I almost can’t believe this day is finally here. Woo hoo! Today’s the day I get to share my under $100 kitchen makeover with you.
My blog tagline is ‘You can create a home that smiles by repurposing, reusing, and rethinking’. I certainly hope by the end of this post you’ll agree that it’s not only possible, but on a very low budget too.
My goal with this makeover was to create a fun kitchen that makes us feel happy. Let’s face it, the outside world can be a crazy place and I really wanted us to have a bright and cheerful place that makes us smile… and even laugh.
This kitchen makeover adventure started in January and, honestly, there were times when I thought I’d be on this road forever… especially during the summer when much of my time and attention had to go to the yard and gardens.
Most of the big projects got done pretty quick. It tends to be the little details and fun decorative touches that take me some time, but when it comes to room makeovers the little things are just as important as the big ones.
Pierre, my wooden pig chef kitchen mascot, and I are both overjoyed with the outcome. It’s cheap, it’s cheerful… and most importantly… it’s done!
So… welcome to my aqua and red under $100 kitchen makeover. I’m so glad you’re here!
There’s a lot to see so grab yourself a cup of something, have a seat, and let me show you around. I’m including links along the way so you can easily take some project side trips, but don’t forget to come back to the main tour.
I hope you enjoy it!
One of the first projects was painting the kitchen cupboards . Now I’m not going to lie… this is a huge job, but honestly I love to paint and I find it quite relaxing. When we moved into this house 19 years ago I knew I’d always be keeping these old cupboards. They just kinda do it for me. This is the third time I’ve repainted them, and hopefully it’ll be the last.
But who am I kidding? lol.
I also painted the ceiling and walls a creamy white. You’ll see in the before pics at the end of this post that they were a creamy yellow.
If you’re like me, and need to decorate on a budget the easiest and least expensive way to make a huge difference is with paint.
I made and added the punched tin panels myself about 15 years ago, and they will always be staying.
The electrical tape faux tile back splash was a fun and easy project that totally transformed the look of this main cupboard area. I’ve never cut so many squares in my life!
I wanted some pops of yellow so the spray painted glass vases and tulips were an easy way to add that, and they help me make sense of those rather strange and clutter-attracting shelves. As long as they have these vases on them I won’t be able to fill them with other messy looking stuff.
Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t remember to put some bananas in my vintage strainer. Oh wait a second, yes I can. lol. So help me out here and imagine, if you will, some lovely yellow bananas in that lovely blue strainer. 🙂
The faux redwork tool caddy fruit storage, was a fun makeover. I’ve always loved redwork embroidery.
If you have any plain vinyl blinds, this faux tea towel blind makeover cost me nothing and makes a huge difference to the look of the windows.
That sweet little bench was a garage sale find and it was already white so all it needed was a fun, fast, and funky bench seat makeover.
I’m a vintage bakeware collector and the repurposed cookie sheet chalkboard was another quick and easy project. It’s a handy place for me to write down things that we need as I think of them so I don’t forget. So far it seems to be working.
That vintage starburst clock makeover was done for the living room a few years ago. I just hung it on an existing nail, but I think it needs to be moved down a bit. I didn’t even notice that until I saw this pic. The clock does work, but I just display it for its cool factor.
I really wanted the table and chairs to make a statement. So I upped the fun factor with the tablecloth kitchen chairs makeover, and the decoupaged vinyl tablecloth table makeover. Now that was quite the experiment, and I’m very happy with how it turned out.
I’m a polka dot loving girl so my decoupaged garbage can is perfect for me.
I love sprinkling different patterns around a room.
This china cabinet, which I’ve had for years along with the matching table and chairs, proved to be a bit of a challenge.
Oh my gosh… the things you see when you look at photos that you didn’t see before. That phone beside the china cabinet so needs a makeover. Yikes! It stands out like… well… an ugly phone. lol. I think a little red spray paint will turn it into a beauty. So help me out again and imagine, if you will, a lovely red phone. lol. (Yes, we still have wall phones here in the boonies.)
The two vintage wooden chairs on either side of the china cabinet were a great auction find from years ago. I gave them a quick makeover to freshen them up.
The repurposed rolling pin window valance was an easy way to hang some kitchen gadgets close to the cooking area, and it’s fun to look at.
And I found the cafe sign a while back and just spray painted it red. It adds a much needed pop of colour on top of the fridge.
The beautiful floral tablecloth is a recent thrift store find that I hung with a tension rod and clips that I already had. It makes a lovely door curtain between the kitchen and family room, and it can easily be pulled aside. The family room needs a makeover at some point, and will be following in the kitchen’s fun and funky footsteps.
The red clock came from the living room, and I’ve had the vintage bread box for a few years.
