Our Budget Kitchen Makeover REVEAL ~ Part 2

Alrighty friends, are you ready for part 2 of our budget kitchen makeover reveal?!  Let me give you fair warning that this post is photo heavy. Get comfortable :)

Hopefully you have already checked out Part 1 of the reveal and learned how we approached our budget kitchen makeover {short version is we pretty much painted EVERYTHING}.  Here’s a quick reminder of what you saw in part 1 of the reveal.

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I love what we did and showed you in part 1, but I am most excited about part 2 of the reveal :) I am not going to lie, you are about to see my favorite parts of the kitchen :)

The most important part of our budget kitchen makeover was to create a useable eat-in kitchen area.  Before we started, the designated eat-in area was crowded with cabinets and a “not my style” chandelier.  There just wasn’t room for a large enough table to accommodate our family of four.  Here’s a reminder of what we started with in the second half of the kitchen.

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If you have been following our budget kitchen makeover, you know that we removed those upper cabinets and moved the base cabinets over to the other side of the kitchen.  BEST DECISION EVER!   It freed up so much floor space and allowed us to create our stunning herringbone plank wall {which we upcyled from an ugly old fence}.

Creating a useable eat-in kitchen area! By Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

And NOW, with our herringbone plank wall serving as the backdrop to our eat-in-ara, we have a table and chairs!  We are loving our DIY industrial pipe table {tutorial coming soon} and fabulous industrial metal chairs.

WOW! Budget kitchen makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. Totally transformed with PAINT! #kitchenmakeover

WOW! Budget kitchen makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. Totally transformed with PAINT! #kitchenmakeover

WOW! Budget kitchen makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. Totally transformed with PAINT! #kitchenmakeover

I FRIGGIN LOVE how my “eat & drink” letters look on the herringbone plank wall!

WOW! Budget kitchen makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. Totally transformed with PAINT! #kitchenmakeover

Now, turning our attention to the OTHER side of the eat-in-area, allow me to introduce you to our fun and functional chalkboard wall where the base cabinets now reside.  LOVE this area.  The door you see leads to our garage.  This is the door we use 95% of the time, so having the cabinets right there is so convenient for placing bags, etc. that we either need to grab on our way out OR to drop off when we walk in.  You can read all about my tutorial for painting your kitchen cabinets without losing your mind here.

It also provides the perfect place to display Attley and Avery’s artwork and it features one of my favorite lines from one of our favorite Zac Brown Band song {Highway 20 Ride}.  We also hung our calendar, which helps us remember what we are doing from one day to the next.  I also created a “frame” where we can write things that we need to remember.

{You may have noticed holes in the ceiling in the eat-in-area–see the photo below} :)  That’s because we removed the old, ugly chandelier, but had not yet replaced it when I took these photos.  Don’t worry, you’ll get that lighting update soon!

WOW! Budget kitchen makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. Totally transformed with PAINT! #kitchenmakeover

WOW!  Budget kitchen makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  Totally transformed with PAINT!  #kitchenmakeoverWOW! Budget kitchen makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. Totally transformed with PAINT! #kitchenmakeover

And because I love the industrial lights over our island SO MUCH {which you probably read all about in Part 1 of the reveal}, I can’t help but share another photo of them :)

WOW! Budget kitchen makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. Totally transformed with PAINT! #kitchenmakeover

Now I have to talk a little bit about the decorative touches, because that’s kind of the fun part.  I hung this typography map that I am totally obsessed with.  Above it, I hung a street sign from Joe’s childhood backyard :)  It’s a nice, sentimental touch.

WOW! Budget kitchen makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. Totally transformed with PAINT! #kitchenmakeover

WOW! Budget kitchen makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. Totally transformed with PAINT! #kitchenmakeover

And I adore my vertical succulent “garden.”  It makes me happy!

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Whew!  Told you….lots of photos.  And before I head out, I am going to leave you with a couple of before and after comparison shots {as usual}!

