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Even though we’re (almost) done with our kitchen renovation, we still love finding little nuggets of style inspiration. When this awesome budget-friendly kitchen renovation came across our inbox, we were floored. It wasn’t just a “little nugget” of solid and inspirational design. It’s an absolutely awesome kitchen at a fraction of the cost you’d probably think. Without further ado, here’s Jesse’s email:

We absolutely adore your kitchen renovation and thought your readers might enjoy ours as well. We bought a 1950’s ranch a few months ago, and with the approaching birth of our second baby, we knew we had to kick it into high gear to get it ready. The kitchen was in desperate need of some love, with linoleum floors, laminate counters, dated cabinets and the original 18′ oven (not the cute kind, ha!). We completely gutted the entire space down to the bare studs and even removed a few enclosing walls. My husband is an electrician and quite the handyman, so he re-wired and re-plumbed the space. We hung new drywall, laid new hardwood flooring, installed new cabinets, a subway tile backsplash, and DIYed a butcher block island. We penny pinched on nearly every aspect (spent just under 10K) to get the kitchen of our dreams and even saved enough to splurge on soapstone countertops! After two months of late nights and weekends spent renovating we were finally able to move in… Just three days after coming home with new baby! With all the hard work we’ve loved every minute of it and would do it again in a heartbeat. Nothing compares to a space you’ve built on your own from the ground up! Hope you can enjoy this space as much as we have!

(Keep those recipes coming. We’re loving them over here!)


 Are you ready for this kitchen renovation awesomeness?!

To open up the space, they took down a wall between the kitchen and living room. So smart! They also reconfigured the layout of the appliances to make for a more functional kitchen.

We’re really digging the dark soapstone countertops and the butcher block island. For the butcher block countertop, they purchased maple butcher block from Lumber Liquidators, cut it to size, then stained it using Minwax Dark Walnut (our personal favorite as well!) followed by Minwax Water-based Polycrylic.

To add some color, they brought in cheerful green and yellow accents. Like with most all-white kitchens, they can easily change up the color-scheme later down the road if they wish, simply by changing accessories.

They also brought in a white and yellow striped rug. We love having rugs in the kitchen (we’re thinking about bringing one into ours down the road). It gives the kitchen a nice, cozy feeling, and it’s a great way to bring in more color.

For the roman shade above the sink, Jessie took a mini blind, fabric, and glue to make a no-sew roman shade (using this tutorial). Genius!

I really like how the black window frame pops against the white subway tile and cabinetry. It also ties in the dark lighting hardware.

We’re huge fans of industrial lighting, and these are 100% total awesomeness. They add yet another darker element to a light kitchen, and add some visual interest to bring your eye to the great DIY butcher block counter.

Now that’s great before and after, right? For more information about Jessie’s renovation, including a source list and full budget breakdown, check out her blog, Cape27. Ashley loves the dark countertops and the addition of the runner and I’m really digging the industrial touches in the lighting and barstools. We still need barstool for our kitchen, maybe we should add these to the maybe list?

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    Ammy Belle
    June 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Amazing! I am so jealous! What a beautiful redo! Congrats on the second baby, too! 🙂

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    Lindsay R
    June 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

    This is gorgeous!!!

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    June 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Wow! Great job! Love the pops of color.

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    June 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

    My favorites are the dark countertops and the rug too.
    They did a really great job!

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    June 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Job well done! I love the runner on the floor. Makes me want to look for rugs fr my kitchen! I would never have guessed the window shade was a DIY project. Looks great!

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    Zena B
    June 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

    For under 10 grand? That is amazing! I know using IKEA cabinets help much but adding new appliances and still keeping it under 10 is crazy good! Congratulations! I’m jealous;)

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    Amanda C
    June 4, 2012 at 11:44 am

    A new baby and a new kitchen. Wow. Congrats!

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    Jenny @ House Full of Pretty
    June 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Stunning!! I am beyond impressed!!!!

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    House Painting
    June 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I absolutely love what you have done. Very inspiring for me. I especially like the big open feeling you get now.

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    June 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I love it!

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

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    June 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Wow! That is fantastic!!! Seriously love all of it. But I think my favorite part is the DIY butcher block island. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jessie @ Cape 27
    June 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks so much for the feature today! You guys are awesome and these comments are so sweet 🙂

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      June 5, 2012 at 12:22 am

      Thank YOU for sending it our way! : )

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    [email protected]
    June 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Looks beautiful! Thank you for posting this.

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    June 5, 2012 at 2:12 am

    I love the light fixtures.

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    June 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

    This is amazing! I’m interested in interior design, and I’m helping my parents redecorate parts of the house but they won’t ever do this much of a change. (I’m the only one that likes lots of change.) I can’t wait until I one day have my own house to redecorate and work with!

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    Julia @ Chris Loves Julia
    June 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    This is so amazing and inspiring! We have been trying to work on a layout for our kitchen renovation for almost a year now and I always love seeing how others solved their design problems. Totally pinned this bad boy.

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    September 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I loooooove the curtain above the sink! Where did you find the fabric?!?!

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    April 15, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Where’s the rug from?????

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    April 29, 2013 at 10:50 am

    When you removed the wall on the left, was it a supporting wall?, was the post you put in there enough or did you have to do other re-enforcements?

    Love the reno!

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