Under $300 Kitchen Renovation

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When I purchased my home, there was one room that I truly hated…. the kitchen.

First of all, I hate two-tone cabinets. They scream 2006. Second of all, the counter-tops and lack of glam just isn’t my style!

Since most of my budget went to ripping up the carpet and installing flooring, I had very little money left over for a kitchen renovation.

Me being the budgetnista that I am, I decided that I would do a few kitchen upgrades myself and have a cheap kitchen renovation.

Before & After

It doesnt even look like the same kitchen right?! I did majority of the work myself (I had a friend help me paint the counter tops) and it took only a few days to do!

STEP 1: The cabinets

I used 2 coats of KILZ 2 Multi-Surface Stain Blocking Interior/Exterior Latex Primer/Sealer, and then 2 coats of Valspar Cabinet Enamel Semi-Gloss Latex Interior Paint.

Step 2: The Faux Brick Backsplash

Real brick back splash would of been way to pricey and I wouldn’t of been able to do it myself. So instead I opted for this faux brick wall backsplash. It’s 3 dimensional so afar it looks really, really cool (I won’t say it looks like brick from afar but it doesnt look like a peel and stick!).

I do highly recommend you have help with this because it can be tedious lining up the bricks. One thing I will say about this peel and stick is that once it sticks, IT STICKS!! So if you mess up, you can’t restick it because the back has some heavy duty glue.

I used about 6 sheets altogether. One of those sheets I had to throw away because as I mentioned before, if you align it wrong while sticking…. you can’t reuse it. The sticky part can only be applied once.

I purchased these peel n stick brick wall panels from amazon.

STEP 3: Cabinet hardware

Next up was the hardware! I opted for these 8″ stainless steel metal draw pulls to match my stainless steel appliances. I did have to buy new nails because the nails that came with it were too short for my bottom drawers.

STEP 4: The countertops (black coat)

If I have one regret during my kitchen renovation, it’s the countertops. I wish I had painted them darker and not so light. I used Giani Countertop Paint Kit, White Diamond which I was really nervous about because once you mess up countertops, there’s no going back!

However, I ended up really liking the kit and I plan to do my guest bathroom countertops with this kit as well!

The kit includes steps. The first step is applying the black primer.

Step 5 (countertops)

After I finished painting the counter-tops with the black primer, I seriously contemplated just leaving them black because I loved how the black looked!

My friend Ash recommended that I follow through with the original plans of gray countertops so I took her advice lolI purchased my Giani Countertop Paint Kit, White Diamond on amazon because I have prime so it was 2-day free shipping!


I’m not the handiest person in the world but I say I did a wonderful job! My entire kitchen renovation was under $300. The most expensive thing being the countertop paint priced at $80. What do you guys think about this cheap kitchen renovation?

Suggested materials:
  • KILZ 2 Multi-Surface Stain Blocking Interior/Exterior Latex Primer/Sea
  • Valspar Cabinet Enamel Semi-Gloss Latex Interior Paint
  • Faux brick wall backsplash
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  • Jessica Davis Jessica Davis on Jul 03, 2021

    Thanks! I have the same hideous cabinets. Did yours have a raised grain on the "wood" side? Did you do anything to fill it in, or can you see it?

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  • LT LT on Apr 08, 2021

    Beautiful job!!! Very creative on a budget and I love a good budget. Excellent job.

  • Dmholt4391 Dmholt4391 on Dec 07, 2021

    Lovely. Looks like a great job. I have had that same backsplash for a few years now and have had NO problems with it. I did color the 'mortar' lines with a gold magic marker, though. Of course you can use any color.