Frugal Tips for a DIY Kitchen Makeover

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Frugal Tips for a DIY Kitchen Makeover from Marty's musings

My DIY hubby and I were talking recently about our bathroom project (gutting everything but the tub and toilet) and we realized something about our style of DIY.

We don’t have any idea of what we’re doing! We are aware there’s a problem, but there is no grand plan to our method (or madness!)

We’re more a “fly by the seat of your pants” kinda team. Throwing out suggestions and ideas and seeing what sticks.

Yardsaling and scrounging around in the attic and workshop for materials.

Not very professional but it seems to work for us!

Today I thought I’d share an update on our kitchen makeover which all started with an ugly dated 70’s china hutch that was passed down from my parents.

China Hutch Makeover from Marty's Musings

It was our first project with Annie Sloan chalk paint and as a painter by trade, my hubby struggled a bit with the concept of messy painting and distressing. Eventually, however he jumped on board! Isn’t the transformation amazing?

Kitchen and Hutch

On the next kitchen project my hubby exceeded expectations and hit a homerun! He took a castoff 10-light brass chandelier

A lamp on a table

and turned it into a one of a kind Mason Jar Chandelier.

Kitchen and Chandelier

Yes, it actually works and includes a dimmer switch for mood lighting.

Kitchen and Paint

Let me reiterate that we did not start with a plan to totally makeover our kitchen (frugally, of course!) but one project led to another and and then another. If you can’t tell by the pictures, my hubby did paint the kitchen a bright yellow two days before my yearly Christmas party. Not much stress there!

Next up is a project that highlights my husband’s creativity and willingness to think outside the box. We had a peel and stick backsplash (which was actually pretty ingenious) but no longer went with the kitchen.

A kitchen with a sink and a mirror

He took old fence boards, cleaned them up, white washed them and turned them into a backsplash!

A vase of flowers sitting on a table

The fence boards give our kitchen a beach cottage feel so Tim spray painted the jars and I used my Cricut to cut vinyl words for whimsical canisters with a pop of color.

Kitchen and Paint

Are you enjoying this makeover as much as we are? Next up was another piece of furniture transformed with chalk paint. Our small kitchen buffet went from this nondescript wood finish

A wooden table

to this beauty, chalk painted and distressed, again with Annie Sloan chalk paint. You’d never know it hides our dog food!

A close up of a painted wall

Our kitchen table was dearly loved but had seen seen five children through homeschooling, games, dinners, puzzles and conversations.

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

Our table makeover was a bit time intensive but well worth it. Read about how to paint a kitchen table.

Yellow kitchen with blue accents and white furniture

Last but not least (so far), we had one large wall in the kitchen to fill and together my hubby and I put together this Old Window Photo Frame.

Old Window Photo Frame from Marty's Musings

 Made from old windows given to him from a job site and fence board that he painted and distressed, this fun picture is a reminder of our family bond.

Old Window Photo Frame from Marty's Musings

I hope you’ve enjoyed all our DIY goodies so far. We aren’t even done yet! 

My husband is kind enough to share his painting expertise in his Ask Tim posts. Simply click on the pictures below to be taken straight to his posts!

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  1. Hi!
    I came on over from “Remodelholic.” I just had to say, that back splash is the best one I have EVER seen. It is my absolute favorite! What a lovely idea. 🙂

    1. Hi, Khadja. Thanks for visiting my blog. We love the backsplash, too! We might not ever have a beach cottage but this makes me feel like we do!

  2. I love the yellow paint on your walls (and everything else to) what color is the yellow? New to your site and love it!!

    1. Hi, Martha. The color in the kitchen is Behr Premium Pus Ultra “Yellow Begonia.” It’s hard to really tell the color in the pics but it is a beautiful yellow. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my blog! Come back and visit soon!

  3. Your kitchen colors are exactly what I have in my mind for OUR kitchen remodel! I am so in love with yours!! What paint color is the yellow on your walls?

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    1. Hi, Kathysue! Thank you for visiting my blog! I’m looking forward to getting to know you as we prepare for our house tour! We also live in a ranch style home but it’s about 20 years older than yours. Fun but challenging, isn’t it?

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    1. Hi, Mary. What a sweet comment! My husband and I work well together most of the time, but we’re each on our own time clock so that can be fun! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks so much, Mary, for commenting on our kitchen makeover! I’m so glad you stopped by to visit. I’m working on our bathroom remodel as we speak! Have a great weekend!

  7. I have to say the transformation of the hutch is amazing. It’s soooo gorgeous. Hope your parents are in a home close to you, so you can visit them often. It means so much to the elderly to be remembered. Your Mom would probably get a kick out of seeing the gorgeous hutch! Congratulations. Susan

    1. Thanks, Susan, for checking out my posts on our DIY Kitchen Makeover. My parents are actually both deceased now but our hutch is one of my favorite reminders of growing up with them. And my mom definitely would be surprised at the change! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Hi, Heather! Thanks so omuch for commenting on my DIY Kitchen Makeover post. Yes, my husband do “fly by the seat of our pants” quite a lot, even though we’re big planners. We’ve just spend a lot of time discussing options and then figuring it out once we’re in the middle of it. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

  8. these are great ideas and I love the mason jars lamp shades!
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    1. Thanks so much for visiting Marty’s Musings! I’m glad you liked our kitchen ideas. I personally adore the mason jar chandelier! Have a great day!