Before and After: A You-Can-Do-It-Too $70 Kitchen Redo

published Aug 30, 2018
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(Image credit: Chelsey Brown)

This is a cute kitchen. It’s petite, efficient, seems to have ample storage, and its white palette is bright and conveys cleanliness like a spotless chef’s coat. However, this kitchen’s tenant was sick of its “bland and boring hardware and countertops” and took an afternoon to do something about it.

(Image credit: Chelsey Brown)

And now? “It’s so glam and bright!” exclaims Chelsey Brown of City Chic Decor, and I have to agree. The changes are subtle but crucial. The new marble countertops—contact paper, I assume—add visual texture while remaining bright, and the veining isn’t intense enough to disguise messes. The new darling-yet-glam handles add tons of luxuriousness, yet they’re the perfect scale for this small kitchen. The frames on the wall continue the gold theme and add interest to a previously blank spot. A few new accessories—wood cutting boards, framed photo, various jars—add personality, beauty, and practicality. As tempting as it may be to keep a smaller kitchen clear of everything but the essentials, sometimes adding a few accessories can make a small room feel larger.

And, by the way, making changes like the one in this kitchen doesn’t require a major investment of time and money. Chelsey shared, “It cost $70 and three hours to complete.” So impressive!

Now that this upgrade is complete, Chelsey has some encouragement for the rest of us renters:

It’s always important to make an interior statement in your own home, even if it’s rented. Renter restrictions scare people into thinking they can’t do much with their space, but that’s only a myth. You can create your dream home in a rented space AND you can do it on a budget!

Thank you, Chelsey Brown of City Chic Decor!