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Our 2024 Kitchen Design Plan |


After years of reimagining our kitchen format and design, in January 2024 we started a brand new section of our kitchen rework following our preliminary $95 finances kitchen replace. Dwelling and entertaining right here for 5 years helped kind our concepts on methods to enhance the kitchen’s total perform and move. So now that we’re (lastly!) at this section of our rework, we plan to work inside the sq. footage now we have with just a few budget-saving twists that I’m completely satisfied to share.

Present state of our kitchen // Listed here are just a few earlier than and after footage of our kitchen after our first finances kitchen rework. You too can tour our residence from the start and take a look at the itemizing images earlier than we moved in.

BEFORE: Kitchen itemizing picture 2018

Small Kitchen Hacks & Concepts

Budget Kitchen Thrifted Kitchen Table and chairs
Kitchen as of December 2023, with paint (Galvastaon Gray by Benjamin Moore), thrifted lighting and dinette. Behind the scenes, we put in a Culligan water filtration system (earlier than we put in new home equipment).


I really feel like we characterize most owners in that now we have an infinite finances for residence enchancment, and we do issues as our finances and time permit. Understanding the nuance of your areas is such an essential issue when crafting a brand new room design, particularly for those who’re transforming on a finances. That is very true for kitchens! Our circa-2005 home has just a few quirks that we needed to repair the minute we took possession of the home, and we’re so completely satisfied that point has lastly arrived!

2024 Kitchen Transform Guidelines

Timeless to me means making a basic basis, modernized with paint & decor. Right here’s how we plan to create a timeless and basic kitchen that (we hope) will stay in type for years to return.

  • Repair our arduous water (✅We put in Culligan with reverse osmosis)
  • Spend money on high quality home equipment (✅Completed! We’re loving our KitchenAid merchandise)
  • Tackle awkward areas (we moved the massive pantry to our laundry room, extra on this quickly!)
  • Replace flooring all through the primary flooring (✅We selected Earthen Chestnut by Mohawk)
  • Add seating & develop countertop area (aka, rip & change our island. Extra on this quickly!)
  • Backsplash: I’m dedicated to beadboard on the partitions of the kitchen for a timeless look
  • Repaint cupboards (probably, I’m pleased with grey in properties so long as it’s combined with hotter colours)

Fast DIY Kitchen Transformations // As an alternative of a full kitchen cupboard alternative, we’re relocating just a few base cupboards that we salvaged from the island. The plan is to repaint if wanted, and change or replace {hardware}. We are also engaged on a supply for putting in glass cupboards. Paint is all the time my go-to for a fast and simple change in a kitchen!

We additionally plan to make use of beadboard wallpaper (or possibly the actual factor) on our kitchen partitions as a substitute of a full tile backsplash. Tile and lighting are likely to age-out in a kitchen the quickest. So preserving these objects as timeless as doable are the aim.

Luxurious Kitchen Upgrades // New flooring is being put in this week (extra on this quickly)! The ground has been the most important funding to this point since we addressed all the first flooring, which was round 1,250 sq. ft at $2.60 a sq. foot. Upgrading our whole-home water system with Culligan was additionally mandatory since our water was so arduous. We felt we wanted to do that earlier than investing in new home equipment.

ebook guide decorating on a budget

Want Inspiration?

For 10+ years now we have been updating residence on a very small finances. My 14-Web page Information Contains:

  • “6 Suggestions: The way to Prioritize Your Tasks”
  • The FIRST factor I all the time deal with in each room
  • What to do when you’ve gotten $0 to spend
  • Recognizing “good bones” in each area
  • What to do if you end up uninspired



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