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DIY Modern Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

Our step by step process for a DIY Modern Kitchen Renovation on a budget of under$5,000

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Kitchen Renovation
Kitchen Renovation

First, I want to provide a list of our steps for a DIY Modern Kitchen Renovation on a budget of under$5,000, including the cost of each step.

  1. Extend the length of our kitchen island – $500 (includes beverage fridge)
  2. Paint kitchen cabinets with a paint sprayer – $500
  3. Attach new kitchen cabinet drawer handles – $100
  4. Replace the countertops to Quartz – $3,300
  5. Install a new kitchen sink and faucet – Depends on the look you’re going for (ours came free with countertop)
  6. Add backsplash – $200

But, If you have more room in your budget, I would also recommend:

  1. Installing additional recess lighting (Additional $100)
  2. Installing new appliances (Additional $3,300)

Details of our DIY Modern Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

Extending Length of Kitchen Island

You can see in the before picture, our kitchen island width was very small, about 4 ft wide. We added an additional 1 ft on the right side. We didn’t buy another kitchen cabinet because the cabinet door and drawer would not match with our already existing ones. So instead, we added a beverage fridge. To do this, we measured out how the gap should be for the beverage fridge. If you’d like to learn how exactly we added the additional boards, comment below or contact me!

Click here for a link to our mini fridge

Extend Kitchen Island
Extend Kitchen Island
Extend Kitchen Island
Extend Kitchen Island

Painting Kitchen Cabinets with a Paint Sprayer

Click here to see which YouTube video we learned from, and our own pros, cons and tips.

The color of our top cabinets is Pure White by Sherwin William and our bottom cabinets is Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore

Adding New Kitchen Cabinet Handles

Since we were on a budget, we always like to compare between Home Depot, Lowes, Way Fair, Amazon and sometimes just a google search. After searching, we finally found a 20 pack for a very good price on amazon. We love kitchen brass handles for a modern, farmhouse look. Now, when installing the handles, using a template kit helped us align the handles on the doors correctly.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. But I only share links of products that I’ve actually bought and liked! See below for links!

Brass Kitchen Cabinet Handles and Pulls:

Ravinte Cabinet Door & Drawer Hardware Installation Template Kit Include Drill Bit:

White Quartz Countertops

With installation of quartz countertops, you can’t go cheap. The only way to find a good price is to shop around for multiple quotes. Unfortunately more than half of the budget goes towards the countertop.

I’ve found Thumbtack is a great way to find a lot of handy services for a lower price. The price of quartz depends on square footage and type of quartz you want. If you want the marble look, that will cost $60 or more per square foot (includes installation and service) depending on where you’re located. The lowest cost quartz would be just a plain white. When you’re shopping around you’ll find all companies name the quartz the same. The one we chose was Artic White quartz.

If you decide to skip quartz, you can also save more money by going with the stick on route.

Add Kitchen Backsplash

A DIY Kitchen renovation on a budget largely depends on the amount you spend on adding a backsplash. It depends on the square footage you need to cover and the quality of your tile. The larger the square footage, and the higher the quality of tile, the more you’ll spend. Luckily our square footage was only 22 sq/ft. However, to keep our square footage low, we kept an over the oven microwave, and did not switch to the range hood. Because we did not switch, we did not have to add additional tiling there.

Also, we wanted tiling that had some texture and pattern to it because we went with a plain white quartz countertop. Therefore, we chose a tile that had a marble look and was polished (glossy). A glossy tile can also allow easier wipe up of any messes that get on the tile. We chose a typical rectangle shape, with a larger tile size of 4″ height” and 12″ length. Now you can find tile at a better price online, but we had a specific look and size of tile in mind. So, we had no luck finding one for the price we wanted.

We finally found one at a good price at Home Depot below. Overall, we needed 2 1/2 cases.

Because we didn’t want to put in additional work, we bought pre-mixed mortar and gray grout.



Below is how we learned how to tile.

Optional Renovations: Adding additional recessed lighting

We added additional recess lighting because we like a lot of light in our kitchen. Luckily my dad does a lot of house renovation work and did this for us. The recessed lighting we went with is LED canless. I would recommend hiring someone because anything that deals with electricity can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you go the DIY route, I would recommend the videos below.

Optional Renovations: New kitchen appliances

For $3,300 we were able to get all new Samsung kitchen appliances: dishwasher, microwave, oven and fridge. Our cost could’ve been much lower if we didn’t go with the Samsung Smart Refrigerator. However, for all new appliances this was a great deal! The fridge alone was about $2,500. Samsung had this deal around July 4th weekend. So I would recommend waiting till a holiday before buying new appliances!

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