DIY on a Dime Kitchen Cabinet Plans

Sometimes it can be frustrating when you want to make changes to your home to reflect your style, but you can’t because you are in a rental. Or you do own, but you don’t have the disposable income to make grand scale renovations.

I feel your pain! Long ago I resigned myself to the fact that I can’t make any major changes to our kitchen. But, I still stare longingly at photos of open kitchen shelving.

photo credit: Tatertots and Jello

I love the look, but shuddered at the thought of open shelving showing off my eclectic (in the tacky sense of the word) dishes to the world.

The other day I decided to dream no more, now was the time to take action and make my kitchen a reflection of who I am! I put together a simple design plan:

Open shelving with patterned backed shelves (inspired by Tatertots and Jello’s shelves pictured above) and matching dishes. Plus, my plan had a “wind back the clock” option where I could return the kitchen to the exact same state it is today in no time.

Truth be told, I saw this set of white dishes marked down on clearance ($5.99 for 4 place settings) at Kroger (our grocery store.) So, they were already in the mix.

But, here’s the sweet part: I sold my old 90’s cobalt dish set for $20 and then donated the rest of the mismatched dishes. So, I actually profited from my little dish switcheroo.

With car keys in hand and $20 dollars in my wallet, I set off to Michael’s to buy everything else I needed:

  • Foam board
  • 1 Yard of Top Drawer Bella Citrus Fabric
  • Clear packing tape
Check back with me on Wednesday to see the tutorial and reveal of my kitchen plans. I urge you to make your own plans to update one small space in your home. Make it your own and be proud of it.

Here are some inspirational ideas from Apartment Guide for changes you can make that won’t break the bank:

Want to find even more design tips for your home? Apartment Guide has budget friendly ideas and DIY how-tos for people in any sized home on http://www.movingtoday.comand

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  33. I would love to do something very similar to your cupboard makeover in our kitchen. We just purchased our home in December and the cabinets are dark wood with ugly contact-paper shelfliners – dark, dark, dark! They could definitely use some lightening and brightening!

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  37. Cindy Miller says:

    I want to be brave and paint my kitchen island. I also wish I had someone to paint my kitchen cabinets.

  38. Louise in NE OK says:

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  77. I have a number of simple redoes underway but the coolest is tucking the kitty litter box into an Ikea BESTA bench with an entrance cut into the particle board so the kitties don’t ever get litter everywhere (although I am sure they’ll figure out something).

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  80. My budget friendly change I’m looking for is blocking the corners of my deck. The previous owners had it built with open corners (the rails don’t meet). We have two little kiddos looking forward to playing outside this summer and I need something classy, inexpensive, solid and lasting. I’m leaning towards square planters…maybe…

  81. I just removed my kitchen wallpaper and painted the walls white. What a difference!

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  83. Hi Brittany!!
    I do love your inspiration board for your kitchen makeover. If the house I was living in was mine, I’d be all over re-doing the cabinets in my kitchen. But since I can’t, I think what I’d like to makeover would be our guest bedroom. I haven’t given it any love at all… and it needs some!

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  88. I love the DIY update idea. I have reupholstered dining chairs and painted plain furniture to give it more life. I’ve even just switched out pillows- all cheap ways to update old furniture to something fresh

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  92. I can hardly wait to see your finished project. You always keep me on pins and needles as to what fantastic diy project you show us next. I always get inspiration from you to do something myself and hope I can get around to having a stand alone pantry that would fit where the fridge once stood in my apartment. You’re awesome for posting this just in time for Valentines day tomorrow. Good luck to us all for that $50. card.

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  129. We are working on re-doing our bedroom. It will have to be budget friendly. So far, we’ve removed the carpet to discover the wood floor beneath isn’t too bad. Next up, we’ll paint the walls. This alone will be a huge improvement over the bright white with ugly flower border paper.

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  137. We have no shelving in our bathroom, just big bare walls. I’d like to find a repurpose-worthy glass door shelving unit or medicine cabinet, and use your fabric-covered foam core backing in it. I like the look of open shelving but will do anything to avoid dusting, so glass doors would be ideal.
    Many thanks! I found your site through Today’s Creative Blog and I’m off to explore more…cheers!

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  142. Thanks for a chance to win this. And your kitchen remodel looks awesome!

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  158. Am following you on Facebook and subscribed to your emails. Would love to have gift card to spend on a home improvement project. My laundry room is half gutted and needs to be finished. I have seen pretty laundry areas that would make doing laundry a more pleasant experience. I would love to keep laundry in the laundry room from start to finish but have no place to fold so it always ends up on the dining room table. UGH! Help!

  159. Monica Young says:

    I think my tiny downstairs bathroom is in desperate need of a frugal and girlie makeover, it’d be awesome to do something nice with it, other wise I’d have to say frugal silverware.

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  164. Lina Chapman says:

    #1. I painted our kitchen cabinets to save money! A ton of work, but worth it!

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