Kitchen Updates on a Budget

As a follow-up to my last post about ever-evolving trends, I wanted to share two kitchen renovations I love. Both of these kitchens were completely overhauled on a budget. I’m not particularly impressed by a beautifully renovated kitchen when the homeowner has tens of thousands to spend. I would hope you could have a beautiful kitchen if you spend tens of thousands of dollars on a renovation. A tight budget requires ingenuity! And that’s when things get interesting…

The two kitchens I want you to see both have black and white painted cabinets and brass hardware – but one is modern and the other is traditional.

Ashley from Bigger Than The Three of Us is slowly renovating a 60’s split level – which means pulling down a lot of wallpaper and ripping out carpet in the bathrooms. She created a modern, minimalist kitchen herself  working with the existing layout, cabinets and countertops. The “before” pictures are scary.

Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles lives in a traditional brick rancher with an open floorplan. Her style is traditional which you’ll see in her selection of light fixtures, accessories, and fabrics in the adjacent breakfast nook. The original kitchen was lifeless – stained cabinets, wallpaper, etc. What’s funny if you read through her 2012 renovation is that she painted the brass hardware to look like antique bronze, because that was a trendy finish. Now that brass has surged in popularity, she’s added brass finishes.

Hopefully these makeovers will inspire you as you consider making updates in your home. If you’re curious, here’s what I dream about doing to my kitchen: creamy painted cabinets like this or this – with a creamy arabesque tile backsplash like this.

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