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Buying my first condo and need some DIY advice!

newtodiyerin's picture

Hi everyone! First off I am very excited to be joining this forum not only because it's fun to think of the creativity I could play around with, but also because I'm in the process of buying my first condo and I'm starting to finally feel like a grown up! lol

My one main issue is with a property I have recently started looking at purchasing. It's wonderful...that is, aside from the dreaded kitchen materials the previous homeowner used. The layout isn't too bad, but the backsplash with ugly tiles is a huge downfall for me. It's these normal white tiles with middle pieces that have 3D pop outs of fruits and then there is one main tile (maybe 10 in x 10in) that is also 3D. Normally I would think painting over would be the easiest solution, but even being a DIY newbie, I know this would look rediculous with the 3D tiles! the next thing I really dislike is the cupboards! They're the plain white melamine and I know some people love that material but it's just not for me. I want my kitchen to look warm and rustic, and not pre-fabricated and cheap plasticy, you know? I've attached pictures, so hopefully this works and you can all see what I have to work with...keep in mind it is a little 'small'. But it will be my first place so I'm fine with a smaller space for now. :)

Help...what are my options for both the tile and cupboards? Am I stuck with these materials, or is there relatively easy and cheap options out there for a newbie like myself?



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Jim_Legros's picture

If you are in the Vancouver area we can help with refacing the cabinets. There are many styles and colours of doors available. Visit for more information. Jim 

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