Kitchen Renovation Before and After

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When renovating my husband’s house, (what I call Home 2), I was hoping we would achieve a stylish, affordable, and practical renovation.

We managed to renovate this kitchen including buying stainless steel appliances for $4,500.00. When you see the afters, I think you’ll agree we did this total makeover fairly inexpensively.


The kitchen did not have much lighting and felt dark. Plus, most everything was mis-matched, old, and dated. 

My husband and I got to work tearing down the wall.

We were rewiring and re-plumbing the house anyway so the existing wires and gas lines were fine to move or shut down.

After removing the wall, a plumber came in and removed the gas line that was there for the previous stove.

We removed the counter tops and uninstalled the base cabinets so I could begin reorganizing the cabinets in a way that I felt would work best for the layout of the kitchen.

My husband installed a can light in the main kitchen area and pendant lights over the bar and sink. This made the kitchen look much brighter.

I loved the square shape and lines of the existing cabinetry and I knew if I could sand the detailing off, they would look modern.

Each cabinet door and drawer took at least 30 minutes to sand and clean off; it was worth it.

When sanding cabinetry use a face respirator, something to shield your eyes, and do not wear loose clothing that could get caught in the sander.

Next, I set up boards to paint the doors on. The first and second coat of normal wood paint was turning yellow as it dried!

I use coats with KILZ premium high stain blocker paint.

If you have yellowing cabinetry paint, I’d highly recommend using KILZ paint! The KILZ covered the yellowing like a charm.

I also sanded and painted the cabinet bases.

For the counter tops, laminate was actually the perfect material to use for the market this home fell into.

I picked out this faux marble laminate and the installers came and put it in. I loved the look.

For the exposed wall/bar I wanted to add shiplap. I felt like it would give the kitchen and living area on the other side of the kitchen some character.

My daughter was helping this day, so, I taught her how to install shiplap. She helped me use the caulking glue and a rubber mallet to fix the shiplap and the glue firmly into place.

I secured it with a finish nail gun. Then I filled the nail holes, sanded and painted the wall. We also installed corner trim pieces to complete the look.

I LOVED the way the shiplap accent wall and bar turned out!

Our plumber installed the dishwasher, sink, and faucet, and fridge (with a water line), and my husband ran all the electrical to the appliances.

Total $4,540.00 Which is not very expensive considering the before and afters.

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  • Kerry Fox Kerry Fox on Jul 23, 2021

    Did you spray paint cabinets or brush paint it ??

  • Ros49951725 Ros49951725 on Jul 23, 2021

    It’s beautiful but why would you ever get rid of a gas stove connection???

  • C.C. C.C. on Jul 24, 2021

    Is the total $4,540 just for the supplies to redo the cabinets? What did the laminate counters, backsplashes, and new appliances cost, please? Or was any of that included in your $4,540? Thanks so much !

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  • Kathy Kathy on Jul 25, 2021

    wow ! Great look !

  • Sylvia.ulrich Sylvia.ulrich on Aug 02, 2021

    This looks amazing! Laminate is never my first choice, but this looks first class. Nice job. Depending on the condition of your countertops to begin with (and any change in planned layout that may require new countertops) the marbleizing kits when followed step by step have Amazing results and at $200 approximate kit cost they can offer an alternate countertop (cost effective) solution as well. My niece used a marbleizing kit on her counters and I thought she had Carrera marble installed!