It took $474 and a weekend to turn this kitchen from ho-hum retro to chic contemporary.
A fresh coat of a custom-blend beige paint for $30 from Sherwin-Williams was an easy upgrade to this formerly aqua kitchen area. Other DIY-friendly switches, such as tiling the backsplash and updating the cabinetry, were key to making this makeover a success.
To add interest to the open cabinetry, the homeowners adhered wrapping paper to foam core and placed it against the back wall. The paper came from Paper Source for $16.
A new sink and faucet were necessary to match the new, modern feel of the kitchen. The homeowners replaced a well-worn enamel sink with a stainless-steel model. The sink was $120 from Wilsonart. The faucet was only $50 from a discount faucet Web site.
The old laminate countertops were cracked and worn. New laminate countertops, in a design that mimics solid-surfacing, were an inexpensive update for $98 from IKEA.
Instead of building a new pantry, the homeowners placed stackable cubes beside the refrigerator. Adding a rod and curtain was an easy way to conceal dry goods while showing personality.