Budget transformation! Blasé before, high-class after!

Okay! Hold onto your hats folks! This before and after just might surprise you when you find out how much impact you can accomplish with a relatively small budget.

I have a client that purchased a new home and wanted to do a facelift to her kitchen before moving in. She asked for my assistance to figure out the design plan. SMART GIRL! There were a few things about the kitchen that my client wasn’t thrilled about when she bought the home. Her list of “must haves” were:

  • Make the kitchen feel brighter and more updated
  • Keep the construction to a minimum
  • All-in budget of $5000

$5000 to re-do a kitchen?!?! Are you thinking “Tisha, have you lost your marbles?” While the possession of my marbles may be up for debate, working within a budget is what I do. Here was our plan to make her list of must haves a reality.

First we decided on the color palette. She liked the idea of a bright white kitchen with blue as the background. We decided to put the majority of her budget into a classic subway tile backsplash and new countertops. Those came out UH-MAZING! Then the rest of the budget was used for a few clever upgrades and some paint.


The before cabinets were much too small for the kitchen especially relating to the ceiling height.  My idea was to have a simple box constructed on top of each cabinet creating an open shelf look and then top each box with crown moulding. This simple addition creates the look of custom cabinets, expands the cabinet space and fits the room much better. The hardest part was explaining my vision to our fantastic carpenter.  I told him that I wanted a box on each of the cabinets and he tilted his head like my dog does when I say his name. However, we were able to get on the same page and as you can see below, the results came out wonderfully.

one more look at the before…..

Building out the open shelving above the cabinets.

The keys to recreating this kind of transformation in your own home is a little paint, creativity and maybe you have to make friends with a nice handyman who can build you a box to put on top of your cabinets. Thank you for hanging in with us here at Blue Eye DIY! Feel free to share if you think we are cool :).

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