If there’s one room that homeowners generally wish they could renovate more than any other, it’s probably the kitchen. Unfortunately, many homeowners also believe that a beneficial and significant kitchen renovation is always going to come along with a significant price tag. This is unfortunate because you can actually give a kitchen a whole new look for much less money than you might think.
As an example, we’re going to share an amazing kitchen renovation that was completed by Tasha of Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body. With a budget of only $700, this lawyer by day and designer by night was able to give her kitchen the fresh look that it needed. Through smart design decisions and a little bit of creativity, this new look was accomplished for what many would consider a rock-bottom kitchen renovation budget. Let’s take a look.
1. The Before
While this certainly isn’t the ugliest kitchen in the world, there can be little doubt that this design needs some spark.
2. Black and White
Here’s what this kitchen looks like $700 later. As you can see, the black and white color scheme gives it some delicious contemporary flair.
3. Looking at the Other Side
Taking a look at the kitchen from another angle, you might notice the new cabinetry hardware, which is decidedly modern as well.
4. A Dark Backsplash
The choice to use a dark backsplash gives the whole black and white color scheme a real sense of depth and dimension
5. Taking a Closer Look
But, that’s not an entirely new backsplash! Instead a coat of dark-grey paint was applied to the existing backsplash. Look! You can still see the lions and fleur-de-lis.
In fact, by taking a look at this side-by-side comparison, you can see how a fresh coat of paint can really transform a kitchen’s look.
7. It’s the Little Touches
Though not technically part of the renovation, check out how these dog bowls and containers for dog food add a touch of whimsy to the space.
8. Let There Be Light!
You probably noticed them in the earlier photos, but check out these simple light fixtures that really help to accentuate the design of this kitchen renovation.
9. An Open Shelf
Provided that you can keep it clean and tidy, and open shelf like this can really add some charm to a kitchen design.
10. About Those Floors
In the before photo, you probably noticed how tired and worn out those hardwood floors looked. You won’t believe how they were transformed.
Instead of putting in a whole new flooring system, this designer used a stencil to create a new floor pattern.
12. The Finished Result
As you can see, the effect is wonderful, modern and unique. Perhaps you could do something like this in your kitchen?
13. The New Surprise
In this kitchen, the breakfast nook area received a beautiful update, too. Here’s what the before looked like.
14. The Creative After
And now you’ve got a space that has a jet black wall that can be used for chalk art and even notes to yourself. How cool!
15. Check Out That Accent Wall!
Even cooler than the chalk wall, though, is this accent wall, which was made from simple reclaimed wood. It adds some real contrast to the space.