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August 18, 2014

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Last Updated on August 10, 2021

Hello readers!  The one thing that I did not totally anticipate when I started blogging is how many emails I would receive asking, “where did you get THAT?”  I have had no shortage of questions regarding our budget kitchen makeover.  So, today, I am sharing with you all the sources that I can for our kitchen.  First things first.  Have you seen part 1 and part 2 of my kitchen makeover {for less than $700}?  If not, you might want to get start there. Now, for those of you that have already seen the reveal, are you ready to shop the room?  Let's get started.  This post contains some affiliate links.  Read my full disclosure policy here.


“What color paint did you use on ______?”

Yes, this has been a popular question!  It turns out that you all want to know what colors we used on the walls, the cabinets, the back splash, the doors, etc.!   So, here you go! Shop this budget kitchen makeover! Full source list by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #budgetkitchenmakeover

  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.

Shop this budget kitchen makeover! Full source list by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #budgetkitchenmakeover

  1. Lyndhurst Duchess Blue by Valspar {semigloss finish}.  Note that we also used this color on our windows on the exterior wall that is not seen in this photo.
  2. Chalkboard paint by Valspar.
  3. Seagull Grey Milk Paint by General Finishes.

 “Where did you get the furniture?!”

First of all, let me tell you that with a tight budget of $700.00, we did not have a lot to spend on furniture.  Even being super thrifty about it, the table and chairs cost us $389.00, but that is NOT BAD for 4 chairs and an awesome table, right?! Shop this budget kitchen makeover! Full source list by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #budgetkitchenmakeover

  1. DIY Pipe Table Tutorial {$180.00}.
  2. Vintage Tabouret Stacking Chairs, Set of 4 from {$209.00–that's around $50 per chair! I still can't get over this deal}.

“Where did you get those lights?!”

I know, I know.  Those industrial cage lights are awesome, aren't they? Shop this budget kitchen makeover! Full source list by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #budgetkitchenmakeover These beauties came from Target and are only $22.99 each!  Now, these lights are meant to be plugged in.  We had to hard wire them ourselves.  {Sorry, we don't give DIY electrical tutorials here}!  I purchased my lights about 16 months ago on clearance and they weren't available for a while.  So, I also pulled together this round-up of awesome industrial pendant lights as alternatives.  If you are squeamish about changing hardwiring a plug in lamp, you should check out my round-up for other alternatives.  But, the good news is the lights are available at Target once again, so if you heart desires these, you can have them!

“Where did you get those accessories?!”

Oooooh, now we get to the really fun part!  You would not believe how many emails I have received about the accessories in this room, especially THAT OWL!!!  I had no idea.  Well, here's the scoop! Shop this budget kitchen makeover! Full source list by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #budgetkitchenmakeover1.  All of the faux succulents and plastic wall pots {Bygel containers–only $.99 each!} came from Ikea.  These are currently available!  That said, I know many of you don't live near Ikea, but you might be able to order them online. 2.  You guys….that fabulous owl 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!

Anthro owl
UO Owl Target Owl 3.  The “eat & drink” letters came from Viva Terra years ago.  They are made from misprinted cans and we originally hung them in our old house in their original form, so all the print was visible.  We spray painted them orange for this kitchen and I love the look.  There are tons of good options to replicate this typography art, including these AMAZING galvanized metal letters that are available right now.  Of course, you can check out how we created that herringbone plank wall for FREE right here. michaels letters4.  Ahhhh, I am soooo in love with my mugs from Bambeco.  Turns out a lot of you are, too!  Well, these are still available and you can purchase them for yourself :)  Finally, some good news in the accessories department :)

“Where did you get that typography map?”

Isn't it friggin awesome?  I L.O.V.E. it and lots of you do, too! Shop this budget kitchen makeover! Full source list by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #budgetkitchenmakeover Here's the scoop, I found my poster at a RANDOM store, but you can order it at and then created my own art canvas with it.  You can see the full tutorial of how I made it here.

“What kind of coffee maker is that?  I've never seen one like it.”

