Before & After: A Dark 1960s Kitchen Gets a Bright $185 Facelift

Before & After: A Dark 1960s Kitchen Gets a Bright $185 Facelift

(Image credit: Kaitlin Wilson)

We love a good budget remodel, and that's exactly what Kaitlin and her husband sent us. The newlyweds bought their home about a month after they tied the knot and, like many of our readers, the first project they tackled was the kitchen and the attached breakfast nook.

Check out how they took it from dark and drab to bright and clean without spending more than $200.

(Image credit: Kaitlin Wilson)

The biggest change to the space is obviously the paint job on the cabinets. Kaitlin described the pre-remodel kitchen as "the 1960s collided with a bad paint job." Luckily the paint was easy to fix. They didn't even end up swapping out the hardware on the cabinets — instead, they just painted each piece black to match the appliances.

As for the breakfast nook, it too was looking pretty dated:

(Image credit: Kaitlin Wilson)

Here's how Kaitlin and her husband updated it:

(Image credit: Kaitlin Wilson)

A much more modern look! We love how they tied in the black accents with the silhouette portrait and the black door. We can see why this simple, clean space is one of their most used rooms.

Here's a breakdown of how much everything cost:

  • 1 KILZ Primer – $26
  • 3 gallons Alabaster White (at 40 percent off) – $80
  • 1 gallon Worldly Gray (at 40 percent off) — $27
  • 1 jar black paint for metal (leftover from another project) — $0
  • Drywall panel — $15
  • Supplies (brushes, rollers, etc.) — $37
  • Grand total – $185

You can read more about Katilin's home remodel on her blog.

Thanks for sharing your kitchen with us, Kaitlin!

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