When you have a small home, that is also a rental home/apartment, getting creative with budget friendly updates and improvements is a must! That’s where today’s post comes in. I’m sharing how you can update your countertops without replacing them… all for under $50!
Hey friends! I hope y’all are doing well, and looking forward to this three-day weekend! These long weekends mean I get to catch-up on blogging and spending time with you ! I’m SUPER excited to show you what I’ve done at My Wee Abode… so let’s get to it!
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SMALL RENTAL HOME CHALLENGE
MWA is not just a small home… it happens to be a rental home/apartment, too! So when I want to update something (which is often), I have to first consider my budget, and then I have to figure out how to do it in a temporary way! Figuring out a budget-friendly makeover or update can be a challenge, but then you add having to make it non-permanent, and it’s just a little crazy!
Which reminds me, if you want more tips for small home and/or apartment living, check out my post on storage solutions for a small bathroom.
Do you love white kitchens, or at least light and airy kitchens? I DEFINITELY do! And if you saw my Spring Home Tour, you would have seen that I do NOT have white cabinets… or white countertops. Womp, womp. 🙁 Recently, I was sharing with another blogging friend how much I disliked the look of my little coffee cubby (coming soon). She said, “Julie, those countertops are known for not photographing well.” Duhhh! Thank goodness for good blogging buddies, Sarah (She Holds Dearly). Well, that was it! I had known for awhile what I wanted to do with my counters, but her insight was the last little push I needed!
Here’s a before pic!
Not the worst, but we can definitely do better! At this point, not much can be done with the cabinets , but the countertops can definitely be rescued!
Again, not awful, but not at all my coastal, farmhouse, cottage style!
KITCHEN SOLUTION? UPDATE YOUR COUNTERTOPS without replacing them
Now hear me out, because you may be a little skeptical here… I sure was! My icky laminate kitchen countertops got a facelift using adhesive film! Some people like to call it heavy-duty contact paper, but when you decide to go on the hunt for this product (although, I’m gonna make it easy for you and tell you what I used), you are going to want to search for ‘adhesive film’.
And your countertops will look like this!
No joke… it looks just like marble!
And it took just under two rolls to do this, at $23.99 a roll! I used Very Berry Sticker in Matte Marble!
Here is the before again…
And after! BTW, I also switched out the hardware with pulls that were part of an ‘economy pack’… 12 pulls for under $30. I LOVE how both items brightened up my kitchen! Seriously!!!
I’m so happy with the look and feel of this product!
And a couple of ‘beauty’ shots!
I usually love having my Mrs. Myers pink dishwashing liquid on the counter… not so much in this photo. “PLM”… photography learning moment, friends!
UPDATE: To see the step-by-step tutorial to update your countertops without replacing them, click HERE.
My daughter was one of those skeptics that I mentioned at the beginning. She came over the other day and thought the counters were beautiful. And when she touched it, she said, “That feels like a real counter!” Woot!
What do you think? Is this something that might work to update YOUR countertops without replacing them… for under $50? For that price, it might be worth a try, don’t you think? I think a tutorial is in order… what say you? Remember to share in the comments! I really enjoy “visiting” with you down there! 😉
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