Some vintage coffee pots storage containers from my stashes replaced a ceramic set of canisters that had to go, and my graters kitchen light gives much more light to the room that the small fixture I had there before.
I made a simple pot lid window valance with a few vintage lids from my collection.
Thanks to my hubby John, who found the perfect recipe book, my decoupaged recipes kitchen counters are one of my favourite things ever.
I originally thought they were going to be temporary, until I could afford new counters but… you know what? I’ve fallen completely in love with them, and they’re staying… maybe forever.
The best thing about them is that if there’s ever some damage or a stain… I can just grab a recipe (I had tons left over) and some Mod Podge and cover it up.
You’ll see in the before pictures below that the flooring used to be brown toned. I did a make-under by removing the vinyl plank floating floor to reveal this blue and white vinyl tile floor that John and I put down probably about 15 years ago. I wasn’t even sure of its condition, but I lucked out. It’s not perfect, but it really pulls the whole kitchen together.
Here are some befores and afters of my under $100 kitchen makeover.
I’ll probably be putting some rag rugs down for the winter. I have some that my mother made for me years ago.
For now I kinda want to enjoy the floor au natural. It’s so light and bright!
The kitchen light over the table and chairs will be staying for now. I have a repurposing project in mind to replace it, but I need one last piece. I’m patient and will happily wait until I find exactly what I’m looking for.
So here’s my cost list for my Under $100 Kitchen Makeover. I’m only counting things that I purchased for this makeover. I’m not counting supplies or items that I already had that I used, reused, or repurposed in some way.
- Enchanted Evening paint for cupboards, doors, trim, and wainscoting: $34.00
- White ReStore paint and primer combo for walls and ceiling, and mixed leftover white with leftover Enchanted Evening for china cabinet, kitchen table and chairs: $15
- Recipe book for Decoupaged Counters: $4, already had all other supplies
- Electrical tape for Faux Tile Backsplash: $2, already had all other supplies
- Wrapping Paper for first China Cabinet Makeover: $2
- Tablecloth for second China Cabinet makeover: $1
- Adhesive letters for Coffee Pot Storage Containers: $1
- Pig and Timer Makeover: $1, already had pig
- Red and white tablecloth for kitchen chairs makeover: $2
- Wooden Wall Plaques: $2
- Vinyl Tablecloth for decoupaged kitchen table makeover: $2
- Tool Caddy turned into Fruit holder: $5
- Faux Tea Towel Vinyl Blinds: Zero, already had all supplies
- Vintage Egg Beater Window Valance: Zero, already had all supplies
- Grater Window Valance: Zero, already had all supplies
- Vintage Pot Lid Window Valance: Zero, already had all supplies
- Vintage white holey chairs: Zero, already had all supplies
- Wooden tulips for spray painted glass vases : $1 (already had the vases)
- Scarf and bench seat for bench seat makeover: $3
- Chair pictures: $5
- Scarf door curtain and hardware: $1
- Floral tablecloth door curtain and hardware: $2
- Red Cafe Sign: $1
- Blue Salt & Pepper Shakers: $1
- Red Oven Mitts, tea towels, and dish cloths: $8
- 2 red and white polka dot trays for 2 cat dining areas: $2
- Painted white pine potato bin for cat food: Zero
- Chalkboard Vinyl for Cookie sheet chalkboard: 2
- Gift wrap for Decoupaged Garbage Can: $1
- Removing vinyl floating floor to reveal vinyl tile floor underneath: Zero
For just $98.00, and a lot of hard but mostly fun work, I created a kitchen that makes us smile… and that’s what it’s all about for me.
The kitchen door is the one we use all the time, and now when we come home from work each day it’s such a wonderful warm welcome. So bright and cheerful!
Don’t forget to pin it.
So I hope I’ve convinced you that a complete room makeover is possible on a small budget. It’s all about working with what you have and figuring out how to make it better with some time, a little luck, a whole lot of patience, and an adventurous creative spirit.
Oh, and a sense of humour helps a lot… because things can and will go wrong, and as evidenced by me things can and will be forgotten. lol.
My kitchen isn’t perfect, but honestly it doesn’t have to be. Personality is what makes a room… not perfection.
Anyone can create a room that smiles by repurposing, reusing, and rethinking. Just because we don’t have a lot of money to spend doesn’t mean we can’t decorate our homes in a way that brings us joy.
There’s actually a sense of freedom that comes from having practically no budget to work with. That might sound strange, but it forces you to think differently… more creatively, it opens your mind and makes room for all kinds of crazy what-if ideas.
And I do love it when crazy what-if ideas actually turn out to be not so crazy. 🙂
I just wish it happened all the time. lol.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!