Before & After: Kristan Cunningham's Painted Cabinets

We mentioned "Design on a Dime" host Kristan Cunningham's own kitchen remodel, but only in passing, and then we found these before photos. Take a look at how a bit of paint (and plywood) transformed her kitchen!
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Cunningham's original cabinet style looks just like the cabinets we see all the time in our readers' photos and kitchens! It's those standard rental oak boxes and faux-country fronts. Cunningham dealt with this by painting, but she also had to get creative about the style of those cabinets.

To really change the look, Cunningham and her husband also attached strips of wood to the fronts of the cabinets and drawers, covering up the cathedral arch in the cabinets and creating a faux Shaker style.

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Then they painted and added new cabinet hardware found at a Restoration Hardware outlet.

Cunningham's renovation was relatively inexpensive; she didn't replace cabinets or appliances. She just painted, added beadboard on the walls and hardware to the cabinets. All told the renovation was about $900.

Would you go to that length to update your cabinets?

Read the whole article: The Amazing $905 Kitchen Makeover at Ladies Home Journal
More info on the renovation: DIY queen Kristan Cunningham's rental kitchen makeover at The LA Times

Related: Kitchen Makeover: White Walls and Pine Cupboards

(Image: Ladies Home Journal)

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