Our Budget Kitchen Makeover Plans {and a mood board!}

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Ooooooh, I have been excited to officially announce that we are going to be making over our kitchen!  WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO! But this is not just going to be any kitchen makeover.  This is going to be a budget kitchen makeover.  It is going to be one of the thriftiest kitchen makeovers you have ever seen.  We are on a budget folks.  That is good news for you, because you are going to get loads of high style ideas that won’t hurt your wallet.  Buckle up.  This is going to be exciting.

Before I share with you my very first mood board {which I probably didn’t do right at all–don’t judge me}, let’s review what our kitchen looks like now.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCNow, let me tell you what I love about our kitchen:

  • I love the huge windows and the deck/backyard/garage access from the kitchen, which is most definitely the hub of our home.
  • I love all the storage.
  • I love how spacious the kitchen is.

Don’t think I am ungrateful for the kitchen.  I am very grateful to have a fully functional kitchen with modern appliances, etc., but it is NOT my style.  NOT. AT. ALL.  Let me be more specific and tell you what I don’t like about the kitchen.

  • The badly damaged bamboo wood floors.  Even if they were not damaged, I do not love the look of bamboo, especially with such a light colored stain.
  • The orangey colored oak cabinets.
  • The door and drawers pulls.  WHAT are they?!
  • The lighting.  I cannot even talk about the lighting.  Let’s just stick with saying the light fixtures are not my style.
  • I may get a lot of flack for the next comment, but I do not care for the granite countertops.  The black/green surface shows every smudge and bread crumb.  Plus, if I were to have chosen granite for my kitchen, I would strongly prefer a honed surface.  I am just not a shiny granite kind of girl.
  • THE BACKSPLASH.  You may not be able to tell from the photos, but there are prehistoric lion creatures on some of them.  Ummmm….  The girls call them dinosaurs.  Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think lions/dinosaurs should be in a  kitchen.
  • The color of the trim and doors.  The trim paint is not white.  Not even close.  It’s like the color of a manilla folder.  Or puke.
  • I don’t really dislike the color of the walls.  It’s a nice neutral color.  But, you know me well enough to know that I am not really a neutral wall color kind of girl :)
  • I can’t stand that there is cabinetry in what SHOULD be the eat-in area by the windows.  There is no table you can reasonably fit in that area with those darn cabinets there.

Now that I have that out of my system, let me tell you how G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. this kitchen is going to be when I am done with it.  I cannot wait.  I am literally ITCHING to get it done.  We have already started with the pantry makeover as well as some other projects, but you will have to patiently wait for this project to unfold post by post.

Do you wanna see the mood board for my budget kitchen makeover?  Do you want to start to envision what my kitchen is going to look like?!  Okay, okay.  Calm down.  Here you go!

Budget kitchen makeover plans by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

 Ahhhh, it makes me happy just looking at it.  Now, let me share with you SOME of our plans for our budget kitchen makeover:

Of course there will be painting.  Lots and lots of painting.  And we will be moving some things around to allow us to properly use the eat-in area.  My inspiration table is that stunning industrial table from One Kings Lane (affiliate link*).  Don’t you love it?!  And those chairs from Wayfair are perfection.

And of course there will be accessorizing!  How about that Trademark Fine Art US Cities Text Map VI by Michael Tompsett Canvas Wall Art, 22×32-Inch? (affiliate link*)  Ummm, coolest map ever.  Then there are the Romantic Floral Stacking Mugs, Set of 6 (affiliate link*) and the Blue Flour Sack Kitchen Towels, Set of 3 (affiliate link*) from World Market.  LOVE!!!!

What are you most curious about?  What are you most looking forward to seeing us transform?

et Kitchen Makeover Plans by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}


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  1. […] explaining our vision for our kitchen makeover and the issues we will be addressing can be found here.  And here is our mood board, to refresh your […]

  2. […] good about using {and letting my girls use} the Ology cleaning products, they work fabulously!  I recently revealed the fact that I dislike our dark granite counter tops because they show every little smudge, crumb and fingerprint.  I have never had much luck finding […]

  3. […] First, you probably recall from our kitchen mood board that I included a reclaimed wood plank component.  In case you missed it, here is our mood board and you can check out more details about our planned kitchen makeover here. […]

  4. I am DYING to see the final product! I know you are going to create a dream kitchen on a shoestring budget! Can’t wait to be inspired! Hope you guys are having a great weekend :)

  5. Those cabinets in the kitchen area are weird! Are you going to reuse them in the garage? I don’t envy you all that painting (boy do you have a lot of cabinets!), but it’s going to be great afterwards. Can’t wait to watch the process.

  6. We literally just finished our kitchen makeover (on a major budget, as well)! And we selected nearly the same colors for the cabinets. So great! I love your inspiration!

  7. Oooooooooh! I can’t wait to see the transformation, especially after seeing the mood board you put together! I’d love it if you shared this over at The Makers link party going on at my blog, hope to see you there!

    -Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  8. I love it! It’s going to be perfect! I can’t wait to see how you use the reclaimed wood. We recently created a reclaimed wood background for a license plate map for my son’s room…so you had me at the map and the wood! :) In fact, I just posted all about my obsession with maps last week, and this map is now added to the list maps that I’m drooling over.

    • Hi Angela! So glad you like the mood board. We are working on the reclaimed wood project now and I am in L.O.V.E. with how it is turning out. You won’t believe it! I love your license plate map (in fact, I loved it so much that I shared it on social media)! Isn’t this map, cool, too?! I am super excited about it!

  9. Carmody says:

    Love the mood board. I am excited to see how everything progresses. We have a kitchen that was remolded by the previous owners probably 8 years ago. I would love to add some industrial chic to the kitchen.

  10. I too am a very budget minded make over girl. We think a lot the same. Come over and see sometime at I’m excited to watch your make over.

  11. Nancy says:

    Love your ideas. Can’t wait to see the counters and cabinets and backsplash… okay all of it!

  12. Sooooo excited to see what you guys do! I’m loving your mood board! I agree with the dark granite. Ours shows EVERYTHING! You’ve got an amazing layout for your kitchen though. The style you are going for will be perfect in there!

  13. Mimi says:

    Already LOVE your new kitchen…and it’s just a mood board❤️ Colors, wood the map!!! Looking forward to updates.

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