Kitchen Before & After: A Smart, Stylish, and Budget-Friendly Kitchen Update for $5,500

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When Christina and her husband found their house after a year of house hunting, they fell in love with the size of the kitchen and the super cute window seat. She wanted to replace the cabinets outright, but soon discovered it wasn't in their budget: "We wanted to upgrade to higher end cupboards rather than the laminate ones that are there, but the expense was just too much," as she told us.

So instead, they focused on the affordable things they could change, like the pale peach countertop, the breakfast bar, the doorknobs, the range hood, and the open shelving — and all for about $5,500! See what this kitchen looks like now:

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What a lovely transformation! Here's what Christina says about their budget renovation:

By giving the cupboards a good cleaning, changing the hardware to simple brushed nickel, and adding three additional cupboards purchased off the rack from Home Depot, we saved a lot of money. We used the money to put towards the new counter we wanted. Because my husband was able to put together and install the cupboards himself, as well as installing the backsplash, we saved quite a bit of money.

We ended up with a kitchen with soft grey walls, white cupboards, and a grey toned backsplash that really allows the red accents to pop.

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The budget breakdown, as shared on Christina's blog Strawberries for Supper:

Christina's Kitchen Budget Breakdown

  • Cupboard hardware $60
  • Backsplash (tiles and materials from Home Depot) $350
  • Additional cupboards (Home Depot) $592
  • Two wine racks (Ikea) $26
  • Corian counter with integrated sink $4500
  • Total renovation cost: $5528 (approximately)
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And yes, we can see why they were so charmed by the window seat!

Read more about Christina's kitchen makeover: Kitchen Refresh: Updates Where They Count at Strawberries for Supper

Thanks for sharing, Christina!

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(Image credits: Strawberries for Supper)