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A Stylish Rental Kitchen Makeover on a Tight Budget

by Jennifer Farley

A Stylish Rental Kitchen Makeover on a Tight Budget

This little kitchen was the remaining evidence of an attempted house flip gone bad. The old home had great bones, but a few serious structural issues, discovered once the previous owner/flipper opened up all the old walls. The kitchen became too much for them to handle, and that's when we stepped in. 

When we found the house, we knew most of the renovation budget would go behind the walls (plumbing, electrical, structural repairs), so the kitchen finishes would have to happen on a serious budget. As you can see, this space would need everything, from the floors up. We planned on renting this home, but I always believe in making things as homey and cute as possible. We stuck to our budget by going with stock cabinets, stock countertops, vinyl floors while keeping things bright and functional. And, if I may say so myself, I think it turned out great! Read on to see how we did it.   

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Before and After: A Stale Kitchen Gets a Simple Scandinavian-Inspired Makeover

by Lidy Dipert

We had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.

The Before

Before and After: A Stale Kitchen Gets a Simple Scandinavian-Inspired Makeover

When we first bought our home, the kitchen was quite dull and uninteresting. Which was ok at the time, because we just needed it for practical reasons. And to be honest, after making a big move to a new country, the last thing we wanted to do was tackle the...

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How to: Give your Mudroom an Easy Makeover with Smart, Space-Saving Storage

by Lidy Dipert

We had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.

How To: Give your Mudroom an Easy Makeover

The last area we really needed to tackle in our kitchen makeover was the tiny mudroom entrance in the back of the kitchen. It was the black hole of the space where everything piled up and overflowed. We knew we wanted to keep it simple, while still having it feel a part of...

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How To: Paint Kitchen Cabinets for a Stylish DIY Makeover

by Lidy Dipert

How To Give Your Existing Cabinets a Fresh Facelift

We'd had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.

 

So, you’re tired of your outdated kitchen and you have a small budget? No problem! We can totally relate to those familiar feelings. Our kitchen truly is the heart of our home, so we wanted to find a way to make it the our favorite room in the house without spending...

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An Unnecesarily Necessary Kitchen Makeover

by DIY Maven
Condo kitchen before
Photo: Love & Olive Oil

When a larger unit became available in their condo complex, Lindsay and Taylor couldn't pass it up. But there was only one problem: The kitchen in the new space looked very much like the kitchen in their old space. Now, many people might find the "before" in this makeover perfectly acceptable, but the couple wanted to start afresh. Plus, they were very familiar with the shortcomings of this particular kitchen...

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Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

by Jennifer Farley

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The bones of this kitchen were really great. The kitchen is open to the living room, and just off the living room is a huge deck and beautiful backyard. The kitchen cabinets were not only in great condition but very custom. The only problem was the kitchen was a little outdated.    

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The kitchen cabinets were painted grey. The appliances were updated, and the laminate countertops updated to concrete. Finally, the entire space got new floors. I know people have conflicting views on painted wood cabinets, but I think it can go either way if done well. To me, it all depends on what you want to do with the entire space. So this was the plan...

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The plan was to match the original home's floors. The home is an older home, built in the 1920s. The space you see is an addition. The original living room is the space you see off to the left of the photo. The homeowner wanted to renovate the home based on the original finishes. She also wanted the floors to match the original hardwood in the old living room. This meant the cherry wood was not going to work. The expense of replacing these cabinets way to high, so the plan was to keep them and paint them.  

