You probably don’t think it’s possible to totally transform a kitchen on a very minor budget. But after seeing this makeover, courtesy of Designer and Content Creator Anne Sage, you’re about to become a believer! With a budget of just $550, she turned a totally dated and dark space into the bright and inviting kitchen of her dreams.
With a little money and a lot of effort, Anne gave her 1960s kitchen modern appeal and an amazing new look you have to see to believe. And today, we’re walking you through how she really made it happen – including her best tips for tackling your own kitchen makeover on a tight budget.
The Kitchen: BEFORE & AFTER
So how did Anne’s makeover happen? The story actually begins wayyyy back in 1965…and it’s a family affair. The home was originally built by her grandparents, and they lived in it until her grandfather passed away in 2020. Then in 2021, Anne, along with her husband and daughter, decided to move in and start making some big improvements to the 56-year-old kitchen. And while she has goals of tackling a major renovation down the line, she wanted to quickly make some updates to bring the kitchen into the 21st Century.
Behind The Makeover
When tackling the kitchen on a budget of just $550, Anne relied on a simple solution to make a big impact: Paint. The existing wood panel walls got a bright coat of white, while the cabinetry changed to a rich gray. (These cabinets also soaked up a lot of paint: Anne estimates she and her husband spent about 80 hours applying 6 coats of paint!) But by using Beyond Paint, an all-in-one bonder/primer/finisher, Anne was able to avoid the tedious task of sanding prior to painting.
In addition to painting, removing the upper cabinets and replacing them with a pair of floating shelves brought a much more modern look to the space. And swapping out the cabinet hardware and faucet to bright brass added the finishing touch that took this kitchen from drab to totally fab.
A Breakdown Of Costs
How did Anne spend the $550? We break down all the expenses.
Paint and related supplies (trays, rollers, brushes, etc): $340
Sink faucet and Bar Faucet: $110
Open shelves: $60
Anne’s Best Kitchen Tips
Anne learned a lot while tackling her makeover – and we’ve sharing her most useful tips.
- DON’T BE AFRAID TO PAINT HARDWARE
While most people remove the hardware and doors when painting cabinets, Anne’s kitchen had a unique challenge. “Our hinges were as old as the house and a very particular style that would have made removing them risky — we might not have gotten the doors back on,” she says. So she ended up painting right over the hinges, opening and closing them every ten minutes so they wouldn’t dry shut. “The doors open smoothly, and there’s no cracking paint on any of the hinges,” she says.
- ALWAYS TEST BEFORE PAINTING
To avoid issues, Anne recommends testing your paint color in a few different areas before committing. “I only tested my color on the upper cabinets, where lots of natural sunlight from the windows hits. But once I painted the lower cabinets… I learned that in that area, my chosen color looked MUCH darker” she says. Painting a sample on all the cabinets could have saved her a whole lot of time and headaches.
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