Kitchen Makeover

September 12, 2016 16 Comments

As we specified some time recently, when we purchased our townhouse it was just builder basic. My particular annoyance was the kitchen. I invest a great deal of energy cooking and constantly imagined it to be comfortable, effective, and efficient, however, no specific style was a top priority.
However, I knew without a doubt, I always hated those honey oak cabinets. Despite the fact that they were in excellent condition, they were devoid of style.

Also, the entire kitchen design was extremely basic. Nevertheless, changing the cabinets would include growing the project to a greater extent, for example, replacing countertops, appliances, and backsplash. Since we didn’t really have extra cash to spend, we began conceptualizing how we might be able to remodel our kitchen on a budget. Likewise, we attempt to live as much sustainable way as possible. Changing the kitchen could send existing one to the landfill. Therefore, we were excited that we could keep it from happening, and instead gave it a second life.

We had some idea of how we need the kitchen to look like, however, we had no exact arrangement in mind. Some new ideas came along as the project was progressing. This ended up being our first DIY redesigning/remodel project. We had a great time with it and were extremely happy with the final result. The sweet part is that you don’t need to be a DIY guru. All you need is your eagerness and devotion. Sometimes, it is time and space consuming, however toward the end of the day it is all worth it!

See our step-by-step kitchen transformation below:

Bar Stand Removed

We needed to have the capacity to move uninhibitedly between the kitchen and a dining area. So we thumped down that bar stand.

Don’t be afraid to do some basic demolitions. It is entirely simple, and there are lots of How-To online tutorials. We followed the video instructions, as it was the first demolition work we have ever done. Obviously, you will need to have a couple of handy hands to do this task, so get your hubby, father, sibling, or companion involved for help.

The bar is gone!

Some Unwanted Kitchen Cabinets Removed

The spot felt congested with all of those hanging cabinets, particularly those over the fridge. We don’t know about you, but we have never used those cabinets to store anything. Therefore,  we certainly needed more open space and a lighter structure.

Those cabinets had to go!

Then we chose to paint the remaining cabinets.




Kitchen Cabinets Painted

It is the most effortless and least expensive way to reviving your old kitchen cabinets.
You will need to put some time in preparation and actual work for the smooth result, yet it’s completely worth it. You can see our step-by-step tutorial on the best way to paint the kitchen cabinets in 9 simple steps.

We chose to paint our kitchen in two colors. Here is the best part – picking colors for the cabinets.

Bottom Cabinets: Behr Atlantic Shoreline

Top Cabinets: Behr Delicate Lace







Go to the nearest Home Depot or Lowe’s, play with the color swatches, get as many as you need, bring them home, play with them in the kitchen at various light settings.

TIP: Make sure you pick a semi-gloss finish for your kitchen. This will ease cleaning.

Cabinets and Microwave Removed

In this step, we removed undesirable cabinets and a microwave and painted the cabinets that we needed to keep.

Try not to be impressed with the tidiness. We needed to clean out all cabinets while making them over.

Included Kitchen Hardware

We were extremely happy with the cabinets completely painted; however, they looked too plain. We thought handles would make its enchantment, so we decided to go with the rustic look to match our distressed kitchen. You can find them online or in your nearby Home Depot or Lowe’s. We found what we needed at the Wayfair site.

Walls Painted

You see, our appliances were not matching – we had a white refrigerator, off-white dishwasher, black oven… Replacing appliances was not an option for us. So we needed to work around them as much as possible. With a specific end goal to kind of blend in that oven, we chose to paint the walls in dark color. Here we wanted to add some fun – so we chose to go with the chalkboard paint. You can make a few notes right on the walls, record your most loved recipe, or encourage your friends to leave some “artwork”.

Shelves Added

Finally, we installed shelves. We chose to  go with custom shelves – made them from scratch for under $100. In case that you don’t want to build them yourself, you can buy ready to hang shelves. Before we chose to go with custom, we likewise considered IKEA stainless steel racks or handcrafted racks from Etsy website. Obviously, this alternative would  increase the cost of the project by a few hundred dollars. Before you install the racks, make sure they are sturdy enough to hold all your dishes.

