Colorful Kitchen Makeover for $335
A handful of cosmetic upgrades, including a new floor and a lively paint scheme, brightened the space—and the whole living area in the home’s open-concept first floor
After years of renting, most new homeowners are more than ready to put their personal stamp on their first place. When Haleigh and Grant DeRocher bought their duplex in Ranchester, Wyoming, the kitchen’s generous square footage and overall functionality made it an upgrade from their previous rentals, but its aesthetics did not.
To inject a little of the couple’s personality into the room, Haleigh hit the home center with an open mind and found a gallon of discounted green paint on the “oops” shelf. Deciding it was the perfect color to transform the dark wood cabinets, she gave them a single coat, then removed a couple of doors to display cookbooks and dishes. The couple had planned to replace the laminate butcher-block countertops, which didn’t go with the old cabinetry, but changed their minds after seeing the cabinets’ paint transformation, saving hundreds.
Before: The kitchen had a decent amount of storage and a functional layout, but looked like it hadn’t been updated in the 30-plus years since it was built.
Next, to make the triangle of bare wall above the cabinetry less awkward and more of a focal point, Haleigh stenciled on a floral pattern, achieving the look of the wallpaper she had originally wanted but couldn’t justify splurging for. New engineered hardwood, which the couple laid themselves throughout the first floor, unifies the kitchen with the rest of the rooms. Haleigh, who blogs at sweetsequels.com, loves the impact the bright new kitchen has made on their home, adding, “It has changed the mood of the entire house!”
After: A handful of cosmetic upgrades, including a new floor and a lively paint scheme, brightened the space—and the whole living area in the home’s open-concept first floor.
The Project Tally
- Removed a couple of cabinet doors to create open shelving $0
- Painted cabinets and partition cubbies with a gallon of discounted “oops” paint and freshened walls with a coat of bright white $35
- Stenciled the open space below the vaulted ceiling and the lower half of the partition wall with a floral pattern using leftover paints $50
- Refreshed the kitchen floor with engineered hardwood $250