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Thrifty Kitchen Makeover – $100 Budget, Week 1

I am so excited to be part of the $100 Room Challenge this month!  If you haven’t heard of it, Erin from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry started this challenge in September of 2015.  And for me, it’s going to be painting my kitchen cabinets in 4 weeks on a $100 budget.

I may be crazy, but I’ve decided to tackle our kitchen.  And I do realize that I have to put my money towards something that will give me the biggest impact for my $100.  And what better way to do that than paint the cabinets?  

Paint is a powerful tool that almost anyone can learn to use.  And if I’m doing a thrifty kitchen makeover, I need a powerful tool!

I already painted our backsplash several months ago and it did wonders to change the look in there.  You can see how I did that – Click here!

Now our kitchen currently has dark wood cabinets.  On top of very dark wood floors.  It’s not small, but feels cramped because of the layout.  But, there’s no shortage of storage.  

In fact, if I had the cash, I would probably ditch some of the upper cabinets and add open shelving.  And I’d ditch our island because it never should’ve been put in a kitchen this size.  There are less than 2 feet on either side of it and it’s always in my way!  But that’s not happening this go-round.  

Because then I’d open up a whole other can of worms and this challenge is only 4 weeks and $100.

Why change perfectly good cabinets?  Our kitchen is in the middle of our house.  It doesn’t get a ton of light during the day and it’s pretty dark in there.  And I’m a neutral kind of girl.  I like white cabinets.  I’ve wanted white cabinets for years.  

This isn’t a fleeting decision.  I picked something that I know I’ll be happy with for years to come.  I want something that I won’t want to change in 3 months.

So where is my $100 going in this thrifty kitchen makeover?

  • Paint
  • Supplies (Brush, roller covers..)
  • New kitchen rugs
  • A few new decor items if I have any money leftover
  • And there a few things I already have on hand so that’s a win for the budget – primer, TSP, liquid deglosser, and painter’s tape.  I also have a paint sprayer and I may try to use it to speed up the process.  But it’s definitely not a necessity for this project so don’t fret it you don’t have one.

I’ve mapped out my timeline for this one because I’ve got to stay pretty organized to get this thing done in 4 weeks.  In addition to my regular job, 2 kids, a dog, and a husband, there’s not a whole lot of spare time.

$100 Room Challenge Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Here’s my plan for the $100 Room Challenge:

Week One:  I’m starting with the lower cabinets and doors.  I originally planned to remove everything at once, but I don’t have enough garage space to lay everything out.   So I’ll work in sections.  I’ll prime and paint the lower sections.  

I am priming because I want this job to last for years!  I’m not skipping this step because a kitchen takes a lot of abuse.  I know it’s extra work, but necessary.   Hopefully, in between drying times for the doors/drawers, I can prep and prime the cabinet bases.

And here’s a little helpful tip.  Buy a box of Ziploc baggies.  Use one bag for each door’s hardware including hinges and knobs/pulls.  Label every single door/drawer and label your baggie to go with its respective door.  Trust me.  

I’ve messed this up in the past.  You think there won’t be any way to get confused but it’ll happen.  And man – it’s a bad feeling having to go back and take it apart again just when you think you’re done.  Don’t skip this step!

Week Two:  Remove all the upper cabinets doors. Repeat cleaning and prep steps for these or finish what didn’t get done in week one.

Week Three:  Finish painting.  All the priming should be done at this point, so any painting that needs to be done can get done this week.

Week Four:  If I have any money for decorating, I’ll get a few things or just shop at my house!  And then put it all together!

Just writing this list out is overwhelming to me.  I know this will be worth it in the end, but it’s definitely a huge undertaking for 4 weeks.  Wish me luck on my thrifty kitchen makeover!  Hopefully I’ll get it done!

And here’s some before shots so you can see what I’m starting with!

Kitchen Before:

$100 thrifty kitchen makeover
$100 room challenge painting the kitchen cabinets
$100 room challenge painting the kitchen cabinets
$100 room challenge painting the kitchen cabinets
$100 room challenge painting the kitchen cabinets
$100 room challenge painting the kitchen cabinets
Painting the kitchen cabinets - $100 Room challenge
$100 room challenge - painting kitchen cabinets in 4 weeks
$100 Room challenge plans

And I know this is possibly the crudest drawing ever, but it’ll help keep me organized. Every drawer and door has a number. Each one will get labeled so there’s no chance of mixing it up when I’m drowning in paint and exhausted at the end of this 4 weeks!

