Ready-to-assemble cabinets, including a closet repurposed as a pantry, saved thousands of dollars in this kitchen renovation. In-cabinet puck lights dress up frosted-glass doors, a trick that really brightens the room and maximizes lighting flexibility. Walls, windows, and plumbing lines stayed in their pre-renovation places which kept the budget on track.
To create the custom-look island, two standard cabinets were joined by a two-shelf stainless-steel unit, creating cookbook storage. By making smart choices like the island, the couple saved money and were able to splurge on more expensive granite countertops.
A closet was repurposed into a spacious pantry with frosted sliding doors. Chalkboards on both sides add function and fun to the kitchen.
Stainless-steel appliances and an apron-front sink replaced old, dingy models and instantly made the space feel fresh and new. Minimal upper cabinets and maximum reflective surfaces, such as crisp white trim and stainless steel, keep the room bright.
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Changing the cabinetry, appliances, and surfaces -- but not the layout -- of a 1920s bungalow kitchen helped newlyweds update their space for less than $10,000.
They got the look they wanted for a fraction of the budget by using honed-granite tiles instead of the pricier slab granite for the countertops.
Opting for custom cabinetry means maximizing storage space, as seen in this microwave niche. Built-in spaces for appliances and other kitchen essentials ensure valuable counterspace is used more strategically.
A stainless-steel smooth-top range surrounded by butcher-block countertop creates a spot for serving buffet-style dinners.
A classic work triangle makes meal prep a breeze in this kitchen, while an adjoining dining area allows guests to congregate out of the cook's way.
Black paint came to the rescue in this kitchen by giving the old cabinets a totally different look without breaking the budget. Glass pendants over the sink provide a playful dash of color in the high contrast kitchen.
The adjoining dining area's pale gray walls and white trim are perfect companions to the kitchen's black-and-white scheme. Pale walls also help emphasize the amount of natural light in the space.
This industrial-style faucet was found online as part of a set with the stainless-steel sink. The homeowners were flexible and saved money by finding similar options online, rather than committing to a specific product.