Projects & Improvements

Before & After: Out of the ’70s For Under $200

published Apr 3, 2016
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(Image credit: Submitted by Yasmin)

Not all wallpaper is created equal. And while it is having a well deserved moment, some wallpaper can make a room feel instantly dark and outdated. Yasmin found an inexpensive way to banish her bland wallpaper, among other things, and brighten up her whole kitchen.

(Image credit: Submitted by Yasmin)

From Yasmin: When we got this home, we definitely loved the original 70s homey feel to it, the original owners were so kind as to even leave us some orchids in the kitchen! They also left us with strange 1970s wallpaper, outdated brown cabinets, and a very old yellowed vinyl floor in the kitchen.

Nonetheless, we knew we didn’t have a budget left to pay for a new kitchen as we would have liked.So, we took matters into our own hands (or rather, our own paintbrushes, patching spatulas, caulk guns, drills) and with some hard work, it’s a brand new kitchen! We painted the cabinets Polar Bear white in high gloss.

This took multiple coats of primer, paint, and a lot of patience.
One of the ways we saved money was to leave some of the cabinets without the doors- creating open shelving that’s accessible, convenient, and allows us to display some of our favorite dishes and decor.

Thank you, Yasmin!

Re-edited from a post originally published 4.3.16-NT