Kitchen Remodel on a Budget: Modern Cottage

The kitchen was the first major renovation we took on in our house. The kitchen was original to the house (about 1960) and included 2 layers of wall paper, a dishwasher on wheels,  peeling laminate counter tops, cabinets too shallow to fit anything in, and blind corner cabinets that things disappeared into.  The goal for this remodel was to make the kitchen more aesthetically pleasing as well as more functional. We were going for a modern cottage look. Our budget was $5,000. At the bottom I included a product list. Check back soon for all our tips on how we accomplished so much on a small budget. Modern Cottage kitche remodel Before

To keep our budget small we decided to keep the original layout of the kitchen and most of the cabinets. We removed all of the cabinets to the left of the stove and the upper cabinets that hung between the kitchen and dining room.  We repainted all the remaining cabinets in Benjamin Moore’s Bright White High Gloss Oil based Acrylic.

Modern cottage kitchen remodel after

The cabinets that we removed were replaced by 3 Ikea cabinets ( the 4 drawer unit and corner unit on the bottom and the corner unit on the top). We then refaced all the existing cabinets with MDF to match the doors on the Ikea cabinets. All the cabinets then got new hardware from Ikea and the upper cabinets got crown molding as did the rest of the room. What’s really cool is that when we tell people that some of the cabinets are new and some are refaced they can never figure out which are which. The 3 new cabinets are so functional that they effectively doubled our storage space. We replaced all of the appliances with new white ones and we installed an over the stove microwave in an empty area that was already over the stove. We got lucky that it fit perfect. We installed a new light fixture over the peninsula that separates the kitchen from the dining area where cabinets used to hang.  The counter tops are butcher block which helps keep the room from feeling cold.

MOdern cottage kitchen remodel with ikea cabinets

On this side of the kitchen we left the doors off of the cabinets that hold the dishes to create an open shelving look. The original dishwasher that was on wheels was tossed to make room for a new built in dishwasher. We installed white bead board for the backslash. WHite kicthen with open shelves, beadboard, and butcher block

This wall is too shallow for cabinetry so we bought this unfinished wood buffet which we painted black. It holds all of the kids dishes as well as kitchen linens in the baskets on the bottom. The wall unit is Ikea Grundtal. black kicthen buffet with Ikea wall unit

I love the new sink! It’s a large one bowl white sink that holds anything. We installed a new traditional brushed nickle faucet with sprayer. We also installed a garbage disposal, something the kitchen originally lacked.

traditional bushed nickle faucet with large white sink

In the corner we installed the Bygel wall system from Ikea for more storage. The glass containers are also from Ikea. Ikea jars and hanging baskets with beadboard

And one more before and after.

Modern Cottage kitche remodel Before       Modern cottage kitchen remodel after

Product List:

Cabinets, Lighting, Counter tops, Hardware, and Wall unit: Ikea

Flooring: Heritage Pecan by Swiftlock

Microwave and stove: LG from Home Depot
Dishwasher: Whirlpool from Lowe’s
Sink, Faucet, crown molding, back splash and garbage disposal: Lowe’s
Paint: Benjamin Moore Bright White High Gloss Oil based Acrylic (Cabinets and moldings) and Olympic Ivory Tower (Ceiling ) and Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque (Walls)


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16 thoughts on “Kitchen Remodel on a Budget: Modern Cottage”

  1. I love your kitchen remodel! Can you tell me the name of the IKEA cabinets you used for your new base cabinets? I am ordering online and can’t decide what cabinets to purchase. Thanks!!

  2. I love your new kitchen! You listed the name of the cabinets, but not the wooden buffet. Please tell me the name of it and where you got it. Thank you.

    1. Elizabeth, The buffet was actually from a local unfinished wood store that I then painted black. Unfortunately I don’t have an exact retailer to give you 🙁

    1. Hey Berry! MDF stands for medium density fiberboard and is basically wood fiber engineered into solid sheets. You can buy it by the sheet right next to the plywood. We used it to make new doors for our old cabinets so that they would match the new cabinets.

  3. Greetings! Very helpful adviсe in this
    partіcular post! It’s the little changes which will make the largest changes.
    Mɑny thanks for shaгing!

  4. Looks like you also put beadboard up in place of the old wallpaper and put new flooring in. Did you do all the work yourself? The painting, beadboard, counter, floors and still stay within your 5k budget? Thanks. I’m trying to figure which upgrades to start with first in my kitchen.. prob cabinets.

    1. We did do all the work ourselves which is how we kept the budget so small. The flooring was not included in the budget as we did that before the kitchen makeover in the whole house. Not replacing all the cabinets and using wood counter tops were definitely the two things that kept the budget most in check. Good luck with your project.

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