June 25th, 2017 6:29 AM by Jackie A. Graves, President
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 was the case when my husband and I bought
our first home in November 2013.
got a great deal on the house, but that also meant inheriting an outdated,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.
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.
new kitchen on a budget? Madness! However, I’m here to show you that it’s not
only possible, but entirely reasonable to make over your
kitchen without dropping tens of thousands of dollars.
is where this kitchen began. Shiny, orange-tinted, solid wood oak cabinets with
different door styles, cheap black tile counters and backsplash that was
unevenly laid and chipping, dive bar-worthy pendant lights, and a
battle-scarred black ceramic sink that had seen better days. Not exactly the
height of interior design fashion.
what we did to give it a whole new look.
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, and neutral gray hue.
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.
make our kitchen feel more designer and custom, we drilled holes and installed
rose gold cup pulls and knobs on all the cabinets and drawers.
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.
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.
part of a kitchen renovation that can be more challenging to do yourself is countertops.
We knew we wanted a bright white and beautiful quartz countertop to make our
kitchen feel open and light.
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.
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
sinks have a great modern look and are easy to clean. It made sense and saved
money for us 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.
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.
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.
gross ’80s dive bar pendant lights that swung way too low (and on more than one
occasion gave me a bruised forehead).
keep with our modern and sophisticated kitchen design, we installed clear glass
globe pendants outfitted with Edison bulbs.
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.
fantastic, easy, and cost-effective way to breathe new life into any space is
by switching up the decor.
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.
some budgeting, clever planning, and a little bit of elbow grease, we were able
to completely transform our kitchen for under $5,000. The most expensive part
was the counters, which accounted for nearly $4,000 of that budget.
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 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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