Half Kitchen Face Lift


Before remodel by nixonneckweasel


After remodel by nixonneckweasel

Everyone wants to have a gorgeous, gourmet kitchen. Unfortunately, some people don't have the money or time to dedicate to a full makeover. Previously in Idea Corner, I posted some easy steps to upgrade an outdated bathroom. Now I'll show how to take a kitchen from a simple eatery to a grand entertaining space.


Removal of backsplash by nixonneckweasel

Reddit user, nixonneckweasel, improved their kitchen drastically with just a couple of projects. The required supplies are:

  •  A hammer
  • A pry bar
  • Putty knives in multiple sizes
  • Concrete
  • Scrapers
  • Backsplash tiles
  • Grout
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint/paint brushes

First, choose the paint color for the cabinets and tiles for the new backsplash. For a more modern look, follow nixonneckweasel's example and go for a black paint and smaller tiles in more muted colors.


After paint and concrete application by nixonneckweasel

Next,  take out those dated backsplash tiles. Using a hammer, pry bar and putty knives, remove all the tiles above the countertops. Try as much as possible not to remove the mortar and concrete behind the tiles. But if that happens, don't freak out! Just make sure to level the surface with concrete after the removal process is complete.

Following the tile removal, start to paint the cabinets. Make sure to apply painter's tape around the cabinets so paint doesn't get on the walls or backsplash area.


Once the paint has dried, feel free to put up the backsplash tiles. Once the tiles are attached to the wall, use grout to secure and seal the backsplash.

And with just 2 projects, a modern kitchen is created for just under $150.


Final product by nixonneckweasel


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