Before & After: Elizabeth's $500 Transformation

Yesterday we showed you a $1,527 kitchen renovation. Well, this lovely re-do was only $500. It goes to show how much of a difference a little paint can make. We were stunned by this. Are you ready?

Elizabeth moved in to her husband Randy's 1940s house in St. Louis a few years ago. Randy had renovated some of the other rooms, but kitchen was still dated and crummy. Together, they tore down tile and painted over a lot.

Kitchen cabinets? Painted. Green floor? Painted (with such a chic pattern!). Metal countertops? PAINTED. Elizabeth sanded, primed, painted, and sealed the countertops with a custom-mixed color that looks very old-world.

Two fixtures Elizabeth is particularly proud of: her sink, which she found for $50 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in St. Louis, and her faucet, $120 from Home Depot. We should also note that the beautiful 1940s stove was hers; she moved it in when she renovated, so that was free.

Get all the details at her blog: The Adventures of Elizabeth

We also love the little pot-and-pan nook by the refrigerator. So French.

Related: The $30 Kitchen Makeover

(Images: Elizabeth Maxon, used with permission)