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Talk about an easy makeover! This kitchen shows how paint can take a dated room and transform it into a modern oasis.
It all started when Mandi Johnson wanted to freshen up the look of the kitchen in her ranch-style home in Caton, Ohio. With a budget of $2,000, she knew she wouldn’t be able to make any actual renovations, so she focused on small things that would make a big impact. She set about painting her cabinets — and the outcome is stunning.
“My main goal was to brighten and modernize the space, yet using most of what was already there," Johnson, 32, told TODAY Home.
To stay within her budget, Johnson sanded and painted the cabinets and installed the brand-new countertops herself.
“I recommend splurging on countertops and hardware, as those are the elements that really add a sense of quality to a space,” said Johnson. “You can get by with inexpensive cabinets that fade to the background with a nice paint job, letting the other decorative elements stand out.”
The other aspect of the kitchen update that made a big difference was removing cabinets to create a more open look.
“Removing one cabinet and painting the upper cabinet and walls white really opened up the space visually and brought so much extra light to our home,” Johnson said. “We don't have many large windows, and the yard is heavily shaded, so the white really made a huge difference.”
For people who have smaller budgets or hope to easily freshen up a rental space, Johnson suggested changing out hardware, light fixtures and wall paint color for small changes that make big differences.
If you're hoping to snag a similar style, Johnson shared her philosophy.
“Look for something simple and timeless,” she said. “Don't be afraid to paint your cabinets, but definitely take the time to do it right.”