WOW! Budget kitchen makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. Totally transformed with PAINT! #kitchenmakeover

WOW! Budget kitchen makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. Totally transformed with PAINT! #kitchenmakeover

What’s your favorite part of our budget kitchen makeover?  What is the most surprising part?  What other ideas do you have for making over a kitchen on a budget?

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  1. says

    It’s beautiful! Just beautiful! That herringbone plank wall is so unique! My favorite part is the cabinet color transformation…and the fact that you did it on a realistic budget is even better! Great job!

    • says

      Thank you Aaron! I didn’t want to paint the doors and windows a typical white color, so we went with a brighter version of the wall color and I am so happy that we did. Thanks so much for reading my blog and taking the time to comment!

    • says

      Hi Mandy! So happy to see you back :) And thanks so much for your sweet comment. You put a huge smile on my face! Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. says

    Oh Tasha, this is just amazing! I love the painted cabinets, the plank wall, but the chalkboard wall is awesome! What a fabulous idea. I can just imagine your face light up every time you walk in your kitchen.

    • says

      Awww, thank you so much, Glenna! I do love the chalkboard wall. I really wanted to kitchen to feel like a family space, and the chalkboard wall really helps set the tone for the whole space. Have a great weekend!

  3. Ange says

    Hi Tasha, it looks fab!! I love the herringbone wall, it is definitely the wow factor in the room. The whole house is just coming together beautifully.

    • says

      Hi Ange! Thank you so much! So glad to hear you enjoy our kitchen makeover. The herringbone wall is definitely one of my favorite parts as well :)

  4. says

    Holy Cow Tasha! You have been one busy lady and this post has so much eye candy I don’t know where to start! And I can’t even tell you how much I love that industrial pipe dining table! Hope you are having a great weekend!
    ~Katie

    • says

      Hi Katie! Thank you so, so much! It took us quite a while and was exhausting, but we are so happy with how well it turned out. And thanks for the compliment on the table–that means a lot coming from you since you tackle so many AMAZING furniture projects! Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

  5. Kathryn says

    Love it all! Especially like the chalkboard and the Camp Sunset! We had many, many happy and fun times.

    • says

      Thank you, Danielle! The herringbone wall is one of my favorite aspects of our kitchen. A bit unexpected and I love that it was free since we made it from our ratty old fence!

  6. Lynn says

    absolutely love your kitchen….I’m in the middle of a remodel can you please tell me the colors that you used and the name brand….Thank you

    • says

      Thank you so much, Lynn! We used General Finishes Milk Paint in Seagull Grey for the perimeter cabinets and Queenstown Grey for the island. We also used the high performance top coat to finish them off and make them more durable. I hope that helps!

      • Lynn says

        Yes it definitely does. Also if some of my cabinets already have a stain on them , will I need to sand these. I will be using my old cabinets and some new unfinished cabinets so I am unsure how the paint will go on. Do you have any advice? Thank you.

        • says

          Hi Lynn! We had a varnish on ours and did not prime OR sand! We cleaned them and then used a liquid deglosser on them. That’s it! That’s how amazing the General Finishes Milk Paint is–it has superb adhesion so you can skip some steps :)

      • LIZ says

        What a amazing redo Tasha. Especially love the cabinet transformation! All your creative touches that have the personal touch…so charming! Can you share your wall & door colors?

        • says

          Thank you so much, Liz! I don’t have the color names in front of me this second, but will have a post revealing all the colors and various products I used up within a couple of weeks!

  7. says

    SO incredible, Tasha! I am totally blown away! I can’t wait to check out that table tutorial; we are in dire need of something different in our dining room! Thanks so much for sharing your new, awesome space! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

    ~Abby =)

  8. says

    It’s just beautiful – that plank wall is out of this world !!!
    Your lighting – the black board wall – all of it – what a spectacular job you did!
    Hopping over from remodelaholid – xoxo

    • says

      Awww, thank you, Suzan! I am pretty fond of the herringbone wall myself :) So glad you popped over from Remodelaholic. I love new readers!

