Kitchen Remodel Reveal

The day is here! After a ton of projects, a lot of hard work and a few disagreements, I can finally say that the kitchen remodel is done! It took a little lot longer than either one of us thought it would but it’s totally done and I can’t wait to finally give you the tour.

From dark and cramped to light and bright with plenty of storage. How we did a total DIY kitchen remodel for under $3000.

We started the remodel on our small galley kitchen in January 2015 with a plan to lighten up the space and create more storage. Here it is before we moved in, red cabinets and all.

kichen reno before 2And the after. Such a huge difference, don’t you think?

A DIY small kitchen remodel done on a tight budget. |

The 2 things that didn’t change in the kitchen were the appliances and the tile floor.

DSC_1175DIY small kitchen remodel done on a budget. | chatfieldcourt.comBefore we installed the cabinet that we built.

kichen reno before 5We love all of the prep space that we have now and the hubs uses every inch. This is how it looks every day, not styled and ready to use.

DIY small kitchen remodel done on a tight budget. | chatfieldcourt.comThis house was built in 1956 and had enough space for a small refrigerator, not the monsters that we all have now. We built a cabinet around it to help disguise it, and give it more of a custom look, but there’s no denying that it’s huge.

A small kitchen remodel done on a very small budget. | chatfieldcourt.comA small kitchen remodel done all on our own and on a tight budget . | chatfieldcourt.comI won’t subject you to any more bad “before” pictures.

A DIY small kitchen remodel done all on our own and on a tight budget . | chatfieldcourt.comA DIY small kitchen remodel done on our own and on a tight budget . | chatfieldcourt.comThe end cabinet, where I store all of our dry goods, was our final project. It’s the first time I’ve been able to store all of my food in one place and it feels like a luxury.

DIY small kitchen remodel done on our own and on a tight budget . |

It still feels strange to walk into such a bright space and, even though we didn’t add any square footage and added a cabinet on an empty wall, it actually feels bigger. It’s the first white kitchen that I’ve ever had and I love it. I think it was the right thing to do in this small space.

Small kitchen remodel done on our own and on a tight budget . |

I have to say that I’ve loved the whole process of doing this remodel. Yeah, it was difficult at times and sometimes the mess was hard to handle, but I really enjoyed it. Now the hubs…I’m not so sure he would say the same. πŸ˜‰

A reveal of a small kitchen remodel done on a tight budget . |

If you have any questions about the kitchen, feel free to comment or email me and I’d be happy to answer.

Thanks so much for sticking with me through the 418 days of this kitchen remodel and for all of your encouragement when I was feeling down. I can’t tell you how much your support and comments have meant to me.

A DIY small galley kitchen remodel done on a serious budget and all on our own, from countertops to plank ceiling.

I’ve also shared a post on all of the projects we did, including sources of all the products we used, if you want to check it out.

A small kitchen remodel with all the details, including links to all of the projects we did and the sources. |

Small Kitchen Remodel Details

Adding a tongue and groove plank ceiling during a full kitchen remodel. |

Tongue & Groove Plank Ceiling in the Kitchen

In case you missed it, I also shared a tour of my small home with tips on making the most of your small space.

A small house tour with tons of tips and ideas to help you make the most of your small space. |

Small House Tour

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171 thoughts on “Kitchen Remodel Reveal

  1. Hi Kristi,
    Oh wow, you must be so pleased with the result! It looks so lovely! I’ll be changing our kitchen later this year (to Shaker style), and I was at IKEA today and saw a sink very similar to yours which I’m keen on. As we aren’t replacing cabinets, and I imagine you didn’t either, I was wondering if it was difficult cutting down your cabinet front to allow for the apron-front-bit of the sink? (Technical terms!). I’m also looking forward to knowing what colour paint you used on the walls.
    Congratulations on a great job!
    Thanks Kristi
    Cheers, Liz (Australia).

