Kitchen Renovation

My Dream Kitchen

The Kitchen- Overview

Kitchen Remodel Before and After

Kitchen Reno- Caviar Taste on a Burger King Budget

How I View Design:

Every room in a home should give joy, be filled with personal moments, and reflect the owner’s journey and roots. Everything should be pleasing to the eye, and  a showcase of personal style. 

I recently renovated my kitchen with these tenets.

From the time I moved into my house, 20 years ago, the kitchen was a combination of bad taste and unfortunate design. The cabinet doors were unique, the center panels recessed in a deep frame of oval, constructed in orange oak. The countertops were not only unsightly, but unhealthy. The seams between the tiles hosted an army of invisible germs, plotting to unleash their toxic powers.  A butt-ugly kitchen.

The kitchen called out “update me, update me,” I heard it, but I didn’t have the money. I perfected the art of making do. Three years of pandemic confinement convinced me to commence the renovation, despite my meager bank account.  So, with a budget of $3000, $32,000 less than my projected requirement , I accepted the challenge.

You can make great changes with a minimal budget. I have more information on each step, click on the links below for detailed pictures and the processes. Note: Some detail posts are complete others are coming.

update honey oak cabinets

Changes I Considered Required, Non-negotiable

Cabinet upgrades




Tile backsplash 


Floating shelves

Less Important, Included Changes

Instant Hot Water Heater


In-counter compost bucket

Spice Rack

Island Update


Window Coverings

  The End Wall

Final home for the Microwave


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