Update your home in a flash with this easy kitchen fix

Is there a spot in your kitchen that drives your crazy? That one place that just stands out and dates your whole kitchen? I had one, but I don’t anymore! Thanks to my friend’s great idea, my 1970’s-looking counter top is now modernized. And it was so simple! Check out this easy kitchen fix.

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I recently moved into a great house, but it needs a little updating. We just finished the kitchen floors and baseboards, but the braces under the kitchen counter top were still driving me crazy! To me, they just stood out and called attention to the cabinet color that I don’t love.

My friend has the same house. When I visited her kitchen, I realized that I didn’t notice her cabinet color or the braces under the kitchen counter at all. What was the difference? One, she had a beautiful paint color in her kitchen. (I hope to get to that eventually.) Two, she painted her braces to match her trim, and they disappeared. I had to try it.

Here’s my before:

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Don’t those braces just scream 1970’s? And why does that counter top need so many braces? I’m sure half of them are just for show.

Check out the after:

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So much better! They just disappeared! Now, I just need a nice paint color to add some pizzazz. I’d love to paint the cabinets white, but there are a lot of projects in line before that one.

Want to try this in your home? Do you have a feature that bugs you because it stands out and dates your home? Have you considered painting it? What have you got to lose?

If you are ready to try it, here’s what to do:

If you are painting wood, give it a light sanding and then wipe off the dust with a damp cloth. Caulk any loose areas. Paint with a coat of primer, and then your trim color.


  • Don’t forget to watch for drips.
  • If your paint is showing lots of brush strokes, try adding a tiny bit of water to your paint.
  • Try to do this project in one day or two. If you leave the tape on too long, it will peel off some of the paint when you remove it. I painted the primer on Saturday and the paint on Monday. It was not a smart move. I had to do a lot of touch up. If you make the same mistake, use an x-acto knife to cut the paint from the edge of the tape before you peel it off. Be smart so you don’t have to do it the hard way!

That’s it. This kitchen fix is so easy, and I hope you can apply it to whatever feature is driving you crazy in your home. Happy DIY-ing! Thanks for stopping by.

If you like this project, be sure to check out some of my favorite DIY’s. The images below are linked to posts, so click on them to pay a visit.

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No more wet clothes hanging all over the house! Tame the mess with this easy Ladder Laundry Drying Rack! {OneCreativeMommy.com} Step-by-step tutorial

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  1. I love this idea! My kitchen looks pretty drab as well and could use a face lift. Yours looks fabulous!

  2. Looks really great, very surprising how some paint can totally change a room with just a few tweaks.

  3. I could get a ton of use from that drying rack! Such a genius idea! Especially since my washroom is fairly small.

  4. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says

    Wow, what a small update for such a big impact! They were totally meant to be white, and blend in.

  5. Love all the ideas that you have here. Painting those details white definitely makes a difference! I love how clean and simple it looks!

  6. Awesome DIY ideas! I love doing stuff on my own, it’s really relaxing and it’s fun when the kids are involved in the home projects. I think the kitchen turned out niceley!

  7. It’s amazing what a difference a little bit of white pain does! Your kitchen counter looks so modern now!

  8. It is amazing what a difference just paining them white has made! Good luck with getting around to painting the cabinets as well!

    • Thanks, Sarah. I’m going to need that luck! There are so many cabinets (for which I’m grateful) that I don’t know if it’s a project I’ll be able to tackle myself. I might have to hire it out, which means it won’t be happening any time soon!

  9. I love how such a small change makes such a big difference! The white paint on the braces really makes the kitchen counter look modern!

  10. Jessica Joachim says

    IT is amazing how a small thing can make a huge looking change. My kitchen needs some serious love, but I need like a whole remodel lol

  11. Kendra - The Kreative Life says

    I love how it looks! Looking at the first picture with the makeover I actually thought you removed them. Great job!

  12. Love all these ideas! The bunk bed is amazing! I love how clean and simple everything looks! Can’t wait to try some of your ideas!

  13. What a nice transformation! It looks so good.

  14. I love DIYs and this is a great way to get rid of eyesores for real. Your island looks lovely btw

  15. This looks modern and chic. I think that white paint helped A LOT!

  16. The kitchen looks beautiful, it’s made a difference for sure. Great idea

  17. This is so creative and useful. The bunk bed fort is simply amazing, and coloring makes such a huge difference. I will plan to do something similar for my kiddo too.

  18. The house you moved in looks really nice! You have really good ideas and I love the bunk bed!

  19. Great ideas. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us. My favorite is the baby bed. Saves space and looks great.

  20. I love your creativity! It’s like you take the little things and it has such a huge effect on the room. Great ideas!

  21. I’m all about painting and brightening spaces in the house. You did a great job and love the tips.

  22. Nice tips for kitchen beautification…Good

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