I Transformed My Kitchen for $375

By | July 29, 2017

As an editor and author, I spend loads of time taking a look at phrases, clarifying phrases, including phrases, subtracting phrases and typically even making up phrases. On the finish of the day, I prefer to go residence and take a look at sugar and butter at room temperature. Add it, stir it, eat it. Baking is how I zone out — mixing dry substances into an egg combine or stirring chocolate chips into batter. I at all times Instagram my creations afterward. My motto is: You make it, you get to Instagram it. Do not be shy about it.

Carefully cropped, overhead photographs are useful in hiding a not-so-cute kitchen.

Devin Tomb

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However up till just lately, I had a grimy secret: My kitchen sucked. The counter house was nice, however to have a look at it was to stare at a brown blob. To the touch its cupboards, with out , was to know onto years of built-up grease and God is aware of what.

My kitchen earlier than the refresh.

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So earlier than the climate turned too sticky and humid in New York to color, I painted. I needed to get permission from my landlord, which I lastly acquired at 2:15 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon. By three p.m., I was on the paint retailer like a sugar-riddled child at Toys ‘R’ Us. My boyfriend joked, “I hate if you get like this,” and needed to hold telling me to relax.

You wanna see the ultimate end result?

My kitchen after the refresh.

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I’ll spare you the gory particulars (simply think about a brief brunette with a full physique paint tattoo), however here is what I purchased:

  • 1 gallon of Benjamin Moore Advance Inside Paint Primer
  • 1 gallon of Benjamin Moore Advance Inside Paint in Satin “White” (the Alkyd end on each of those is sweet for kitchens as a result of it helps repel water and grease for simpler clean-up)
  • 2 gallons of Benjamin Moore “Linen White” for the partitions (I painted my front room and entryway too)
  • 2 drop cloths
  • 1 paint tray
  • 2 rollers
  • 2 paint brushes

TOTAL= $182.17 at my native ironmongery store

  • Door knobs
  • Drawer pulls
  • Brown spray paint (to make the drawer pulls match the knobs)

TOTAL= $92.46 at Lowe’s

  • A bamboo dish drying rack
  • A white jar for spoons and whisks
  • Different random “necessities”

TOTAL= $51.13 at Mattress, Bathtub & Past

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GRAND TOTAL: $375.76

I purchased the herbs and planter base shortly earlier than I determined to makeover the house, however I bought these (which included basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme and mint) at a neighborhood nursery in Katonah, New York, for about $40.

And listed below are a number of tips I realized alongside the way in which:

1. Quantity cupboard doorways as you unhinge.

As my boyfriend and I eliminated every cupboard door, we assigned a quantity to the again with a black Sharpie and put its in a plastic bag with the identical quantity. This made it a lot simpler after we re-assembled, drained and anxious to complete!

2. Tape!

I do not even wish to embrace this as a tip as a result of I nonetheless suppose it is barely pointless, however my boyfriend saved reminding me to put down the comb and line the partitions with painter’s tape so we would get clear strains. I guess it labored out effectively.

three. Put a trash bag across the paint dish.

And pour the paint in that. Maintain the curler in there in a single day so it stays moist, and if you’re performed, the cleanup is tremendous straightforward. Simply throw the paint bag within the trash like a used espresso filter!

four. End with a curler, not a brush.

Ben additionally taught me to make use of a brush for the corners, however to fill in the remainder with a sponge curler, that manner the floor does not find yourself with brush strains.

5. Attempt the thumb nail trick to see in case your doorways are prepared for a brand new coat.

Giving every coat of paint ample time to dry was troublesome for me, as a result of as by now, I’m hyper and prefer to get issues performed rapidly. I let every coat of paint dry in a single day — one layer of primer, and two coats of white paint — and it was value it for the ultimate end result. However when you’re on a decent timeline, a trick I realized on the ironmongery store is to take your thumb nail and run it arduous in opposition to the aspect of a cupboard door. If it makes a mark, there’s nonetheless moist paint beneath the floor, even when that is dry to the contact. Maintain ready till you press arduous with that thumbnail and nonetheless cannot make a mark.

6. Use a DIY template as an alternative of measuring for every door knob.

I used this tutorial and she or he was proper — you possibly can completely do it in your PJs!

7. Instagram it afterward.

You labored arduous.

Subsequent, I’m going to stalk my co-worker Lauren’s kitchen for her organizing ideas.

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