When we purchased our 41 year old house ten years ago it was almost completely original to when it was built. The original cabinets in the kitchen had been replaced at some time with cheap plywood homemade models that were painted a creamy color. They were okay for the first couple of years, but I really wanted an updated kitchen. So earlier this year we had our kitchen redone from the floor up. I was thrilled to have new everything! I decided to try to save some money in the decorating by being creative and reusing some items I already owned as well as purchasing new to me items from yard sales & thrift stores. Here are some ways I decorated my new kitchen on a budget.
This corner cabinet I’ve owned for 19 years. My grandmother gave it to us shortly after we married. It was sitting in her garage and it was being used to store tools. Can you believe it? Originally it was a horrible lemon yellow color which I immediately changed to white. Then at some point it was “country blue”. When we remodeled the kitchen we had the cabinet makers paint this to match the bases of our cabinets. I love the new color. We also replaced the antique brass hardware with brushed nickel to give it an updated look.
Can you believe I found this painting at a thrift store for a mere $2.00? I loved the muted tones of the flowers and the faux antiqued look of the frame. It looks great with my new cabinets and brings some other accent colors into the room.
This decorative plate rack and plates were purchased at thrift stores too. I found the rack first and it was a little chipped so I gave it a fresh coat of hammered metal black spray paint. ( I love spray paint by the way!) The plates were found after much searching. I wanted something that had some color to liven up the plain cream wall behind. The fruit motif looks great in the kitchen.
In this picture you can see a glimpse of my new cabinets. The cabinet maker thought I was crazy when I picked out these colors, but when he was painted them he changed his mind. In fact he said several employees commented on the nice contrast. I kept the doors the lighter color so the kitchen wouldn’t feel so dark. It’s at the back of house and gets very little natural light through one window over the sink. This little shelf was found at a yard sale for like 50 cents. I spray painted it with the hammered metal black spray paint and use it to hold my potholders. Notice the potholders have that fruit theme again. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed my decorated on a budget kitchen.