Replaced Microwave with Fan

We additionally replaced the microwave with the kitchen fan, (microwave is not good neither for you nor for your friends and family). You can discover loads of slick options on Amazon. We purchased this one for just under $300, and after 2.5 years, it still works flawlessly fine!

Installed Ceiling Track Lighting

Selecting the right light fixture can be a major deal. It can impact the room,  positively or negatively, immediately. We are big fans of track lighting. You must have been accustomed to seeing this type of lighting in museums over pieces of artworks a lot. It is a great choice for the kitchen.  We think this type of lighting gives the room a cutting edge look. They have adjustable light bulbs, so you can direct the light to the working areas and/or direct the light towards cabinets, so you can see better inside them.

TIP: You still would want a regular ceiling light since track lighting does not provide great overall lighting, though.

What we used:
Bottom Cabinets Color: Behr Atlantic Shoreline (PPU13-4) – Home Depot – under $40
Top Cabinets: Behr Delicate Lace (PPU5-11) – Home Depot – under $40
Walls: Chalkboard Paint – Home Depot – under $60
Kitchen Hardware: Wayfair  – around $110
Fan: Amazon – $300
Rail Light Fixture: Electric Supplies Online – under $140
DIY shelves – under $100
Various Supplies – brushes, rollers, sandpaper, etc.

So final project cost is under $850. And it would be under $550 if we wouldn’t replace microwave with the fan.

Dmitri also built this beautiful and very functional kitchen island using some new and some reclaimed wood. This has plenty of sooo much needed extra storage space. We will be sharing a plan and tutorial sometime in the future 🙂


  1. Erin

    February 22, 2017

    What a great transformation. I love how it turned out, and the fun colors you used!

    • Nadia Karpov

      February 22, 2017

      Thank you, Erin! 🙂

  2. Tarahlynn

    February 22, 2017

    Oh my gosh that turned out so much fun and so stylish! We would love to have you at our To grandma’s house we go link party, it opens every Wednesday morning 🙂

    • Nadia Karpov

      February 28, 2017

      Thank you Tarah! I stopped by and linked! thank you for your personal invitation! 🙂

  3. Julie Christiansen

    February 22, 2017

    Thank you so much for finding the BEE PARTY at! I am so impressed with this transformation. I completely understand the desire to be rid of honey oak cabinetry. I restained my last house and it feels so much better to modernize it. I bet you just love it! Pinned and shared!

    • Nadia Karpov

      February 28, 2017

      Julie, thank you very much! your party is beautiful! I will be one of your regulars there! 🙂

  4. Charlene Asay

    February 24, 2017

    What a fun kitchen. Love it!

    • Nadia Karpov

      February 28, 2017

      Thank you, Charlene!

  5. Kate Hollingsworth

    February 25, 2017

    Wow – what a transformation! I love it xx

    • Nadia Karpov

      February 28, 2017

      Thank you, Kate! 🙂

  6. Kate Hollingsworth

    February 27, 2017

    Nadia I’m featuring this fabulous kitchen makeover at House of Hollingsworth Blog this Wednesday (To Grandma’s House We Go link party). Thanks for sharing it with us! xx

    • Nadia Karpov

      February 28, 2017

      It is so exciting!!!!! Thank you so much! Can’t wait till Wednesday!!! :))))))))

  7. Kim

    February 28, 2017

    What a fun kitchen makeover! I love the industrial shelves. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Sharing on Twitter! Have a great week!

  8. Mary-The Boondocks Blog

    March 3, 2017

    Nadia what a fun kitchen. From the moment I saw it I was attracted to the play of the light and dark and the blue. I love your vision and that you had the guts to go ahead with it.

  9. Jen @ Noting Grace

    March 13, 2017

    It went from blah to beautiful! And I love that pop of green on the kitchen island! Thanks for sharing for I DIYed that! What a great transformation!

    • Nadia Karpov

      March 15, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

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