The 8k Kitchen: Our budget renovation



photography by Samantha Nelson Photography

We recently renovated our kitchen on a budget of $8k. (we did go a little over, see below for the full budget breakdown)  I had a 6 week lull in my work schedule and decided to go for it. Two weeks of planning, scheduling and ordering and four weeks of labor later, voila! We have a new kitchen! Check out our before..think we needed it?


I mean…this is justified right? The kitchen was a hot. mess. 





photography by Samantha Nelson Photography

To start we hired a local drywall expert to come in and remove the soffit and upper cabinets and repair the drywall. This cost $1k and took four dusty days. It opened up the room SO much- I wish I had had that part done a loooong time ago.


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The next part was on us. The Mr. and I installed open shelving, painted the window frame, and switched out the light fixture. Getting the corners right on the open shelving was HARD. But, Zak handled it and we love the end result!


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Next was countertops. We went with quartz and it was a huge splurge. In hind sight, I wish I had done a little more research on more affordable options but I do love the quartz. I’ve often opted for the “fake version” and regretted it. I didn’t want to make that mistake again! We were able to save money on the backsplash. The high contrast between the grout and tile really gives it a custom feel even though the tile was inexpensive.

Here’s our Source List:

Cabinet Paint: Sherwin Williams, Blue Peacock
Cabinet Painter: Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes:
Cabinet Hardware: Amazon: Copper Cabinet Hardware
Light: Lamps Plus: Iron Star Ceiling Light
Tile: Floor & Decor Arabesque Lantern Tile *tip*added contrast with black grout
Shelving Brackets: Ikea (they come white, I painted them copper)$2 Brackets Baby
Purple Mountain Art:
Vintage Accessories: ShopVintageSparkle
Copper Baskets on Fridge: Copper Baskets

Photography by Samantha Nelson Photography

 Keeping the original appliances allowed us to splurge on other things. To me, appliances aren’t very fun to look at regardless. The white doesn’t bother me and they all (pretty much) work:) So we kept them! My sweet friend Dana & her husband Brooks own a cabinet painting company called Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes. We brought them in to do our cabinet paint and they knocked it out of the park! Read Dana’s blog about the project here: 
 Here’s How The Numbers Breakdown: 

$3500- Countertops, including removal

$1050- soffit removal/drywall repair

$2000- Cabinet paint & hardware installation

$362- sink

$290- faucet

$130- light

$50- brackets & paint

$40  – Shelves

$120- hardware

$260 – plumbing install- w/new garbage disposal

$200- backsplash tile

$350- backsplash install




Photography by Samantha Nelson Photography

What I love most is that this space is full of memories. I have had this teapot since I went away to college! The mugs are a collection from Zak and I’s travels, and of course lots of fun vintage finds.

We are so honored that the one and only Domino recently featured this budget reno! You can view that post here:


Photography by Samantha Nelson Photography

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