Our Budget Kitchen Remodel REVEAL ~ Part 1

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!

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

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

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

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  1. says

    Your kitchen is an absolute phenomenal transformation! I know your eyes must be crossed from all that painting but is was so worth it!

    I can’t wait for a tutorial on the floor. I can’t believe how awesome it looks!

    {big hug} and Congrats!
    ~ Ashley

  2. Chrisse says

    What a fantastic job on such a small budget! The change is dramatic to say the least.
    The light fixtures truly compliment the room and the floor! I think that maybe my favorite.
    Can’t wait for reveal part 2!

  3. Kelly says

    Oh wow… I don’t even have the words for how much I love this! Totally amazing.

    (and you’re right — those lights from Target are fantastic!)

  4. says

    This looks amazing! We have the same color honey oak cabinets in our kitchen. I can’t stand the color of them and we’ve been wanting to do something different. I’ll definitely be showing this to my husband! It’s been fun to see your house updates!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Jessica! It makes such a difference to get rid of those very yellow/orange cabinets. I am telling you, it was a lot of work, but you won’t regret it :) Love the name of your blog. Heading to check it out now!

  5. Kathryn says

    Tasha, You and Joe did a great job on this transformation of your kitchen. So much work, but so well worth it. It’s beautiful. Now try to relax!!!!

  6. says

    wow this is such a great transformation! i love that you were able to do all this on a small budget it’s really amazing how much paint can transform a space.

  7. Ange says

    Looks amazing Tasha! Its always so inspiring to see your renovations. I’m looking forward to reading part 2!!

    • says

      Awww, thank you so much Ange! Part 2 should be up by the weekend! I seriously can’t wait for everyone to see the rest of our kitchen.

  8. says

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to hear all about how you painted your cabinets. My paint brush has been itching to attack my kitchen cabinets. Only two things have been holding me back: (1) my hubby’s insistence that it’s a crime to paint stain-grade wood (even if it’s oak) and (2) my worry that I won’t be able to create a picture-perfect, durable finish).

    • says

      Thanks so much, Tasha! My husband was reluctant to paint also, until we tested the General Finishes Milk Paint out and fell in love with its amazing finish. It’s way more durable than latex paint {which I used on our laundry room cabinets and have had some chipping}. The Milk Paint plus the General Finishes top coat is proving to be extremely durable and the Milk Paint leaves no brush strokes. Seriously, it’s amazing. And I don’t get paid to say that or make any money off of it–it’s just THAT amazing that I think everyone should use it :) Good luck convincing your husband–it took me a while, but he came around.

  9. says

    What a fabulous transformation, Tasha! We inherited a bespoke oak kitchen, which has aged to a lovely shade of orange similar to that in your before photo. You have re-ignited my desire to plan a paint makeover :-)

    • says

      Hi Sue! It’s amazing how orange the oak can turn, huh?! Glad to hear I have inspired you to plan a paint makeover. I truly think the success of ours is due to the General Finishes Milk Paint and topcoat. I don’t make any money or get paid to say that! It’s just amazing and holds up BEAUTIFULLY.

  10. mamalove says

    WOW! $700???? What did you do to the couter? It looks darker or is it my computer? I need to do something to my counter tops short of replacing them. How do you feel about those new marble looking stick on pape that says its 12 times thicker and guaranteed for 5 years. They would cost me only about $60 to do my kitchen. any other ideas?

    • says

      Yep, we came in under $700 INCLUDING furniture, which will be shown in Part 2. Believe it or not, those are the same granite countertops, they just look so much darker (and better) because the colors around them changed. I also think the lighting in some of the before photos was not fantastic. I have not heard of the marble stick on paper, but if you like the look of concrete, you can use Ardex Feather Finish to coat your countertops with it. It looks AMAZING. Check out my post on my laundry room reveal and/or DIY concrete fireplace to see what I am talking about. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  11. says

    Your kitchen is gorgeous! It is absolutely amazing what simple things like “paint” can do to brighten up our projects. Thank you for sharing. :) – Tracy

    • says

      Thanks so much, Kelly! Paint is my best friend. Period. Part 2 of the reveal is going live tomorrow morning. I hope you will check it out–I think you’ll like it even more than Part 1. So happy you stopped by!

  12. says

    I thought I had left a comment here a couple days ago but first saw this on my phone and think it was screwing up. Tasha, this is freakin’ awesome and all of the details are AMAZING! What an incredible transformation and to think most of it is due to paint. LOOOOVE everything about this – especially your painted floor and those cage lights! I’m off to check out part 2!

  13. says

    Tasha!!! I am so proud of you. What an amazing transformation. I bet if feels great to walk in your “new” kitchen every morning and see how much it has changed.

    • says

      Thanks so much, Kat! You should go for painting the tile. I do think using the General Finishes Milk Paint and high performance top coat (or something similar) is pretty crucial. Good luck! Oh, and isn’t that owl the best? Picked him up at Urban Outfitters a couple of years ago!

  14. says

    Shock and awe! WOW! Great transformation and just encourages me to do my kitchen. My kitchen is full of knotty pine, yikes!! I hope it’s just as successful as yours. Did you paint inside the cabinets too?? Thanks! Enjoy your kitchen :) -Bev

    • says

      Thanks so much, Bev! I did not paint the inside of the cabinets. I would have loved to, but it would have taken about 3 times longer. Fortunately, the inside of our cabinets were in great shape, it was only the doors that were damaged, so it doesn’t bother me too much :)

  15. says

    Wow it looks amazing!!! Paint is totally your best friend right now! I love what you did and the floor and lights are awesome!

  16. says

    What a beautiful remodel! I love white cabinets and so wished we went with that when we designed our kitchen. Thanks for stopping by our Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party. I hope you can join us tonight at 8:30 PM EST – Doree

  17. says

    Wow! Amazing! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  18. says

    I KNOW you must smile every time you walk in there…. having it done is THE best feeling, isn’t it?

    love your new kitchen, great job Tasha!

    catching you!

    • says

      Thank you so, so much, Gail! Thank you for the feature AND your sweet comment! YES, it feels amazing to have it done and we are loving it. Have a great weekend!

  19. Kat says

    I love everything about this. Especially the floor transformation. You’ve officially inspired me to redo our bathroom floors!

  20. Pat Gerbrandt says

    Your new kitchen is spectacular! I’m encouraged to move ahead with our kitchen re-do. I’d already decided to use paint, as our cabinetry is built in and it seems daunting to pull it all out. You truly have whetted my appetite!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Pat! I am so glad you are inspired to move forward with your own kitchen. It’s a lot of work, but soooo worth it! Let me know how your kitchen turns out!

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  1. […] You can check out some more posts about our kitchen makeover progress before you head out, like how we painted the kitchen floor, how we moved some cabinets around and how we created a high impact herringbone plank wall.  Stay tuned for the BIG kitchen reveal.  It is coming soon!  UPDATE: The kitchen reveal is done!  Click HERE to check out all the details! […]

  2. […] We cannot wait to get our table built {yep, we will be building our own} and move it into the now spacious eat-in area.  Building the table is one of the last things we have to do before the BIG REVEAL!  By the way, the big reveal will be coming in a few weeks.  But between now and then, I will be sharing several more posts detailing the logistics of our kitchen makeover, so keep checking back!  UPDATE:  The kitchen reveal is now up on the blog!  Click here for all the details! […]

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