Recently one of my best friends from college purchased her first home! She’s a single teacher and it is a very practical first time home. She wasn’t loving all of the 90’s oak and dated fixtures, so I came to town to help her bring some character to her new home. We made a ton of affordable kitchen updates in a weekend!
As you can see with just paint and new light fixtures we were able to drastically transform this kitchen! We used my tutorial for painting cabinets to spray all of the grey cabinets.
We installed faux shiplap on the peninsula and the divider wall the same way that I did in this tutorial. In order to help the cabinets pop, we just painted the walls and backsplash white.
A can of spray paint was enough to transform all of the hardware. Erin doesn’t use a microwave and prefers the look of a range hood rather than a microwave above the range. Sadly the range hood didn’t arrive on time to make it into the pictures. We also swapped out all of the electrical fixtures and cover plates for new bright ones.
We discovered that Wal-mart has a great selection of modern affordable light fixtures, and we ended up installing them throughout the whole house! A few weeks ago I rounded up a bunch of chandeliers all under $200, we ended up choosing this one, but we’re afraid it might be a bit too big. If she decides to switch it out for something smaller I’ll try and get an updated picture with the new chandelier! Erin hasn’t actually moved into her new home yet, but she has SO many beautiful LIVE plants that we grabbed a few from her rental to use for staging the photos! We pulled the bistro table in from her patio, but she’ll be using a larger wood table in here once she gets moved in.
Over the course of three days we completely transformed this kitchen, as well as both of her bathrooms! If you’re not a fan of your kitchen here is a list of the easiest changes that will totally transform it:
- Paint Cabinets
- Replace or Paint Hardware
- Replace Light Fixtures
- Paint Walls
- Add an accent like shiplap or wallpaper
- Update Appliances
- Swap out yellowed electrical plates
- Add plants and art
Sources (contains affiliate links):
- Faucet Pendant Light
- Flush Mount Light
- Cabinet Paint Color- Pittsburgh Paint Padlock Gray
- White Paint Color- Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Under Cabinet Hood (didn’t arrive on time)
- Cabinet Knobs (similar)
- Bistro Table
- Sailboat Art (vintage)
For full transparency, I decided to share a budget breakdown! Many of these items were also used on the bathrooms as well making those updates even more affordable!
- Pendant Light- $20
- Flush Mount Light- $50
- Chandelier- $150
- Spray Paint for Cabinet Hardware- $6 (also used for bathroom)
- Gray Primer- $16 (also used for bathroom)
- Gray Paint- $32 (also used for bathroom)
- White Paint- $32
- Polycrilic Sealer- $45 (also used for bathroom)
- Shiplap- $30
- Shiplap Outside Corners- $16
- Range Hood- $100
- Electrical Cover Plates- $5
- Paint Supplies (rollers, trays, brushes, tape, etc)- $40 (also used for bathroom)
I hope you love these affordable kitchen updates in a weekend! My friend is SO much happier with how her home looks now, and can’t wait to move into this space! We also completely transformed her bathrooms.. all in the same three days, here is the post with those details! Needless to say we didn’t sleep much in those three days!
THAT REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE! IT GIVES ME HOPE FOR MY KITCHEN!
Jill Johnson says
You are amazing Jess! It looks fantastic. Your creativity and work ethic is indomitable!
I hope you’re catching up on sleep. 😊
That kitchen looks amazing! I love the grey cabinets. You’re friend is lucky to have you, I bet it was a fun couple of days!
Kate Hollingsworth says
Fantastic transformation! I’d love it if you could share your budget for this as I think it’s so important for people to know that a huge difference they make to the feel of their home doesn’t have to cost tens of thousands of dollars. xx
Thanks! THat’s a great idea! I’ll gather our receipts and share it! Definitely under $1000, posssibly even closer to $600 for all three spaces. I’ll update the post. Thanks!
Erin Johnson says
LOVE my new kitchen!! Cannot thank you enough, my friend!! You are extremely talented and it was amazing to watch you in action!! Wish I had your skills but glad I learned a bit more about painting!! Thank you for everything!!❤️
Is the paint a special kind? I want to paint my cabinets but they are wood with like a glossy poly finish.
These cabinets already had a fairly matte finish, but I’ve painted glossy cabinets before. The key is to use deglosser first. Check out this post with the details: https://www.brightgreendoor.com/tips-for-painting-cabinets-from-a-pro/
I love the redo! I want to redo my kitchen cabinets, but mine are laminate and I am not sure how to go about painting them and not have the papery laminate bubble up later. The laminate is not peeling up, it is just pickled.. the cabinates are twenty five years old, and about four shades of pink now. Do you have any tutorials on this type of cabinet or any suggestions?
I actually painted my laminate cabinets as well and shared a tutorial here: https://www.brightgreendoor.com/kitchen-with-black-cabinets/. If you look above our stove they are a bit bubbled as well. With the paint it’s hardly noticeable. Short of refacing them all I don’t know how to fix the bubbling. MAYBE a heat gun before painting? That would be a gamble though. I’m sorry I don’t have a better suggestion. Ours came out SO much better with paint!