Space of the Week: This Budget Kitchen Makeover Features a Stunning $150 Cabinet Update
One of the major perks of being the little sister of Jenni Yolo, the design blogger behind I SPY DIY? She's always down for a room makeover. So when her sister bought a rental home in Milwaukee, Yolo stepped in to make over the kitchen, including painting the kitchen cabinets, updating the lighting, adding a butcher block countertop, and installing a subway tile backsplash. Not including the new dishwasher, the total kitchen reno cost less than $800, and updating the kitchen cabinets cost less than $150. Here's how the siblings pulled off the cabinet upgrade in one week—then shop the room to revamp your own kitchen.
The Kitchen Cabinets Before
Before the makeover, the kitchen cabinets had dated wood cabinet fronts. To start, the siblings added wood trim to the plain slab cabinet fronts to give them a Shaker style look. Once dry, they used the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit in a greige (aka, gray-beige) paint color to modernize the wood cabinets.
The Kitchen Cabinets After
After the budget-friendly refresh, this outdated kitchen is completely transformed. If you're debating whether you should paint your own kitchen cabinets, Yolo has one tip: "Go for it!! Painting cabinets is a budget-friendly way to transform a space. Using a kit is a great idea! We skipped the sanding and priming part and just deglossed, painted the geige color, and then the top coat," she explains. By deglossing instead of priming and sanding, the typically time-consuming process is shortened significantly.
"Also make sure you have realistic expectations, and factor in your usage," she recommends. "If you have kiddos riding tricycles into your lowers, you might see chips and scuffs down the road, but remember you can always touch them up!" If you have young kids or pets, Yolo suggests a mid-tone color for the cabinets, like the greige she opted for, to help hide fingerprints and scuff marks.
Feeling inspired to give your own kitchen an affordable upgrade? Here's everything you'll need.