Our Kitchen Remodel: Before and After

When we moved into our house, I knew the kitchen needed to be the first room that we remodeled.  The layout of the kitchen was excellent, but the wood color of the cabinets blended in with the color of the hardwood floors (Too Much Wood Tone) and I wanted a white kitchen with a blue island.   The wood kitchen cabinets were purchased at IKEA.  I love IKEA but wanted an updated white kitchen.

As we planned the remodel, we wanted to save money so we only changed 3 elements in the kitchen – the paint color of the cabinets, the doors, and the lighting above the island.  We ordered the doors and had them painted and installed.  We received estimates on all different price levels of cabinet updates and the difference in the pricing was astounding.  

Since we chose to go basic and only update the doors to the cabinets, the paint, and the lighting, the total cost of the remodel was $6,000.  I have included both before and after photos.

                         AFTER – KITCHEN PHOTOS


Before photos of our Kitchen Remodel. We started with basic IKEA cabinets and added paint, new doors and pulls for the cabinets and new lighting above the island.

This $6,000 transformation made this 10-year-old kitchen feel updated and fresh. It’s amazing what simple changes such as paint can do for a room!

Cabinet Paint Colors:

Island Color – Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray – HC 147

Cabinets – Basic White


I would love to hear about your kitchen updates and remodels! How much did you invest to get your dream kitchen?

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