Small Budget Kitchen Remodel With A Big Impact


When we purchased our home a little over ten years ago, the previous owner had just remodeled the kitchen, it just wasn’t my taste/style. My intentions were to remodel it ASAP.  Our home was built in the 80’s and was somewhat of a fixer upper (mostly original). With that being said, all other projects took priority. Financially, the kitchen was on the back burner (literally).

It was difficult for me to completely renovate the entire kitchen because I really like the configuration of it and our cabinets are solid maple which are good quality.

After doing some research, we decided to have our cabinets painted.  This was a really difficult decision to make due to the fact we had different options such as, buying new cabinets, refacing, or just painting.  We decided to have it done professionally and change the cabinet knobs to these modern cabinet pulls. We removed the single plate rack cabinet that we never used, this really opened up the space!  We replaced it with two floating shelves to display a few of my favorite pieces.  I can also use these to decorate each holiday/season.

Since we were going to have the cabinets painted we also decided to change the dated granite counter top and replace it with quartz. Being that our cabinets are “standard”  We saved a lot by purchasing a pre-fabricated slab in “Royal Grey”. We also decided to add a beautiful mosaic tile, backsplash. This really made a big impact on the design at a minimal cost.

At this point in the project we decided to keep our original appliances to keep our costs down.  Unfortunately shortly after the remodel, each appliance with the exception of the refrigerator broke. We ended up having to replace each one of them.

My favorite thing about my new kitchen is my mini chandelier. Every girl needs some kind of “bling” to make her feel fabulous when she is washing dishes!

You really don’t have to break the bank with a remodel. You can find beauty with your existing space! You just have to have an open mind and a vision. We are so happy the way our entire kitchen came out.  Just keep in mind what you have may still work, it just may need a new touch up.  You too can make a big impact with a small budget, kitchen remodel.


  • Company that painted the cabinets URBAN DESIGN IN ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA
  • Cabinet Paint Color Benjamin MOORE, CHANTILLY LACE
  • Mosaic Backsplash Tile FLOOR AND DECOR
  • Mini Chandelier OVERSTOCK
  • Floating Shelves TARGET
  • Cabinet Hardware IKEA

Inspirations By Kathy