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. says

    Hi Tasha, Thanks to Chelsey, another blogger I follow, I’ve come across your fantabulous site. Love your kitchen transformation and now I’ll check out your other diy projects. I’m so glad to read about the idea of using the acrylic sealant: General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. Because I was worried about the longevity of such a high traffic and usage space as a kitchen. Your new fan, Tanya Freedman w/d Gloria Silk

  2. krista clark says

    Kate,

    I have never ever liked the color of our vintage, metal “St. Charles” kitchen cabinets. I was so pleased when I read your blog describing a paint job free of brush strokes!!! I wanted to ask your opinion on using the same type of paint on our metal cabinets? In our bathroom we used a metal finish spray paint, in hammered bronze, to paint the mirror frame, outlet covers and the floor vent. They look great!
    krista c.

    • says

      Hi Krista! I think if the metal were lightly sanded or deglossed before painting that this paint would work well on metal, too! I would just test a small section first :)

  3. Hillary says

    Hi – Love your blog, and I’m not generally a blog-lover. :) I am in the beginning stages of planning a kitchen cabinet painting project, and yours is the best/only information I can find so far on painting with milk paint using a fraction of the prep as other methods tend to require. It seems too good to be true! Also, I’m looking into using the specific line of paint that you used, and it’s very limited in the area. In your experience with the brand, would you think that a white or cream cabinet would have the same professional-looking appearance, or are the shades of gray just the magic colors? I’m SO apprehensive about such a large undertaking!

    • says

      Thanks SO MUCH, Hillary! You can order the paint from Amazon, which makes it easier to purchase. I do think that a cream color would have the same professional looking appearance. There is nothing magic about the grays that I chose–just personal preference! I would stick with a cream rather than a stark white. I hope that helps!

  4. Ashley says

    Tasha, I am in LOVE with your kitchen makeover! Paint is the best! One question… I’ve been admiring those light fixtures at Targt for a while, but they are just plug-in fixtures. Do you have them hardwired? Was that a lengthy process?

    • says

      Hi Ashley! Yes, we hard-wired ours and did it ourselves because we are fairly comfortable with electrical work. It doesn’t take long at all. If you don’t want to do it yourself, my guess is a handyman or electrician could do it pretty quickly/affordably. I hope that helps!

  5. LDG says

    HI Tasha! I love your makeover! My husband and I are purchasing our retirement home now in order to take our time decorating and downsizing. I have no eye for decorating but know I need to redo the kitchen (white cabinets, ss fridge, black cooktop) obviously owned by a male! My question to you is where do I start and how do I start? I’m so afraid to make a mistake!

    • says

      Thanks so much! I would start by deciding if you want to change the color of the cabinets. Then I would decide on a cabinet color and go from there in deciding the rest of the color palette. Let me know if you have any other questions! Happy new year!

  6. Kate H says

    Hi Tasha
    I’m hoping u can help me, I want to add a back splash but I have NO money for it, but I have contact paper that has the perfect design on it and thought about using it, so my questions are 1- Can I use it and if so what should I put on top of it to protect it from grease and grime? I was going to use wallpaper glue on the back to hang it and 2-Will that be enough to hold it or do I need something else?

    Thanks………………Kate

    • says

      Hi Kate! Hmmmm, I love the idea of using contact paper, but I am just not sure how to get it to stay on really well. I bet it will be fine except for areas that water might splash on it. I wouldn’t use any extra glue on the back, but I would try coating the top of it with the General Finishes High Performance Top Coat (an acrylic sealer–you can find it here: goo.gl/HGB3LC I would try it on a small area first. Splash some water on it to test it out! Hope that helps. Good luck and happy new year! PS- Let me know how it goes.

    • Deb says

      I’ve used contact paper on counter tops walls bookcases, shelves,etc.. It’s a quick fix until you can do something more permanent. The contact paper is sticky enough and adding glue would render it useless. Clean the wall with TSP Trisodium Phosphate( home depot has it and it doesn’t take much.) it removes grease. Let the wall dry well so the contact paper will stick.. Only remove a few inches of paper at a time. No need to seal it.it is plastic. Best part if it gets damaged you just replace it or go over it with a new piece matching the pattern. Hope this helps.

  7. 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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