Sandy’s Decorating Corner: Affordable Kitchen Updates

Want to change the look of your kitchen without spending thousands of dollars? There are several things you can do to change the look of your kitchen.

Your cabinets can be updated with a couple coats of paint and some new hardware. If you don’t mind the extra work, you could strip the old stain or paint off and re-stain with a rich, new color. Whether you paint or stain, make sure you put on several coats and allow for each coat to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

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You can add some new life by changing your backsplash. In my kitchen, I broke up 2 different colors of tile and mirrors and made a mosaic backsplash. You can buy grout that also serves as adhesive. Once you have your pieces of tiles ready, you “butter” the back of the tile piece with the adhesive/grout and stick on the wall. Keep going until you’re happy with the pattern and the wall is filled. Allow 24 hours for drying. Now use the grout to fill in the spaces around the tiles. Wipe off the excess grout as you go.

You may have to do this in layers depending on how thick the tile pieces are. If the grout dries on the tile tops, no worries, just wet the tiles with a sponge and scrape with a putty knife. This can be a little time consuming and tedious, but worth the work as you see the finished product.

You can also find a paintable wallpaper that you like and put that up. After the wallpaper dries, paint and make sure you add at least 2 coats of water based polyurethane on top of your paint color. This will make your backsplash waterproof and easy to clean up. (Picture to the right made a faux tin finish by painting the wallpaper in a metallic paint and then applying the polyurethane over the top.)

I’ve even put ceramic tiles on top of my exsisting countertop for a fresh, new look. I did my countertops, kitchen island and my back splash for about $60. You could also change out the faucet or light fixtures for a quick, inexpensive fix.

With just a little effort and money, you could really make a big change.
Have fun!

Sandy Lamb

Comments

  1. Char Baumann says:

    Sandy: I have read your ideas about the use of fabric…excellent. You gave me some great ideas. Also the changes you made to the kitchen…wow. I think I could use some advice for my guest room. Maybe one day we can talk about it.

    Thank you for your wonderful input and helpful advice.

    Char Baumann

    • Char,

      Would love to talk to you about your guest room. Just grab me up before or after church on Sunday and we can figure out a time to get together and brainstorm.

      Take care,
      Sandy Lamb

  2. Char Baumann says:

    Sandy: I have read your ideas about the use of fabric…excellent. You gave me some great ideas. Also the changes you made to the kitchen…wow. I think I could use some advice for my guest room. Maybe one day we can talk about it.

    Thank you for your wonderful input and helpful advice.

    Char Baumann

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