Before and After: $500 Kitchen Makeover

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For many people, the kitchen truly is the heart of the home, so dealing with one that is dark, cramped and awkward can make enjoying the home a difficult proposition. After ten years in that situation, Massacheussetts-based designer Linda Merrill decided to take the plunge and makeover her tiny kitchen on a shoestrong budget. Though the makeover costs do not include the appliances, this remarkable project highlights the impact a little creativity and elbow grease can have on any dreary space.

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Merrill created instant impact by papering the kitchen with beadboard wallpaper- cheaper and easier than installing actual beadboard in the space. The glossy white paint helps to reflect light around the room and gives a crisp clean look to this dated kitchen. The new skirted counter is actually an old door that dramatically increases the workspace in the kitchen. Painting the cabinets and replacing the knobs was labor-intensive but the end result is definitely worth it.

For more pictures of this great transformation, check out the full story on Shelterpop.

(Images: Linda Merrill (kitchen Before) and Michael Lee (kitchen After) both via Shelterpop.)

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