Wow.  I never imagined so many people would NOTICE, let alone ask about my coffee maker!  I mean, it was barely visible in the photo below.  I can't blame you, though.  I am a coffee girl, so I notice things like that as well. WOW! Budget kitchen remodel by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. Totally transformed with PAINT! #kitchenremodel Here is a better view of it: Shop this budget kitchen makeover! Full source list by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #budgetkitchenmakeover The coffee maker seriously deserves its own post, that's how much I love it.  It was my Mother's Day gift from Joe.  He knows how much I love my coffee and my old coffee maker was just not working that well anymore.  Anyway, the new one is AH MAZING.  The coffee it brews is actually hot {unlike my old coffee maker} and I can brew an entire pot OR one cup at a time.  Plus, for the single cup feature, I can use K-cups OR the reusable filter that comes with it with my own ground coffee {I'm cheap, so that's what I usually do}.  It's perfect for me because on the days Joe is on shift, I brew myself a single cup.  When Joe is home, I use the carafe to brew two cups and when we have company, we brew a whole pot.  LOVE MY coffee maker.  Want to know the best part?  It's not that expensive considering all the features it has–it's $79.99.  Of course, he ordered it from Amazon.  You can find our exact coffee maker right here: Hamilton Beach 49983 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker.

Phew!  I think I covered the most burning source questions that you had, but feel free to ask more!

Shop this budget kitchen makeover! Full source list by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #budgetkitchenmakeover

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  1. Deborah Yeary says:

    Love love love it. I’ve lived in my house since 1996 and with 1980’s dark stain cabinets. I had a quote of 1,300 once to paint them and switch out the hinges, I should have done it. But like you I am cheap. But I am older too, so would probably take me months, but I am going to order some samples and see what I can do. Btw I am 63, sight in only one eye and lots of pains, but I just scrapped popcorn off a small bath myself! Than you for your tutorials very easy to understand.

  2. Nicole Fitzgerald says:

    Hi! I am so happy that I found your blog! We have been wanting to redo our kitchen ever since we moved in 3 years ago. Our kitchen and all of the trim in the house is a honey oak. We have been reluctant to paint the cabinets because the trim would also have to be painted. Do you have a quide for painting trim? Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

  3. Melissa says:

    I love your painted cabinets and am planning to do my own. It looks like our kitchen is about the same size as yours, can you please tell me about how much paint you needed for the cabinets (including the island)? I am only finding pints and quarts on line, and need to know how many to order. Thanks!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Melissa! I believe we used 2 or 3 quarts of the light grey and 2 pints of the dark gray and about 1/2 gallon of the top coat. I hope that helps!

  4. Jodi says:

    Fabulous job! Where did you get the cabinet pulls? How do you attach a pull when you just had a knob before? I also have knobs and want to attach long pulls like that.

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Jodi! We got the cabinet pulls at Ikea. We used the existing holes to attach the bottom of the new hardware. I hope that helps!

  5. Carol says:

    What about the cabinet pulls? How much, and where did you get them? I didn’t notice them listed.

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Carol! The cabinet pulls were purchased at Ikea. For the entire kitchen, the new hardware was around $325. It was the biggest chunk out of our budget.

  6. Casey @Waffling says:

    Beautiful! May I ask where you got the hardware for the cabinets?

  7. michelle says:

    glad to see someone else paint their backsplash. I have a home built in the 50’s previous owner put in this awful brownish granite countertop with a peach diamond ceramic backsplash. I could not stand to look at the backsplash so I got brave one day and painted it. Hmm didn’t look bad but could improve so I used Behr trim high gloss interior paint now it is beautiful and I finished the trim underneath the cabinets as that was not done. I think I will keep the backsplash now and put in a nice laminate countertop. I am on a tight budget as well. The kitchen is 9 x 11 with a washer in the room (had a cover made to hide it). Thanks for sharing!

    • Tasha A. says:

      That’s awesome, Michelle! So happy to hear I am not the only one who has done this. It’s such an affordable solution!

  8. Amy W says:

    Ha, I love that people asked so many detail questions!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Tasha A. says:

      Amy, it has been such a surprise to me! Especially when my kitchen makeover was featured at Apartment Therapy, people want to know where I got THAT OWL! So funny!

  9. chris aka monkey says:

    i do love love your kitchen…if i lived close i would come for a cup of coffee then when it was time to go i would steal your owl haha amazing job xx

  10. Stacy says:

    Awesome roundup! I am especially glad to know you love the coffee pot. I had looked at that one myself and wondered about it. Now I know :-)


  11. Jess White says:

    Awesome post! and great job on the kitchen!

    I’m still in the finishing touches phase on our renovations, but cannot wait to have it all pulled together like your’s!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks so much, Jess! Have fun with the finishing touches. It’s so much fun to pull a room together, isn’t it?

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