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!

11 thoughts on “Budget Kitchen Renovation

  1. Wow Tami, I can’t believe how the kitchen was transformed. It really does look like all new cabinets. What a wonderful way to be eco friendly and super stylish! You mush enjoy spending time in your new chef’s palace. Excellent work!

  2. I absolutely love it. I am in the process of brainstorming several kitchen renovations. Can you tell me, after you added the molding, did you STAIN the cabinents? And PAINT the island? Or something else?
    The more details the better, because I seriously want to do this.

    And I love that you did the island white. It looks so fresh and clean!

    1. Yes, I selected a cabinet door from Home Depot that I loved, showed it to my specialty painter, he made up a door of mine as a sample to show what it could look like and he stained the whole kitchen. The island is cream with a mocha glaze over it (two step process) and coordinates with the mantle and entertainment unit in the family room. Good luck brainstorming.

  3. So I was brought back to your blog again as we are getting closer to starting our project.
    I know you said you did interior design, so would you mind sharing the pricing of getting the cabinets stained by a professional? I am in Knoxville, TN so obviously I would need a different person, so just ball park.

    You can email me too if that is easier at gwelch742@yahoo.com

    I have a picture of our empty (before we moved in) kitchen on my blog: http://faith4hope2love.wordpress.com/

    Ignore my ideas because they change like every day haha

    If you are inspired and want to share any ideas, I would LOVE to hear them. 🙂

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Amy,
      How did your kitchen project turn out? With various markets, it would be impossible to project budget for your region. Happy New Year to you!

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