See how one kitchen remodel went from dated and drab to modern and polished.
Buying a home for a low price may save you money on your monthly mortgage payments, but it also might mean that you’re stuck with a less-than-stylish kitchen. This might have been the case when you bought your first home.
We got a great deal on the house, but that also meant inheriting an outdated, poorly executed and, let’s admit it, ugly behemoth of a kitchen space.
As a home blogger and a self-professed interior decorator, I knew I could not let this stand. The catch? We had to completely make over the kitchen without fully gutting it or spending a fortune.
A new kitchen on a budget? Madness! However, I’m here to show you that it’s not only possible but entirely reasonable to upgrade your kitchen without dropping tens of thousands of dollars.
The starting point
This is where this kitchen began. Shiny, orange-tinted, solid-wood oak cabinets with different door styles, cheap black tile counters and a backsplash that was unevenly laid. Not exactly the height of interior design fashion.
Here’s what we did to give it a whole new look.
Painted the cabinets
If a full gut and renovation isn’t in the budget, painting kitchen cabinets is a great budget-friendly option. We used chalk paint to give our cabinets and drawers a nice, modern neutral gray hue.
We easily completed this task over a weekend, and the materials were cost-effective. Chalk paint is a great choice because it requires minimal prep for maximum impact. Say goodbye to sanding and stripping for hours.
Added new hardware
To make your kitchen feel more designer and custom, we drilled holes and installed rose gold cup pulls and knobs on all the cabinets and drawers.
Not only are they now easier to open, but the pulls and knobs also unify all the different cabinet styles to make it feel like a cohesive space.
Rose gold is a great on-trend color that works well with all sorts of colored cabinets, from gray to white to black, making this metallic perfect for that little pop of interest in the kitchen.
Installed quartz counters
One part of a kitchen renovation that can be more challenging to do yourself is countertops. We knew we wanted a bright white quartz countertop to make our kitchen feel open and light.
To save money, we planned our kitchen renovation around IKEA’s kitchen sale, so we were able to get these counters installed at a discounted price. Always be on the lookout for yearly sales or price slashes to save a little extra dough.
Changed out the sink and faucet
We said ta-ta to the dilapidated and scratched ceramic sink, and opted to have an undermounted stainless steel sink from IKEA installed at the same time as the countertops.
Undermounted sinks have a great modern look and are easy to clean. It made sense (and saved us money!) to purchase the countertops and the sink from the same place at the same time. The faucet we picked up from Lowe’s (also on sale) and installed ourselves without too much hassle.
Put in a subway tile backsplash
Putting in a subway tile backsplash is actually much easier than you think! With a tile saw, a bit of mud and grout, and a little perseverance, even the most novice DIYer can install a beautiful backsplash.
We bought discounted tiles that came attached in 1′ x 1′ sheets, so there was no need for those annoying little plastic spacers. It was a two-day process so the mud had time to set, but the finished product will easily last a lifetime.
Swapped out the pendant lights
Farewell, gross ’80s dive bar pendant lights that swung way too low (and on more than one occasion gave me a bruised forehead).
To keep with our modern and sophisticated kitchen design, we installed clear glass globe pendants outfitted with Edison bulbs.
The shape is classic yet modern, and the vintage look of the bulbs adds a fun touch that gives off a warm and comforting glow. We were able to install these ourselves, and so can you — just be sure to turn off the power to that area first.
Changed up the decor
A fantastic, easy, and cost-effective way to breathe new life into any space is by switching up the decor.
We simplified our kitchen by ditching things we didn’t use often, rearranging what remained in ways that made the most sense and adding a few fun things to add character. My favorite color is aqua, so I made sure there were a few pops of that cool hue by displaying my stand mixer, butter dish and mugs for a curated look.
Through some budgeting, clever planning and a little bit of elbow grease, we completely transformed our kitchen for under $5,000. The most expensive part was the counters, which accounted for nearly $4,000 of that budget.
Considering that the national average for a full kitchen remodel is $20,000 to $40,000, we’re very pleased with the changes we were able to make with the money we had.
A DIY kitchen makeover may take a little bit of extra time and effort, but we learned some handy new skills along the way, and now have a beautiful kitchen that we’re proud to show off to family and friends.
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