On a tight budget? Substitute butcherblock for marble counters.
House & Home assistant design editor Kai Ethier gave her small, dated kitchen a stunning revamp with the help of colleague Sarah Hartill and designer Cameron MacNeil. Kai found the solid maple wood kitchen at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and bought it, complete with french door cabinets and inset mouldings, for $675. A fresh coat of light blue paint gave it the old world look she was after, and the microwave nook was repurposed as storage for her stand mixer and cookbooks. Subway tiles with a hand-finished quality extends from the countertop to the ceiling, complete with an easy-to-clean pale grey grout that complements the kitchen's other grey accents. The shelves are made with remnants from the counter.
Browse our Kitchen Makeovers gallery to see the pre-reno kitchen and more post-renovation photos.