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Our Budget-Friendly Before & After Kitchen Makeover

Back in November we told you about our “new” OGT studio and our plans for a budget remodel of the kitchen. You can read all about HERE. Well today we finally get to show you the fruits of our labors….our finished kitchen!

We moved into our new digs 6 months ago and it didn’t take us long to realize the kitchen was just not going to work for us. The house was built in 1939 and while the kitchen may have had a few things done to it since then, it wasn’t much!

As we shared with you in our first post, we teamed up with Lowe’s to make this “kitchen makeover on a budget” happen. While it ended up taking a bit longer than we anticipated (what remodel project doesn’t!?) the transformation from neglected, outdated kitchen to light & airy, updated kitchen has been a beautiful thing to behold! Since I’d never personally renovated anything, I really didn’t know what to expect, but I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Let me first remind you of how it looked BEFORE…….

About the only thing we didn’t update in the kitchen was the flooring. Everything else either was torn out and thrown away or repurposed. We even did the demo ourselves in order to save money on construction costs. And as you can see, one side of the kitchen was completely bare, so while we didn’t have to tear anything out, we added an abundance of storage and functionality.

Not too shabby, right? 🙂 It’s small, but completely functional and is a pure joy to work in creating posts for the blog with my “girls.” I think I speak for all of us (Britta, Kaitlyn, and Brittany) when I say cooking in THIS kitchen vs. the pre-makeover kitchen is a delight!

A little more detail about this project…

We wanted to highlight how it’s possible to makeover your kitchen without having to take out a second mortgage on your home. That’s where the wonderful people at Lowe’s came in. They realized (and respected) our desire to keep to a reasonable budget, and helped us choose options that fit the bill. I never once felt like our project was less of a priority for them because it was on the small side, and I was so happy with all the options we found that fit right in our price range.

For example, since this kitchen doesn’t get a huge workout (no one actually LIVES here,) we decided not to invest a lot of money into the appliances, but were still able to furnish it with attractive stainless steel.

We also love the look of granite, but decided to go with the much more affordable solid surface countertop and quickly became quite enamored by it! I love the clean look, and after using it for a couple of months I can tell you it cleans up beautifully!

Since we were limiting ourselves on big ticket items, we decided to spend a little more on our backsplash. The tile installers might have grumbled a bit over the time it took to install (good-natured grumbling,) but as you can see, it turned out so nicely and BONUS…it’s a great backdrop for photos. 🙂

One item I might have shed a tear over having to “sacrifice” was a beautiful farm sink, but when all was said and done, we just couldn’t justify the added cost to our budget. The farm sinks we looked at were more than three times the price of the sink we ended up getting. So we went with a stainless steel undermount sink and this gorgeous faucet set. After it was installed (and we again had running water) my tears dried up and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. Plus, the stainless steel sink is much easier to keep clean than a white sink!

Of course the cabinets are a huge part of a kitchen, and again, we went with a lower cost cabinet, but splurged on a one glass-fronted cabinet and these gorgeous knobs and drawer pulls that match our faucet to jazz things up.

Another way we cut costs on cabinets was to leave a section of one wall empty. Instead we added our own open shelving. Not only did we save of the cost of extra cabinets, but it added a lovely decorative focal point. Kudos to Kaitlyn, our photographer and stylist extraordinaire, for the beautiful job she did decorating our new kitchen!

I think you’ll agree it’s the little extra touches that really MAKE a room, and a home. The open shelving, another set of stacked shelves by the sink, a cute metal sign, a basket of lemons….to me they all say, “Come on in and stay awhile.” And that’s what home is all about!

If you’d like to give your own kitchen a makeover and don’t know where to start, I would suggest you definitely give Lowe’s a try. Like I said, I’d never done anything like this before and it was nice knowing we were getting quality products from a quality source and that we could trust the contractors doing the work. Lowe’s definitely made the whole process a lot less scary and a lot more successful!

Get the look of our kitchen for yourself! 


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