Unbelievable $1000 Kitchen Makeover

created at: 05/04/2012

Andrea's kitchen looks nothing like it did when she and her family first moved into their home. A makeover was in order, but the budget was small. In this case $1,000 small. The fact that she and her husband were able to accomplish the re-do for that price tag certainly drew my attention. They did have some things going for them when they started, however. Like a bead board ceiling hidden under foam tiles, an awesome, original farmhouse sink and her father-in-law's stash of 100 year old, reclaimed barn wood. Even with a leg up, the transformation is quite remarkable. Check it out: 

created at: 05/04/2012

For many more pictures of Andrea's kitchen makeover, visit Keeping it Cozy

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Kathleen on Apr 18, 2015:

I went and looked at the whole kitchen and I agree with Rebecca. This is a much nicer kitchen than that one photo shows. They did a wonderful job with the whole space and I love all the storage solutions. The paint on the cabinets is more of an off white and I love the white appliances which is my personal preference as well. I think they did a great job for a thousand dollars!

Kathleen on Apr 18, 2015:

I like vintage so I like this kitchen. I like white but preferably off white instead of the bright white. I clean as I go and keeping the cabinets clean, I don't see as a problem....just an everyday wipedown of soiled areas just takes a minute. I would add more colorful accessories and I also would have made the countertops a bit lighter so the contrast wouldn't be so strong with the white. If the paint job is done correctly, chipping should not be a problem....there are very good paint products nowadays to get good adhesion.

Rebecca on Sep 16, 2014:

The room is actually much prettier than the photo.  What I like about this makeover is that they did the work themselves and kept to a budget by re-using the solid wood cabinets.  The ceiling is the original which took quite a bit of work to remove nails, paint, etc.  Her husband and father made the countertops out of 100 year old wood.  The floors were changed as well.  Check out her blog to see even more updates and to meet a very sweet family.

Jim Manzie on Jun 18, 2012:

Does this kitchen have a floor?  Come on, show it.  Where has the microwave gone?  Did you add a tongue and groove ceiling? Surely that blew out the 1000 bux.   Looks like you lost a lot of bench /prep space too.  


calleenfahey on May 21, 2012:

All that white, so much time for cleaning.

Keila on May 08, 2012:

I think it looks nice, but with too much white. (a colorful valance can help with that) What I am concern about is where is the $1,000 they spent? (maybe in the new faucet, dishwasher and hardware...oh, and white paint)

teresa on May 07, 2012:

Why did they change the ceiling? Put an updated valance back on the window!

Brittany on May 06, 2012:

I would have guessed that this makeover cost less than $1000, so I am surprised they spent that much on it.  Honestly, nothing about this makeover is unbelievable or inspiring. Having said that, the kitchen does look loads better, and that wooden counter top looks great.  All that truly matters is that the homeowners are happy, anyway.

Booooo! on May 06, 2012:

I guess it looks great then the before but come on... it looks cheap. Painting everything white, buying a new coffee maker, and containers doesn't make this a 'makeout'... it looks like a quick clean-up job before mom and dad got home.

Anonymous on May 06, 2012:

I think this kitchen is absolutely amazing.  I would love one just exactly like it!!!

Anonymous on May 06, 2012:

That is a rediculous amount of white. The only thing I like about it are the gorgeous counter tops.

Aries on May 05, 2012:

My LORD opinions opnions guess you can't argue that!  Looks really nice and MUCH better than what it use to look like

James Roetling on May 05, 2012:

When I see DIY shows that advocate this type of "improvement" I just shake my head and sigh.

Sure, it looks brighter and cleaner now, but will it stay that way? It's a kitchen, and that makes it a mess magnet. Finger prints around cabinet handles, small splatters from food prep, and chips in the paint finish will eventually spoil that "clean" look.

A white kitchen hides nothing and requires extra effort for cleaning and upkeep. That's not how I'd like to spend my time.

Ivriniel on May 04, 2012:

Needs some sort of window treatment to give it a bit of colour.

Designing Woman on May 04, 2012:

Cabinets are much better painted white and the wood counter tops are great (they add warmth and interest and make you feel like yummy things will be turned out of this kitchen.  However, I would paint the walls something other than white because right now it's a little TOO white.

Anonymous on May 04, 2012:

It definitely looks better white....cleaner and brighter.  Just needs some accessories in pretty accent colors now.

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