$500 Kitchen Makeover: Victorian to 21st Century
For under $450, a kitchen gets a facelift complete with new tile, paint, cabinet hardware, and more.
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Before the Makeover
The dark green floral wallpaper made the kitchen feel cramped and dated. The oak cabinetry was in good condition but needed new hardware to update the look.
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Subtle blue paint from Sherwin-Williams -- only $35 -- simplifies the kitchen. The island is the main kitchen workspace, and a new butcher-block countertop from IKEA ($90) replaced the old chipped laminate countertop.
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A no-drip border routed along the perimeter of the butcher-block countertop contains spills.
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The homeowner repeated the window shades¿ leaf motif in accessories, including inexpensive plates and bowls from Target and Wal-Mart.
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An instant hot-water dispenser ($122) speeds prep time for hot chocolate and instant oatmeal.
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