Affordable White Kitchen Remodel

It’s fun to dream of the perfect kitchen. We all do it, tearing out images from magazines and pinning inspirations on pinterest. But when it’s time to pull the trigger, sometimes budgets constraints can keep it from happening. Today, I’m sharing a great example of remodeling a kitchen with an upgraded look on an affordable budget.

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The first, step was to repaint all the cabinetry white. I used White White Lacquer with no pigment, in a semi-gloss finish . This had such a huge impact on this space. Not only did it make the kitchen look bright and crisp, but it made it feel much larger and more open.

When I was searching for hardware, I looked at ikea. I was able to find great silver pulls there. They had a clean, polished, modern look for an incredible price.

affordable white kitchen remodel becki owens

Next, I selected an inexpensive, white subway tile that I found at Home Depot for the backsplash. When you are working with a budget, its a good idea to select timeless elements that won’t need updating.

I knew Carrera marble would be a great choice for this cool toned kitchen. It’s also one of the least expensive marble options (you can view all my tips on picking marble here). I found these beautiful slabs for only $1000. Then, I chose a 3″ mitered edge to make it look thick and substantial. This was money well spent, it really richened up the space, giving it that upgraded look.


Finally, I styled the kitchen with a little warmth from french style cutting boards and wood barstools. I love the pop of yellow from the Le Creuset dutch oven. Sometimes you can get lucky and find one at Homegoods, but I think my favorite element was adding the pink, vintage kilim rug.

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What was once a space with honey colored cabinets and white tile counters, became a fresh new affordable white kitchen remodel. I love seeing the transformation of this kitchen. I hope you have enjoyed seeing it as well. Have a great Tuesday!


45 thoughts on “Affordable White Kitchen Remodel

  1. Annie says:

    This looks fabulous. I wish we could see the before photos! Thank you for sharing something that is a little more down to earth and realistic. It’s so nice to see what can be done with a little less space a smaller budget, because not everyone can (or even wants to) spend $100K+ on a kitchen remodel. Also, I am loving the layout but wondering where the oven and microwave are? Do you have any more shots that show the full layout?

  2. nicole says:

    Hi Becki! Beautiful kitchen! My condo kitchen needs an updating badly. Where do you recommend looking for counter tops? I’m near you in San Clemente.

    Thank you!

  3. Em says:

    Becki will you post a link to the rug? I liked it on Instagram with the but there wasn’t a link for the rug.

  4. Alicia says:

    This is beautiful and such an inspiration for me. Were your cabinets oak? Mine have a somewhat deeper grain and I’m wondering if yours do too. If so, did you do anything to fill in any grain you had or did you just paint over it? Congrats!

  5. Ariel says:

    Hi Becki!

    My husband and I recently moved into our first home, and we are wanting to paint our cabinets white. I worry that if we do this the cabinets will be sticky due to the paint. What do I do to avoid this? Your post has given me hope!

    • admin says:

      Hi Ariel!
      I have never had them get sticky. I suggest you have a professional spray them with lacquer. It looks amazing when its done. Hope this helps!

  6. Erica says:

    I clicked on the link to get to the subway tiles but only got to Home Depot site…I am wondering the exact size and if they are beveled…if I you have a direct link that would be great 🙂 your work is amazing!

  7. Jessica says:

    Your marble is so reasonable. I was wondering how many square feet it is. Did you treat it after? I am worried about staining it

  8. erica says:

    Another question 🙂 I am redoing my kitchen and I really want to paint my cabinets this color…I called a few different stores and they seem to not even know about white lacquer for cabinets…what should I be asking for? If you have a direct link that would be great 🙂

  9. Amy says:

    I love this kitchen! It’s so beautiful! My husband and I are thinking about reprinting our cabinets as well, do you spray with lacquer prior to the white paint?

  10. Iessica Barnak says:

    Hi! Looks so fabulous! I am assuming you had these professionally sprayed – did they spray the bases in place and the doors in a shop? I have a client who wants this – starting to look for a shop to spray them locally. Thanks!

  11. Taylor says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your info! Rarely do you come across someone who takes the time to respond to every comment with the information asked! Truly appreciated! 🙂 Beautiful kitchen and SUCH helpful hints and ideas!

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  13. Erica says:

    Hi Becki!
    I have been looking for the brightest white grout for the subway backsplash I am doing. I noticed you used bright white can you please share the brand? I want to make sure I get the same bright color.

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