Before & After: Gemma’s Under $200 Kitchen Spruce Up

updated May 6, 2019
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Many of us can relate to Gemma’s situation. She knew that, down the line, she’d be taking on a full (read:expensive) renovation. But she wanted to do something to make the kitchen a fun, fresh place to be in the meantime. She got a big bang for not too many bucks with this smart spruce up to tide things over while she saves up for the big job to come…

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Gemma writes: Since moving into our digs a few years ago, the kitchen has been one of the rooms that had sort of paralyzed us — It needs a big renovation, which means big bucks. We realized though there that were a few things we could do to make it a more fun and happy space on a budget.

First thing was to paint out the old oak strip cabinets with some high-gloss white paint. Next up, we added some modern hardware, which we plan on using in our future kitchen. But the biggest impact came from the floor. We grabbed some super cheap black and white vinyl tile and got to peeling and sticking. We went for a stripe instead of the usual checkerboard pattern for something a little different. We are so thrilled with how it turned out! And the budget for this whole mini-makeover? Only $195! We now love to hang and cook in our fresh fun space.

My favorite update, that amazing striped tile floor, only cost $45 and looks fantastic – thanks for sharing, Gemma!

Read more about the makeover on Gemma’s blog: The Sweetest Digs