Diy small kitchen remodel: before and after, our kitchen makeover

Diy small kitchen remodel

Diy small kitchen remodel on a budget

Our small kitchen gets a stunning diy makeover for only $400. Check the before and after photos of our kitchen remodel. They'll leave you speechless

We recently moved to a new flat that I'm decorating room by room (see my home decor style). One of the biggest challenges was renovating the kitchen because it was a bit... errrmmm... ugly and we are on a limited budget.

When we found our new home, the kitchen was probably our second least favourite room (after the clear winner: the bathroom). It was small and, let's face it, not very pretty. Actually, it wasn't in great condition either: a couple of the tiles were broken, the kitchen surface was cracking... it wasn't good.

My initial idea was to paint the tiles in a different color but after seeing what the tile paint looks like in real life at a friend's house I decided it wasn't what I was looking for. It looks great in pictures but if you take a closer look you can see brush marks and all that.

So I searched for other options for our small kitchen remodel and I came across this product you can apply over the old tiles that completely covers them. Like, absolutely. Like they were never there. No chipping off all the tiles, no debris to clean up.

Small, easy kitchen remodel

Diy small kitchen remodel

Diy small kitchen remodel

Look at your small kitchen: do you really need all those cabinets?

I definitely didn't need them so off they went. They were poorly distributed, taking up a lot of space and offering little storage in return. Total waste of space. I got rid of them and the kitchen immediately looked bigger.

Seriously, I know it sound odd but if you have a small kitchen, I recommend getting rid of some of the cabinets and replacing them with shelves and pot racks. Make the most of the space vertically and you'll get extra storage space. I'm so happy we decided to remodel the kitchen in this way. Now it not only looks way better but it's also more practical and feels more spacious.

Diy small kitchen remodel

Our diy kitchen remodel

The old tiles were really depressing and, as I said before, not in a great state. These subway style tiles feel fresh, new, clean and modern. Everything the other ones weren't. Combined with the shelves they make our tiny kitchen look bigger.

Diy small kitchen remodel

Diy small kitchen remodel

If you diy remodel your kitchen, pay attention to the details

The rustic scandinavian details, like the shelves, the leather handles and the styling makes the imperfections (like the little window) of this outdated kitchen charming and lovely, especially if you combine them with more modern elements like the faux marble vinyl floor tiles or an industrial style lamp. The mix is fresh, modern and cool (I think).

Diy small kitchen remodel

Diy small kitchen remodel

These lovely vintage mugs were my mum's. I love them so much.

Diy small kitchen remodel

Before and after: our small kitchen makeover



Diy small kitchen remodel

In these two photos, you can clearly appreciate the difference. I didn't spend forever doing it, didn't need a professional to come in or have to pay a fortune. Actually, I finished the job in just three days: the first day I covered the old tiles, the second day I put the new tiles on and on the third, I put the floor down and finished the little details. Easy as pie.

After the kitchen remodel, our small kitchen looks 30 years younger and everything was done on a budget.

I had no idea about tiling and I have to say it looks good enough for me so, if your kitchen needs a makeover, I have to say that if I could do it, you can do it too.

If you fancy seeing more of our house, you can check out this little corner of our living room with a diy mid century inspired sideboard. The bedroom, living room, terrace and bathroom are still to come. Sign up the newsletter and I'll keep you updated.

Do you like the result of our diy small kitchen remodel?

4 comments:

  1. What's the name of the product that was used to cover the tiles? Any tutorials or suggestions on using it?

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    1. Hello! The product is a type of plaster used specifically for this purpose. I don't know in which countries it's available. It's this one: http://www.beissier.es/es/productos/producto_726.html

      I did a very complete tutorial on how to use it on my blog in Spanish, you can check it here: http://www.drlivinghome.com/2016/02/renovar-cocina-sin-obras-como-tapar-azulejos.html

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  2. Wow! I popped over from Apartment Therapy so could see a few more photos of your kitchen. Outstanding job! It's beautiful and functional..... I love it! I signed up to receive your newsletter. I'm excited to see what else you come up with!

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    1. Hi Kim!! Thank you so much. I hope not to disappoint you :)

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