The "Decor Refresh That's So Powerful, It Looks Like a Renovation" Kitchen Makeover

The "Decor Refresh That's So Powerful, It Looks Like a Renovation" Kitchen Makeover

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Janel Laban
Feb 17, 2015
Before
(Image credit: Christina Brown)

Every so often, someone sends in a project that 100% reaffirms my belief in the power of paint along with good diy and decorating skills. This is one of them. Take it away (and OMG, amazing job!) Christina...

After!
(Image credit: Christina Brown)
Before
(Image credit: Christina Brown)
After!
(Image credit: Christina Brown)

All of the projects were DIY, and mostly cosmetic, the bigger projects being:

- Painting everything top to bottom - ceilings, walls, trim, hardware, etc... - $ a couple hundred dollars - we had to use many many coats of primer and paint to hide all of the crazy colors. We have bright white everywhere in the house - every single wall. When we moved in there was baby blue in the kitchen, grey and pink in the living room, a lavender wall running up the stairs, mustard in the bedroom. I just had to paint everything white so I couldn't think about it anymore! I think it makes everything look more cohesive and if I ever change my mind and want color somewhere it'll be easy to paint over the white.

- Floating whitewashed maple veneer floors over the existing linoleum (a requirement since the addition on the back of the kitchen has floors that curve downwards) - approximately $200-300 (we used inspiration from plywood flooring DIYs)

- Replacing the backsplash - $50 in tile. I taught myself how to re-tile on my mantle and in my vestibule so I had tools, grout, etc...leftover. I just had to buy the mini-subway tile. We did find that the wall behind the tile was a wreck and we had to rebuild it when we did demo. Not a huge setback, but a surprise.

-Building an industrial shelf for open storage - $75 in reclaimed pine wood (beautiful dredged pine boards...they were originally 10 feet long and they're 2" thick!) from Provenance Architecturals (a hidden Philly gem we LOVE) and $300 in pipe and flange (although our families only give us hardware store gift cards for holidays so we didn't pay anything). I was actually planning on building a shelving unit that drilled through the boards for more support but the boards were so straight and beautiful that I designed the shelf around them.

Read more about the makeover on Christina's blog: andchristina

Thanks, Christina!

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