The Life Creative is all about decorating on a budget, so when reader Cathy Scullino revealed before and after shots of her parent’s kitchen renovation on Instagram, it was too good not to share.
The most amazing part of this transformation is the price tag: Cathy completed updates on this kitchen for just $500. The kitchen, which was last renovated 25 years ago, was in dire need of a lift, so Cathy carefully considered her options and created a look for less.
“Funnily my parents were not looking to do their kitchen,” Cathy explains. “But it was me that told them they need to, as it would make them feel so much better. Being pensioners, they didn’t have much money to spend, so I told them I could give them a fresh new look for $500”.
Kitchen Ideas on a $500 Budget
Cathy rightfully explains that you don’t need to spend big bucks to give your kitchen a new lease on life. It’s really about thinking of budget-friendly ways you can make an impact. Here’s three ideas you can steal from Cathy’s amazing makeover.
Transform Benchtops with Spray Paint
“My priority was the pink benchtop,” Cathy says. “I used Rust-oleum Benchtop Transformations (in Diamond White), which cost just under $200. It has a lovely shimmer effect and it comes in kit form with a DVD”.
Revamp existing Tiles and Handles
“The peachy-coloured tiles were also painted with Rust-oleum Paint for Tiles for under $100,” Cathy explains. “I sprayed the original door handles in matt black too”.
Add Texture in Cost-Effective Ways
“A new, textured woven blind and some wicker baskets completed the look here,” Cathy says. “I also brought two tiles from Bunnings, cut them in four rows and added a border tile in blacks and grey to tie the whole look together”.
Cathy says that her parents adore the new kitchen.
“My parents were actually so overwhelmed. They adore the kitchen and the effect it has on them and their mood is unbelievable. I love what I’ve achieved, and making my parents happy makes me happy… only problem now is the rest of the house needs some lovin’!”.
What are some budget ways you’ve made a difference at home? Drop a comment below and share some money saving makeover secrets!