Secret Ingredient to 3 Clever, Low-Cost Kitchen Upgrades: Paint

Each of these three DIY painting projects adds personality and appeal without breaking the bank.

Want to jazz up your kitchen without the expense and hassle that comes with a major renovation?

No prob with these three transformative projects that only require paint.

A Fun and Functional Chalkboard Countertop

Kitchen counter painted with chalkboard paintImage: March Orchard

Courtney, who pens the blog ”March Orchard,” never liked her kitchen’s 30-year-old laminate countertops. So she decided to paint them with black chalkboard paint. 

The result? A beautiful, functional, and food-safe countertop that looks like soapstone but cost a heck of a lot less — only $50. The fun part: She jots her grocery list on the counter.

Courtney reports that two years later, the countertop still looks fabulous. You can check out her DIY project and her pick for a non-toxic, eco-friendly chalkboard paint here.

Bland Cabinets Get a Classic Makeover with White Paint

Sarah's repainted, redone kitchen cabinetsImage: Sarah’s Big Idea

Not only did Sarah, from “Sarah’s Big Idea,” paint her cabinets in classic white, she went one step further. She heightened her builder-grade boxes with MDF (medium-density fiberboard) to make dramatic use of wall space. And she topped them off with crown molding, which she painted black for eye-catching contrast.

And she did it all for about $200.

The final result? A stylish kitchen with enduring good looks. Sarah breaks down the entire transformation here.

Chevron Backsplash Creates Colorful Focal Point

Painted chevron kitchen backsplashImage: Moving to the Country

Talk about wow factor. How did Colette, the DIYer behind the “Moving to the Country“ blog, create this colorful, snazzy chevron design?

We won’t divulge all the details, but it involved frog tape and sample-sized containers of paint. The latter saved a bundle; the entire project cost less than $30.

Want another reason this backsplash is a win-win? There’s no dirt-catching grout to clean. Plus, Colette didn’t have to move her appliances or cabinetry to get the project done.  However, she admits it took some physical dexterity to paint the corners.  

Learn how to create a backsplash like this one here.

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