How to Transform Your Kitchen for Under $600




When we first bought our house a little over a year ago, the kitchen was probably the best room in the house.  For the next nine months, the only change we did in this room was painting it red and beige.  We left the cabinets and only changed the stove when our old one broke, although I have to say it does look a ton better when all your appliances match. When I was about 6 months pregnant, I found an obsession with chalk paint and decided to paint our cabinets.  Yikes.  I had never done a project this big and was surprised when my husband suggested it.  Here we go!

This is the before of the kitchen…not bad, but definitely not a gourmet kitchen fit for a farmhouse!

The first thing we started our renovation with was painting those ugly cabinets..Ok, they weren’t that ugly but definitely not a stain color I would ever pick and they were not stained very well so I wanted to cover up all the drips from the stain.  At this point I was about six months pregnant and did not want to sand all the cabinets so I chose to use chalk paint because you don’t have to sand with this.  The only preparation I did for this part was to wash all the cabinet doors and drawers with Clorox wipes but soap and water would work just as well! I also took all the door and drawers off their hinges and chose to save money by soaking the original hinges in ammonia and water to cleanse them, and scrubbing them.

I chose to use Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old Ochre. This took about three cans at $37 each.

ASCP Old Ochre

I then waxed all of the cabinets with the Annie Sloan Clear Wax using the wax brush.  This is an investment as it can be pricey but if you plan on chalk painting many more projects, it is so worth it, and will make it through the test of time (It was about $50 but I already owned it before this project).


ASCP wax


I also used an Annie Sloan flat brush to paint with but really you can use any kind of paint brush you prefer or one you already have on hand.  My cabinets took about three coats of paint to cover thoroughly  and then I distressed using sanding blocks to the vintage look I desired.

Cabinets Distressed Up Close

I also added all new hardware.  The old hardware in our kitchen was dirty and had started to become rusted. I knew I wanted cup pulls even if this was pushing our budget.  I found these pulls and knobs at Menards and chose the oil rubbed bronze color.

Menards knobs

Menards Pulls
I still wasn’t satisfied with my kitchen and had seen on some other blogs and Pinterest about painting your countertops.  My husband and I also researched the concrete countertops but it seemed like it made a huge mess so we decided to try the Giani countertop paint. It was $79.95 for one kit which covers approximately 35 square feet of countertop. This covered our entire kitchen. It included a primer, three different colored paints, and an automotive clear coat and all the paint supplies needed.


The final step to get the dream kitchen we desired (at least working with our budget currently) was a backsplash.  Eventually I’m sure the floors will be replaced but this is our first year in the house and everything has to be done in moderation.  I chose a brick veneer backsplash from Home Depot.  Loves also carries this brand.  I ordered it online because I was able to get it 10% off and we used about 3 boxes for our entire backsplash with some left over that I have yet to figure out what to do with. Each box included 50 pieces of brick veneer. There are several different colors to choose from.  We chose Rushmore.

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You can choose any color grout you want. The color we chose was mocha and we bought this from Lowes. We used two of these bags. You can buy the premised grout but it’s about triple the price, and mixing your own is just as easy.

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& now for the after! When we moved in we had already chose to paint the walls red and beige so all it took to transform our kitchen was some cabinet paint, new hardware, painting the countertops, and a little bit of backsplash!







& here’s a before and after side by side so you can see the difference!


Sources are below along with how much we spent on this entire renovation(click for websites):

Industrial Stools $119.99 for a set of two and $59.99 for one

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre at $36.99 per can, three cans were used.

Annie Sloan Clear Wax which I had already had from past projects.

Annie Sloan flat brush and wax brush, I had also had from past projects.

Brick Veneer at $58.09 per box, we used three boxes.

Mocha Grout at $14.48 per bag, we used two bags.

Corbels for under the island, at $8.99 each but were half off so I scored two for $4.50 each!

Giani Countertop Paint in Chocolate Brown, at $79.95 per kit.

Cup Pulls at $6.99 each, 5 were needed.

Knobs at $3.99 each, 24 were needed.

You’ll also notice that in some pictures our faucet is oil rubbed bronze and in some it’s stainless steel..this appliance also broke and had to be replaced.  Lucky for us we found this lovely oil rubbed bronze one on clearance at Menard’s which we already had a rebate for so it only cost us about $30!

Total cost for our renovation not counting decorations and furniture: $533.85!

Our kitchen was totally transformed for under $600.  We couldn’t even replace our countertops for this price if we had wanted to.  This is where my DIY obsession comes in handy around our household although I think my projects annoy my husband more often than not!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!


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  • Reply
    Deb Linn
    August 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Thought you’d like this

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    August 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Very nice love it.

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    September 1, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    You did an absolutely wonderful job. Every change you made is beautiful! Thank you so much for giving the details on materials and cost. That is very helpful. You have inspired me to tackle my laminate countertops. Enjoy your beautiful kitchen. Again thank you for sharing.

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    September 28, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Wow! You did a gorgeous job. I feel inspired!

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    November 23, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    An amazing transformation!

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    Lydia Geraci Walch
    February 12, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I love the openness of your kitchen. You did a great job! It looks cozy for a cup of coffee at your kitchen table. Enjoy!

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    February 12, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Do you remember the brand and color name of your beige paint? I have painted my dining room 3 times and cant seem to get the right color. Your kitchen is lovely.

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      Hayden Scharrer
      February 13, 2017 at 6:38 am

      I wish I remembered the color but that is a mistake we made in the midst of redoing our house. I do know it was sherwin Williams hgtv paint from Lowe’s. the ovation can. We will never go back to another brand unless it’s Benjamin Moore but with the price you just can’t beat the sherwin Williams!

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    February 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Looking for a way to replace ceramic backsplash without tearing down existing one. Any ideas???

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      Hayden Scharrer
      February 13, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Have you seen the painted backsplash? Hope on Pinterest and just research painted backsplash. So many people are doing it go give theirs a refresh at such a low cost and it looks amazing!

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