Monday, October 2, 2017

Budget Friendly Before-and-After Kitchen Makeover

Good morning, friends!  Happy October to you!  Recently, I've been doing some work in my kitchen.
It felt outdated and dark.  (You can view more before pictures by clicking here.) The improvements I made, created a bright-clean look.  I'm so excited to reveal my kitchen makeover.  It was a lot of work, but my efforts were worth it in the end.

I would like to sincerely thank Glidden and Instant Granite for sponsoring this project.  Their support made this makeover possible.

I began by painting the walls.  Above the chair rail is painted Glidden Stone White and below the chair rail is painted Glidden Smooth Stone.  I didn't want the walls to appear shiny, so I chose an eggshell finish.

What a difference a fresh coat of paint made on the cabinets.

They were previously painted white, but inside the bottom cabinets contained a lot of ridges and drips of dried paint.  I removed the cabinet doors, stripped the layers of paint off and sanded everything smooth before repainting.  It was a lot of tedious prep work.

But when I look back I'm glad I took the time to properly prepare the surface for paint.

I totally transformed my kitchen backsplash with paint.  

Previously it was brown.  It looks so different painted white.

 I love how fresh it now feels.

Cabinets and backsplash are both painted Glidden White on White in a satin finish.

Previously, our kitchen counters looked bad and were worn.

I discovered Instant Granite through Rachel Elizabeth Creates and loved her beautiful results.

Instant Granite can be applied directly over old counter tops.  It's a temporary solution, but it really looks fabulous.

We had an old fluorescent light box in our kitchen.  We replaced it with a more attractive looking flush mount.

We added a second light to create a more symmetrical appearance.

We wanted more prep space in our kitchen.

We eat our meals together in the dining room.  So we donated our kitchen table and chairs and replaced it with an island.
We love having the additional work space.

I love that the "X" design on the island is similar to the design on the cabinets.

    Our budget didn't allow us to go all out with a full renovation, but the simple-practical changes we made have a big impact.  Most importantly WE love it!
It feels more welcoming and I enjoy cooking in here for my family again. 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!  If you have any questions, I'll leave a response in the comment section.

*This post was made possible through a partnership with Glidden and Instant Granite.  All opinions expressed are my own words.

**I am linking this post to: Tip Me Tuesday


  1. I love the space you created, and it's right on time for the holidays.

  2. It looks so fresh and pretty! Beautiful job, the hard work was worth it!

  3. Are you kidding me? Brandi, it is amazing! For a kitchen reno on a small budget, really just paint and a lot of elbow grease it looks high end. You did a great job. It is so bright and airy now.

  4. I cant believe you just painted your backsplash Brandi! looks fabulous!!!! Love the new look and your island/table is just perfect as well! Enjoy!

  5. Oh my goodness! It’s amazing!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE The island! Congrats!

  6. I love it Brandi! You did a great job.

  7. Where is your kitchen island from?

    1. Hi Kelley! It's from Wayfair. Here's the link...

  8. Okay Rachel had me curious about that instantgranie, and now you've really got me wanting to try it! It looks amazing! Love all the changes you've made! The island is a great touch!

  9. This looks amazing! Painting your backsplash .. what a brilliant idea!

  10. Wow! This looks great! It looks like a whole new kitchen.. i love it

  11. Looks great, Brandi. What a transformation! Cheers to your new, bright kitchen!

  12. Looks fabulous, Brandi. Can't believe you painted the backsplash and it looks so fresh. Also, love your new island. Great job.

  13. Brandi, I love your style, you definitely have a great eye for design and it shows in your kitchen. Beautiful.

  14. It does look fresh and pretty! You have a natural gift for design!

  15. Oh... I love it! My white painted cabinets need a makeover too. I want to keep them white, but just clean them up and add new hardware. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. The kitchen looks great! I love the Instant Granite. I really hate our counter tops, but don't want the expense of granite. This could be a nice alternative.

  17. Oh my goodness, you did such incredible job! Painting the cabinets is a lot of work but it's so worth it. It all looks beautiful! I love the painted backsplash and the new island. Enjoy your pretty kitchen!

  18. You did an amazing job. Looks gorgeous. Stopping by from Tip Me Tuesday.

  19. Wow! What a difference! I would love for you to stop by and link this up to my More the Merrier link party.

  20. Brandi, What are the dimensions of your kitchen?


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