Total Kitchen Transformation Under $150

9 Materials
$150
6 Days
Easy

When I first walked up to this house, it was gorgeous. Was it my style? Not necessarily. Did it scream Texas? Yes, which I loved. My love for colonial & craftsman homes are a few and far between here in Texas. In Texas, you get stone, stone & more stone.

total kitchen transformation under 200

We walked in to tour this spec home. I did not like it, if we are being honest. The outside was gorgeous, the inside... meh, it was a spec home! It had brown kitchen cabinets with a backsplash I wasn't too fond of either. It wasn't my dream house but it was a crazy good deal and in a great neighborhood. My husband said "I'll make this your dream kitchen!" Swoon! Am I right? What a guy.

total kitchen transformation under 200

So, here is the kitchen in all it's glory. A lot of people around me loved it, saying it's perfect, yada, yada, yada. Nope, not for me. It also felt too dark in there. I love white because it instantly brightens up your space. I knew what my vision was instantly.


I was so nervous to paint the kitchen. It took me almost a whole YEAR to get the courage to do it! (Boy, I'm so glad I did though!)

total kitchen transformation under 200

We used a chalk paint from Devine Color by Valspar. It required no sanding, none of that time consuming stuff. For a DIY'er, it's a dream. I started a whole assembly line. We were truly learning as we went. I loved working with chalk paint. It was a little tricky at first but it gets better. It's amazing coverage and you don't use a lot which equals to not spending a lot.

total kitchen transformation under 200

We could have stopped here. The cabinets were white, the kitchen was so much brighter! It looked great but I just felt it wasn't done yet. I didn't want to spend the money and frankly the time to take this backsplash out. So, I did something crazy... super crazy! I painted the backsplash. Yes, I sure did. I was so nervous but I just knew my vision wasn't complete.

total kitchen transformation under 200

Eeeek!!! I did it and instantly loved it! I knew I made the right choice & I couldn't wait to see the final product. I used the same paint as the cabinets. And sealed it with poly (the water based, the blue one not the yellow) I know you are thinking... too much white, lady. Just wait your pretty little face, some change is coming ;)


total kitchen transformation under 200

After painting, we added shelves the the backsplash. Yes, shelves on a backsplash! Mind blown!


The very last thing we did was add some cabinet & drawer hardware. I decided to go with knobs for the cabinets and these adorable pulls for the drawers. All black matte, of course. And it was complete. My kitchen was perfect.

total kitchen transformation under 200

I absolutely love the way it turned out. Look how bright it looks! We spent roughly $150 for everything. I can only imagine how expensive it would have been to have the cabinets painted professionally or replaced entirely as well as the backsplash. No thank you! I'll take the DIY route! I mean, that's why you are reading this right now right ;) in the end, my husband kept his word. He definitely gave me my dream kitchen. Happy wife, happy life. Am I right?

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  • Karen
    on Jan 25, 2019

    I would like to do it on my builder grade honey oak cabinets. But.. How does this finish wear? I would hope that it does not scrape off or run off easily . I had cabinets professionally painted in my prior home but the white sprayed on paint was knicked off easily. It was hard to try to match the paint evenly.

  • Celia
    on Jan 25, 2019

    How did you mount the shelves without the tile cracking?

    • Pat481
      on Feb 6, 2019

      They make special drill bits for ceramic or porcelain tiles. Ask at the hardware store

  • Sandra Giove
    on Jan 25, 2019

    Absolutely gorgeous. I'm trying to get up the nerve to do it. Part of my problem is the stupid hinges they use on doors now. Almost all of mine are broke I want to replace them with different hinges but I'm not sure what kind to try I only no I'm not using the kind these cabinets come with now days, any suggestions

    • P Caswell
      on Feb 3, 2019

      Take picture of your working cabinet hinges and go to your local hardware store and ask what you can replace them with (or if they have those same ones if you want).

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  • Carol Gordon
    on Jan 25, 2019

    Love it looks great!

  • Lana
    on Mar 11, 2019

    I have a patio cement table that is cracking. I was thinking on putting a layer of light lweight tiles on top, I haven't got a clue where to start.

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