Before & After: A $50 Kitchen Makeover

Before & After: A $50 Kitchen Makeover

We're in the throes of our own personal kitchen makeover (more on that later), so my makeover-o-meter is operating on full power: everywhere I turn, spectacular makeovers of all kinds are waving their hands and shouting my name!  The inspiration is almost overwhelming, which is why I stopped dead in my tracks when I spied this $50 kitchen makeover.  Yes, folks, FIFTY DOLLARS.  


created at: 11/07/2011

This makeover is a prime example of working with what you've got!  Sarah from Three Boys completely transformed the look and feel of this kitchen with nothing more than a couple gallons of Antique White paint--she even painted her existing tile backsplash.  While this approach might not work in every situation, it's inspiring to see the kind of impact $50 and some white paint can make on a space.  Check out more of this makeover, including details on how Sarah painted her tile, over on Three Boys!

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megan on Nov 30, 2011:

white cabinets...? cleaning that...No thanks! 

DesigningMom on Nov 19, 2011:

I'm with your hubby Anon. If you look in the trim aisle of L's and HoDe you'll find primed MDF for millwork. It's a less expensive way to use larger molding. With the costs of wood today I can understand why painted trim is a trend. I just can't imagine painting over beautiful wood to get the look.

Ofcourse I know not everyone is in love with wood grain like I am. I have a couple friends that paint beautiful pieces of wood furniture all the time The end result is often quite pretty. Well as long as I didn't see the before. LOL

Anonymous on Nov 19, 2011:

You all are making me feel better. I still love my stained birch cabinets and paneled walls, but was feeling so out of date. My husband says only reason painted cabinets and walls are the style now is so they can use plywood and sheet rock. Why cover up my wood's natural beauty with paint that keeps needing repainting!

DesigningMom on Nov 18, 2011:

The angle of the first picture has nothing to do with it anon. I love the warmth of stained wood. Always have, always will. One can add color to a stained kitchen too. Both styles are pretty much neutral backgrounds.

A wood floor in this all white kitchen would have been nice.

Anonymous on Nov 18, 2011:

Having lived in kitchens with both brown and white themes, I'm a fan of the white / after pic. It's fresh, clean, and bright, inviting people in. Now they can also add any accent colors they'd like.  I'm also guessing some of you just like the angle of the first picture better, as it shows more of the surrounding wood and color in the home. 

Les on Nov 18, 2011:

Whoa - that is the same layout of my kitchen.  I find there is too little useful countertop - only that bit between the sink and stovetop.  I'd love to know about others with this layout and how they fixed it!

Richard on Nov 10, 2011:

I vote for the original, I hate the white sterile look.  Leave sterile for insane asylums and hospitals.  On the plus side you’ve got the cupboards primed for the next $50 project you want to try.

Stephanie F on Nov 09, 2011:

I like the new version better - the dark wood on the original version looks dingy, dark, and in need of a good scrub, while the later version has a clean country kitchen vibe.

Anonymous on Nov 08, 2011:

I agree.  I think the kitchen looked better before.  I thought they were switched!

Anonymous on Nov 08, 2011:

I honestly did a double take and wondered if I had switched the before and after pictures in my mind. First looks better in my opinion, but that's not to say that isn't an epic renovation for only 50 dollars

Annie on Nov 08, 2011:

White kitchens are so trendy now, but I think they'll stand the test of time. They always look so fresh and serene. I am a big fan of this makeover!

DesigningMom on Nov 08, 2011:

created at: 01/06/2011I don't get it. Their kitchen was absolutely beautiful before with a very warm and welcoming feeling like a kitchen should feel in my opinion. It's the heart of the home after all. This stark white washed look just makes me feel cold and says "stay out or you might soil my crisp cold whiteness". 

I think they wasted their fifty dollars.

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