How to Update Old Cabinets & Counters Under $1000
No that photo is not photoshopped! The cabinets really were that orange before we got started. And yes! You don’t have to remove walls, replace cabinets or install top-of-the-line granite to update the look of an older kitchen. OK, you may want to! But these few steps can give you a great-looking kitchen without much of a monetary investment because sometimes dreams don’t equal reality.?Do one, do all! Either way it will make a difference you will appreciate for years to come!
Eliminate Wall Cabinets
This kitchen was so closed in with the cabinets hanging over the existing peninsula.
And since the homeowners had a lot of other cabinets for storage, we removed those cabinets first thing! It immediately opened up the kitchen and made it feel bigger! We did have to do a little drywall repair on the ceiling after removing the cabinet, but it was totally worth it!
If you don’t have cabinets in this same exact scenario, perhaps you could remove some wall cabinets in one section and replace them with open shelving. Now I will say I’m not the biggest fan of open shelves, practically speaking. But if you’re working with a small kitchen, it would definitely help make it feel bigger while still giving you a little bit of storage on the shelves themselves.
Cabinet Door Overlays
The cabinet doors in this kitchen were PLAIN. But with about $45 worth of plywood (and a lot of paint), you can make your cabinet doors look like BRAND NEW DOORS. We made these look like the Shaker-style doors that are popular these days. You can watch the full how-to video here.
We’ve also done an applied molding look on cabinet doors too that’s a similar process but gives you a different look. That information can be found here.
For this particular kitchen, the hardware definitely dated the cabinets just as much as, if not more than, the stained pine doors. So my next tip is to change the hardware (drawer pulls, cabinet knobs and hinges) in your kitchen!
If you’re budgeting and can only afford so much at a time, you can buy new hardware one month and then the materials to update the cabinet doors another month to spread out the costs. This is also a good tip for an area like a bathroom or even dressers in a bedroom. The best part is that if you buy new hardware with the same footprint and holes as the old ones, all you have to do is unscrew the old and screw in the new! Easy peasy!
Paint the Countertops
This one is my favorite! We’ve used this kit from Giani Granite* before and I love it! It literally makes old formica or laminate tops look like granite! There are several different kits to choose from depending on what you want your finished ‘granite’ to look like. But they all apply the same way. Apply a black primer coat (which comes in the kit), then you sponge on 3 different colors of mineral paint.
After the paint dries, you seal it all up with several coats of a top coat (also included in the kit) and your countertops are as good as new! And it’s only an $80 investment!
Just look at it once we were done!
This is life-changing stuff, y’all! And this is not a paid endorsement. I truly think painting your countertops to make them look better is the bomb-diggity!
So there you have it, 4 ways to update your kitchen (and your bathroom too, for that matter) for less than $1000. I will leave you with a few before and after pictures. For more on this kitchen update, you can watch the full episode of Today’s Homeowner online now!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
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