As many of you know I had initially wanted to participate in the Spring One Room Challenge for a kitchen/living room upgrade. However – thanks to COVID-19, things are COMPLETELY different. I am not able to go out and buy supplies that I need for the projects I had in mind, and the timing just does not feel right. So here we are, with a small updated kitchen, mainly focusing on using things I already had due to previous purchases and two generous partnerhsips with D Lawless Hardware and D Marie Interiors. They very generously provided me with hardware for kitchen cabinets and peel-and-stick tile for my kitchen island, and I am very grateful to them for that. All opinions and comments are my own.
So.. I know there is nothing wrong with our kitchen. Here is a before shot. You can see more of it on this post here, when I painted the island in 2017
But we have no backsplash, and I just don’t LOVE it… and given how much time we spent here, I wanted it to have more personality. I thought I would do this on a budget, without serious power tools, and all of these are upgrades you can have in your home without spending a ton of money.
I know budgets are tight right now during COVID-19 and sometimes, we want the look of a designer kitchen but don’t have the knowledge or skills to implement them.. so here are some EASY options and lessons I learned while update our kitchen:
- Outsource help if you can. I definitely outsourced the backsplash.. there was no way in hell I can install a backsplash over 55 square feet with a subway tile pattern. I don’t have the time to do the labour, nor the time or money to learn/implement those skills. I hired a contractor, and he did a great job! However, if this is not in the cards for you, D.Marie Interiors has an AMAZING selection of peel-and-stick tile that is meant to be used as BACKSPLASH. It is affordable, and soooo easy to install requiring only a measuring tape, pencil, and a box cutter i.e. basic tools. Do check out their whole selection here.
- You can change things like: cabinet hardware, paint an island, use peel and stick tile or even wallpaper (as a backsplash tile – see above), change/add lighting. Small upgrades that can be done in nap times – literally – go a long way in bringing together a designer look at a fraction of the cost.
- Paint is my best friend. I had debated painting this island.. and with COVID-19, I am just not going out to do a curb-side pick up unless i absolutely need to. So I took a paint sample I had (from another project), mixed in some BB Frosch Chalk Powder (4 years old, and best investment ever) and painted my kitchen island. Honestly, this magic chalk paint powder is one of my most recommended products if you want to paint furniture. You can turn ANY paint into chalk paint by mixing this in.. which means no sanding or stripping of previous paint! And, we all know how much I love shortcuts.
So without further ado.. here is the new and slightly updated kitchen! I will link everything down below:
Because this is the main space we spend 90% of our time in, and doubles as kitchen, craft station, lesson room, play room and anything else you can think of, I am glad I put in the work to make it more beautiful.
Sooo.. there you have it! A perfect project for the Quarantine, because I needed a project which was not going to be soooo crazy that I couldn’t handle it with a toddler, but also needed something to have a change in the space. All links as requested over Instagram stories are below at the bottom of the page!
- D Lawless Hardware Cabinet Pulls
- Peel-and-stick Alfama Tile by D Marie Interiors
- Pendant Light Fixture
- Island Paint: Benjamin Moore in Newburyport Blue
- BB Frosh Chalk Paint Powder
- Kitchen Table
- Kitchen Chairs