Wednesday, 23 September 2015

€200. One week. Full kitchen makeover!





Yes, you read that right. We re-did our entire kitchen for under €200. Floor, cabinets, counters, hardware, the lot! And we did it in one week* without losing our minds or ruining our marriage. 




*one week-if you discount the fact that we ran out of steam at the very end and didn't get the handles back on the drawers until two weeks later!

I'm not going to go deep into explanations in this post. I figure room reveals are all about the photos so I'm going to stick to that, full-on descriptions can wait until I break it down into tutorials (which will be following on in the next week or two)


So this is what we started with:

200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!
This is the very first photo I took of the kitchen after we got the keys, my hand must have been shaking with excitement! Or 90's tile-induced disgust. Definitely one of those things.


And this is how we lived with it for 10 months:


200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!


We painted the walls white, added a chalkboard wall, brought in an Ikea island.


200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!


None of it was so bad that we felt we had to change it straight away, but it just really wasn't "us", so we knew it would have to go eventually. And gradually as we changed more things in the house and brought our own taste to the other rooms it just started to look worse and worse by comparison.

I had kinda been putting off doing anything because I wasn't sure what I really wanted to do with this space. I had visions of open shelving on top instead of cabinets, subway tile to the roof, wood flooring throughout...but then I realised that none of those things were going to be do-able any time soo, so I could wither live with it as it was, or try to make it more "me" as cheaply and easily as I could in the meantime.



Cut to....painting everything, duh!


And....ta-dah!!!!




200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!
I think those stools have a coat of bright spray coloured paint in their future, what do you think?

200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!


I think it's approximately 3.74 million times better. What do you think? Let's look at some side by side comparisons (or actually, one after the other, cos I can't figure out how to do side by side without going back and re-editing, and I 'aint got time for that!)



Here's the wall with the cooker before, lovely beige cupboards and terracotta coloured tiles....



200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!


And here it is after, with the cupboards and backsplash painted white, new handles on the doors and the counter covered with marble effect contact paper...


200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!
That's a chicken in the oven...in case you were wondering.


We used to have the microwave in this corner, but it took up loads of space and gathered dirt underneath like it was it's job, so we moved it.



200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!




Instead we now have a lot more space here, and a coffee station. Trust me, that is an essential in this house.

(shout out to my mother in law for giving us this Nespresso machine for Christmas a couple of years ago and facilitating the transition in my coffee consumption from occasional indulgence to crippling addiction~thanks Rose!) 


200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!
If my house was on fire, this is probably what I'd save. Screw the memory sticks full of irreplaceable family photos! ;)


200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!


Notice the little glint of gold on the toe-kicks? That's Duck Tape my friends. Duck Tape that comes in gold! Tough enough to do practically anything, pretty enough to jazz up your kitchen, I'm in love! And I must give a shout out to Kimberly over at Swoonworthy for bringing both this and marble contact paper to my attention via her blog (which is amazing, if you haven't visited yet you definitely should!)

And yes, the terracotta/beige checker floor is no more! Seriously, a couple of coats of paint solves pretty much anything.


200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!


This right here is why it takes so freaking long to get a post together around here! Sabotage!

200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!


The microwaves new home, and a little plate wall I threw together using some plates and trays I've been picking up in charity shops for years.



200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!


The dishwasher we inherited from the previous owners, wonky drawers, and that god-awful floor, my eyes!!!!!! 


200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!



Ahhh, much better!




              
The lovely laminate counters and more of my beloved terracotta tiles....



200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!


Banished forever! Or at least until I decide to peel the contact paper off again.


200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!
Yes, I am trying to make my photos look more instagram-y by adding random fruit :P


And another look at the counters, cupboards and painted floor all together.....


200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!




So, to the details!

When we decided to try and update this space we really wanted to keep costs down as much as possible. As I said before, this is a temporary fix until we can afford to do the big re-vamp we would really like.

So I took myself and my tiny budget out to Homebase and came back with many tins of paint and a plan I thought would let us do this with minimal tears and zero marriage-destroying fights over whose stupid idea this was.

Awesome.



The plan went as follows:

Wednesday night: Spray paint new hardware, clean and prime backsplash.

Thursday naptime: Paint backsplash.

Thursday night: Remove kitchen cupboards, sand and do first coat of paint.

Friday: Dump offspring with unsuspecting family members for weekend, second coat of paint on cupboards, prime floor.

Saturday: First coat of paint on floor, final coat on cupboards, sit around reading papers feeling like the childless people we once were while everything dries, second coat on floor.

