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Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The Reveal

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Who is ready for the final reveal of my kitchen remodel on a budget?! I’m SO excited to share the final product of our kitchen remodel after many weeks of hard work and dreaming for this day to come. So grab your favorite cup and celebrate with me for the full reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

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The kitchen is a space I spend a lot of time in and in our previous home it was my favorite space. So when we moved to our new house I was sad to leave my dream kitchen knowing a full remodel wasn’t in the cards anytime soon. However, I’m delighted to say that my kitchen remodel on a budget is done (for now) and I am so pleased with how it turned out.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget

If you’ve missed the previous three posts in this series, you can read all about them below.

  1. Tutorial on Painting Kitchen Cabinets: Prep + Materials
  2. Painting Kitchen Cabinets: Paint Tips + Tricks
  3. Painting a Tile Backsplash

Remember, my subscribers have free access to guides (like my Painting Cabinetry Guide!), DIY project templates and free printables!

Before

Let’s take a moment and reminisce about how our kitchen looked before.

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While the finishes and layout are not my dream design, I was more than willing to work with it after getting bids upwards of $40,000 to redesign this space. Queue the kitchen remodel on a budget. And when I say budget, I mean it! For the cost of paint, materials and new pendants this space was transformed.

After

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

As you saw in my previous posts, I was able to lighten this space and bring it out of dungeon-mode by painting the cabinets and also painting the backsplash. Once the hard work was done, I added DIY open shelving in place of previously existing cabinetry and new pendant lighting.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | Pendant Lighting

When these beautiful Charleston pendants from Lamps Plus arrived I was so excited to get them hung. (Rather, for my husband to hang them.) 😉 They are beautifully structured and the perfect size for our space to replace the previously teeny tiny pendants.

However, after I eradicated all of the oil rubbed bronze from our kitchen and replaced it with black finishes, they were just a touch too brown.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

DIY Pendant Update

Has that ever happened to you? You find the perfect piece and then when it arrives you find that one element wasn’t quite what you thought it was? Rather than return these beauties I simply updated them with the same satin spray paint I used on the other hardware.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

I knew I wouldn’t find the globe size and metal accents I was looking for in another pendant so I was happy to put a little elbow grease into matching the color to the rest of our kitchen accents.

Tip: If you find that structure, size and materials are perfect but the color isn’t quite right, you can fix most things with spray paint!

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

You’d never know these Charleston pendants weren’t originally this creamy satin black. I am happy that I didn’t return them and go on the never ending hunt for new pendants that wouldn’t be quite what I wanted.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

My number one goal with replacing these pendants was to increase their size so they were more substantial. The Charleston pendant has a 13 1/2 inch globe, which is double our previous pendants’ size! They make such a huge difference in transforming and updating this space.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | Open Shelving

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

Another easy way to update this space was to remove one of the upper cupboards. I always felt hemmed in with cupboards surrounding the sink. Removing one of the sides opened our space and made it feel so much more spacious. I plan to share a DIY open shelving tutorial for the many friends on Instagram who’ve been asking!

Updated: The DIY open shelving tutorial is live with a free guide {HERE}.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | Decor

The final element of our kitchen remodel was updating a few of the more substantial pieces of decor. Adding bar stools with a vintage feel gives the space lots of character and charm. Plus, now that I have open shelving I am able to highlight some of my favorite pieces of decor alongside more practical items like dishes and pitchers.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

A quick tip I always make sure to mention is not to neglect decorating your kitchen!! Plants, artwork, and a few character pieces can transform a utilitarian space into a lovely extension of your living area.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

Can you believe the transformation!? This kitchen remodel on a budget was worth the effort to create a fresh and updated kitchen in the short term. Perhaps down the road we will do a full remodel, but for now I am so pleased to enjoy what we’ve been blessed with.

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget | The final reveal of our budget friendly kitchen remodel along with a DIY pendant makeover and beautiful kitchen decor ideas.

Next up, I’ll be adding an unexpected 5th post to my kitchen series to give you the full tutorial on how I create my DIY open shelving {HERE}.

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{Design is a plan for arranging elements in a way that best accomplishes a particular purpose. – Charles Eames}

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48 Comments

  1. It is beautiful and inspiring! We moved into a house ( in Michigan) last summer with black and white granite counter tops and honey oak cabinets. 🙁 My husband has agreed to paint the walls light gray and we will talk about the cabinets later. Right now the walls are similar to your before picture. Anyway, thanks for the tips and the inspiration. Did you include replacing your refrigerator as part of the remodel?

