Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Birth of a New Kitchen, on a Budget

Believe it or not, not all of our kitchen renovation projects involve ripping down walls and installing new cabinets, counter tops etc.
Here's a glance at a budget friendly kitchen redesign that involved paint, new appliances, and some accessories. 

Once upon a time there was a sad looking kitchen...

With dated cabinets and blinds and appliances that were not so fancy..

We decided to breathe new life to this kitchen. But we had to do so on a budget. A tight budget. Starting from scratch wasn't an option, so we removed the doors and got to work painting.

And painting...and oh, did we mention that there was a little flooding incident? Hence the fan as we tried to make sure the house was nice and dry after that fiasco...

Soon enough, the kitchen started to look a tad refreshed.
We removed the dated crown molding (which my client HATED) added some soothing grays to the wall, which was a great contrast against the crisp white of the cabinets. We also changed the handles with some inexpensive ones from Home Depot.

Our client splurged and got some sparkling new appliances - yay! 
And I found all sorts of treasures on my shopping trips.



Have it!

A relatively new kitchen at a fraction of the cost for a full scale renovation. 

Get the Look

Paint - Sherwin Williams
Handles - Home Depot
 Blinds -Blinds by Tommy Taylor
Accessories - Home Goods, West Elm
Photos- CircleTenMedia


  1. Design on a budget!! That is the name of game - still loving it 4 months later. You are so not lying I hated the cabinet molding. Not much I had strong feelings on, but man those cabinets.

  2. Looks amazing! But of course would not expect anything less! Congrats

  3. What a difference! on a budget that to, gr8 job!

  4. It's a breath of fresh air, and paint, and hardware, and appliances.............lol! Kudos!

  5. Thanks ladies. Another budget-friendly makeover coming next week. Stay tuned.

  6. What a beautiful kitchen! I am trying to work up the nerve to paint my dated cabinets. I am going to show this to my husband, maybe it will motivate him too! :)

    1. Ha, tell your husband he's bigger and badder than a can of paint! It'll take a few days to do with the drying time, but what a cheap update? He'll love the savings and the results. Good luck.

  7. huge improvement that's for sure.. i just feel like you should've chosen a wall color with a little more warmth so the flooring wouldn't clash so much with the "new" kitchen design.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. The client chose the wall color specifically because it was modern, fun, light and airy and a true break from the conventional beiges, creams, browns. Neither they, nor I, believes that it clashes with the new design.

  8. Seems everyone wants something different than what they have.
    Those with white cabinets want wood and visa versa.
    Sad that people think something else is better than what
    they have.

  9. This is an amazing transformation. For all the time we spend in the kitchen, it is not wrong or sad to want to change things, especially not if you and everyone else just feels better when you walk in. It is great to know you can effect such a change on a tight budget.

    1. Hi there. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, a can of paint and some well discounted appliances can work wonders.

  10. Kitchen looks fantastic!!!! I am in the process of painting my cabinets as well. Can I ask what color grey and white you used for the transformation ? Like to get a sample and see if it will work well in my kitchen. Also, did you spray the cabinet bases as well, or roll them? I was thinking on rolling bases and spraying doors. Concerned about over spray on granite and tile floor.

    1. Thanks so much. We used Gray Matters from Sherwin Williams (SW7066). And SW white cabinet paint (I can't recall the exact name but it's a specialty paint for cabinets). We rolled the base cabinets and sprayed the cabinets doors outside. Be warned: it does take a few applications so patience will be required. But if we had to do it all over again, we would have done the opposite. We would have covered the counters and surrounding areas in plastic and sprayed the base cabinets and rolled/brushed the doors. The issue is this: when we sprayed them, the paint did not have the glossy sheen I really wanted (we knew it could, because we rolled the paint on cabinet doors in an upstairs bathroom and they came out with the glossy sheen I wanted. I'll do a blog post on that in a week or two. Anyway, the results were amazing and insanely budget friendly so I say just go for it. Please come back and let us know how it all went.

  11. Thank you for the info. I think I may just brush/roll doors and bases. I will try to post some pictures when they are finished. Just having an issue on a color/style of the mosaic tile back splash to use. Have a funky black/brown granite counter tops with light tan tile on the floor. But I still want to go grey walls and white cabinets. I think it will still look good, and if not, paint isn't that pricey!!! :)

    Thank you again for the info!!!


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