When you’ve got a kitchen in your home that feels tired and old, you can often feel daunted by the amount of money you’ll need to spend in order to give it an update. However, before you start hoarding money, hoping one day to hit the magic number, take note: It’s entirely possible to give your whole kitchen a new (and functional) look for pennies on your imagined remodeling budget’s dollar.
Take this kitchen for example. It has a look that’s decidedly 60s and is in dire need of an update. You might think that giving it a new look would cost thousands of dollars, but the reality is otherwise. For a budget of only around $200, Mysa Home Styling completely transformed the space. How did they do it? Let’s take a look…
1. The Before
There can be no denying that the styling of this 60s kitchen leads to a space that feels dark and closed in.
2. Getting Started
In giving this space the new, fresh look that it needs, the first step was pulling off the wall cabinets.
3. Fixing Things Up
Those wall cabinets were not coming back (as they made the space feel closed in), and so the walls needed to be tidied up!
To add some brightness to the space, a charming and simple-patterned wallpaper was added where the cabinets used to be.
Instead of having the wall cabinets reinstalled, these homeowners decided to install open shelving instead.
6. Taking a Look
As you can see in this after photo, the decision to take out those wall cabinets has really opened up and brightened the space.
7. Uniform Look
The materials used to construct the open shelving are nothing special, however the uniform design yields something that looks smart.
8. The Beauty of Open Shelving
The best part about using open shelving in a kitchen design is that things like cookbooks, utensils and pots all look like they belong together.
9. Not Blocked In
Comparing with the before photo above, you can see how the decision to do away with the cabinets in between the kitchen and the adjacent living space was smart.
10. Looking Back In
Taking a look the other way, you can note here how not much is actually changed about the design of the kitchen… Yet, the whole look is completely different!
While the laminate countertops aren’t ideal, the new bright color scheme helps make them blend into the space more easily.
12. Subtle Touches
One subtle touch to this design that you might’ve missed earlier is the inclusion of a hanging light above the sink.
13. Hanging Low Enough
Note that the hanging light comes just low enough to be functional while not also detracting from the view through the window.
14. On the Shelves
With open shelving, do keep in mind that you’ll need to make smart décor decisions when it comes to what you’re displaying.
15. Want to Learn More?
If you’re as impressed by this $200 kitchen makeover as we are, then you should definitely check out Mysa Home Styling’s blog post about it!