Kitchen Cabinet & Countertop Makeover Madness (Tutorials Included!)

by DIY Maven

created at: 08/09/2011

This month we at the Curb honor the almighty kitchen. Why the adoration? Because, besides oftentimes making or breaking a real estate transaction, they are also the heart of the home. They deserve special attention and, yes, some investment on our parts. Investment, however, doesn't have to mean expensive. Oh, no, no, no. In this jam-packed cabinet and countertop makeover roundup, the budgets are super small but the impact is super big! (Befores to the left; afters on the right where applicable.)

Our first idea comes from

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IKEA Hack: Angie's DIY Rustic Modern Entertainment Center Created from...Kitchen Cabinets!

by Chris Gardner

Curbly reader Angie and her guy, Randy, just completed this amazing handmade Scandanavian-inspired media unit. She says, "When we completed our basement, we were in need of an entertainment center. We shopped around and looked at everything out there and we just couldn't find anything we really liked. I also found that the average entertainment center didn't have enough depth for the important part of the the entertainment center, really nice audio components. :) From looking around, we determined that we liked the look of the low profile entertainment centers with wall mounted TVs...so we set out to build one.

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Hardware: Locating Hot Knobs and Pretting Pulls.

by Chris Gardner

"What's the perfect way to spruce up cabinetry and furniture? Knobs and pulls, baby! Terrific hardware is where [it is],, especially if you're in the mood for a fast, inexpensive way to breathe new life into a tired piece." So begins Decor8's Holly Becker on the vast world of cabinet knobs and pulls. Her article for Real Simple details some of the resources for both new and vintage hardware, as well as matching to the piece.

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Stairway to....nowhere?

by DIY Maven

What do you get when you cross a staircase with a cabinet and a room divider? A Green Tea Design step chest. According to the website, they are adaptable in that "each step chest is really three pieces, so you can play around with different configurations as the need or mood takes you." Green Tea also allows you to pick your stain and hardware too.

No entryway in your home? Plop one of these down next to the front door and not only will you have...

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