    • Hi Elisabeth, thanks for visiting from Australia! We did not replace cabinets but the sink was a bit tricky. There was a limited amount of space for the sink and we were lucky that it fit. The original apron was removed and we just cut it to fit around the sink and reinstalled it. Not a difficult project at all. As for the walls, I used Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, at 50% strength. It’s the same color that I used in my living room and I love it. Hope all that helps. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Best of luck on your kitchen redo. Cheers!

  2. Hi very impressed and love what you have done. Have small kitchen too but not gallery style. Just quick question, where is kettle, toaster, washing machine, microwave (if you have them), maybe you have utility area. Like the way built around fridge freezer, and tall narrow cupboard. Looking for ideas to improve our kitchen, can’t put things high or low due to arthritis, from UK

    • Hi Maureen! Thanks so much for stopping in and for your lovely comment. Actually I don’t have any kind of pantry or closet in the kitchen so my kettle and toaster are in my cabinets, ready to grab. I don’t like having stuff out on my counters, so I found a spot where they are out of sight but easy to reach (I have a back injury so I understand your issue). I don’t have a lot of gadgets or dishes or pots and pans, just necessities. In our case it seems like a waste of precious space when something sits in a cabinet and never gets used. As for our washer and dryer, they are in our basement and we do not have a microwave. I hope some of that helps. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

  3. Wow, Kristi it looks so fabulous!!!! I love the subway tile going all the way up and the open shelving. The space looks larger and brighter. Y’all can pat yourselves on the back for a fabulous job!

    • Thanks Cristina! Looking at beautiful kitchens remodels, like the one you did, served as great inspiration to us. We are loving our new space and I feel like I’m walking into a new house every time I go in there.

    • Thanks Dharma, I appreciate your visit! The decision to shorten the window was easy and I’m so glad that we did it because we were able to extend the countertops and cabinets. πŸ™‚

  4. Like everyone else – this is truly a WOW! Congratulations and now’s the time to just relax, take full credit and enjoy. This was a huge job and you both deserve all the Kudos given.

  5. Love, love, love it, Kristi. What a fabulous transformation! Dennis and I were just talking yesterday about houses he’s designed in the past and he mentioned that his favorite kitchen of all time was one that had windows all across one side of the kitchen — no upper cabinets — and how the cook(s) could work at the counter and enjoy the views (it was a mountain home with incredible scenery). My point in telling you this is that you were so wise to extend your counter across that second window and remove the cabinet between the windows and put up open shelving. It just opens up the kitchen and makes it so beautiful! I really do love every choice you made, but my heart just melts at that window wall. I’m a window person (you probably already knew that) and a firm believer that natural light makes any room so much more inviting. By the way, I’m crazy about the woven shades on our windows. Are those custom? Hugs, Nancy

    • Thanks so much Nancy, I truly appreciate it. You are so right, taking down that cabinet made a huge difference. Unfortunately we don’t have a great view but the light in there is awesome. I love how light and bright the room is now. I did have to do custom shades in these windows. They are both different and odd sizes so I had to go custom. I love the texture they add to the room without blocking any of that precious sunlight. Hope you have a great week my friend.

  6. It’s just lovely, Kristi. I know how long and hard you have worked on this space. You must be thrilled that the work is behind you now and you can just enjoy the pretty!! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much Kim. We really are thrilled with it and enjoy it every night we cook dinner. Now we can be in there together because there’s enough room for 2 chefs, well 1 chef and his sous chef. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Erin! It was a challenge getting all of our space issues solved, but we are thrilled with the results. I appreciate the invite and will definitely check out your party.

  7. Love it!!! Simple and clean yet stylish and welcoming. I notice you do not have a microwave. I got rid of mine about 5 years ago. I do not miss it at all. If you want to do another kitchen you can do mine. πŸ˜‰ I have a spare room and the weather is nice here in Florida. I am also less than a mile from the beach. Great place to relax. Enjoy your new kitchen and have a great week.

    • Thanks Debbie, we love it too. No, we don’t have a microwave. There was no room for one when we moved in and, like you, we have never missed it. I’d love to come down and do your kitchen, I need another project. LOL

      I appreciate you sticking by me through this long process and offering endless encouragement and support when I was feeling discouraged or stressed. It has truly meant so much to me.

