A DIYer saves thousands giving her dark and dingy kitchen a stunning, textural transformation

'In just eight weeks, I went from hating my kitchen to loving it'

modern white and cream kitchen with large island with black hanging lights, a large stainless steel fridge-freezer, and a wooden extractor fan
(Image credit: @rusticrosehomestead)

A DIY enthusiast has given her formerly dark and dingy kitchen a textural kitchen makeover. 

The whole room was a real compromise on the house she and her husband bought.  What was once an uninspiring space is now perfectly in keeping with the rest of her bright and modern home. It's full of stunning and homely kitchen ideas with plenty of natural textures, which give the space a calming vibe – and plenty of space for her coffee machine!

Before the textural kitchen makeover

dark kitchen with dark cabinets, old-fashioned tiles and a dingy island, before the kitchen makeover

(Image credit: @@rusticrosehomestead)

'I had always hated our kitchen!' admits Mariah, who shares her DIY projects on Instagram account @rusticrosehomestead (opens in new tab). 'When we first walked through the house as a showing, my first thought was, "if we buy this house, the kitchen HAS to be updated."

'We ended up buying the house, and guess what? We lived in it for a little over two years before I finally buckled down and renovated it,' she tells us. 

Mariah knew she wanted this to be a very budget-friendly renovation, so she decided to do everything herself and to source inexpensive materials.

After – the textural kitchen makeover

side view of a modern neutral kitchen with white island, white cabinets and countertops, and a dark rug

(Image credit: @rusticrosehomestead)

After watching lots of YouTube videos, she taught herself how to tile a wall, install a new sink, cut granite countertops, and much more. She saved thousands by learning how to do these things herself. 

'Another way we saved money was by painting our countertops instead of replacing them,' she tells us. 'I painted them and sealed them with epoxy and achieved the look of marble without the cost.

close-up view of a modern all-white kitchen, with a large coffee machine, pots for tea and coffee, cabinets with glass doors, and a large stainless steel fridge

(Image credit: @rusticrosehomestead)

'In just eight weeks, I went from hating my kitchen to loving it,' she says. We're loving the warm oatmeal tone to the kitchen cabinets and the blend of natural materials - from the wooden hood above the stove to the DIY marble countertops.

A kitchen rug, as above, is always a great option for introducing some color, texture and visual interest into a space that can feel a little sterile and functional. 

modern kitchen view with large white island with a sink and black taps on it, a stainless steel cooker, and extraction fan with wooden fringe

(Image credit: @rustichomestead)

Feeling inspired by this impressive transformation? Mariah has saved all the tutorials for her textural kitchen makeover on her Instagram page and blog (opens in new tab)

It just goes to show what some thrifty DIYing and a fresh lick of paint can do!

Millie Hurst

Millie joined Real Homes in early 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.


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