Kitchen Renovations for less

INSIDE : Get an inside look into renovating a kitchen for less.  Find tips and tricks to save money while getting a high end look.

Get an inside look into renovating a kitchen for less.  Find tips and tricks to save money while getting a high end look. Delineate Your Dwelling #kitchenreno


Before I started blogging and sharing our crazy home DIY’s with the internet world… we took our kitchen from 1970’s scary to, well… better.  I’ve been debating painting the walls a new color as we’ve been done with our kitchen for about three years (so clearly I’m ready for some updating).

Painting a room is such a great and inexpensive way to give a little facelift without breaking the bank.  As I start mulling over new color ideas, I thought I’d share a bit of our kitchen journey with you all.

Welcome to a new mini series I’m calling: 

How to get a high end looking kitchen for a low end price!

A little back story:
Let’s rewind three years ago.  The husband and I were expecting our first baby and as any normal couple who are preparing to take on that huge responsibility of parenthood and make major life changes would do… we decided it would be an ideal time to completely gut and renovate our kitchen.

This was previously our kitchen for many years (5+ years).  This picture below was taken shortly after we moved in.  Sometimes I wonder why we bought this house when I look back at the early pictures – ha.

We saw the potential but now all I see is a lot of dark, original to the house, cabinetry.  Ridiculous fake butcher block counter tops, odd textured stripe wall paper and a single large florescent light overhead.  Wow.

Not a lot of sunshine going on in this room.
Kitchen before

Steps for creating a high end looking kitchen:

The very first step to get that high end look is to do most of the work yourself.  Let me repeat, DO A LOT OF THE WORK YOURSELF.  

One night when the husband was gone for a few days on travel and I grabbed a paint scrapper and decided to go to take down our awful wallpaper.  Once I removed the wall paper, there was quite a bit of glue, bare drywall and a few spots of mold.  Obviously, we took care of the mold areas, but the bare drywall look was left like this for quite some time.  We even hosted my family for Thanksgiving while the entire kitchen was scraped down and definitely not looking nice.  

Part of getting a high end look for less, is being okay with getting your end product in time and not all at once.  (I was clearly not pregnant when we started this lovely update.)

Removing wallpaper, kitchen update
Our second step and a step that lasted for some time (years really) was once I removed the wallpaper, we painted the walls.  I painted them in a soft green color.  The “lovely” florescent light gave the walls a much more intense green look than they really were.
I love adding a bit of color to the room, but with the lighting and the dark cabinetry, it still felt like a dungeon.  A happier place, but a dungeon none the less.
Kitchen Updates, green walls, still dark
Dark but slightly better kitchen - work in progress
Step three for getting that high end look is patience.  It always is so great to start a project and two simple weekends later, presto a completed product.  In DIY and especially in kitchen remodeling, that is rarely the case!
Next week I will be sharing the process of redesigning our kitchen, removing our cabinets and opening the space up into our dining room.  All quite do-able and amazingly inexpensively.

Have you done a kitchen remodel yourself?  Was it a multi-year process like ours?  I’d love to hear your kitchen stories.


34 thoughts on “Kitchen Renovations for less

  1. It looks SOOOO GOOD Amy, seriously amazing transformation. I love seeing the pictures and progress you guys have done and am excited to find out how you opened it up. So many people would love to know how to do that, I am one of them!
    Sonnet @ Sohosonnet

  2. Funny! Our cabinets are a light oak, only 7 years old and I find myself saying “why did we choose that”?! I hope you share how you refinished yours, I’m planning to paint ours this Spring!

  3. I LOVE the paint color! Your kitchen is gorgeous and it’s such a huge improvement overall. I haven’t done any renovating of any kind ever, but I already learned just from apartment living NOT to rush the designing process. Ever.

  4. We are remodeling a bathroom now and then the kitchen. It seems like it can take forever during the process. lol I can’t wait to hear more.Theresa @DearCreatives

  5. This is so true – we have done many transformations…..on the “cheap”…….and oh, what a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment comes from all of the hard work! Yours looks GREAT! Thank you for sharing it. Gentle Joy

  6. Great before and afters following your progress steps! I look forward to seeing more! Yes, we have done a complete kitchen gut — not on our current home, but the previous one. We were “all in” on ours and did the entire thing at once. It took about three months from start to finish. Hubby (and his trusty but weak-armed assistant, ME) did most of the work ourselves, but we had new cabinetry and hardwood floors installed by professionals. We’ve done some slightly major things on our current kitchen & may do a cabinet redo in the future.

  7. We are going to do our kitchen this year (at least that’s the plan…) so I look forward to reading more about your process- it turned out beautifully. We had EXACTLY those dark panelled cabinets in our previous house- we painted ours white but seeing yours gives me major flashbacks!!

  8. Wow! Your kitchen looks fabulous! It’s amazing what a lot of elbow grease, some white paint and backsplash tiles can do to really transform a space. Great job!

  9. Great before and after! We’re thinking about buying a new (to us) home in the next year or so, and as we’ve been looking at homes we’ve been saying things like, “Of course, we will have to completely re-do this kitchen” like its no big deal. Haha… Too bad it doesn’t just work like that because I struggle with that patience thing a bit.

    1. Thanks! It always always seems easier to DIY a room than to REALLY DIY a room and kitchens are one of the worst! Good luck in your house hunting!

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