Before & After: Melissa's Under $500 Kitchen Makeover

Before & After: Melissa's Under $500 Kitchen Makeover

Janel Laban
Nov 10, 2010

Last month, Melissa asked the Apartment Therapy readers to weigh in on whether she should paint her kitchen cabinets. She got 80 comments to consider and went ahead with a full on makeover. We were thrilled that she sent us fantastic "after" photos to enjoy. Jump below for the full gallery and all the details …

Here is Melissa's post-project, wrap up:

A couple of weeks ago you graciously posted a Good Question about my budget kitchen makeover, and here are the results! I got lots (and lots and lots!) of input from AT readers and I'm so thankful. The whole thing cost around $450 and took just a few messy, chaotic weeks. I have two young kids, so I just had to fit in a half hour here, an hour there, hoping that no one would smudge the paint, and eventually it got done.

My kitchen is so much brighter now even though I did nothing to the lighting (I'll deal with that after the holidays). I simply painted everything (including the wood-trimmed countertop edging), replaced all the nasty hinges and knobs with shiny new hardware, used a little fabric here and there, made a rug from FLOR carpet tiles, and framed some illustrations from my Charley Harper calendar. My table and chairs no longer fit in very well, but I think a couple coats of paint and another well-placed FLOR rug will fix that. :)

Again, thanks for all the advice! Especially to the commenters who suggested that I go dark on the lower cabinets - they were dead right!

Thanks, Melissa!

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