The kitchen is the center of most homes today, and is the room we spend the most time in outside the bedroom. It deserves to be thought of as a style show stopper! Here are some easy and inexpensive kitchen makeover ideas (that won’t take six months!) without doing a remodel that could cost you thousands.



Quick Kitchen Makeover Ideas

Change the cabinets. Unless you have high quality wood cabinets, paint them! There are so many paint and glaze combinations you could use, the varieties are endless. Just be sure to clean the cabinets well with tsp (found at any paint or discount store) sand, prime, then paint and allow to dry thoroughly before putting hardware and doors back on. A lot of work, but a HUGE reward for a couple of cans of paint. Photo by ‘Southern Living’.

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Ashley at ‘Cherished Bliss‘ has a tutorial for you on how to paint your kitchen cabinets, and looking at her “after” pic, she knows what she’s doing! Be sure to check out her whole farmhouse kitchen makeover, and her hack on making shaker style cabinets!

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More tips on painting kitchen cabinets from the experts at ‘BHG‘, including how to choose paint colors for your cabinets!

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Change the cabinet doors. If you don’t want to repaint the whole set of cabinets, (or even is you do) consider some changes to some or all of your cabinet doors. Remove a door or two altogether, paint the inside of the cabinet a coordinating color, and use as trendy open shelving. You can add cheap stick up lights to the underside of the shelves. Cut out the wood panel and add shirred fabric, or staple wire mesh to the inside frame for an industrial look. ‘BHG‘ has some great ideas on DIY cabinet door updates, including this tiling technique!

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Paint the walls! With the cabinets taking up wall space, it might seem like painting might not make a big difference…it does. It sets off the cabinets, sets a mood, and reduces that clinical feeling utilitarian spaces can often have. Pick a medium tone to rich wall color and go for it! (Because it’s a small area of wall space, you can use richer or brighter tones without worrying about it overwhelming the room.)

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Add some fabric. Visit your local fabric or discount store and look for a pretty floral, stripe, or print on a white or cream background for a fresh feel. Sew up some curtains or soften cabinets with fabric and add softness and farmhouse charm. Most fabric stores have a discount table, you’d be surprised at the finds! Other options for cheap fabric? Sheets! Discount shops, yard sales, or even your own linen closet might yield some terrific fabric for your re-do! From ‘BHG‘.

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Can you believe this cottage fresh kitchen makeover by Cami from ‘Tidbits‘. I’m a big fan of white kitchens and blue glass…Love this!


You can change those ugly vinyl floors! You have options, even if you can’t afford to replace them right now. Self-stick vinyl tiles have come a long way, and can be installed in just an afternoon. Since the floor space in a kitchen in often limited, it shouldn’t cost a lot to recover. Black and white checks are classic, but they have more and more wood and stone looks being produced, that don’t have that shiny “I’m a fake!” feeling to them. Want a hardwood look without the price? Find out how to make this plywood planked floor (yes, plywood!) from Jami at ‘Freckled Laundry‘. Love this kitchen makeover project!


Another option is to actually paint your vinyl floors. This can produce beautiful custom results, but you’ll have to eliminate kitchen traffic for several days. Strip the floor of any wax or residue. Then coat the floor with a primer made exclusively for non-porous surfaces. I like KILZ or BIN. Let dry at least overnight. Now paint in your desired pattern or color. You can use ¼ inch masking tape to mask off “grout” lines, and then use any faux or traditional technique, from faux stone, to wood grain, to stenciling. Finally, seal with 4-6 coats of a water based polyurethane to protect. Again, let dry well before you open the kitchen to traffic!

When the floor starts to look a little dull, just add another coat of poly. By the way, you can also use this technique on laminate counters! Finally, don’t forget those throw rugs! Check discount stores, yard sales, and thrift shops. Find out how ‘Flea Market Trixie‘ did this DIY stenciled floor, complete with free pattern from ‘BHG’.

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Finally, add accessories! Most people think of the kitchen as a practical space, but accessories are the jewelry of the home. Add personality by hanging some pretty plates from the dollar shop or yard sales, make a rustic wood painted plaque from scrap, or start a collection of antique silverware and hang along the wall. Display your pretty ceramic pieces; check out your discount stores (or your cupboards!) for colored glass pieces to display in the window. Set small-framed prints of your kids on the windowsill, and bring in some greenery or flowers to set on the counter in a pretty creamer. And above all, put those beautiful drawings from your kids up on that refrigerator!!! What accessory could be more special?

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These DIY quick kitchen makeover ideas are all done on a tight budget, so you don’t have any excuses left! Now before you run off, you might want to check out our post on How to Install a Backsplash too!

Image Credits: Tidbits, BHG, BHG, Freckled Laundry, BHG, BHG

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  1. Larisa Garpstas October 26, 2014 at 11:57 am

    HI! I was wondering if you could answer a question for me . . . In the light blue kitchen with white open shelving – (1) where did you purchase the white shelving or if you made them what type of wood did you use? (2) How was the microwave installed without a cabinet above or beside it?

    We are hoping to do exactly the same thing as in this kitchen, but we have no idea how to attach the microwave or what to build the shelving out of.

    Thanks so much!

  2. Melanie February 9, 2015 at 10:44 am

    What exact color is the blue kitchen?

  3. jaya August 31, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks for these useful tips

  4. Sharon Small November 11, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Would you be able to tell me what sort of paint to use for my kitchen cupboards as I would like to do it half and half ? I would like to do the bottom a darker tone from the top, so any ideas would be great and greatly appreciated.
    Thank you very much in advance. 😃


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