I have done some big budget kitchen renovations as a designer.  When it came to my house, I wanted to reduce, reuse and save money.  See what I cooked up for my kitchen renovation!

This is how our kitchen looked, as the builder had designed it.  Stock cabinetry, white ceramic tile countertops, white tile backsplash… nothing remarkable… pretty boring.

We are very happy with the finished project.  Still want to switch out some lighting, but all in all, this has given us an updated look to our home and I love my new appliances.

How did we get from A to B?
We added Caesarstone countertops a few years back… but that wasn’t enough to give the kitchen a state-of-the art look!
We created a trash pull out by sacrificing one small cabinet.

The photo below shows how we removed the microwave and cabinet above it.  In it’s place a stainless steel microwave and a cabinet door made to look like an oven hood.

We lost one more cabinet in the butler’s pantry so I could add a beverage center.  I love having the added refrigerator in the kitchen for wine and cheese.  The appliances I chose were Electrolux.  The price was reasonable and the stainless gave the kitchen an overall updated look, instantly.  They are performing great for me!

We added molding to the island to give more of a custom, furniture look to the island. As well as the top of the existing cabinetry.

You can do this look for a whole lot more with custom cabinetry… but if you want to save yourself some money… consider following my design!  Please tell me what you think, I love to hear from you!