$500 Makeover: Retro to Contemporary
It took $474 and a weekend to turn this kitchen from ho-hum retro to chic contemporary.
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After the Makeover
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.
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Before the Makeover
The kitchen had good bones but needed a few updates. Worn countertops, a dated wall color, and an aluminum tile backsplash were easy to update.
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Fresh Cabinetry Look
With the new style, the cabinetry needed an update, too. Since the black-and-white paint still worked, the front of the cabinets didn't need to be repainted. Instead, the homeowners added a fresh look to the back.
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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.
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High Style For Less
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.
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Before, the homeowners stored hard-to-access boxes holding kitchen supplies on open shelves above the fridge. Now, handy storage containers give a quick view of what's inside. Plus, they look neat and organized.
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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.
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