Before & After: A $1,500 Kitchen Makeover

Before & After: A $1,500 Kitchen Makeover

(Image credit: Frou Frugal | Hometalk)

While this "before" kitchen we came across on Hometalk definitely has a few things going for it — ample counter space, decent natural light — we can understand why Suesan of Frou Frugal wanted to give it an update. The cabinets, while plentiful, have that builder basic look, and the mishmash of green tones and textures makes the kitchen feel dated.

After a long remodel, Suesan finally finished her kitchen. Take a look!

(Image credit: Frou Frugal | Hometalk)

Doesn't it look great? We love that the kitchen is a mash up of industrial elements that you might not immediately think to put together, but that really work in this room.

First things first, the exposed brick is huge! Would you ever have guessed that was lurking underneath the plaster?

The rest of the kitchen is a streamlined mix of butcher block counter tops, industrial metal barstools, and plumbing pipe made into open shelving units. You wouldn't necessarily think that all of these elements could coexist, but they work in this space.

(Image credit: Frou Frugal | Hometalk)

Here's a look at the kitchen, both before and after, from the opposite direction. The cabinets are still pretty traditional, but the white paint on top and darker paint on bottom neutralize them.

(Image credit: Frou Frugal | Hometalk)

A quick closer look at the sink area. We love the industrial feel of this wall. And the encased cords for the light fixture make it even more of a statement.

This kitchen renovation, which we found on Hometalk, comes with a bit of a bittersweet story. After nearly two years of renovations and $1,500 spent transforming the kitchen, Suesan completed the renovation just in time to put the house on the market for a move. While Suesan might not get the chance to fully enjoy the remodeled kitchen, we're sure the next owners will.

You can see more of Suesan's kitchen remodel on Hometalk or Frou Frugal.

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