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Budget Kitchen Renovation Reveal: Part 1

Y’all, I couldn’t be more excited to finally share an actual reveal from our new home, also known as #theTrailHouseReno.

Thank you to Anzzi and The Home Depot for sponsoring this budget kitchen makeover. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

Don’t miss the giveaway below!

The goal for this renovation was to focus on giving the kitchen a face-lift kind of makeover. I wanted to make the most of what was already here and get the biggest impact for the smallest investment. I wanted a dream-big kind of kitchen without big-dream dollars.

Thankfully, the bones of the “before” kitchen were pretty good. I didn’t even have to paint the main cabinets. They were already white. My favorite!


But everything else in the kitchen was beige and boring, except the sad little island. It was an interesting green-grey color, but even so, it was a chippy mess.

To get the most bang for my buck I focused on what mattered most; a sleek farmhouse sink and new light fixtures, updated hardware and a bold, but budget-friendly tile. And best of all, I made all of my selections for these key features from the comfort of my home, on website.

So, what do you think?

black and white kitchen


The cement tile inspired patterned tile appears to be the big show stopper here, but can you imagine the space without this amazing stainless farmhouse sink by Anzzi? I surely can’t.


And now that I’ve lived with a farmhouse-style sink for a couple weeks, I promise you there’s no going back. I adore the singular, giant vessel. To avoid compromising the space under the sink, we built a pull-out drawer, but you’d never know it by looking would you? I’ll be posting a full tutorial on that handy drawer soon!

stainless farmhouse sink

Of course, it probably goes without saying that washing larger items is now a breeze. I have often wondered how people handle the small, everyday dishwashing in a large farmhouse sink. I guess like most, I use a small plastic dish bin inside the sink. I prefer this to fill one side of a traditional 2-compartment sink. We also use the dish bin to corral all the smaller items throughout the day.


The budget-conscious side of me loves that the sink package includes the sink drainer. No separate pieces to order or hidden expenses. But probably the best of all, Anzzi sinks and faucets come with a life-time warranty. No worries, ever. If you want to finish off your kitchen renovation just right, selecting a faucet is always a good choice to add that final touch.


The high-quality faucet is traditional in design, but the simplicity of the single-unit faucet is an updated design.

The other critical updates to the makeover were in the lighting department.

The pair of pendants over the island are kind of dramatic against the white and speak to the shapes in the tile. I love when tile and lights speak to one another, don’t you?

cement tile kitchen backsplash


The chandelier over the eat-in area is simple and clean yet well-scaled for the room.


Cabinet hardware is the one of the most prominent places to update in any kitchen makeover. After a long debate (with myself), I chose an oiled-rubbed bronze with a deep black finish and copper highlights from Liberty hardware.


This particular style came in a variety of sizes and finishes. This was important to me because the original hardware was not all the same size or style. Because I didn’t have to paint the cabinets, I didn’t want to create more work for myself by changing the hole locations. These pulls generously extend beyond the holes, giving them a modern look.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the teal island color! It’s Tsunami from Behr. It’s bold and beautiful, not quite the chameleon it looks in the photos.

This photo of the island most resembles the true color.

teal island

In the coming weeks, I’ll be breaking the makeover down into achievable steps. Like how to retro-fit a farmhouse sink into existing cabinetry and create a pull-out drawer, how add height and drama to the area over the cooktop and I will be sharing the other side of the room too. Did you even notice I was keeping something from you?

I bet it’s hard to believe we did all of this on a budget. The basics of what I’ve outlined were around $1800!

The only appliances we purchased were a refrigerator and the drawer microwave in the island which are not included. (This was a foreclosure home, so some appliances were non-existent.)

To help you with your renovation, Anzzi and The Home Depot are giving one of my lucky readers this stunning faucet!

Soave Series 2-Handle Standard Kitchen Faucet in Brushed Nickel

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here are links to the products used in the remodel.

Faucet // Stainless Farmhouse Sink// Backsplash Tile // Pendant Lights
Chandelier // Cup Pulls // Cabinet Pulls // Cabinet Pulls

This post was sponsored by Anzzi Products and The Home Depot.
I received product in exchange for this post. All designs, photos and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.


  • Cyndi J
    August 29, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    What a gorgeous makeover! Love the island lights and the island color especially. Oh, and the tile! Great job!

    • Leslie
      August 29, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you for commenting Cyndi! Those are all my favorites too. Actually it’s pretty hard to pick one thing. I love the sink just as much!

  • Katherine
    August 30, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Stunning makeover…really love the tile and blue island! Well done.

  • Nathalie Berube
    August 30, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Really nice makeover. I like the sink and the tiles. Great job!

  • Rebecca
    August 30, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Im needing a new faucet so this giveaway makes me smile!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JannelleT
    August 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Beautiful work! Great use of color in a non-overwhelming way!!!

  • Cheryl Jackson
    August 30, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I love it Leslie! The colors, the style, the farmhouse sink… beautiful and practical!!!

  • carol clark
    August 30, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    i love the tile that is nice id change the floor in my house

  • Jessika Reed
    August 31, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Wow! Love the lighting and tile combo! The whole thing is beautiful! Love it!

    • Leslie
      September 4, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much Jessika! I thought the lighting was pretty special.

  • Cindy mckenzie
    September 1, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    I need a new faucet and sink they are 30 yrs old…they put in right before we bought the house….please pick me!!!!!

  • Cindy mckenzie
    September 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Amazing makeover!!!i love the backsplash the amazing sink and faucet and countertops….I like the blue on the island but I think maybe a red would have gone better with the black in the backsplash but all in all great job on a great budget!!!

    • Leslie
      September 4, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you, Cindy! I do love red with black and white but blue hues are having a moment with me right now. 😉 And I hoped to do something a little unexpected.

  • Michele Pineda
    September 2, 2016 at 4:56 am

    I would love to change my WHOLE kitchen lol… but as my budget allows have been looking at what I want to change first, and that would be probably my cabinets (or at least I’d re-paint and re-furbish them with new hardware) and my countertop needs replacing. But that sink…. I’m pretty tempted! That was my favorite part of the reveal, and the fact that the strainer is included… nice!

    • Leslie
      September 4, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Michele, Painting cabinets always makes a huge difference. I would have definitely done so if they weren’t already white. And hardware is easy to change if you can find replacements that fit the holes of your current hardware. Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  • Judy Fry
    September 4, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Absolutely stunning! tile makes a dramatic statement. Beautiful all together.

    • Leslie
      September 4, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you, Judy!

  • Shari Luker
    September 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Your new kitchen is beautiful .

    • Leslie
      September 4, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks so much Shari!

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  • Don Woods
    September 13, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Great color combo! Blue and white is always going to be classic. I was referred to this page by a customer of mine so that I could take some notes for the kitchen remodel I will be doing for them. Its always nice when I have photos to reference to to help me understand what someone wants done on their home. Keep up the good work!

  • Courtney
    September 15, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Looks great- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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    Pretty impressive work you have done here. Thank you so much for the tips and lessons you provide here. We will take that in mind.


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