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A Colorful Kitchen for $558

A lackluster kitchen gets a vibrant new look with updated countertops and a backsplash, plus bright blue paint

colorful blue and white kitchen with a brown marble tiled counter-top, and windows in the two corners
Photo by (Paint dab) Ted Morrison
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Sometimes it takes a few tries before a DIYer's vision comes together. Just ask Timisha Porcher, who dreamed of adding color and personality to the outdated cook space in her Laurel, Maryland, home.

To make her dream a reality, she had to deconstruct some of her previous updates that hadn't panned out—removing the trim she had installed on the cabinet doors and stripping the faux-granite contact paper on the laminate countertops.

After taking a tiling class at the local community college, she decided to tackle the countersand backsplash herself. She removed the old backsplash and patched the wall. Starting with the counters, she laid down large pieces of marble tile, then added a mosaic backsplash of glass, stone, and stainless steel for a bit of texture and shine.

Next, she sanded down the cabinets and painted them a cheerful shade of blue, and gave the walls and ceiling a fresh coat. New hardware finishes off the cabinets.

Related: How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Now, says Timisha, who blogs about her DIY endeavors at toolboxdivas.com, she no longer loses her appetite when she walks into the kitchen. The best part? "I feel such a sense of accomplishment knowing I did it myself!"

The Project Tally
•Painted the walls and ceilings with paint she had on hand, and chose a lively shade of blue for the cabinetry: $35

•Purchased white-and-gray marble tiles for the countertops, along with the supplies to install them: $343

•Scored sheets of mosaic tile on sale for the backsplash, patched the wall, and installed it herself: $160

•Added new pulls to the cabinets: $20

Total: $558

colorful blue and white kitchen with a brown marble tiled counter-top, and windows in the two corners. A paint dab of the blue paint, and two red arrows with the prices of items in the remodel are set in the image
Photo by (Paint dab) Ted Morrison
After: By opting for tiled counters—and learning how to install them herself—homeowner Timisha Porcher saved hundreds of dollars. Fresh paint brightens up the space and makes it flow better with the rest of the house.

Sometimes it takes a few tries before a DIYer's vision comes together. Just ask Timisha Porcher, who dreamed of adding color and personality to the outdated cook space in her Laurel, Maryland, home.

To make her dream a reality, she had to deconstruct some of her previous updates that hadn't panned out—removing the trim she had installed on the cabinet doors and stripping the faux-granite contact paper on the laminate countertops.

After taking a tiling class at the local community college, she decided to tackle the countersand backsplash herself. She removed the old backsplash and patched the wall. Starting with the counters, she laid down large pieces of marble tile, then added a mosaic backsplash of glass, stone, and stainless steel for a bit of texture and shine.

Next, she sanded down the cabinets and painted them a cheerful shade of blue, and gave the walls and ceiling a fresh coat. New hardware finishes off the cabinets.

Related: How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Now, says Timisha, who blogs about her DIY endeavors at toolboxdivas.com, she no longer loses her appetite when she walks into the kitchen. The best part? "I feel such a sense of accomplishment knowing I did it myself!"

The Project Tally
•Painted the walls and ceilings with paint she had on hand, and chose a lively shade of blue for the cabinetry: $35

•Purchased white-and-gray marble tiles for the countertops, along with the supplies to install them: $343

•Scored sheets of mosaic tile on sale for the backsplash, patched the wall, and installed it herself: $160

•Added new pulls to the cabinets: $20

Total: $558

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