I know the downsides of a tiny kitchen, but in some ways a small space can be a blessing; little spaces can allow for very dramatic design decisions that would be overwhelming in a larger room. This kitchen makeover from Kristin of The Hunted Interior has so many lovely drama points — like the gilded drawer corners and the black wall and tile — that bring just the right amount of elegance to the small space, and it’s awesome to know that this look can be achieved on a very reasonable budget. Nicely done, Kristin! — Kate
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Cost: under $100
Basic Steps: Not having the money to completely redo our kitchen, we decided to work with what we had. Painting a full chalkboard wall was first on the list. I love the texture it gives to a room and how functional it is for our family. It instantly gave a richness and depth to our tiny kitchen. We then painted the upper cabinetry white and decided to add on simple metal L braces from the hardware store to help create a campaign-inspired look. Since custom cabinetry was not an option, the new hardware gave the cabinets a custom look for next to nothing. We also added new pulls and knobs to carry out the look. Our finishing touch was creating our new pendant fixture out of a $3 thrift store bowl that we simply flipped upside down and to which we added a light kit.
While a chalkboard wall may not be for everyone, you can easily incorporate it within a door panel, cabinetry or a large frame. My personal opinion is to go big . . . it’s just paint. The addition of the L brackets is such a simple and inexpensive way to update builder-grade cabinets. This is also a great solution for renters in need of a little extra style. — Kristin
Chalkboard Paint: Rustoleum Chalk Board Brush-On Paint in Black
Hardware: All from Home Depot
Pulls: Martha Stewart Living Bedford 3 in. Awning Cup ($1.98 ea)
Knobs: Martha Stewart Goblet Knobs ($1.98 ea)
L-Brackets: Everbilt 2 in. Satin Brass Flat Corner Braces (4 Pack) ($2.47)
Light Fixture: Goodwill + a light kit from Home Depot