My Less than $300 cheap kitchen renovation

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?

Me: No

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:

My Less than $300 cheap kitchen renovation

The kitchen after

(how did I do?):

My Less than $300 cheap kitchen renovation

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…

The Countertops

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!

I purchased my Giani Countertop Paint Kit, White Diamond from Amazon because I have prime so it was 2-day free shipping! If you don’t have amazon prime, I HIGHLY recommend you get it! I purchased the majority of my stuff on amazon because their prices were lower plus 2-day free shipping and great return policy!

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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!

The Results

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

If you enjoyed this cheap kitchen renovation reno, you will love my inexpensive dining room revamp! Check out my easy cheap glam revamp here!


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18 thoughts on “My Less than $300 cheap kitchen renovation”

  1. Wow your friend was right in talking you into the color of your counter tops love it. You did an awesome job on your renovations.

  2. Kitchen looks fantastic, awesome job!! I love the color of the counter tops but, I also agree with u that counter tops being a little darker would have put it over the top.
    Never tried doing counter tops that way. Thanks to u I have alot of counters that are going to get a much needed make very
    Thanks U have inspired me!!!

  3. I, too, love your backsplash. Agree that a bit darker on the countertop would’ve been a bit more contrasting and nice but exactly the way it is is quite lovely. Your entire kitchen looks amazing. You should be very proud of yourself.

    I’m now going through the same kitchen redo process myself! Nice to see that others have had success. Hope yours holds up well over time.

  4. I love love love what you have done and it just looks splendid !!! Can you do mine ?? ❤️ Painting my cabinets white will be a big step for my husband … very set in his ways ! My hat is off to you little girl ! Great job !


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