Kitchen Renovation on A Budget
We wrapped up our second home renovation and we couldn’t be more excited to share this kitchen with everyone. Because hello, who doesn’t love some dreamy kitchen inspo! We used Wayfair and Amazon for nearly every inch of the design, making our budget realistic and more than affordable.
First and foremost, we started with a design plan. The home had an open and airy vibe, with a mid century edge. So, we wanted the kitchen to remain congruent with what a buyer would experience within home, while still standing out as a beautiful space. Black hardware was placed throughout the home, so we broke that up a bit in the kitchen by adding brushed nickel hardware to the cabinets. However, black pendants were chosen to keep consistency with the rest of the home’s accents.
Due to the area and size of the home, we kept our allowance as minimal as possible to maximize the value for the existing budget, while bringing in a luxurious design that made the space feel high end. The previous kitchen was very dark, outdated and so, so, so brown. Needless to say, we were ready to break out the paint sprayer.
We started by chipping out all of the old floor tile (which was almost as fun as pulling out the staples in the wood flooring throughout the house). Once this was done, we moved onto the cabinets. Since the quality and shape of the doors were in such great shape, we decided to save big by painting them. ‘Cause if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! A fresh coat of paint on cabinets is an easy way to save money for renovating any kitchen on a budget. We chose Pure White in satin by Sherwin Williams. (When buying white paint, always consider the amount of light the room recieves and surface area. Many people purchase standard white paint that is too stark, which creates a very DIY look and is nearly impossible to keep clean.) Pure White is a shade from Sherwin William’s pastel collection – which gives a creamy and neutral finish.
The one thing we loved about the kitchen from the get-go was it’s openness; it already had a bar top, which made the room spacious and easy to update. Considering we were adding recessed lighting and essentially white washing the entire kitchen, we didn’t want to over-do it with bright lighting. We snagged these black cone pendants from Wayfair (for under $100!) to add flare, while not overwhelming guests at the bar with intense light. The modern globe chandelier was also purchased from Wayfair (for under $200!). Wayfair is a great option for affordable, high quality lighting!
We then removed the old dated corner cabinet and replaced it with two silver shelves from Ikea. This paired seamlessly with the brushed nickel pulls. They were a great alternative to expensive floating wood shelves.
Now, lets talk money… Countertops. *Pulls collar nervously* We believe in stone countertops, as they always demand an increase in home value. We all know granite is the cheapest option for stone, however, some buyers have a distaste for granite, as it can feel very outdated. Would you believe us if we told you that these black countertops are actually granite? Well, its true! There are a few solid color granite options that have a very sleek and modern look. We purchased one slab of Black Mist (Honed) from Arizona Tile, which saved us hundreds, while successfully creating a modern design within our budget. As your kitchen should be equipped with a durable surface for cooking and gathering, it should also appeal to you aesthetically. Just be sure to weigh out the pros and cons of each solid surface before your final selection.
We also purchased a super affordable ceramic tile backsplash and floor tile from Floor and Decor, which saved us time and money.
We are so happy with how this kitchen turned out and it’ll be sure to turn heads for all potential buyers. Our most important piece of advice for your kitchen renovation would be to plan out your entire design before you do any demo. This will keep you on budget and guarantee a cohesive final product! Remember that you don’t have to break your bank to love your kitchen. Wayfair, Amazon, Ikea and many other sites have great alternatives to expensive designs. Explore and create!
Fixtures, hardware and design pieces we used are itemized below. Some have sold out, so we tagged similar ones.
- Pure White – Sherwin Williams
- White Hexagon White Body Ceramic Tile 12 x 14
- Black Mist Honed Granite Slab
- Homidy Cabinet Handles
- Spring Kitchen Faucet
- Legacy 1-Light Cone Pendant by Orren Ellis
- Melany 3 Light Globe Chandelier by Orren Ellis (similar)
- City Style Slate Gray Porcelain Tile
- Mercury Row Coan Bar Stool
Items to stylize with and breakup simplicity
- Mercury Row Handwoven Black Rug (similar)
- Skov Round Wooden Plates
- Grail Brass Footed Vase Planter
Also visit our Pinterest boards for more kitchen design inspiration!