And be sure to check out the other bloggers’ posts that are linked at the bottom this post for the $100 Room Challenge!

UPDATE:  SEE WEEK 2 – click here, and WEEK 3, and the Final Reveal of WEEK 4!

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46 thoughts on “Thrifty Kitchen Makeover – $100 Budget, Week 1”

  1. Oh my gosh! You sure have a lot of work to do this month! It will be totally worth it when you stand back and at the end of the month and look at your beautiful white cabinets. I love your kitchen now but it’s going to look stunning with the white cabinets, wood floors and that backslash! Cannot wait to see the finished result!!

    1. Thanks Maria! Right now I feel like I jumped in a little over my head, but I’ll make it! 4 weeks sounds like a long time, but when I started actually working on stuff yesterday, it feels like it’ll be here before I know it. And you have quite a bit of work to do too! I’m so excited to see what you do for your little man’s room! It’ll be beautiful I’m sure!

    1. Yep – I counted them before, but once I actually started taking them down and cleaning. Maybe should’ve chosen a smaller area! But, it’ll be worth it. Or so I’m told. My body may disagree in 4 weeks! Good luck to you as well! I can’t wait to check everyone else’s links out tonight!

    1. Exactly Natalie! And fortunately, I’m part time, but still! I’m exhausted already and I just started! Good luck to you and I can’t wait to check out yours as well!

  2. I love how organized you are with this project 🙂 I believe you are the first to take on a kitchen for the $100 Room Challenge. Good luck with those cabinets. Can’t wait to see how they turn out… and hopefully you’ll have a little money leftover for some decor!

    1. Thanks Erin! And thank you for putting together such a fabulous challenge! And I may just be the craziest one of the group for taking this on! I’m hoping I have a few pennies leftover too!!

  3. I am very impressed. you have this mapped out to a T!!! Your kitchen is beautiful but I get it with the white cabinets, I was the same way. I think it’s going to be amazing and I wish you the best of luck in staying on task. That’s a lot of work! Can’t wait to see it done.

    1. Thanks sweet friend! I’m trying to keep it together because I know I may just lose my mind during the process! I’ll need all the well wishes I can get! I’ll be following along with yours too! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  4. Oh wow, this is going to be a huge change! Your kitchen already looks nice, but I can see why you’d want lighter cabinets. That’s so smart to draw yourself a diagram!

    1. Thanks so much Meredith! I think the lighter cabinets will make it feel much more open and not like a dungeon in the middle of the day! And my hubs laughed at my sketches! He would’ve drawn it to scale! Ha – no time for that in this challenge!

    1. Thank you Lindsay! I’m tired already and not even a fraction of the way done! It’ll be a challenge for sure. I can’t wait to see your Homework space you come up with! This is such an amazing idea! I’m going to get so much inspiration!

  5. Oh Melissa! It will look beautiful, you surely have a busy month ahead of you! Can’t wait to see the finished product! Good idea about the time line, I need to try that – my projects seem to get stuck….

    1. Thank you Holly! I wish I could clone myself for a few weeks to get some twice the help! And I agree – the timeline helps so much. I need to apply it to all of my “wish list” projects!

  6. Kate // High Low Baby

    This is such a fun challenge. I’m so impressed that you’ll be able to make such a big impact with $100, in the kitchen no less!

  7. Melissa, You are very brave taking on a kitchen reno! I think your kitchen is already very nice, I LOVE dark cabinets, so it might hurt me a little bit when you paint them 😉 but you are right it will definitely lighten up the room I can’t wait to see it when its done.

  8. Oh I am SO excited to see this makeover! A kitchen redo is in my future but probably not til after the first of the year. I have had conflicting suggestions of painting vs rolling my cabinets. I am also wanting to do white but mine are currently a cream color. They feel dingy though and I am all about the fresh and clean look these days. Good luck! I am sure it’ll be awesome.

    1. Thanks Gabby! I’ve wanted white cabinets forever! Unfortunately all our trim and doors are more of a cream than a bright white so I had to stick with that color, but it’ll still be a huge improvement!

  9. Ah I love my white cabinets and I think you will love it too!! I can’t wait to hear about the progress and how awesome doing it totally in a reasonable budget!! I can’t wait to see the after photos!

    1. Thanks Rebecca! The numbering system has been a life saver! I would’ve been all mixed up without it. And I hope it turns out like I’m envisioning! I’d love to hear about it if you do yours too!

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