    1. Thank you Melene! Good luck on your project!! Our new fridge wasn’t a part of the remodel. We simply needed one to replace the broken one before. But the stainless steel does update the space!!

  2. Sarah it has been so much fun to follow along on your kitchen journey! Your hard work has paid off! Your kitchen is beautiful and I love every single detail!!!

  3. Beautiful and so inspiring! You’re such a joy to follow! I have builder grade kitchen cabinets with laminate sides and wood doors. I bought sample paint yesterday to start my own kitchen makeover. So excited for your open shelving tutorial. Love the brackets you used. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Although the “before” version of your kitchen was pretty nice, I am thoroughly impressed with the finished result. Really bright and has a lot more “life” in it now. Lovely!

  5. Sarah, it is very important to do budge friendly kitchen remodel and you did amazing transformation. You all added great design and practical solutions to your space. It seems like magic and you captured in camera eye.

  6. Your title grabbed me on your article because I was looking for kitchen renovation on a budget for my house kitchen. Thanks for sharing previous kitchen remodeling budget posts. I was waiting for your next post “create my DIY open shelving” that you mentioned. Much Thanks.

  7. I was trying to make sure that my sister didn’t overdo the kitchen decor as she moves into her new home. She wants to look into the various ways to work with her budget and ideas. It might be useful for her to keep it minimal and essential for a powerful yet warm look.

  8. I love how you kept in some of the wood for the shelves and barstools but toned down the rest. We did something similar for our kitchen renovation, painting over a lot of the bare oak cabinetry but keeping two open wood shelves and wood chairs at the breakfast nook. We love it!

  9. I love your advice for a kitchen remodel on a budget. One of the small things you added that I love is the chalkboard menu on the wall. We’re looking at remodeling our kitchen soon, and I’ll have to remember that little detail!

  10. The end result looks amazing and I’d hope that when I do my own remodel, it could turn out just as good! Now I’m all for saving money on things so I’ll for sure follow some of the tips you did. I really like the idea of the open shelves as it gives the room a more filled feeling.

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  12. Thank you so much for this step by step our kitchen’s color and layout is VERY similar to yours. And you nailed it when you said it feels like a dark dungeon lol. What color did you paint the walls?

  13. What brand and color spray paint did you use for the top of the pendants? Absolutely stunning by the way! Is your kitchen height 8′ or 9′ ft?

  14. I love the “after” picture of your remodeled home. I recently bought a house and am looking to remodel the kitchen in a similar way to how you remodeled yours. I will definitely use your photos and advice as a reference. I especially like how you painted your cabinets white and then added plants around the room.

  15. Hi Sarah!

    I’m new to your blog, but I can’t believe how similar our kitchen layouts are. Your remodel is almost exactly what I imagined in my head for my own kitchen! With the amount of limited space, I’d love to know how you organized your cabinets (especially the pesky upper corner cabinet left of the sink).

    I have a few differences with my kitchen – like my left wall is shorter and the fridge is where your microwave is. Currently our microwave sits on the counter and eats up so much space, but there’s just nowhere else to put it! We also have a rectangular table in the dining room instead of bar stools (family of 5).

    Just love this remodel, and I’ll definitely be saving this for inspiration!

  16. Your Blog is awesome. I liked the one thing in your blog the most is that you have shared your ideas through pictures. The pictures are very important to give a visual or reality look. Kitchen has a very important part in our homes. Also need to take care of them. Thankyou for sharing this post.

  17. Hi Sarah,

    I love your remodel it’s beautiful! We just started our remodel! Can you please share the make and models of your appliances please! We have a similar layout and I love the look of yours!

    Thanks so much m!

  18. What a great redo! I painted some tumbled marble tile at our son & daughter-in-laws house and it was an amazing transformation. My dil wanted to rip it out but I said, ‘before we do it lets just try this’ and it was a $40 (if that) redo! I used white chalk paint I had leftover from another project, I bought a grout pen for the grout and used it to ‘smear’ over the pretty silver accent pieces of rope and a fleur, and then I coated it with about 4 coats of satin oil based poly! People comment all the time on it! It looks like hand-cut european tile. Check it out here. https://starkey1981.smugmug.com/DIY-by-Maria/n-twSMTz/i-7Ncvr86/A

  19. Hi! I love this. Beautiful job. Did you use the same color on cabinets as you did on the backsplash? What paint color(s) did you use? Thanks!

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