture. And her kitchen/living space is open concept.

here is the type of cabinet she currently has: These are a little more difficult to just paint because she doesn’t have any trim or framing to work with.

Here are some pictures & ideas I came up with to help…….

In the pictures below they just painted & added new knobs….

Although I am not a fan of the turquoise colour for cabinets, I think even this picture shows just a little bit of paint can really freshen them up!

Here they updated the cabinets with trim & added stainless steal pulls, which i love!

Check out the before picture for the Kitchen below, it’s incredible! http://www.younghouselove.com/photo-gallery-2/our-first-house/


I have even stumbled upon a budget friendly way to create your own butcher block counter tops at http://loraine-breakfastfordinner.blogspot.com And she did it all for $56, pretty amazing!

Her Counters went from this:

To this…

Another little upgrade is to add cabinet feet, to make it a little more professional looking – I wanna do this in my kitchen!

I love the before & After…

Check these Before & Afters out…

Wish I knew the link for the Reno below…. Just found it on pinterest

Here’s another great site that gives you step by step on painting kitchen cabinets.


And last but not least, here are the pictures from my own Kitchen Reno 🙂

Check out our Kitchen Reno here: https://twobertis.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/our-kitchen-reno/

Happy Painting!



Our DIY Kitchen Backsplash

30 Oct

Adam & I went to home depot just to price out a backsplash and ended up coming home with everything and tackling it last weekend. I think it was a tad more work than we anticipated, instead of just being a weekend project it turned into a week long project. However, I have to tell you – I LOVE IT! it was so worth it. If I didn’t have Adam though I never would have been able to do it myself (which I think I had convinced myself earlier). There are so many cuts to be made – which also means you need a good tile cutter. And it just so happened Adam’s dad had one! *Phew*

We watched quite a few Youtube video tutorials on how to do it, and then just went with it!

For everything – tiles, grout, glue, sponge, hand cutter, chalk, spacers = $170 (which we thought was a steal)

Before: Getting everything out of the kitchen (I have noticed I need some new kitchen lighting… YIKES)

Tiles Spacers = Very important/A big pain in the butt

We chose the small spacers because we wanted the tiles to be close together. A trick when using these is to dip one of the corners in the glue before placing it. If not, then they will just keep falling out and become a HUGE pain.

Each box of white subway tiles = $42 (we needed two)

Step 1: Wash the wall surface, and put painting tape on the areas you don’t want the glue to touch. Make a line in the middle of both focal points. This will be your starting point

Step 2: All the video tutorials we watched said to line up the tiles on your counter as they will be lined up on the wall – we decided not to do this half way because with the spacers and having to cut the tiles it was just better to do it as we went….

Step 3: Start where you made your line in the middle and work your way out…

Adam put the glue in sections instead of putting all the glue down at once – this was way better because  it is very time consuming you don’t want the glue to dry before putting on the tile.

Adam started in the middle for the second wall as well because the middle is your focal point.

Step 4: Once all your tiles are up, they need to dry for 24 hours. Then comes the grout! This is where we got nervous because after Adam put all the grout on, it seemed to be uneven. The sponge didn’t seem to help much either. So after we let it dry a little, I took a damp J-cloth and ran my finger along all the grooves. This made the biggest difference. It made everything even.

We also used a bright white grout because then you don’t see the spaces as much, and it is more blended.

I am so happy with it, and it’s all thanks to my Handyman!! ♥