Million Dollar-Style Remodel on a Budget

See how these homeowners took inspiration and ideas from million dollar mansions and made them work in their small kitchen on a budget of $10,000.

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Balancing a Budget

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By taking tips and tricks from the million dollar houses nearby, a newlywed couple completed a total kitchen makeover for less than $10,000. The couple’s 1920s bungalow is fondly referred to as “the quaint house.” While the kitchen budget might have been somewhat limited, the new kitchen certainly doesn't lack style or function.

02 of 09

Affordable Updates

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While many changes were made to the kitchen, the original floor plan stayed the same. However, cabinetry, appliances, and surfaces were all updated. A design choice that saved loads of money was installing ceramic tile on the floor instead of laminate or hardwood floors.

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Tricky Tile


Honed-granite tiles near the sink were a budget conscious decision for the countertops instead of using slab granite. While an expensive farmhouse sink was the ideal, the couple opted for a clean, stainless-steel alternative that kept their budget on track.

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Custom Cabinetry

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Custom-made, painted maple cabinets gives the appearance that these cabinets are original to the home. The white subway tile backsplash is made from used tiles, which significantly cut the cost of installing a backsplash.

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Particular Perks


Choosing to have custom cabinetry allowed more options to maximize space in the kitchen. Features like a microwave niche give the room a personalized feel and maximize precious space.

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Height Advantage

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The range is surrounded by a butcher-block that is the same height. Since the range and countertops are the same height, the island seems bigger than it actually is. The butcher-block adds valuable prep space, as well as a spot for buffet-style dining.

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Smart Splurges

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Reproduction schoolhouse pendants have a vintage feel that is a perfect complement to the 1920s home. The pricey pendants were one of the few splurges with the remodel. Other more expensive touches included the faucet and custom cabinetry.

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Neutral Hues


Sticking to a neutral color palette instantly seems to add space to a small kitchen. To incorporate color, small doses of yellow add life to the gray and black color scheme.

09 of 09

Watch This Kitchen Transform

See another kitchen get a beautiful new look on a budget!

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