  8. It really looks wonderful! I am 14 months into my kitchen remodel and it feels like it will never be done! We are doing some open shelving as well. How are you liking yours? I love the extended cabinetry that you added, and the paneled ceiling. It all looks fantastic!

    • Thanks Melanie, we love our new space! I know just how you feel but you will be so happy when it’s done…truly. As for the open shelves, I really love them. Being a neat freak who likes things clean and tidy, I was skeptical that I would like them but I do. We only have one and it holds the dishes that are used everyday, so they don’t have a chance to get dirty. Thank you for stopping and and I wish you luck with the rest of your remodel.

    • Thank you Judith. I’m so glad that we extended the counter and countertops. We have so much more storage and counter space and it really changed the look of the whole kitchen.

  9. I love every inch of this kitchen. I think as I kept scrolling, It kept getting better and better. Just so smart with the new layout of cabinets being extended to the wall. I love the beadboard ceiling and the light fixture. The open shelves just really open up the space around the sink. I just love it all! And pinned like crazy too : )

  10. I’m a little late with this, but I love your kitchen! I bet you smile every time you walk in the kitchen! Been really busy at work, this is our busy season and I handle all the H-1B visas so I don’t usually want to be on the computer when I get home. Tried of staring at a computer all day long!
    I’m jealous, I can’t wait until my bathroom has every little thing done!
    Again, love, love your kitchen!!!

    • Thanks MJ, it’s so great to hear from you. I’m so glad it’s done. I know that you’ll be done with yours soon and will be so happy with it.Thanks for stopping in and take care my friend.

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  13. It’s gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous! We’re slowly working on ours, and I just told my husband that I’m seriously thinking of going for a white kitchen now, Thanks for sharing yours! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much, Dee. I was nervous about having a (mostly) white kitchen, I’ve never had one before, but I think it was the right thing to do to open up our small space. Best of luck on yours. πŸ™‚

  14. I love your kitchen! It looks so much bigger and brighter. Great design from the small space. Someday I will get to redo my kitchen, I pinned this for inspiration πŸ™‚

  15. Oh Wow!! You guys did this yourselves?? 418 days? I totally applaud you !!
    It looks amazing! It makes it look so much bigger and brighter and much more fun to use…..Enjoy it you totally deserve it!!

    • Thanks so much Nancy, I appreciate it! We are really enjoying the lighter and brighter space and, the fact that we can both be in there cooking at the same time is a huge plus. Thanks for stopping by to check it out.

  16. Oh man! Very nice remodel. I love light and airy. I am always trying to figure in my head how we can add more cabinet space to our small kitchen. I am 4′ 6″ and my husband is 6′ but we didn’t even put any upper cabinets except the one for the oven hood since I do most of the cooking. We have purged and purged and purged again. I am to a point where I just feel at some point I am going to need something of the things I have so no more purging. We think we have come up with a solution…we shall see.

    Sorry! I talk waaaay too much. Love your kitchen!!

    • Hi, Jenn! Thanks for checking out our kitchen. I love when readers chat in their comments, that’s what we’re all about here so don’t apologize.

      We purged a ton of stuff too and we’re really careful about what we bring in, even when it comes to food. It’s funny how you have to consider that kind of stuff when you have limited space. I have room to spare right now but I know that it wouldn’t take much to fill it up. Would love to hear about your solution…when you’re ready to share of course.

      Thanks again for stopping in and for the nice comment. πŸ™‚

  17. I so love your kitchen. My house was built in 1948 so I know that the kitchens are small so we have to use every inch we have. I am renovating my kitchen in the spring and I love the all white, it looks so bright & clean. You & your hubby done an amazing job..hats off to you both. I love all the detail but I especially like the chalkboard calender…did you make that yourself or buy it. All kitchens need one.

  18. First time reader of your blog here:) Your kitchen blew my mind – because our first house had the sam kitchen layout! I always wondered how I could have remodeled it to make it more spacious and you did exactly that! Great job. I look forward to eading your blog more often.

