True budget kitchens

I recently moved myself and just before moving we completed the final projects on our wish list the largest undertaking being a kitchen makeover. We had lived in our ranch for 7 years. Our kitchen was original to our 40 year old house and somehow over the years we learned to overlook the gold grain countertops and backsplash and the dark wood cabinets, dated knobs and original light fixtures. When we started the project we weren’t certain whether we were going to stay put and move so I knew I wanted to keep my budget reasonable. We had replaced the floors with hardwood when we moved in but that was the nicest feature in our kitchen.
Here is the before:


And the after:
Kitchen 2[2]


I still can’t believe it took us 7 YEARS to complete the project only to move a few short months after. I will say that despite not being able to enjoy it long ourselves, it gave our house “wow factor” and I truly believe the kitchen was a large part of why it sold in ONE day!
Wondering what we did and what we spent? For less than $8,000 we modernized top to bottom. We were lucky to have solid, hardwood custom cabinet that were still in great condition. I put in countless hours sanding, priming and painting but we turned our once dark dated cabinets into light, bright white show pieces and for only a few hundred dollars. I think the biggest game changer was purchasing and installing inset cabinet hinges. I have been blessed with a handy husband who was behind much of the labor and calculations, the hinges being one of his projects. The hinges were less than $100 for the entire room and one of our best purchases. I found the best prices on knobs and drawer pulls on Ebay (less than half of the cost at Home Depot!) I searched high and low for just the right light fixture that was classic but affordable and fun and I will tell you, look no further than Home Depot and Lowes. They have a great selection, many can be shipped for free and their price’s can’t be beat! We splurged on granite countertops and marble tile for the backsplash from Home Depot and also purchased all new stainless steel appliances from Home Depot. The project took about 2 months from start to finish but we did all of the work (except the granite installation) ourselves and it was all very manageable (except maybe being sink and counter less with 3 young kids for 3 weeks while we waited for Home Depot to install the countertops!)

I have to say that I was a bit disappointed to receive an email from Zillow Digs with “budget kitchen ideas.” I opened the link and found some gorgeous kitchens. Our new house is due for some updates so I opened it and was blown away to find that $30,000 kitchens were considered “budget!” It’s fun to dream but that’s a bit out of my league!
Feel free to peruse the article here for some pricey but fun ideas:


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