Kitchen Update

3 Materials
2 Weeks
This is a rental property we live in, so didn't want to spend a lot of money. We bought new handles off of, new hinges from Amazon, which were 1/2 the cost than big box stores. Bought 2 sheets of 1/4 inch cheap plywood, it cost less than 14 dollar a sheet, had them cut them into 3 inch strips, bought wood screws, new white outlets and plates to replace the old ones(make sure you turn power off, before changing), some sanding blocks and wood filler, paint color of choice for cabinets, hi heat paint for back splash because ours is so close to gas top.
Took off doors and drawers, filled in old holes, gave a light sanding, then painted. You do need a drill, jig saw or hand saw to cut the strips for back splash, we decided how long, so we could stagger strips, used quarters as spacers. I only used the high heat paint on the sections by the stove top. you need to cover everything with paint if it is the spray and use a mask/open windows/fans. It is not really very hard, but time consuming. we took 2 weeks to do everything, but could be done in a shorter time.
Take off doors and hinges
fill in holes with wood filler, then lightly sand
measure, cut strips and drill holes, screw in
if you have to change color of outlets, do it after new back splash is up
stand back and be happy its done
Suggested materials:
  • 1/4 inch plywood, had them cut into strips, they did it for free, paint, screws, sanding block, rollers and brushes   (Lowes)
  • Handles   (
  • Hinges   (Amazon)
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  • Virginia R Virginia R on Aug 14, 2017
    Great job. You did get landlord's approval before hand, right??

  • Terry Young Terry Young on Aug 16, 2017
    I'm confused, you say you took the doors and hardware off, what did you do?? I see the backsplash, but no mention of that

  • Lisa Tankersley Lisa Tankersley on Aug 25, 2017
    It looks beautiful but is there a reason that the bottom half of the cabinets are a solid dark color?

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  • Patricia Bacon Merritt Patricia Bacon Merritt on Aug 20, 2017
    Wow i guess i have been lucky in that all houses i have lived in either had sheetrock cheap wall board or wood aroud or behind my gas stoves yet i never had a fire.

  • Michelle Smith Michelle Smith on Sep 27, 2017
    I LOVE it!! We are in a rental too. It was in bad shape. So, we also put a lil money in it so we felt comfortable and clean. We painted entire place, replaced blinds with the cheap ones, replaced all outlets, switches, and covers and it made a big difference. It was worth the time and money to us. Plus GREAT pratice for OUR future home!! Enjoy

    • Betty Faehr Edwards Betty Faehr Edwards on Sep 27, 2017
      I come from a family that believe your home needs to feel good, so if you put a little in and it makes you happy...then its good