    • Hi, Karin and welcome! Thanks so much for stopping in and for your sweet comment.

      Having a small galley kitchen with that kind of footprint is so hard to make space changes too, don’t you think? We couldn’t afford to make any additions to the house, so our remodel was the best that we could do. I think it all worked out, in the end. πŸ™‚

    • Hi, Madeline. Thanks so much for checking out our kitchen remodel. Yes, we did install the planks board by board. Working upside down was tough but I love the results. We did opt to use the pre-primed boards and I’m so glad that we did, it saved our necks and backs. πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks so much Liz! Once ours was all done, the hubs agreed that it was all worth it…not something I expected from him. Maybe he will be more willing with the next one. πŸ˜‰ I appreciate you taking the time to check out our remodel. πŸ™‚

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  24. Hi. I love your new kitchen! Really beautiful choices – makes such a difference!

    I spotted a stool painted a pretty blue at the “empty” wall (under a chalkboard?). Can you share where you got the stool? It would be perfect for my kitchen!

    Oh, and, we share our first name! Even the same spelling! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Kristi ( I don’t get to say hello to someone with my name, same spelling, very often) ;)! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on our kitchen. We really love how it turned out.

      The stool in my kitchen is actually a $3 garage sale find that I painted with chalk paint. It was the perfect size for my kitchen. If you do garage or estate sales, you may be able to find your own. πŸ™‚

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  26. This is so pretty! I’m sure it was a ton of work, and I know how husband’s are when it comes to DIYing…begrudgingly helpful. I have one of those. But wow, the difference is amazing! So open and light and airy! I’m sure you’re enjoying it now, as you should be!

    • Thanks, Rachel! It was a ton of work but so worth it. It’s so sad that we had to sell the house and leave it behind. I hope that the new owner will love it as much as we did. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  27. The reveal was a nice update to breathe life into that kitchen. Very inviting, I just love the framed chalkboard and the color palette you chose! Thank you so much for sharing this at Project Inspired. ~Hugs MB

    • Thanks, Kristi. I never thought that painting the cabinets would make that big of a difference but I’m so glad it did. I appreciate you stopping in.

  28. It’s nothing short of awesome! I can see why it feels so much larger to you. I’d like to tell you what I like but I like everything; the windows, the extra counter space, the sink and all! Thanks for sharing your project with us at Merry Monday. I’m inspired! I’ll be sharing on my FB page.

    • Awww, thanks so much Shirley for the sweet comment and for the share on FB. It was a ton of work but we’re so thrilled with the way it all turned out.

  29. Your kitchen turned out wonderful. We remodeled ours 3 yrs ago and I can imagine everything you went thru but it is so worth it at the end! The white was a great choice and the cabinet you built provided so much extra space. Good job

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  31. Kristi this is FABULOUS! Wow. You did an amazing job. The after photos are simply gorgeous. Love the white cupboards and that splash back just finishes it all off and not to mention that plank ceiling. Love it all! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Corner Link Up. Look forward to seeing what you link up tonight!

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  34. Kristi, your kitchen is beautiful! I’m having the same issue with my kitchen floor. Actually everything in our house was beige beige beige. And I’m trying to make the transition over to grays and whites. But pulling up the ceramic tile throughout the entire house just isn’t in our budget. I love your counter top!! It’s exactly what I could use to tie in the tans and beige in the floors to the whites and grays in the cabinets and walls. Do you know the name of the granite? Again, your kitchen is beautiful and I’m so glad I stumbled upon a link on Pinterest!!

    • Thanks so much, Cindy. I feel your pain with changing out the tile. We were trying to do this remodel on a budget and there was really nothing wrong with the floor so we left it. I was happy to find our granite at Floor & Decor. They only had a few pieces in the store but the one I chose had that fabulous streak of gray running through it. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of it. They only stock a few pieces and that is all you have to choose from. The trade off was that it was reasonably priced. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. If I can answer any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks for stopping in.