Sunday: Hardware back on doors, doors back on kitchen, grudgingly accept children back.

Monday night: Apply contact paper (sticky back plastic) to counters. To be totally honest this step didn't happen for another week cos the pattern I wanted wasn't in stock, but it only took two hours to do once I had it.

Tuesday: Put all furniture back in after allowing floor paint to cure for 48 hours.


And that was that! For the first time ever I didn't wildly underestimate how long each step would take and so it was all very organised and not painful at all!



             200 euro, one week, full kitchen makeover. Floor, backsplash, cabinets, counters, the works!



The cost breakdown was as follows:

Paint for cupboards - €25
Paint for backsplash - €12
Paint for floor - €50
Primer - €20
New handles - €30
Gold spray paint - €12
Wall paint - €0 (left over from bedroom)
Contact paper - €20
Duck tape - €10

Grand total - €179!!!

I overestimated how much contact paper I would need so we actually ended up spending well under €200, woohoo!!


I'm sure you have questions about how we did it and how it's all holding up, so I'll be doing separate posts on everything we did to go through that properly.

                  

                    


Also, after I'd painted everything I thought that the white kitchen against the white walls was really..."meh", so I did what I usually do when I'm considering a new paint colour. First, I thought about what I wanted and picked up some testers. I applied the testers to the walls and studied them as you're supposed to, looking at them in every kind of light and at different times of day, gradually narrowing them down. 

I was going to take my time with this, I was not going to rush it and regret my decision, I was going to do this right.

And then, one night in a fit of enterprise when I didn't have the chosen paint at my disposal I threw all the consideration out the window, grabbed a can of something I had left in the shed that "might work" and slapped it on.

Seriously. Everytime. It's ridiculous.

So now I think the walls are probably too dark. I was actually looking at shades of pink, as I already have black, white and grey in the kitchen and a pink would both liven up the space and tie it in with the living room and it's very pale pink walls.


But whatever, overall it is sooooooooo much better!!! I can't really believe how much better it is until I look at the photos side by side.

There are those that will say I'm crazy for painting a tile floor, that it won't last and it'll scratch, and to those people I say...you're right. I've already had to touch it up, and I probably will have to do that on and off as long as we keep the floor like this, but do you seriously think it's better to live with something you hate than to take a chance to make it better?
Even if I do have to touch it up regularly, who cares? It's still better than looking at "the tile that taste forgot" everyday until I can afford to get rid of it!

And when I can afford to get rid of it, I'll have had plenty of time to think about what I really want in here, rather than what I think I want, or what pinterest tells me I should want! We probably could have afforded to change the counter now, and maybe the backsplash, but if we're going to do an overhaul a year or two down the line then what's the point? I'd rather wait and make one big mess than a lot of little ones ;) And like I said, I change my mind about what I like probably every week, so a little time to reflect can only be a good thing!




One last look at the before and after.....





It feels like having a whole new kitchen, and it works so much better with the connected living room now. I'm delighted with it! And when the time comes to change it I won't care about ripping things out cos the whole thing cost €179!! That's a successful update in my eyes :D


So what do you think? Am I crazy? Would you ever consider painting tile? Talk to me!


                      

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20 comments:

  1. Very Nice, Linda! I noticed that gold on the toe kick. I've never seen the toe kick accented before, that's cool. I vote for painting the stools. I think maybe a navy or that other blue plate you have right next to them. I've been wanting to paint my stools for awhile. Correction, I've been wanting them paintED, I haven't been wanting to actually do it. I like the gray walls, I don't think it's too dark. It's good to have some contrast.

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    1. Thanks Janet! I think I'll live with the walls for a while and see how I like them, but I do think that the space needs a little injection of colour (maybe via the stools) and I think that would really soften the palette. I like the idea of the blue for the stools, maybe a few accessories for the counter in those shades as well :) And I hear what you're saying about getting things painted, if I could skip the actual painting of things I'd be a happy woman!

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  2. As I said on facebook, I love the entire kitchen, well done, I'm dreading starting on ours but have to get through it hopefully before Christmas (we have lots of other rooms to tackle too). I'm just wondering what paint you used for the floor tiles? Tile paint or Floor paint? I'm not sure which to go for on our tiles. Eve

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    1. Thanks Eve :) It is daunting before you start but I think if you have a realistic plan for how long it'll take and you get all your stuff together beforehand it really is do-able in a week! I'll have the post with all the floor details up next week (Monday hopefully) so that'll have all the info, as well as the pro's and con's of painting a floor-cos it might not be suitable for everyone!
      Thanks for commenting, I love getting to chat to you guys :)

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  3. LINDA.

