Mallory’s White Kitchen Makeover Reveal

DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!

It’s finally done! My kitchen makeover is D O N E!!! I found this rental when we were still back in New York online and I was super excited because it was way bigger than my NY home and had a pool (!!!) and a ton of storage! What more could a girl want?! I knew there were a few things that I wanted to ask to change right off the bat. Since we’re renting, I got my landord’s approval to paint. I asked for the cabinets specifically since that’s not really reversible without a ton of work. The landlord said YES and I was pumped. After we moved in, a couple months went by and I started to get used to the wood cabinets (that were in terrible shape btw… peeling clear coat all over the place) and questioned if I wanted to put in the work to paint them. After all, it’s “just a rental”.  Then I kept thinking “ugh.. I hate when people say that!” Just because it’s a rental doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Even this strictest of landlords can’t hold you back from decorating to make your rental feel like home! Here’s what it looked like when we moved in. This photo was from the listing online.

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Like I said.. it was fine. Nothing to be excited about. I decided to go for it and I’m SO glad I did because I LOVE how it turned out! First, I painted the cabinets with BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder and Behr Marquee paint which turned out to be a match made in heaven.  DIY Kitchen Makeover-Click for more!I’ll have a full tutorial post up for you on Friday if you want to check that out! I also removed the brown wood blinds to brighten things up. I love how crisp and clean the cabinets look now! The rug is from Urban Outfitters.

DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!

When I removed the blinds, I knew I wanted some kind of fun but classy looking window treatment. I went with a upholstered valance that I’ll be showing you how to make soon! It’s an under an hour project so that’s awesome. The cute little plants and planters came from Home Depot.

DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!

I created a faux backsplash with a sharpie paint pen. You can get the tutorial from our tutorial post up on A Beautiful Mess. Oh! Did you know we’re writing for them!?! So excited! Also, now I want a donut.

DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!

Isn’t it cool? It took about 6-8 hours to do the whole kitchen but Savannah and I did it together and it was pretty fun and totally rewarding!DIY Kitchen Makeover-Click for more!I got this print of the NYC Subway Map and the frame from Ikea and I love it so much! NYC is my favorite place ever so this print was very fitting for my kitchen. I love seeing it everyday!DIY Kitchen Makeover-Click for more!I got these stools from Amazon and spray painted them with my favorite gold spray paint. Obviously. 😉 I got this amazing sputnik chandelier from Lucent Light Shop via Etsy and I am so obsessed with it. I have it on a dimmer so I can go super bright or dim it down for a more moody dining experience. You know, just in case. 😉 I’ll take you through the full dining room makeover soon and show you how I built the table. What do you think?! Mallory Bombshell Sig.pngDIY Kitchen Makeover for under $200 - Click for more!

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  • Reply
    January 5, 2016 at 8:58 am

    The cabinets look great. I just had mine painted with Behr Marquee as well and wonder if you put anything on top of the paint top to text the finish?

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      Mallory & Savannah
      January 6, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks so much! I used semi-gloss finish on the paint and I finished with polyacrylic.

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        January 6, 2016 at 1:08 pm

        Can you recommend a brand or supply a link?

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          Mallory & Savannah
          January 8, 2016 at 1:06 pm

          What product are you looking for?

          • Patricia Gray
            January 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm

            Which polyacrylic? Thanks!

          • Mallory & Savannah
            April 16, 2016 at 11:38 pm

            Hi! I used Minwax Polycrylic.

          • Pat
            January 9, 2016 at 4:28 am

            I just hit your email about HOW you did the kitchen. Minwax Polycrylic Semi Gloss. I am leaning toward the sarin finish, what made you chose the semi gloss???

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    January 5, 2016 at 9:12 am

    The kitchen looks amazing! I can’t believe the back splash is created from a Sharpie paint pen. Ummm…genious! I love the rug as well. The pops of pink just make the space so home-y.
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    Whitney Shortt
    January 5, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Just saw your tutorial this morning on a beautiful mess an it’s amazing! The kitchen looks so much better and I’m sure so much more fun to live and cook in!

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    mariafelicia magno
    January 5, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    this kitchen is amazing…
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    January 5, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Great photos. Lovely and inspiring designs.

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    January 5, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    I absolutely love this!! The colors are so soft!

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    January 6, 2016 at 1:53 am


    I’m in love with your blog. Happy New Year!

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    January 6, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    This was an awesome makeover. When I first saw the backsplash, I thought that it was real. its amazing that it was done with a sharpie. Great job!

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    Kayla K.
    January 6, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    The kitchen looks great, but I’m just wondering how this is a budget makeover under $200 when the light alone is almost $400.

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      Mallory & Savannah
      January 8, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Kayla!

      Thank you! Actually, the light fixture is in my dining room. This post is about my kitchen makeover that I did for under $200. Thanks!

      xx, Mallory

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      January 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      I was wondering the same thing. Will you take it when you move?

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        Mallory & Savannah
        March 23, 2016 at 10:28 am

        I am planning on taking it with all my moves but we will see! xoxo

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    January 7, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I love the white cabinets! I don’t know if I would be able to make mine look that good with paint!! Great job 🙂
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    Tracy Bennett
    January 19, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Hi! It looks amazing! Question: where did you get your dining room table? And, did you sand and/or prime the stools before painting? Thanks!

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    January 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    This is a wonderful inspiration for a kitchen I need to refinish. I hope I get brave enough to try the sprayer. It sounds so fast and professional and no brush marks! Thanks!

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      Mallory & Savannah
      March 4, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      Yes, we LOVED using the sprayer it went by way quicker and it was a cleaner look! Good luck! Thanks for stopping by!

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    February 5, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Love the gold stools! Was thinking of spray painting some with the same lovely gold paint, how are they holding up??? Did you put anything on top of the paint for durability?

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    August 19, 2016 at 4:04 am

    What is the source for the brass bottle pumps?

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    Herry Hermawan
    February 16, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Beautiful kitchen, i like your backsplash, the color are perfect!, Fabulous job!!!
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    March 31, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    wow your kitchen looking great please let me know what type of lighting are you using now ?

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