I’m finally pulling the curtain all the way back on our kitchen today and am excited to show you how we took a dated 1980’s kitchen and transformed it, on a tight budget, into a light, bright, classic but contemporary space using almost exclusively products from our local Home Depot.
When we bought our house we knew we wanted to update the kitchen but weren’t sure what direction we’d take until we started getting contractor quotes of $50,000 and up. To save money (a lot of money), we decided to keep everything where it was, apart from minor adjustments like wall panels for the kitchen, replace the appliances, and pretty much facelift the rest.
The people at The Home Depot were so helpful and really guided us through the process as we did it ourselves, step-by-step.
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Our cabinets were in great shape and are really well-made so instead of replacing them entirely, we replaced a few of the doors with glass paneled doors and painted everything with Home Depot’s Behr paint in Antique White. We also replaced the old hardware with brushed nickel pulls.
The appliances were not only outdated but a few of them only worked halfway. The arm inside the dishwasher didn’t spin anymore so only about half of the dishes ever got clean, one of the stove’s burners and the broiler didn’t work, and the fridge, while in working order, was too short for its space by about eight inches. We purchased a stainless Kitchen Aid fridge and stainless Maytag dishwasher from The Home Depot as well as a new stove and microwave.
There wasn’t a backsplash in the kitchen and we really loved the look of one so purchased tumbled marble tiles from The Home Depot that Scott installed himself. I love their soft, rustic look. We also coordinated the installation of new granite countertops through The Home Depot.
We wanted to add some detail to the peninsula island and walls so bought beadboard panels and faced the island and bottom half of the walls with the beadboard.
We added some narrow ledge moulding to the top of the beadboard on the walls and painted the walls above the ledge in a very soft yellow, Behr paint in Havana Cream.
Scott must have ripped up four layers of flooring, at least – laminate wood, a few layers of old linoleum, and I think something else too. Once he got down the bottom, he tiled the floor in a ceramic tile we bought at The Home Depot, that had the same soft color and rustic look as the tumbled marble backsplash.
We worked hard on the revamp of our kitchen but couldn’t be happier with how we were able to stay within a tight budget and still get a totally updated look.
The Home Depot offers such great guidance and has so many products from which to choose when trying to renovate on your own. Watch the short video below to see why they’re my go-to when it comes time to revamp on a budget!