I have been trying to fix up our vintage (outdated!) kitchen. When I first looked at this house before I moved in I had a vision of what I could do with this kitchen with my very small (non existant) budget. It was in pretty rough shape but I saw the potential.
This is the before.. dishes and all! haha
The entire floor was covered in this horrid tile... it was yellow with age and gray. It took me months to scrape this up off the floor. Some parts were glued down so good I didn't think I would ever get it off. I would work on it working my way around the kitchen removing one section at a time. I wish i had a better picture of the whole kitchen with this floor..
This is the floor after!
This wood floor was underneath that ugly tile. Someone told me that older homes sometimes have solid wood subfloors which are much nicer than traditional plywood subfloors so I decided to try to refinished it by doing a paint wash over it by mixing chocolate brown paint and water. You can still see the grain of the wood but it is mostly uniform in color. It looks like a very old farm floor I think.. and the best part is that it didn't cost me anything but paint.
I bought new hardware for the cabinets... I love how they look with the white paint.
So here is my cost breakdown... I made myself decorate with things I already had instead of going out to buy new things so no cost there.
paint and primer $65.00
2 baskets for top of cabinets (already had two... needed two more similar in size) $18.00
a whole lot of love $0.00
Total cost for the kitchen redo was $138.00!!
you can click the links below to see the hardware I bought...
~Paint color was Swiss Coffee by Behr (home depot) and i used this Zinsser primer
So I know that this is not some gorgeous modern kitchen... It is actually a very basic and humble little kitchen... but it is evidence that you can turn something that is ugly and worn into something pretty with a few cans of paint and a little work!