Budget Kitchen Makeover Update

Aug, 28, 2017
Budget Kitchen Makeover

Ok I feel like I’ve left you guys hanging on our budget kitchen makeover and I’m sorry! I’ve been sharing TONS of updates over on instagram though so if you haven’t been following along there make sure you do! We’ve still got some things left on our to do list but we’ve come a long way since we started this little makeover and I wanted to share some progress with you. I had a little photo shoot over the weekend for our new fridge, so thought it was the perfect time to snap some pics while things were clean.


To give you a refresher, here is what the kitchen looked like when we started:

outdated kitchen before makeover

And here is where we are right now:

budget kitchen update

vintage runner in the kitchen

painted kitchen cabinets*affiliate links included

I honestly can’t even believe this is the same kitchen! It’s amazing what a little paint and cosmetic changes can do. And speaking of which…here’s a breakdown of what we’ve done so far.



  • Replace light above the sink
  • Replace sink and faucet
  • Possibly replace stove and dishwasher
  • Waiting on a custom butcher block countertop for the island that Janine from If you Give a Girl a Saw is building for us
  • Figure out a way to hide all the mail/paperwork clutter on the counter

We really don’t have too much left! I’m soooo excited about our custom butcher block counter for the island. I’ve been working with Janine on some designs for it and once I have some more info to share I will!

I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy THIS LIGHT for above the sink and then I’d like to get a white drop in sink and hopefully a brass faucet. A new stove and dishwasher would obviously be bigger purchases so we’re trying to decide if that makes sense right now or not. But once that new fridge went in, I feel like the other black appliances stick out like a sore thumb. Especially the dishwasher. So we’ll see what happens there.

As for the mail/paperwork situation on the counter – I’d LOVE to know how you and your family keep things organized. We have a little metal paper organizer but it doesn’t completely conceal the paper so everything just falls out of it all over the place and it’s not the cutest. I love how much counter space we have, but it always ends up being a catch all for everyone’s crap. So tell me your secrets!

I know you all are patiently waiting on the tutorials for how I painted the cabinets and the backsplash, and I promise they are both coming soon!


Tutorial for painting tile backsplash
Tutorial for painting tile backsplash

So that’s where we are right now. It’s definitely not my dream kitchen, but it’s so much more my style that what it was before and I actually get happy when I walk in here. I’ll be sharing a full reveal soon when it’s all done but I wanted to give you guys an update!



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    Karen Sanders

    September 29, 2019

    Can you suggest a specific budget-friendly kitchen? Actually, I want to remodel my kitchen soon.

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    December 4, 2018

    Wow, amazing design ideas there, Bre. 😉

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    August 16, 2018

    Your kitchen looks absolutely fabulous. I think the butcher block countertop is going to be a nice enhancement to what you have right now. Thanks for the update.

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    Gloria Diaz

    July 23, 2018

    Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!

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      July 26, 2018

      Thank you so much, Gloria!

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    Christian Adward

    July 10, 2018

    This is a simple but beautiful kitchen faucet idea. Great work. Keep it up.

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    Nurul Amin

    June 29, 2018

    Hii , Bre!!!! It’s amazing work 🙂

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    Lex Reyes

    June 12, 2018

    This is simple and amazingly done! great work!

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    March 20, 2018

    It’s amazing how much of the original room is still there and yet it looks like a whole new space! I can’t believe how much nicer those tiles look in comparison to how they looked before!! They look totally timeless, instead of dated.

    Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

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      March 21, 2018

      Aw well thank you so much Ella! It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

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    December 22, 2017

    Love the rug! Where’s it from?

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      December 27, 2017

      Thank you! It’s from The Southern Loom 🙂

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    mary lou

    September 5, 2017

    i’ve been following your redesign on IG and i’m so impressed. can you share where you got the plant holder over the sink? thanks!

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    Diana Lopes

    September 5, 2017

    Your kitchen looks so beautiful already! Can’t wait to see how it’ll turn out after the sink/faucet replacement!

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    August 29, 2017

    This looks awesome! Great job!! Do you mind me asking where the vase is from? I’ve been looking for one just like that for our eucalyptus stems on the dining room table 😉

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    August 28, 2017

    Can you switch out the panel on your dishwasher to stainless to make it fit in better?

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      August 29, 2017

      I never even knew that was a thing! I’ll have to look into it!

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    August 28, 2017

    Looks amazing been dying to see this on the blog I’ve had to screenshot your Insta stories to keep me going on the meantime!

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      August 29, 2017

      ha! Well I’m glad you’ve been following over there, I’ll share a big reveal on the blog once it’s all done too!

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    August 28, 2017

    Can’t wait to see how you painted the tile backsplash!

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      August 29, 2017

      Tutorial is coming soon! It was so easy!

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    August 28, 2017

    Wow, Bre, the makeover is phenomenal! Congratulations and enjoy, Ardith

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      August 29, 2017

      Thank you so much Ardith! Still a few things to do, but almost done!

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    Sharon C

    August 28, 2017

    Wow, it’s such an unbelievable difference. What a transformation……..it’s gone from blah and dated to modern and fresh. Just the painting alone has made a world of difference. Awesome job!

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      August 29, 2017

      A little paint goes a long way!! Thanks Sharon!

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    August 28, 2017

    I can’t believe this transformation!!! Incredible! You can already see all that hard work paying off!

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      August 29, 2017

      Thanks Kristi!! I’m so glad I went for it!

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    August 28, 2017

    Young House Love just did a podcast on paper clutter! They had some great tips ????????

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      August 29, 2017

      Oh I’ll have to check it out, thanks!

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    August 28, 2017

    Labor day is the best time to buy appliances! Love it so much can’t wait to see the counter tops.

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      August 29, 2017

      Oh good call! I’ll definitely look into the deals this weekend!

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    August 28, 2017

    Loooove it, girl!! That light fixture is amazing and those bar chairs…❤️❤️

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      August 29, 2017

      Thanks friend! It’s coming along!

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