Saturday, January 1, 2011

$300 DIY Kitchen makeover

We all  have somewhere in our home that we don't love. 
Come on, you know that I am right.
Well, my kitchen was one of those spaces. 
The after turned out fabulous and the cost was kept to $300.
Cheap & fulfilling.  Does it get any better than that?

I decided that I needed to redo my kitchen-in 3 days and under $300.
I know what you are thinking-this girl is CRAZY it can't be done.
Well, I would probably agree with you on the CRAZY part-but the rest of it-
YES-it can!
Want to see?
First-I must confess I didn't do it ALL myself.

My husband and my fabulous parents were slaving, sweating & swearing right along side me.
Not only did I want the kitchen COMPLETELY done in 3 days-we thought that we would tackle the project during the 3 hottest days of the year! We only have a swamp cooler.
Yes-it was as AWESOME as it sounds!

OK-how about some before and afters?

This is my awesomely ugly bar.
Honey colored oak.
So not my thing.

Can you believe it is the same space?

3 words people-

We painted the walls, my cupboards, my hardware, my bar stools,
my fridge (yep-totally do-able) and the newly added crown molding.

I had so much STUFF in my kitchen.
Now, I love Stuff just as much as the next chick-but come on!!

There is still Crap-just a lot less of it.
See my free bi-fold door turned cute, old shutter above my counters?
So easy-details to come!!

Look at that awesome fruit that the previous owners painted on the wall.
I had to sand and prime and sand come more to cover up the stupid grapes!!

The space looks and feels completely different.
Airy, yet cozy.

Not only did they paint above the kitchen sink-they also added some above the window.
Awesome huh? You all wish that you had some!
How about the "BUTT" pear?

No More FRUIT!!

My walls were kind of a golden, honey-ish color.
I honestly didn't realize how yellow they were until I started painting the walls with the new color.

I know, I know...I should have done this a LONG time ago!!

We even got a new fan.
Not because I wanted too.
Yes-the previous fan was ultra gaggy-but I didn't want to spend the extra cash.
SOOO glad that we did.

This is my $20 thrift find pantry.
That was such a good thrifting day!

Now it looks even better on the UN-gold wall.

It was the best thing we have ever done to our home!
Worth every penny, every piece of wallpaper glue that stuck to my hair, feet and hands.
Worth the gallons of Diet Coke and cold dinners my children ate.

Don't forget to wear shoes and socks when you paint your fridge. 
Just trust me.

(this is not dirt!)

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  1. Awesome job!! That looks so much better and up to date!

  2. SOOO very awesome! Congrats to you All!!

  3. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You did a great job!

  4. It's amazing! I love it. Great job! The hard work was well worth it!

  5. SO STINKIN' cute! My mom and I LOVE IT! It looks so fresh and clean. I'm so excited to hear how you did the wallpaper stuff. Curious how it works and if you would use it again! Fun idea, thanks for sharing;)

    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

  6. How in the heck did you spray paint your fridge?! Everything looks really, really good! Great job!

  7. Tausha it looks AMAZING... I love beadboard and beadboard wall paper rocks!

  8. Looks good Tausha! You're awesome. I'm very interested in how you spray painted the fridge. Who'd of thought.

  9. Love what you did to the kitchen!

    Hi, I am a new follower from Tag Along Tuesday. I look forward to reading your posts.


  10. A-MA-ZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Wow, what a transformation!!! Good job!

  12. FABULOUS!!!!! Awesome job it looks well FABULOUS!!!!!!


    Ps. Now you wanna come do mine?????

  13. Oh, Tausha!!! I am so ultra-impressed!!! Or, as my teen son says to affectionately mock me, "Super love it!" I can't believe all you accomplished. This makeover gets 5+ Gold Stars in my book. Thanks for sharing and look forward to the details. Love Laurie from Scene of the Grime

  14. Great job!! (and what was with that "butt pear" - wierd!) - - Mandy,

  15. WOOT WOOT! I'm TOTALLY impressed! EVERYTHING looks perfect!
    You did SUCH a great job, girl!
    I LOVE all the little homey touches :)
    The red bar stools are ADORABLE and I'm DYING over how CUTE that "pantry" is! :)
    It almost looks like cool lockers.
    And I like the way you've positioned the furniture in the after shots.
    So welcoming and inviting.

    Seriously... GREAT job. I don't know if I can say this, because I didn't do ANY of the work, but it was TOTALLY worth all the stuff you went through. It looks like a completely different space :)

  16. did a great job! It looks amazing, and now that it's done, you can just sit back and enjoy it! That's the best part! Good your parents and hubby too! (I know how crucial they are...from experience)

  17. You did a great job!! I love it! Congrats to you and your great crew! And it is HOT! I love your blog and love seeing you on Studio 5. You have the greatest pratical ideas. Thanks for sharing. karie @ karieschiccreations.

  18. Love the red, black and white theme. This is my third home having my kitchen designed around those colors. I have white and black tile on my floor though. Following from Welcome Wednesday!

  19. That only cost $300!!! Freaking awesome! It looks amazing. Thank you for getting rid of that fruit. It was way too....fruity! Your cabinets look amazing. I wish I could make my kitchen look that good for only $300 dollars!

