Looking for a cheap kitchen renovation that takes under a week to do? How about under $300?! Yes, you heard right! Today, I’m sharing my inexpensive kitchen renovation that even beginners can do!
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
Me: I hate my kitchen. It’s so dated! It needs a renovation!
My bank account: Do you have kitchen renovation money?
When I purchased my home, there was one room that I truly hated… the kitchen.
First of all, I hate two-tone cabinets. They scream 2006.
Second of all, the counter-tops and lack of glam just isn’t my style!
Since most of my budget went to ripping up the carpet and installing flooring, I had very little money left over for a kitchen renovation.
Me being the budgetnista that I am, I decided that I would do a few kitchen upgrades myself and have a cheap kitchen renovation.
The kitchen before:
The kitchen after
(how did I do?):
It doesn’t even look like the same kitchen right?! I did the majority of the work myself (I had a friend help me paint the countertops), and it took only a few days to do!
My cheap kitchen remodel
The Cabinets: Painting
The first thing I decided to do was paint the cabinets a timeless white. Just painting the cabinets alone was a transformation:
I used 2 coats of KILZ 2 Multi-Surface Stain Blocking Interior/Exterior Latex Primer/Sealer, and then 2 coats of Valspar Cabinet Enamel Semi-Gloss Latex Interior Paint.
The Faux Brick Backsplash
Real brick backsplash would have been way too pricey, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it myself.
So instead I opted for this faux brick wall backsplash. It’s 3 dimensional so afar it looks really, really cool!
I won’t say it looks like brick from afar, but it doesn’t look like a peel and stick either, which is a win for me! I do highly recommend you have help with this because it can be tedious lining up the bricks. One thing I will say about this peel and stick is that once it sticks, IT STICKS!! So if you mess up, you can’t restick it because the back has some heavy-duty glue. I recommend ordering a few extra strips just in case!
I used about 6 sheets altogether. One of those sheets I had to throw away completely because as I mentioned before, if you align it wrong while sticking, you can’t reuse it.
The sticky part can only be applied once.
I purchased these peel n stick brick wall panels from amazon.
The Cabinets: hardware
Next up was the hardware for my cabinets!
I opted for these 8″ stainless steel metal draw pulls to match my stainless steel appliances. I did have to buy new nails because the nails that came with it were too short for my bottom drawers.
I purchased my hardware on amazon and I’m thrilled I did because they were double the price at lowes and home depot!
My cheap kitchen renovation was coming along…
If I have one regret during my kitchen renovation, it’s the countertops.
I wish I had painted them darker and not so light. I used Giani Countertop Paint Kit, White Diamond which I was really nervous about because once you mess up countertops, there’s no going back! However, I ended up really liking the kit, and I plan to do my guest bathroom countertops with this kit as well!
The kit includes everything you need as well as steps. The first step is applying the black primer:
My sweet friend, Ashley, helping me paint the countertops!
After I finished painting the counter-tops with the black primer, I seriously contemplated just leaving them black because I loved how the black looked! My friend Ash recommended that I follow through with the original plans of gray countertops, so I took her advice lol!
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Once I painted the primer on my countertops, I allowed 24 hours to dry. The Giani Countertop Paint Kit, White Diamond includes a sponge that you paint different colors with.
It wasn’t my favorite part lol, and I feel I went a little overboard with the paint, which I regret. I wish I would have kept it darker, but you live, and you learn (also, painting while sipping wine is a big NO-NO lol!)
I love the countertops, though! I’ve had these countertops 90 days so far, and they still look great!
I’m not the handiest person in the world, but I still think I did a fantastic job!
My entire kitchen renovation was under $300. The most expensive thing being the countertop paint priced at $80.
What do you guys think about this cheap kitchen renovation? Did I do a good job?
UPDATE:It’s been 6 months since I redid my kitchen and it still looks great! I loved my kitchen so much that I decided to do my guest bathroom the exact same using the Giani Countertop Paint Kit in White Diamond! Check out the video below and the blog post here