Saturday, November 19, 2011

Our Budget Kitchen Redo

Welcome to our budget kitchen redo! We started our "little" project back in April and recently finished in October. Can you believe it? My husband and I are not do-it-yourselfers by choice, so things move slow for us. I'm easily intimidated home improvement projects and it shows in my procrastination. But I'm happy to say that we are officially finished with our little redo.

This dated wallpaper had to go!! What was I thinking when we put it up? I don't know but times do change so maybe it was in style at one time! LOL. And that old linoleum floor - YUCK. Outta here!


We loved this solid oak corner hutch when we purchased it. But it's too small and was just a catch all. While our Fiestaware collection is small, we still needed something better to display our favorite pieces.

The louvered doors on the pantries were awful. They seemed to attract all the dust and kitchen grime.

The first thing we had done was to have hardwood flooring installed. It was our biggest expense but money well spent. We hired out the work and didn't attempt this ourselves. A wise choice I'm sure!

Choosing a color was hard, but I'm very please with the end result. The rich deep brown of the floor offset the honey oak of our wainscoting and kitchen set.

After the busy wallpaper I was set for nice soothing creamy white walls.

While we are due for new and improved cupboards, the originals will have to do for a few more years. For a splash of color (and I love color) we painted cabinets in soft country green. We changed out the old brass hardware for brushed nickel.


Replaced the old louvered doors with solid and painted them to match the walls.

We painted the shelves cream and changed the brackets to brushed nickel to blend with the cabinet hardware.

We replaced the corner hutch with a small cabinet that was a thrift store find. I'll show you the before and after another day. It really is amazing! I love having glass doors where I can mix my collection of vintage tablecloths and Fiestaware in one place!

New, updated lighting.

I had a frame made for a vintage tea towel. I can easily change the towel to match the season and my tablecloth! Other then the hardwood floor, this is my favorite change. I LOVE it!

The only thing left to do is to find a window treatment. I'm not sure what I want, if any.

I'm very relieved to say that we really are done! Someday it will be a complete bare to the studs redo, but that will be awhile. And nothing we will attempt ourselvers! LOL! So this redo is not too bad for two not-so-handy folks on a budget!


  1. You guys did an amazing job!! I love your floors. Maybe we can chat about what kind of hardwood, etc. That little white cabinet is so cute~and your towel display, wow! Now that you are expert cabinet painters..I will be asking some questions about that. Congrats my friend, you did it and before the holidays too!

  2. I love your new kitchen!!! It looks so great!!! I love that frame too that you can change out....what a great idea!

  3. Holly it's beautiful!

    You two did a fantastic job. Love the green color you chose for the cabinets. Wow~your framed vintage towel is amazing! Linens make great art. Love the dark rich color of the floor too. You did good!