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  41. You both did an awesome job with your kitchen remodel and it looks gorgeous and yet so practical ! I always say, the size doesn’t matter, but how you create the space.
    Happy 4th. of July.

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    • Thank you, Andrea. Actually, we just moved the window sill up. It’s the same window that was there but, by removing the long sill, we gained space that we used for more cabinets. πŸ™‚ We loved how much bigger and brighter the space was when we were done.

  43. This is a beautiful and bright remodel! I’m excited for you, just looking at the pictures! We have a larger kitchen, but also built in the 50s, so it’s in need of more work. So far, we’ve done the floor, painted the walls and I’ve painted the current cabinets as a temporary ‘fix’ until we decide what exactly we’ll do for cabinetry. Also, I can’t wait to add some lighting in our kitchen as it gets pretty dark in the afternoon. Congrats on your new space! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much, Kendall. It sounds like you’ve been pretty busy in your kitchen too. It’s a lot of work, isn’t it? The only sad part is that we didn’t get to enjoy it for very long because we ended up moving, unexpectedly. Fortunately having the kitchen all done helped us to sell our house in less than a day.

      Best of luck with the rest of your kitchen redo.

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    • Thanks so much, Theresa. It was a ton of work but we were thrilled with the way it all turned out.

      I appreciate you sharing and pinning my kitchen. Best of luck to you on your own remodel.

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    • Awww, thanks so much Kati. I was really thrilled with the way our little kitchen turned out. I just wish I could have enjoyed it a little more before we sold the house and moved to NC.

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  53. HI Kristi, ok this makes 7-8 times I tried replying to your remodeling job YOU BOTH DID! So it’s this site & my I pad don’t get a long! You really inspired me to go back into doing DIY PROJECTS as I haven’t done much since my husband passed 3 yrs. ago as we were a team at it! But I wanted to ask you a couple questions on a headboard I’m doing ? , I’m also on Facebook DeeDee Menzock finally got this far not going to push it , hope I hear from you

  54. HI Kristi , DeeDee again maybe now I got that one out of ten through I can tell you how AMAZING YOU BOTH DID ON REMODELING YOUR KITCHEN!!❀️❀️? I just loved every little thing down to the shelf , chalk board you guys hit the nail on the head! Hmmm that should be a QOUTE for the day! Lol no it really is BEAUTIFUL! & im sure you inspired a lot of people ! Sorry I’m replying so late but accidentally came across the picture of your kitchen! I think I shared it on Facebook matter of fact, you guys keep up all that great work as it will leave impression’s on your heart as well and something you did together! Thanks for posting it as it helped me & gave me big inspirations! and would like to show you a picture of my project & see if you got any ideas for me? Does anyone else have problems with this site? as it always reloads on me than you loose everything you wrote & have to start over!! Big bummer . God Bless & keep up that great work that is obvious you have the touch!????????β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ????

    • Hi DeeDee. Welcome and thanks so much for your very sweet comment. I truly appreciate your kind words about our kitchen remodel. I’m glad that we were able to inspire you. It was a real labor of love for us and we were thrilled with the results.

      I’m so sorry that you had so much trouble leaving a comment from your iPad. We’re looking into the issue and hope to get it straightened out. Please let me know if you have any more trouble. You can always email me at with any questions or comments you may have. I’ll do my best to answer.

      Thanks again and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  55. I think you and your husband did an outstanding job on your new kitchen. I found your site by chance. So glad I did. You two deserve a nice vacation after this huge undertaking. Looking forward to any future makeover you decide to tackle. Love and best wishes.

    • Hi Eva and welcome! So glad you found us (and our kitchen remodel reveal)! πŸ˜‰ We had a blast doing the remodel, I just wish I had more time to enjoy it before we moved. At least I can look forward to another remodel in our new house…someday.

      Thanks so much for stopping in and for your sweet comment.

  56. What a fabulous job…I love the simple lines and clean look. So nice. Where did you find the black brackets? I would love to hang a similar shelf in our kitchen, love the brackets.

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