Our DIY small kitchen makeover on a budget. How we created a whole new look to achieve our modern farmhouse kitchen on a budget! Before and after photos as well as a breakdown of what we spent and where we saved!
DIY Small Kitchen Makeover on a Budget
When we moved into our home I really had no intention of changing very much when it came to our kitchen. We didn’t have a budget to spend on any major renovations. As well as the fact that we weren’t going to tear down any walls. A u-shaped kitchen in a small home doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room when it comes to getting creative with the layout.
But in true Brittany fashion I started to get the itch to add my own personal touch to our kitchen after living here for about 2 years. We started with changing out our kitchen sink. As well as updating a portion of our backsplash. After that it was only a matter of time before I decided to find a way to make our cabinets and countertop look like new without spending any money. And bing, bang, boom before you know it, the whole thing got a brand new look!
I love the freedom that comes with living in an older home. I don’t feel the pressure to keep everything the same as I did when we lived in our new build. In some ways this house feels very much like a blank canvas. Minus the space. That does cause some boundaries but I actually like decorating and renovating with some boundaries. Too many options and choices overwhelmes me!
I really enjoyed the challenge of renovating this space on a tight budget. It required some creativity which over the years I have learned that budgets aren’t a bad thing. in fact most of the most amazing spaces are because people had a budget or a restriction that caused them to think outside the box! So hopefully that inspires you if you are frustrated with having a small space, small budget or some other restriction. Beauty happens when we are within boundaries just as much as when we have none!
Here is a list of everything we changed or updated in the kitchen
- New Farmhouse Kitchen Sink and faucet
- Replaced our backsplash behind the stove
- Took down the track lighting and added in budget friendly flush mounts
- Inexpensive long gold hardware was added to all our cabinets
- We painted our laminate countertops and the bottoms of all our cabinets (color can be found in this post for countertops, and cabinets)
- Added in an apron skirt under our new sink ( it was a blanket from Homesense that we dropped over a spring loaded shower rod)
Video – Check out for before & after’s
Our DIY Small Kitchen Makeover Total was …
We ended up spending approximately $1300.
A breakdown of what we splurged on…
We ended up “splurging” on our kitchen sink. I am using air quotes here because we chose the ikea farmhouse sink and in Canada this sink runs for around $400 which is a steal when it comes to a farmhouse sink. We could have gone with a stainless steel sink but I have always wanted a farmhouse sink so thats where we decided to splurge a little.
We also ended up spending around $400 on our tile backsplash, grout and trim for behind our stove. Again we could have saved by using something cheaper like subway tile but our kitchen is small and I figured this was a great chance to try a fun tile that cost $9 each because of the small surface we would need to cover.
Where we saved
We also spent $65 on each flush mount light. Approximately $200 on paint and primer supplies for both our countertops and cabinets. You actually don’t need a lot of paint for either of these surfaces which was very helpful in saving some money!
We only spend approximately $40 on our new gold hardware!! This is huge if you, like me, have spent any time sourcing this style of hardware. It can get very very expensive. So I was obviously very excited when I found these for $20 for a pack of 10!
I am guessing we spent around $150 for a new faucet and water faucet. And I think thats pretty much it.
By far our biggest savings was the fact that we didn’t replace our countertops or cabinets but chose to paint them instead. You can find our tutorial for painting your laminate countertops here. As well as a tutorial for painting your cabinets here.
I loved the green in our kitchen and have received many requests about this color. It is on the muddier side and definitly worth sampling in your own home before using. The light that filters into a room can dramatically alter the look of paint. I think because of the muddy hue to this green that seems even more true for this specific color.
In the summer of 2020 my husband and I decided to take down all of our upper cabinets on the right wall and replace them with floating shelves. I was going for a farmhouse cottage vibe and have always wanted to try floating shelves. Thats the great thing about older homes. It feels less scary to try something new or go for a look you may have never tried in a brand new home!
We did end up painting the cabinets AGAIN for a moodier look. To check out the latest evolution of this small kitchen you can head over here.
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