  9. judy says

    Can you tell me something about your large glass door? We have a 35 year old metal slider with three 36 ” units- one fixed pane and a 6 ft. slider. I have checked every possible brand and configuration and eliminating really poorly made options the replacement cost will run between 4 and 5 thousand. Having put $50,000.00 into this house that we will never get back, I am flummoxed for a solution. It has to be replaced because we might as well have a 9 ft. wide hole in the wall of the kitchen. Yours was probably super expensive but one can hope-perhaps you found something more frugal since you obviously know how to stretch a dollar. Thanks

    • says

      Hi Judy! I so wish I could help, but the large glass door is original to our house, which was built more than 20 years before we moved in, so I have absolutely no idea how much it was or where it came from. So sorry!

  10. Ginger M says

    This is stunning! What a fun and dramatic update!! Could you tell me the paint you used on the door that leads to the garage? It’s gorgeous!

    • says

      Thank you, Ginger! I don’t have the paint color in front of me at the moment, but all the details of paint and product choices will be coming soon! I hope you will check back!

    • says

      Thank you, Angie! I really appreciate it. We are so happy that we moved the cabinets and were able to reuse them again. Totally makes the entire kitchen more usable!

    • says

      Awww, thank you, Carmody! And that is a fabulous nickname for our kitchen. I love that we were able to use that sign from Joe’s childhood. Great idea!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Kayla! I go back and forth about my favorite part of the kitchen, but I think the herringbone wall is the winner. Hope you are well and that you have a great weekend!

  11. says

    Your kitchen looks fabulous! I’m amazed at what you did on such a tight budget. And I love all of the diy projects that you incorporated. Wanted to let you know that you kitchen will be featured this coming Monday night at The Scoop. Thank you for linking up!

  12. Anne-Marie says

    but the floor! how did you do the floor!? that’s my burning question. the transformation is amazing all around – the whole thing is remarkable. seriously nice work. i love the hanging succulents! :)

    • says

      Thanks so much, Anne-Marie! A tutorial on how I painted the floor will be coming very soon :) The short version is that I stenciled it with an awesome stencil. It was time consuming, but well worth it!

  13. says

    I am blown away! That is the best low-cost transformation I’ve ever seen. Very creative and turned out amazing! Love the lights and blue door. Super impressed by how fantastic the painted backsplash looks. Congrats on all your hard work!

  14. says

    Tasha your kitchen makeover is fabulous!! I am so happy to be featuring you tomorrow at the Inspiration Monday Party!!

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

  15. Anna says

    Love all your hard work, kitchen look wonderful ! Did you sand your cabinets ? Prime then paint, and what paint did you use?
    Thank you,
    Anna

  16. says

    I loved part 1, thanks so much for sharing part 2. Hope to see you this Wednesday night at our Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party. It starts at 8:30 PM EST. -Doree

  17. says

    Tasha, I am still in awe over your kitchen! I can’t believe it’s the same room! You guy did such an incredible job. I love that you relocated the cabinets and made a chalkboard wall. So inspiring! I’m working on my husband still to let me take a paintbrush to our cabinets. I have dark granite as well and I love the look of light cabinets with the darker granite.

  18. says

    Hi Tasha,
    I was enamored by all the difference paint makes in your kitchen makeover, but also the 700.00 budget really caught my eye. Then I saw you had changed out your countertops. How did you do all of this within 700.00. I didn’t find this info on your posts.

    It really looks great and I love your guts to just paint the tiles. They came out very nice.

    • says

      Hi Felicia. Thank you! Actually, we did not change the countertops. They are the same granite countertops, they just look totally different with everything else painted! Hope that helps.

    • says

      Thank you, Andrew. So many people have asked that, but it’s the same granite! It just looks really different with everything else around it painted :)

  19. Retta says

    Sure wish you had done this 5 years ago. My sister and I filled in grooves in my cabinets which was not easy! Then painted them white. I like the new look, but they are kinda plain. New hardware helps. Love your new kitchen!!

  20. says

    Those three lights beg to have vintage light bulbs in them. Love the counter and chalkboard wall next to the door you use the most. Gonna have to remember that when we remodel.

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