    WHAT THE FRESH HELL, THIS IS AMAZING.

    I honestly feel I should be writing my entire comment in cap locks because just, wow. I showed this to Robert and he was amazed as I am!!! There's so much I want to know about - the painted floor, the handles, the fabulously marbled counter top, the dishwasher artwork, the backsplash paint just hurry up and blog about them all!!!! :P

    I for one love the wall colour as is, but I know all too well that a wall colour looks so very different in person.

    Ama. Zing. Cannot wait to see MOAR! :)

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    1. Jeez, thanks! All this positive feedback is amazing, cos everyone I told about this while I was doing it looked at me like I was batsh*t crazy! (Head is now officially the size of a small planet-I'm ok with it).
      I think I've decided I like the wall colour too. I mean, I LOVE it in the bedroom (it's kind of a warm, purple-y grey in person) and I think the problem is that I'm craving a bit of colour in general in here, so the plan is to paint the bar stools, get some colourful accessories/art, and do some sort of a colourful print on the white dining room curtains. I'm thinking bright pinks or aqua's, like I have on the metal plates.
      I'm working on getting the details posts together, most of them are pretty much ready to go so watch this space!

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  4. I LOVE it! I think it is amazing what you can do with a little budget and some planning using products in new ways! It makes life more relaxed and enjoyable when you feel good in your space! I love the wall color with everything else, I would not change it lighter if it was me, I love the contrast!

    Karen

    Great Job!!!

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    1. Thanks Karen :) I think if I add a few little pops of bright colour around the kitchen then the wall colour will be perfect!

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  5. I love the wall color AND the white stools. Kitchens live visually busy, and bright pops of color can become bright pops of distraction in a heartbeat. If it were my call (and it isn't), I'd put the color you crave in your accessories (including some matted artwork) - easy to change out seasonally, or if you find you really aren't feeling the color after you live with it for a bit. Maybe cover some thrifted chair seat cushions before you commit to the whole paint routine? Whatever - GREAT job. Pinned it.

    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie - ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    - ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder -
    "It takes a village to transform a world!"

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    1. Thank you Madelyn :) Yes, I know myself well enough to know I should wait a little bit before changing anything else in here, I always seem to feel like something isn't quite right when I finish a room, and then after a few weeks I'm used to it and it's perfect. Some colorful art is definitely in the works for here though ;)
      Linda xx

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  6. What a great makeover! I just realized you're in Ireland...you're the first Irish DIY blogger that I've come across! I'm Irish too but moved to Boston from Cork around 5 years ago. Love your blog...keep up the great projects!! xo

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    1. We Irish DIY bloggers are a rare and elusive breed ;) I'm in Limerick, but I'm originally from Cork too! I'm hoping to have some smaller projects coming up, and then back into the big stuff after Christmas :)

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  7. Hi Linda, we are thinking of painting our kitchen cupboards in the new year and I'm just wondering which paint you guys used and what you would recommend? Many thanks again Eve

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    1. Hi Eve, glad you're going for it! We used a Dulux satinwood, but to be really honest I'm not 100% happy with it. I picked it cos I didn't want the full on shine of gloss and I thought this would give me a nice sheen while still being quite hardy (cos it's a paint intended for woodwork) but now that it's been on a couple of months it's already starting to show some wear. Maybe we're just really hard on woodwork, but I think it should have held up better. It's not terrible, and no-one else would ever notice it, but I do and I know that I'll have to repaint a lot earlier than I would have hoped.

      Next time I'll use plain old oil based gloss. It takes a loooong time to dry between coats and it stinks, but by god it's hardy and I'll have to do way less actual painting as the coverage is so much better than any other paint.
      I hope this answers your question :) Good luck!
      Linda xx

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  8. wow! I love how you've transformed it! it's absolutely gorgeous now!

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  9. I love the painted tile. The room looks really great, you would glance at those pics and think it was a major remodel. Well done!

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  10. This is gorgeous!! Can I ask where you bought the contact paper?

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    1. Thanks! I got mine from s shop c a lled Woodies Diy but you can get it on Amazon as well, it's called dc-fix. Hope that helps!

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  11. How about a butter yellow on the chairs? It goes well with the grey, black and white and wouldn't be as dark as blue. The crispness and freshness of yellow doesn't visually muddy the look of the room. Try the yellow in accents first against the gray(ex: towels, flowers, seat covers, and cannisters) Live with it for a day or two before you go out and purchase paint.

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