Our Budget Kitchen Remodel REVEAL ~ Part 1

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THE KITCHEN REVEAL IS FINALLY HERE!  Can you believe it?!  As I started working on the budget kitchen remodel post, it became pretty clear that I would have to break it into two parts because there is just so much awesomeness to cover, so this, my friends is Part 1. Part 2 will be coming in a few days is now up on the blog!  Be sure to check that out, too!  And, if you are curious about where I purchased certain things, you can check out the full source list for the kitchen here or by scrolling to the bottom of the post.

Now, I must remind you what we started with, so that you can fully appreciate the transformation.

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

I know you all just want to get to the photos and not have to read all my babbling first, so here is the first photo of our budget remodel!

WOW!  Budget kitchen remodel by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  Totally transformed with PAINT!  #kitchenremodelNow, before you get to enjoy more photos, let me tell you that 90% of our budget kitchen remodel was accomplished by simply PAINTING nearly every surface!  We painted the tile backsplash, the walls, the trim and doors, and of course, the cabinets.  We also painted the floor and stenciled it using the amazing Hollywood Squares stencil from Royal Design Studio Stencil.  All the details on paint choices will be coming soon, but as you can see, we selected a light blue for the walls, light grey for the cabinets, and dark grey for the island cabinetry.  We also used dark grey to paint the backsplash.

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

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

Paint even brought life to some of the decorative accents you see, like the dog food storage bin and the orange trays.  And there is no doubt that the painted floors drastically transformed the space as well.  The bottom line is that the creative use of paint enabled us to complete this budget kitchen remodel for around $700!  Not too shabby!

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

I think it’s fair to say that painting the cabinets and backsplash has the most dramatic impact in the space.  You can see my tutorial for how to paint your kitchen cabinets without losing your mind here.

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

Updating the lighting also has a huge impact in the space.  I ADORE these light fixtures that we hung about the island.  I purchased them at Target about 1 year ago on clearance.  They were only $20 each.  LOVE THEM!

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

And with the cabinets painted, I now love how this open shelf displays some of our cookbooks and my favorite owl {who has appeared in lots of photos, but this shelf is where the owl really lives all the time}.

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

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

I also decided to add some magnetic strips to the Anthropologie knock off candied letter desk clips that I made so that we can use them on our refrigerator.  They look so cute and are more functional for us hanging on the fridge then they were sitting on the desk.

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

Source List:

  1. Industrial Cage Lights {$22 each from Target}
  2. That fabulous owl on the shelf with the wine glasses came from Urban Outfitters and is no longer available :(  I have searched high and low for one like it and have come up with two alternatives for you.  The first one I love–it is from Anthropologie, but it is pricey at $68.00.  The second one is from Urban Outfitters and is $12.99.  The third one is from Target and is $29.99–it could easily be painted to mimic the one in my kitchen.  I actually LOVE the one from Target and plan to order it for myself to put somewhere!
  3. Cafe Au Lait Mug {from Bambeco}
  4. Hamilton Beach 49983 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker {$79 from Amazon}

Paint Colors:

  1. Babbling Brook by Olympic, sold at Lowe’s Home Improvement {eggshell finish}.
  2. Kettle Black by Valspar, also sold at Lowe’s Home Improvement {semigloss finish}.
  3. Driftwood Milk Paint by General Finishes.  {You can read all the details about how we painted our kitchen cabinets and about the protective top coat that we used here}.
  4. Seagull Grey Milk Paint by General Finishes.
  5. Queenstown Grey Milk Paint by General Finishes.
  6. The floor is two colors: Ocean Storm and Weathered Oak by Valspar {porch and floor paint–you can see what I am talking about here–it must be tinted in the store, satin finish}.  We stenciled it using the Hollywood Squares stencil from Royal Design Studios.

Let’s see a couple more side-by-side comparison shots before I leave you today.

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

 

What do you think so far?  Can you believe how much we transformed the space on such a small budget?

WOW!  Budget kitchen remodel by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  Totally transformed with PAINT!  #kitchenremodelI dare say that the transformation you will see in Part II is even more dramatic that Part I of this reveal!  UPDATE: Part 2 of the reveal is now up on the blog!  Check it out by clicking here.  Here are two before/after previews to wet your appetite!

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

 


Comments

  1. Shawn Beach says

    Were in the world did you get all those cabinet handles, I count upwards of 40, at a price that kept the budget so low? The best pricing I have seen for that style has ranged between $10 to $17 depending on the overall length and I notice many of yours are the longer ones. I did not notice them in your source list, anxious for a reply because I would love to grab some at a bargain.

    • says

      Hi Shawn! We purchased them at Ikea. The hardware ate up a good portion of our budget, about $350. Ikea has fabulous cabinet hardware at phenomenal prices. I hope that helps!

    • says

      Hi Victoria! We did not paint the countertops. They are the same granite as seen in the before photos–they just look different with everything else painted :)

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