Reader Redesign: One Amazing 1K-ish Kitchen

Hold on to your jaws people because otherwise they’ll be on the floor in a few moments. Jordan and her husband have totally flipped their kitchen for just over a thousand dollars. And the result is nothing short of spectacular. Here’s Jordan’s letter:

I’ve been obsessed with y’alls blog for a while now. I check it every day! Me and the hubs finally bought a house this spring and just like you guys, we’re in love with it. We’re full time photographers (as opposed to designers or renovators) but I could paint and decorate for days without food or drink! I just love making things over!

We transformed the kitchen on a pretty tight budget. $1,207 to be exact!

But we definitely did our best to make our money go a loooong way. Just look at the difference:

Painting the cabinets and switching out the counters made for quite a change. And the stainless steel appliances that we already had definitely popped thanks to the change. Hanging a new light fixture above the sink also really changed the feeling of the room, and the new sink adds so much personality.

Here’s a little breakdown of everything that we used:

  • $20 – Paint for the cabinets (Olympic Dogwood Blossom)
  • $0 – Primer for the cabinets (we already had it)
  • $0 – Paint for the walls (don’t remember the name, but we had it forever)
  • $20 – Beadboard for the front of the peninsula (Home Depot)
  • $620 – Oak Numerar countertops (Ikea)
  • $185 – Sink (Ikea)
  • $98 – Faucet (Home Depot)
  • $86 – Knobs (Anthropologie)
  • $100 – White subway tile backspash (Home Depot)
  • $78 – Light fixture over sink (Ikea)
  • $0 – Stools (we already had them in another room)
  • TOTAL: $1,207

I’m so excited because I finally have a finished room to send y’all. Thanks so much Sherry and John!  – Jordan at

Isn’t it amazing? It’s just another example of how Ikea can come to the rescue when it comes to creating affordable room transformations – that and doing the work yourself to save some serious loot. We’re totally in love with what Jordan and her husband did that we’re just about ready to invite ourselves over for breakfast. Nice work guys! And what do you people at home think? Does it have you looking at your kitchen in a whole new way? What’s your favorite part?


  1. Kelly says

    WOW!! Truly inspiring. I love every detail- the countertops, the Anthropologie knobs, the sink, the light fixture, the beadboard! Love it! Nicely done.

  2. KV says

    What about the light fixture in the middle of the room? I’m thinking about putting one in my rather dark kitchen and am wondering how much light that puts off. Is it enough to make the kitchen feel bright at night?

    I love the new look!

  3. Madelaine says

    It just reinforces my wishes to paint our cabinets and replace our countertops. New lights and hardware and we would have a whole new room. However, our floors are not in good shape and our appliances are old and starting to go. Baby steps!

  4. Amy B. says

    So if they are photographers… what went wrong in the first picture?…lol. Pretty impressive change for the price, though. I am noticing that doesn’t really include accessories which also make a big difference to a room and the price. Congrats on the light & bright reno.

  5. says

    wow! i’m totally inspired to get going on painting our cabinets. our new backsplash and counters just don’t shine with our yellowed 1950’s varnish covered cabinets! awesome job!

  6. Michele Daggar says

    Hi Youngsters,

    Love this kitchen! When I clicked on the link for Jordan’s blog it redirected me back to this blog!

  7. Amy says

    How did they modify thier undersink cabinet to accomodate their new farmhouse sink? I really want a sink like that, but am unsure how i would make it work with the existing cabinet I have!

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