The 3 Best Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeovers We Saw This Year

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(Image credit: Diana Paulson)

If there’s one thing we all know for sure when it comes to updating a kitchen, it’s that a little bit of paint goes a long way. Specifically, crisp white paint. While some of the kitchens you may be pinning or gawking at on Insta may be all shades of, say, greens and blues, white kitchens are bright, cheery, clean, and oh-so-timeless.

In fact, we took a look back through all the kitchen makeovers we wrote about this year and the three best ones were budget-friendly and featured a can or two of white paint. Keep reading to see what we mean.

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(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

1. A $6,000 Kitchen Makeover

Our friends over at Apartment Therapy did this makeover and spent a little less than $6,000 and did most of the work on weekends. Although they did a little more than just paint the space, the negative space is what really shines here.

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(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

Even better than the stunning after photos? The fact that they shared five tips on how they stuck to their budget. Can you see one of the major ways they saved? Hint: Look at the wall with the oven in the after pic.

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2. A Rental Kitchen Upgrade for $1,000

This budget makeover managed to include a new floor, wall paint, and the installation of a backsplash. The old cabinets weren’t a favorite, but the simple act of removing the doors from the uppers was a major improvement. You really have to look at the before-and-after pics because the kitchen you’re looking at is so different than the original one. (Check out the entire house tour at Apartment Therapy.)

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(Image credit: Hannah Puechmarin)

3. A Night and Day Makeover

The biggest changes in this kitchen were done with paint. Even once you know that, you still won’t even understand how this kitchen is the same one that’s in its before photos. The differences are practically night and day. In addition to painting the existing cabinets, the homeowners got rid of some ugly trim and tile, added a backsplash, and changed the counter. It’s really shocking what a bit of paint can do.

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(Image credit: Hannah Puechmarin)
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