My $250 Kitchen Renovation: Before and After

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When I bought my first home last year, I fell in love with its charm and potential-not it’s dated decor. I knew that with a little elbow grease, the home could be brought from 1960 to 2014.


My Kitchen Before

First thing’s first — I don’t know who those people are. Believe it or not, I bought this home at an estate auction, and these randoms were looking at it as well. And here they will live eternally on the interwebs.

Second thing’s second, welcome to 1968, am I right?

So without further ado, here’s my kitchen now!

My Kitchen After:


Side-by-side Comparison

What I Did

Removing Wallpaper.

It started with removing the gosh-darn ugly border wallpaper of repeating grossness. Thank goodness it wasn’t all over the walls! After a quick wash and scrub, the walls were as good as new!

Replacing Knobs and Small Features

Next came replacing the knobs. I got this pack of 10 simple silver knobs from my local Home Hardware for around $20. That alone updated the overall look and age of the kitchen.

New Flooring

I found an awesome and durable grey-scale, geometric vinyl lay-flat flooring from Re-Store (a Habitat for Humanity-run store in the GTA) for $60. I found the exact same flooring at a home store for almost triple the price-but still a reasonable and fair investment for the result. With a lot of nooks and crannies and corners in my galley kitchen, I ended up measuring the footprint four times. And believe it or not, I got different numbers each time. I only felt confident once my measurements were identical twice- on the third and fourth try. It just goes to show you have to re-measure over and over to get it right. Making a mistake is pricey and you’ll feel silly.


Floor before:

These days, with advances in flooring and materials, there’s no need to remove the previous floor unless it’s falling apart or damaged. And even better than that, there’s also no need to glue or adhere the flooring down! The Tarkett lay-flat flooring like the one I got stays in place with gravity and the securing of baseboards ontop, and grips to whatever is underneath. It has never shifted or moved even a centimeter in my home-and it’s a high traffic area!


Floor During

So I simply removed the baseboards and — after a good sweep and vacuum- laid the sheet flooring, cutting off excess where it met the wall before putting the baseboards back in place. It was so easy and I liked the floor so much I decided to put it down in my entrance ways, as well!


Floor After


As you can see, I also painted the wooden window trim and baseboards white. Like the knobs, with a little elbow-grease and change, it updates the look tenfold!


Next came the back-splash. I found white subway tile at Eden Tile-It in Burlington for around $50 and got my grout and tile-adhesive from my local Home Hardware for around $40.

With a few new switch and outlet plates, a good scrub and plenty of decor, kitchen accessories and plants, voila, my kitchen went from 60’s to 2014!


Another thing to note is the use of the overhead storage to divide the room. I am in love with my overhead storage, and previously, the shelving was used for china and kitchen paraphernalia. But with the open concept layout opening into the living space, I opted to use this shelving as a pseudo-bookshelf and put living room goods, books and nick-knacks there instead. It divides the space and makes the living room feel more like a living room when looking towards the kitchen.


5 Responses to My $250 Kitchen Renovation: Before and After

  1. Christina says:

    It looks great!

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  3. Liz says:

    Super-duper redo - it looks great! I came over from Apartment Therapy and love the way you laid out the before and after side-by-side: really shows the detailed updates!

    Great sourcing of material, also!

    I had to remove borders at my current home and unfortunately they were glued direct to drywall. Eventually, I just painted over with Kilz and then my color. I was in tears after spending an entire day trying to get paper off one short wall. My local hardware recommended trying the Kilz. Glad your experience was better!

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