After going through the list of improvements that I've made to this kitchen, I found out that it was exactly what I did! What started as a small facelift turned into an almost complete renovation.
Before: off white appliances, yellow walls, green lower cabinets, laminate countertops, dim track lighting, yellowing backsplash, and dated knobs:
Over the past 9(ish) months, I've redone: the countertops/ sink, backsplash, lighting (twice), painted the cabinets, replaced the hardware, and purchased all new appliances. The cabinets and floors were the only elements that were in the house when I bought it. After:
Removing the popcorn ceilings and cramped upper cabinets really brought the space into 2010.
(Notice how that light fixture is missing? More on that later!)
I have to give a shout-out to IKEA I'm loving this $25 runner, it's the perfect weight for a kitchen (and the $20 artwork from the as-is section can't be beat)!
I'm really loving the black and white cabinet scheme paired with classic subway tile. Although I went modern with the hardware, can't you see the room totally transformed by swapping out the pulls with glass knobs and the rug with a floral print?
There are still a few little details that need to be updated in the space (like a touch-up job on the upper cabinets), but we're loving the space as-is for now! I'll be sure to come back with a full budget breakdown later on, but I'm going to estimate that the total for all of the projects will be around $8,000*Edit: After Sara questioned that number in the comments, I redid my math and realized I added one of the numbers twice... it will be more like $6,000. **See how much it really cost HERE