3 Budget-Friendly DIYs Gave This Kitchen an Instant Modern and Luxurious Feel

published Jul 30, 2023
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Ky Ismet & James Burrow London House Tour - Kitchen

In some homes, like in Ky Ismet and James Burrow’s London Victorian, the kitchen is more than just a space to cook delicious meals. Part of Ismet and Burrow’s business, which is an aromatherapy and candle company, is based out of their home kitchen (along with other rooms in the home that serve as workspaces) which means their home is a plethora of smart, multi-use spaces.

“The kitchen becomes a candle-making studio when we create our products, and the bedrooms are our offices by day,” the couple shared. 

As a space where creativity and inspiration need to flow, the pair wanted their kitchen to feel both aesthetically pleasing and functional. But the couple wasn’t ready to complete a full renovation — yet. Instead, they prioritized simple, budget-friendly DIY projects, and these are the three easy ways they elevated their kitchen. 

1. Vinyl countertops add a (budget-friendly) touch of luxury. 

Just because Burrow and Ismet weren’t ready to take on a full renovation doesn’t mean they had to skimp on major updates. Installing brand-new countertops can be pricey, so instead, they wrapped their worktops with vinyl covers (similar to this vinyl refrigerator wrap). Now, the kitchen has a marble-inspired look without the hefty price tag. 

2. A can of paint gave the cabinets a second life. 

Sometimes all you need to breathe new life into a space is a good can of paint. In Ismet and Burrow’s case, that was Farrow & Ball’s “Railings” paint. The pair painted the kitchen cabinets a dark gray, complementing the light (faux) marble countertops. 

3. Removing the cabinet doors opened the space completely. 

Burrow and Ismet always preferred open shelving in their kitchen, but instead of removing their current cabinetry, they simply removed the cupboard doors with a screwdriver. (As seen next to the cabinets above.) Now, the couple has easy access to items on the open shelving and didn’t have to do a full overhaul for the look. 

The kitchen in Burrow and Ismet’s bohemian London home proves that small, affordable changes can make a world of difference. View the entire home tour on Apartment Therapy