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

One simple solution to update this kitchen was to extend the bar top. The bar top was not usable as a seating area because the countertop did not extend off the top. The home owner is one who hosts her family and friends often, so she needed a place for people to sit and eat. Simply extending the bar top added room for four chairs.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

We searched high and low for a stainless steel refrigerator to fit in the place. The problem was the black refrigerator was very custom and practically brand new. The homeowner also loved the function of this fridge. Since the style of refrigerator was looking to be a very pricey replacement we decided to keep it so the homeowner could use the money on a new backsplash and countertops.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The microwave over the range was extremely low. So low, that if you put a large pot on the stove you wouldn't be able to stir or pour things into the pot. This was a tricky fix because we couldn't lose the upper cabinet due to how the cabinets were installed.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

Our solution was switching out the microwave for an under the cabinet hood. Finding a shorter "under cabinet hood" was a little harder than expected. The search was worth it because now there is plenty of space for stirring and cooking. We purchased a cabinet depth microwave and placed it in an open upper cabinet on the other side of the fridge. Many people don't know that upper cabinet depth microwaves are an option. They are smaller, but if you only use your microwave for warming, then it could work for you.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The subway tile backsplash with light gray grout brightened the space up. I love how the homeowner hangs her adorable measuring cups on the backsplash with 3m hooks. The bronze cabinet knobs with patina are from Anthropologie.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The countertops were made and installed by a local company that specializes in concrete countertops.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The countertops are unique and give the space character. If you love the look of the concrete countertops just know that over time the concrete will patina a little. It is a countertop for those who love the look of "used" imperfections.

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

The white tile floor was replace with a wood floor installed at an angle. This wood floor matches the color of original hardwoods in the old living room. 

Before and After: A Dated Kitchen Gets A Makeover

Keeping existing kitchen cabinets sometimes can be tricky in a kitchen renovation but it opened up the budget to transform the entire space.

If you love a good before and after makeover check out these makeovers here on Curbly.

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Before & After: 1990's Kitchen Gets Much Needed Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

1990's kitchen before
Photo: DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

Faux wood laminate countertops, dark cabinets with raised panel "cathedral" doors, boring beige flooring and that peculiar 1990's green that was ever so popular at the time made this kitchen dark, dated and in dire need of a makeover. The homeowner chose to go the pro route and employed DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen in Ann Arbor, MI.   

1990's kitchen after
Photo: DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

 

With a fresh white and...

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Rental Kitchen Gets MUCH Needed Makeover

by DIY Maven
Rental Kitchen Disaster
Photo: Creative Living

Usually around the Curbly neighborhood, we talk about renters who are itching to make improvements to their space. Well, in this case, we're talking about a landlord who was itching to make improvements to her rental property. Katie, the property's owner, was faced with a--let's face it--disaster in the kitchen

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How To: Give an Old Wooden Bowl a Gold Leaf Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

supplies for wood bowl goldleaf makeover
Photo: Delineate Your Dwelling

I don't know about your favorite thrift store, buy mine is LOADED with wooden bowls and canisters and stuff. Honestly, I don't spend much time in that aisle. After seeing Amy's wooden bowl makeover I just might be making a beeline for that particular aisle on my next visit. Some inexpensive gold leaf, glue, Martha's patterning tape, and a soft-bristle brush is all you need. And, not surprising, I happen...

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Never-Give-Up Midcentury Modern Chair Makeover

by DIY Maven
MCM Thrift Store Chair Before MCM Thrift Store Chair After
Photo: Thrift Diving

 

Talk about a lesson in perseverance. When Serena snagged this marvelous MCM chair at a thrift store for $7, she had no idea what she was in for. After stripping the entire thing, she discovered the chair's back and body were constructed of two different types of wood. Then Serena had issues with  her sanding and finishing job. (Together they left a blotchy mess.) See?

MCM Thrift Store Chair With Blotchy Finish
Photo: Thrift Diving

 

Not deterred, she decided to paint the chair's body (made with the less-desireable wood) and readdress the blotchiness of the back with a steel wool rubdown. Then Serena applied tung oil to the walnut. (Exhausted just reading about the transformation? Me too.) Take a look at what the chair looks like now:

MCM Thrift Store Chair After
Photo: Thrift Diving

 

To read more about this makeover adventure, visit Thrift Diving.

Mid-Century Modern Chair Makeover Part 2 [Thrift Diving]

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