$100 Kitchen Makeover
Written by on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I have always loved my sage-y green, kitchen walls but eventually, everything needs a facelift.

However, deciding to change leads to another BIG question…. what color?

green kitchen     kitchen_green_sink

I decided to go “neutral” so I can pop it with various accent colors, that can be changed with the seasons.  Perfect!

The color?

Sherwin Williams (paint & primer in one) ~ SILVERPOINTE

a very light gray-silver AND it was on sale… 40% off… whoo hoo!

paint choice

This color even goes well with my warm cabinets, artwork…

and its lightness actually makes my kitchen feel larger!


 A few years ago, we took down the wall between the kitchen & dining room to combine the 2 areas.

Now that they are one big room, I like to match the valances on both windows.

On the kitchen end, I still wanted a valance, but went for a more tailored look, by inserting strips of white fabric to create small pleats.  I chose a gray & white leaf fabric (Hobby Lobby), accented with big yellow buttons… for SUMMER! 🙂

[NOTE:  use 40% off coupons on fabric, at craft stores, to help you stay within your budget]

valance pieces     valance_pieces sewn     valance_pieces sewn 3


valance 2

On the dining room end, I changed out the valance for a pair of full length panels,

using the same gray & white leaf fabric.

The curtain panels are 2 simple, rectangular strips that I hemmed on all 4 sides and clipped to black curtain rings (Levolor: $7), found on clearance at JoAnn’s etc. (craft store).

I didn’t even have to change my curtain rod because the rings fit over it perfectly!

cabinet_left 2

A little secret…. if you don’t have a sewing machine, craft stores also carry a great product that’s super simple to use & will help you sew, using only a steam iron!

steam a seam

I also found a coordinating gray & white chevron print fabric at Hobby Lobby, that I used to recover the kitchen bench cushion, and brought in my pop of SUMMER (color)

by recovering a pillow in bright yellow.

bench and curtains 2

I even spotted a roll of gray & white chevron ribbon at Hobby Lobby!  It was the perfect accent to my solid yellow pillow, but I still needed something to hold it together (in front).

An old pair of black earring hoops worked perfectly & helped to keep costs down.

I’ll be changing the pillow cover seasonally, so I used glue dots to temporarily “sew” (LOL) the ribbon around the earring hoops.


I decided to empty my black cabinets and start fresh… with neutral accessories.

To stay on budget, I went “shopping” in my own kitchen and pulled out every white cake plate, dish, vase, cookware and platter I owned.

Even my Flour & Sugar canisters were recruited!

After arranging the white accessories, I added touches of yellow – using artificial lemons,

purchased years ago.

The yellow accents will be super simple to change out, seasonally.

cabinet_left     cabinet_right

[NOTE:  Spray paint any interesting old accessory you already have or find at a thrift store or garage sale, with a glossy white paint, to save money. :-)]


Hemming 4 sides of a leftover fabric remnant creates a table throw

(that’s what I call a tablecloth that’s too small… LOL).

table_full 2

Use place-mats to help you enlarge a table throw –

I found 4 textured, square, yellow ones at Old Time Pottery for only $10.

Hem more leftover fabric to use as napkins and leftover ribbon as napkin rings.

Recognize the yellow, polka-dotted candles from my 2012 Spring mantel?

Look at how cute they look on one of my glass platters!

And surrounding them with leftover white sand (2013 Summer Mantel) and a few fresh lemons creates a simple and low centerpiece.

candles 7

I love the finished look, but I’m even happier about staying within my $100 budget!

I hope you like it, too, and will consider the versatility of a “neutral” color palette in your own home.

Kitchen_done_full 4

CHEERS to YOU and a sunny, lemony SUMMER!

water 4

Enjoy the Creativity!





  1. Kathy Costner Brown says:

    I love this! I need to paint my kitchen and dining room. The color is lovely.

    • Eileen says:

      Thanks Kathy! I hope the ideas were helpful to you, in choosing a new color. Good luck with your project & please take some before & afters to share! 🙂

  2. Sharon says:

    Love your new colors. I am in the process of changing over to black, grey and yellow. Love the fresh look of these colors. I want black furniture but don’t want to buy new furniture. Wondered if you had painted your furniture or if it was black when purchased? Ir you painted, can you give me some hints about how you did it? Thanks for the great inspiration. Sharon

  3. Linda Duca says:

    Wow!! Awesome ideas!! Your room is absolutely beautiful!! I did my kitchen in a pale green. It was bright YELLOW and had to go. lol Love your accessories.

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