Hello all you DIY design peeps! Are you ready for some design tips? Take a peek at this Budget Saving Kitchen Design.
Today you’re getting a surprise inside look at a real project!
Here are samples of the materials being installed in this kitchen. You can call this a “sample board”. Which is simply a grouping of your materials. The colors in photo don’t exactly match the real thing but hopefully you get the idea!
Shaker style doors: there are two different color doors. Seabird Gray and Strong Iron
Quartz Countertop: White Sand
Backsplash tile: 3″ x 6″ marble subway tile called Stormy Mist (honed). And 3″ x 12″ Carrara White sheet accent tile
grout – #77 Frost
missing from the sample board is the island countertop. Stay tuned for the next blog post!
Pulling it All Together
If you haven’t read my previous post, you may want to check it out. There are lots of budget saving tips on how to put a design plan together on a budget. First decide what is staying and what needs to go. The cabinets are staying; big budget savings here. But the island is changing; a little splurge! It’s been redesigned for better functionality, more storage and updated style. The backsplash also went bye, bye to make room for an updated color palette which complements the cabinetry.
Stretch Your Materials
Key Pro Tip. To save on your budget try stretching your materials. But not literally! The subway backsplash tile will be accented with a thin ribbon of the Carrara white sheet tile. Because the accent sheet tile can be cut apart, the three small ribbons provide three linear feet of material instead of twelve inches!
The new kitchen color scheme works well with what was already going on in the overall area. My best advice is to work with what you have to save on the budget. Because the kitchen opens up the living room, I used the existing space to determine the palette. The fireplace is covered with a stacked stone surround which is the perfect starting point. So, pulling colors from that stone made choosing the kitchen materials a breeze. Another example is pulling colors from an area rug you love to complement the rest of your room.
When you are working on a project of this size, there are many small but important details to consider. Making sure everything is cleared out of the way for the guys on the job is key! Also, disconnecting the sink before work starts may be an inconvenience for you, but helps the job to move along smoothly for everyone else. Oh and if you have fur babies, as I do, make sure you have access to and place their food and water in a safe place until the job is complete.
I hope you are inspired by this project and perhaps even motivated to start a DIY project of your own!
Click here to watch a short kitchen reno “before” video. And, stay tuned… you can enter your email address in the box below to get notifications of future posts in this series!