Budget-Friendly Turquoise Kitchen Makeover

When my Hubby and I finally found our dream home on Lake Superior, we had a very small budget to make the home ours. We're saving for major renovations, but in the meantime we wanted to have a little fun. In the kitchen, open shelving and modern white paneling was a cost-effective replacement for dated tile and small, awkward upper cabinets. The lower cabinets were painted turquoise - to match my Pyrex collection, naturally. Then we got creative: we built a pantry (to the left of the stove) and even built solid maple counters (stained white) from scratch. The whole makeover came in under $1500 and will see us through the next five years, at least. It's a bright, happy space that we enjoy cooking in.
Here's the before, which boasted tired oak cabinets, peeling laminate counters and not-my-style tile.
And here's a different angle of the "after":
I get a lot of questions about the open shelving, but it's been surprisingly easy to keep clean: http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2014/12/honest-thoughts-on-open-shelving-in.html
There are a lot of tutorials for the kitchen, from tips on installing paneling to the full tutorial on building the solid maple counter tops to how we painted our cabinets with a paint spray. You can find them all in this post: http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2014/06/the-big-kitchen-reveal.html

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  • Shell Morgan Shell Morgan on Jul 06, 2019

    Where do you put your food at?

  • Carolyn Carolyn on Jul 07, 2019

    I don't see a ventilator over your range. How do you keep grease and food from settling on the open shelves? I ask because that was a problem that I had.

  • Jaimi Bradford Jaimi Bradford on Aug 10, 2019

    Brand name AND color of turquoise paint please????


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  • Brenda Hand-Amunrud Brenda Hand-Amunrud on Dec 12, 2021

    I love the look. I would do mine in pink but I can't afford all the Pyrex. You have thousands of dollars in Pyrex. I love the gooseberry pattern but when I look it up on eBay it's so expensive! I mean $300 or more a set. I am so jealous But you did a great job!

  • Olivia Henderson Olivia Henderson on Jan 02, 2022

    This is awesome and thanks for sharing. I was thinking about removing my cabinets because they look old and out of date but this here have place me on the best track. I guess I can get started tomorrow and weather out the storm. Continue to be safe and crafty.