This is a kitchen that I consulted with online to create a new design scheme. The homeowner have a minimal budget to invest into renovations and may want to sell their home in a few years.

Either way we are going to help them love this kitchen.


This is how we chose to breathe joy into this outdated kitchen.


  1. Plants bring in oxygen and look fresh in kitchens, we love succulents from  local nurseries and floral shops.
  2.  Solid valance panel wrapped in frabric by Tonic Living, Java in Charcoal $28.95/yrd. (To finish off this look, get some in-expensive white wood blinds layered underneath for privacy.)
  3. All upper cabinets to be painted in OC-65 Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. This will make the kitchen look bigger and like the ceilings are higher than they are.
  4. Marble mosaic backsplash tile in chevron pattern, in the clearance section at a local tile shop (only $7/sq.ft)
  5. Simple knobs that don’t stand out too much or show that cabinets are old, the ones are $8/each from Anthropologie.
  6. This marble counter is a budget tipper, but so worth it in the end. For a similar look try an in-expensive laminate.
  7. All lower cabinets to be painted in HC-166 Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore.

* We didn’t include appliances although in this pic we are suggesting a new dishwasher.  New appliances always update a kitchen instantly.


* Drawing not to scale.

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