  20. It looks so awesome!! I can't wait for the details!

  21. Turned out fabulous. Great job!

  22. Awesome job, We just got a new house and moving within the next couple of weeks and I am wanting to redo the kitchen as well. This blog gave me so much more inspiration and encouragement to DO IT!!! Thanks for posting God Bless

  23. I'll be hanging on the details...and my feet have looked worse than that!

    Your kitchen looks amazing, truly.

  24. Really great makeover. I love the white cabinets, they look so great. Love the red. Soooo cute.

  25. Looks like you found your camera! Love the NEW look.....very fresh! I can only image how much work you put into your new beautiful space.

    I’m interested in seeing how you did the appliance spray paint. :o)

    Kendra aka Domestic Princess in Training

  26. love it! We have the same wonderful oak cabinets and I cannot wait to paint them. I still can't believe you painted a fridge!

  27. Your kitchen looks fabulous! You totally brought it up several notches and it looks clean and stylish and comfortable. For notalotta money! Win win!

  28. GREAT JOB, your kitchen looks beautiful, I can't wait to hear the details of how you did it all!

  29. Tausha, only you would tackle spray painting a fridge and then live to tell the tale.

    I absolutely LOVE the new kitchen update, and I think it makes your house look ultra chic! Ready to come and tackle my family room for me? Just kidding.

  30. Wow good job! Thats a lot of work but it turned out great!

  31. WOW!!!! It looks fabulous!!! Can't get over the bar area and your cool pantry. :)

  32. Love the white cupboards with the black appliances! I'm going for something similar myself but I haven't even started yet :) Good job!

  33. Visiting from the CSI project! What an amazing transformation. This is my first visit to your did a wonderful job.

  34. Wow! Completely beautiful! You're so brave to spray paint your fridge!!

  35. OH my goodness! That is crazy. I love how it turned out.

  36. GREAT JOB! We are re-doing our kitchen and it's taking three months and way more than $300!!!

  37. WOW! You are amazing... 3 days!!! It looks fabulous. I'm sure every drop of sweat was worth it to you.

  38. What an amazing new look. I'm so proud of you for doing it that cheap! My favorite kind of project!! Thanks so much for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper

  39. Unbelievable!!! You did an amazing job on such a small budget and in such a small amount of time!! You go!

  40. Wow! This is awesome! I can't believe the transformation.
    Thank you for participating in the Therapy Session with Life in the Pitts!

  41. Wow! It looks so wonderful! I will be linking to your awesome makeover. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Wow, it looks awesome....great job and thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday!

  43. Wow!!! It looks like an entirely new room!!! Such a drastic change! Congrats to you!!! Enjoy!!!!


  44. Gorgeous. The work was worth it! Found your blog thru Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage.

  45. I love it! I want to paint my cupboards right now!

  46. What a gorgeous kitchen! You're killing me!! I want a house and places to fix up!

  47. I love your kitchen, it looks just like mine! :) I think we must have very simlar taste, take a look at what I just did to mine, and I just finished too!! I saw yours and thought it was a picture of mine when I first glanced at it! I must know how you painted the fridge, what an awesome idea!

  48. Love it! Those are my exact kitchen cabinets that I have been wanting to paint. This confirms that they will get painted!

  49. That looks so awesome! I have been wanting to paint my cabinets for the longest time and you have give me the inspiration that I needed! And its a plus because I want to do them white and my kitchen is all red stuff.

    I'm really excited about when you tell us about the beadboard wallpaper and how to paint your fridge!

    I just found your blog and LOVE it! You are my newest subscription in reader.

  50. Ok I am so interested in how you painted your cupboards and the beadboard wallpaper LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! I was thinking of doing beadboard in my daughters room (nursery) but if there's wallpaper, why not?!

  51. Funny...butt pear!
    You have great parents and a handy husband.
    Yes, it's cozy.

  52. I just had my counters redone and I am thinking about painting my stools yellow to add a splash of color. I'm so inspired by your post. Thanks!

  53. What an awesome job! How lucky you are to have family to help out. I can't believe you got all that done in only 3 days and for $300 dollars! Looks much more expensive redo.

    I’m having a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday” starting the 29th. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. If you have a project you’d like to share, I’d love for you to stop by and join in!

  54. Love your new kitchen! Especially that pantry!!

  55. Congrads on this post! It was the most viewed post last week at the Whatever Goes Wednesday party at I am featuring it at this week's party.

  56. You did a great job. Your before kitchen is my kitchen. I want to do this to mine. I love it.


  57. I'm your newest follower and found you via Someday Crafts. This kitchen is amazing!!! You made it look so cozy, it makes me want to start cooking! LOL. Come check out my blog if you want at!

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  59. Holy Moly! That looks great!! I love your red chairs.

  60. Unbelievable!! Stopping by to invite you to join Thrifty Thursdays. Have a wonderful day. Blessings!


  61. Nothing on earth I love more than thrifty do-it-yourself-ness and of course and bright, happy kitchen. Good for you! :)

  62. What you did is fabulous! You made the space brand new! Congrats & great job!

  63. I did a $300 dollar kitchen makeover but included granite countertops in the price....check it out!


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