DIY RENOVATION PROJECT
You guys know I’m never one for long listicles or massively overstated blog titles. So when I tell you that these 10 kitchens are going to persuade you to save your renovation dollars, you might want to listen.
A few months ago, as I was planning my own small kitchen makeover, I began researching projects that other bloggers had already tackled in their kitchens. I put a call out to some of my favorite people and boy oh boy, they showed up for it!! I was looking for a few shining examples of kitchen makeovers that I could show you and ended up with over 50 gorgeous kitchen projects bookmarked in my browser. There is so much talent and creativity out there that I had to narrow it down in a big way.
The good news? I’m still plenty inspired to tackle my impending kitchen refresh and I’m positive you will be too!
OUR KITCHEN’S BUDGET MAKEOVER
We've already made great strides in our own kitchen and we haven't replaced any cabinets, counters, or the backsplash! What have we done? Well, we immediately removed the stuffy floral window coverings, painted over the original green paint, and replaced our broken appliances.
To make the lighting more energy efficient and aesthetically appealing, we replaced the old can lighting with these LED bulb inserts. Then I replaced the can over the sink with screw-in can light adapter kit (found here) and a cute water hyacinth shade (found here). I also painted the island Midnight Blue by Behr.
Here’s how the kitchen looked when we bought it just two years ago (photo courtesy of Nashville MLS):
Aside from the “Help Wanted” sign that is seriously cracking me up, I don’t love anything about that space. I can’t believe we bought this house and were all “yeah, it needs basically nothing” because that image tells a different story. More like HELP NEEDED.
So, see? We’ve already made a lot of progress in this kitchen. The remaining details we need to update are really just about our market. We want to make sure we align our home with other upscale homes in the area, so we plan to update the countertops, cabinet hardware, and backsplash before we list it.
You probably noticed there’s a glaring omission on that list of improvements we plan to make: The kitchen cabinets. Yep. That’s right. We’re leaving them. While they’re definitely dated (original to our 1997 home), they’re also sturdy, function, were upgraded with slide out drawers, and are in fantastic shape. All they really need is a little cleaning and some new pulls to look brand new again. So why would we rip them out?
In fact, this has me thinking: If we were planning to stay in this home any longer, would we tackle a full renovation and tear out the cabinets? I actually don’t think so. I think, despite the fact that the layout of this kitchen isn’t exactly ideal, I wouldn’t want to spend the money. I’ve seen so many kitchen remodels recently that didn’t cost a ton of money and look fantastic. And since cabinets are the biggest expense in a new kitchen, rivaling only appliances, this is a top way to save some cash.
Here are the kitchen renovations that I find absolutely admirable. And not a single one of these bought new cabinets, thankyouverymuch. Click images to see the full posts and tutorials.
FARMHOUSE KITCHEN ISLAND WITH BARNWOOD ACCENTS
from Leen & James at Sand Dollar Lane
MODERN WHITE KITCHEN WITH MARBLE TILE AND EXTENDED CABINETRY
from Jennifer at The Craft Patch
MODERN + MOODY KITCHEN REVAMP
from Alexis at Persia Lou
RETRO KITCHEN REFRESH
from Michelle at Weekend Craft
A TOTALLY SALVAGED KITCHEN
CHALK PAINT KITCHEN CABINET MAKEOVER
from Erica at Dwell Beautiful
DIY RANGE HOOD BUILT OVER EXISTING CABINETS
from Carli at Made By Carli
A KITCHEN WITH TRIPLE THE STORAGE (AND STILL NO NEW CABINETS)
from Wendi at H2O Bungalow
WEIRD HALF-WALL TURNED GORGEOUS BUILT-IN KITCHEN DETAIL
from Rhoda at Southern Hospitality
A COMPLETELY RECONFIGURED KITCHEN USING EXISTING CABINETS
from Sherry + John at Young House Love
Now if that last kitchen, with the seriously out-dated 1960s cabinetry, doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, I don’t know what will.
You just go check out those awesome kitchens while we work hard over here, laboring over our current renovation projects; the kitchen, master bathroom, bonus room, garage, laundry, and outdoor spaces. That reminds me - I’ve gotta go!
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