After becoming parents, a young couple upgrades their builder-basic kitchen for less than $2,000.
The homeowners wanted to transform their builder-bland oak kitchen into a space full of personality on a budget.
They began by working with the existing laminate countertops and painting the oak cabinets with a water-base alkyd paint that levels like an oil-base formula for a smooth finish.
Watch how easy it is to install cabinet hardware.
A new stainless-steel range and microwave coordinate with the existing stainless-look refrigerator to create a look of a matching appliance suite.
Since the homeowners' white dishwasher was new an adhesive film was added to help it blend.
Tile adhesive available on a roll, a less messy option than mortar, gave these newbie do-it-yourselfers the confidence they needed to install the mosaic tile backsplash.
The tile still needed to be grouted, but the project was finished in just a few evenings.
Adhesive film helped this existing white dishwasher match the other stainless-steel appliances. The removable peel-and-stick product comes on a roll and can be easily trimmed to size.
Adding a new faucet and cabinet hardware in similar metallic finishes helped create a cohesive look in the kitchen—exactly what the homeowners were hoping to accomplish.
The homeowners refreshed used furniture pieces with a good cleaning and some paint to elevate the style and solve storage issues in the adjoining dining area. To make the bookcases match the scale of their existing glass-door cabinet, the homeowners trimmed the legs; they secured both units to the wall for safety.
Give furniture a new look with a coat of paint.