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Kitchen Makeover On A Budget – One Room Challenge Reveal

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It’s finally here! The One Room Challenge reveal day! I am so very excited and a little bit proud, to show you my Kitchen Makeover On A Budget. 

Hero Shot Kitchen Makeover

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One thing I mentioned in the first week, which you can see below, is this was not a full scale kitchen renovation. As I am renting there are certain things I cannot do, but I was able to make budget and renter-friendly cosmetic changes in just a few short weeks. You seriously can make a big difference in a room with cosmetic changes, which is one of the things I like to share on my blog. 

Breakfast Bar

Fall+Wk+6 ORC


Kitchen Entry Storage Ideas 

Anyone who comes to our townhouse always enters in the side kitchen door so we will start there. I like that the kitchen has pergo floors and is a fairly large room. The negative about entering in the side door is the first thing you see when you walk in is the side of the refrigerator!

I decided to go with it and actually decorate the area by adding a Deacon’s Bench that serves a dual purpose. It’s a great spot to sit and take off/put on your shoes as you come and go AND the bench opens so you can keep your shoes there. This is very helpful and it’s deep enough to hold about 10 pair of shoes.

Chalk Couture Canvas

Next week, I’ll have a tutorial for the pretty Welcome Home canvas.  As this is a budget-friendly makeover, you will see a lot of DIY and craft projects. Plus, I just like to add my own personal stamp to a home! I will share links for the projects as we go. Also, feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below. I do my best to respond. Here is the opposite side showing the kitchen entry:

This navy and white buffalo check fabric is so pretty! You will see 3 different versions of no-sew buffalo check curtains in the kitchen. Here is the tutorial.  Storage was something I really needed and this large hutch has two large cabinet shelves for storage and I found a slender cabinet that fit right in as well.

Kitchen Makeover – Budget Friendly Update

Kitchen Counter With Wine Fridge

My favorite thing that I did in the kitchen was add the Subway Tile Backsplash. If you didn’t see last week, this is peel and stick! It is so easy to install and you seriously cannot tell it’s wall paper unless you touch it. Crazy right?

Another easy update that really made a difference was changing out the hardware. I’m loving the sleek bar pulls from D. Lawless Hardware that you can read about here.

I removed a set of cabinet doors from the top cabinet and added another faux wood wall paper to the back. The cabinets are limited in this kitchen and this really opened up this space and gave me an opportunity to display some of my milk glass and my favorite vintage scale that is a gorgeous aqua color. This was $4 at a thrift store years ago!

The navy and white striped oversized runner is a perfect compliment to the buffalo check. I love the generous size!

My wine refrigerator fits perfectly at the end of the counter and is a huge help for freeing up space in the refrigerator, especially during holidays.

I’m also able to utilize the top of the wine refrigerator for wine glasses, serving purposes. Plus, it connects perfectly to the huge island that I had planned on using as my dining room table. What do you think?

Kitchen Island

finished kitchen

My plan was to place this refinished butcher block table under the chandelier and bring in a small island in the kitchen area. But there really wasn’t enough room for anything other than a tiny rolling cart. I kept thinking about how we could incorporate an island and get extra seating with the painted fabric chairs I shared here. Then it finally hit me to use the table as the island. After all, that is what it was intended for. It is counter height, so I just placed it right up against the wine refrigerator and I am in love!  

The chairs fit perfectly and I can easily add two to the other side if we need to. The best part is, it opened up more space to add a small dining table! This will be so great for entertaining. Plus the table is a drop leaf so I can open it up if necessary. The fact that this came together really made us so happy! 

This table will be great to use as a buffet. In fact, I already have a holiday get together planned and will set the food up on this table. 

See how I made the large chalkboard from a thrift store mirror here.


This vintage ladder will be fun to decorate for the Holidays. For now, I hung cotton garland. You can see the before of this ladder here. 

There was already a plant hanger in this corner and I don’t have much of a green thumb, so I took advantage of the hook and added a hanging mason jar light, as this area is a little dark. I was able to wrap the cord around the ladder so it doesnt show that much. 

You can find these hanging lights at the home store or even the craft store for a great price. Isn’t the mercury glass edison bulb cool?

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Coffee Station

A coffee station is a must in our home and this baker’s rack is just the right size to hold a keurig in a pretty aqua shade. I plan to add a hot cocoa station here (the sign is already made) soon. Living in New Hampshire that is also a must!

Aren’t the little trucks adorable? They are from the Target Dollar Spot-gotta love Target!

Thank you so much to the great sponsors and to Linda from Calling It Home for this great opportunity! You can check out all the One Room Challenge reveals here. 

Check out what I shared the first four weeks here:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

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CMR Constructions

Sunday 11th of October 2020

You provided great tips that results to elegant design and concept.

Happy Hiller

Sunday 5th of January 2020

I am impressed! Looks fantastic! Great job.

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Friday 30th of November 2018

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Sunday 25th of November 2018

Very creative use of space, and-as you say. going with it. Making the side of the refrigerator your "welcome home spot" is genius! It all looks welcoming and cheerful - especially because I love buffalo check!! Visiting from Across the Boulevard.


Friday 23rd of November 2018

very nice, great job a budget only limits the money we use not our imagination thats why I love the internet and visiting great blogs like this for inspiration come see us at

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