Kitchen Makeover Ideas

You don’t have to sink a lot of money into a kitchen makeover. See how budget-smart splashes of colour and style can improve the look.

Kitchen Makeover

After receiving new appliances as a gift from their parents, a couple transformed their dark, dated, and disjointed kitchen on a modest budget. The space now looks fresh, bright, and unified.

Savvy Solutions

1. Groove the Ceiling. Covering the old popcorn ceiling with V-groove hardboard panels was a no-mess fix — the panels went right over the existing surface. We also traded a single ceiling light for more targeted recessed fixtures.

2. Control Light. A pleated window shade complements the new decor as it filters light.

3. Keep the Cabinets. Reusing the cabinetry saved money without sacrificing style. We painted the uppers white (Valspar Signature Saturday Paper, #ar915) and added crown moulding and new hardware. The base units are a pretty shade of blue (Valspar Signature Secluded Garden, #5002-4A). Get how-to instructions for adding moulding to cabinets.

4. Take Counter Action. Laminate countertops are economical, and the designs are more sophisticated than ever. We chose one that mimics concrete. On the peninsula side of the kitchen, we made the counter deeper to allow space for barstools and casual dining.

5. Extend the Floor. We created design unity and made the kitchen seem larger by extending the new whitewashed Pergo American Cottage Driftwood Pine laminate flooring (#119781, model 080115) into the adjacent dining room. A braided rug adds a pop of colour.


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