For the sink area, we wanted it to have an open feeling, so we left four cabinets off to create open shelving. This was great as it resulted in less work.
We kept our original cabinets, but sanded them down, filled in the holes from the old hardware, and painted them all white.
For the drawers and a few key cabinets, we made our own handles with copper piping, an idea I first saw at Upcycled Treasures. A warning: The longer handles with two anchors work perfectly. However, we had a lot of trouble with the smaller drawer pulls (see oven photo below). The part that holds it together keeps distorting and the rods keep falling off, so we have to pull from the bell hanger rather than the rods. A few we’ve just given up on and just use bell hangers as the pulling mechanism, as you’ll see on the top left drawer beside the oven.
We originally were going to buy new hinges as we figured ‘hey they’re cheap’. But there’s a lot of them when you’re dealing with kitchen cabinets, and at $4 a pop that adds up quick. So instead we decided to use what we had, but didn’t want the stark black colour to disrupt the look. So we picked up a copper leaf pen and painted all the cabinet hinges to match with the copper in the room. It worked perfectly.
This is what really made a huge difference in the kitchen. I couldn’t stand those hideous 1980′s countertops and wanted to get rid of them entirely and replace them with butcher block. However, since we plan to completely reconfigure the space in the future, we knew that would be a waste of money. So instead I turned to pinterest for ideas and found a
We’re careful with our counters, making sure not to cut on them and to wipe up any spills so they don’t get in between the cracks. Even so, we thought it might last us about 6 months. We’re on about month 8 and, while you can see some nicks and scratches up close, it still looks really good. dining room. Yeah we never got around to that. But it sits a little separate from the kitchen so it’s easier to ignore.
I really wanted to put in a hanging garden or fun shelves on this big wall, but it back onto the chimney so we’d be drilling into concrete. I didn’t want to mess with that so instead I taped up my perpetual harvest prints. It adds a lot of colour to the space and is a good reminder to get outside and garden!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, we didn’t forget to paint the wall under the counter ‘desk’. We left it uncovered because we liked the bright teal the kitchen used to be, and it’s a fun reminder of all the hideous wallpaper we removed from the space and the adjoining dining room. We stand there looking at that space and often say “Oh man…do you remember what this kitchen/dining room used to look like?”
Copper leaf pen: $20
Overhead sink lighting: $30
Ceiling Fan: $80
Copper contact paper: $100
Copper piping and accessories: $100
Yep, a complete kitchen makeover IS possible on the super cheap. Sure, our flooring is still blah and that tile backsplash makes me cringe every time I do dishes, but why spend thousands of dollars when you only need to spend a few hundred? Especially if it’s only meant to last a year, or two….or three. We’ll see when we get our butts into gear to redo the kitchen properly.
Want to get the look with an easy project? Try out the DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder