When you live in a house that is just not the way you want it, and you don’t really have the money and or time for a whole remodel, there is still hope to make your space feel fresh and new. This mini kitchen makeover took just a weekend to complete, only a few hundred dollars and made it feel like a whole new kitchen!
We’ve been remodeling the house we are in since we’ve moved in. We’ve completed SO much, and it really has been a fantastic transformation. We have a good system going. We work on a room or area at a time, and although the kitchen has been on the top of my wishlist for a very long time…it is also the most time and money intensive project that we will do. So it waits.
I set aside a little bit of money though, and told my husband that we just needed to do a mini kitchen makeover. And since my husband fully believes in the motto happy wife, happy life- he obliged. 🙂
This is the before…notice the bleh-iege paint, the spotlight track light and the upper cabinets. I want to remove all of my upper cabinets when we actually do the remodel, but for now I was able to take out one and it made the whole kitchen a different happy place!
Mini Kitchen Makeover
The other thing I needed to replace was our kitchen faucet. This one was too small, too old and too shiny silver. Also notice the yellow grout line between that “backsplash” and the wall. Ew.
The first thing I BEGGED for, was to take down that cabinet to the right of the sink since it was just floating there. Take that down and add a little white paint and already I was happy.
I told my husband if he would take that down I would build the shelves I wanted all by myself, and I did! These are a little different than the open shelving I did on my baking wall. I created the “box” easily enough and to attach it to the wall, we hung up a 2×4 with supports attached and then slid them on. I added the black bolts just for decoration. They don’t do anything to hold the shelf together.
After I built them my hubby helped me hang them and then I did a happy dance! 🙂 Then my friends came over while he was at work and we painted the whole kitchen a bright new white. These were a couple easy and inexpensive fixes that helped the whole kitchen revamp come together.
We didn’t have a window ledge before, so I cut a piece of lumber to fit and nailed it into the windowsill. Now I can put some pretties there, that helps so much! This was the least expensive…as it was free. But I will say that it is one of the most impactful. The chance to add a little personality to the window is one of my favorite things. I’m all about adding something cute that makes you smile in every single room.
I have considered whitewashing the cabinets that I have left, but I am kind of digging the warmth that the wood brings right now.
Did you notice the other pretty? It’s got me having all the heart eyes! I mean look at that faucet! It’s dreamy right?
I love that it’s so tall, it makes my sink feel like it’s twice as big. So much easier to wash large pans.
We installed it so that the handle was in the front so that the kids can easily reach it since our counters are a little high. This eliminated the need for a stool, which means no more stubbed toes! Yay! I will take out the soffit that is holding up the upper cabinets once I get them all taken down, but I can’t take them down until we decide if we will take out the wall…which means a glue lam (a big support beam). In other words, lots of money, but it will be done…someday.
I super wanted to change the light fixtures but my husband reminded me that once we take out the counter and the wall the whole kitchen configuration will be different. If I put in new lighting I will change my mind when I get it all put together. He knows me so well.
I couldn’t handle the spotlight track light for another second though, so I kind of ripped it right out. Ha! We put in one of the fancy boob lights that I have been replacing all over the house (so I already had it on hand). At least it matches the other light in the kitchen.
I love that my dishwasher makeover can really stand out in this space now too. The rest of the white really helps it pop, yet look cohesive.
Get rid of Clutter
Sooo much better! The dishes are all inexpensive white dishes, and I got rid of anything that didn’t match. That’s one of my tips on keeping things look uncluttered. If it doesn’t match, get rid of it! Unless you are going for an eclectic mismatched look, which can be totally cute, but only if that is actually what you are doing.
So what do you think of this mini kitchen makeover? Would you do any of these to refresh your kitchen?
Disclosure: I would like to thank Pfister for supplying me with this gorgeous Lita pull-down faucet! If you are in the market for a kitchen faucet I would highly recommend this one.
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