{Before and After} DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget: Arizona Fixer Upper

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio

 

Two DIY remodel projects at the same time?

Were we out of our minds?

 

I continue to ask myself that, and I have

said it before, but we’re too old for this!

Here in Chicagoland, we finished every project

we planned to tackle (while working full-time jobs)

and our now considering

whether to add a bathroom and give the

finished basement some love…and I have

to control my ache to begin another project

and should probably focus on the last few

projects at this Arizona getaway.

(Yet wouldn’t designing and building a French

Farmhouse or European inspired stone cottage

on a piece of rural acreage with privacy and trees

be a natural NEXT for us?

Hopelessly Loony Von Loony, truly.)

 

If you have been following along on IG,

you know I just returned from a few weeks in Arizona

where I had the chance to tackle a few more little

DIY projects done at our house there…today

I’m sharing DIY kitchen remodel progress.

 

We bought the place a year ago and have

been making improvements each time

we travel to Arizona from Chicagoland.

My husband’s passion is golf,

and mine is creating art, so this

is our sunny place to escape,

unplug and create.

 

There’s a catch with this DIY renovation though…

teeny tiny budget and limited work time!

That means Ms. Frugal has been on

her game, schlepping to thrift stores,

garage sales, and Craigslist.

And the Mr. has to squeeze in

remodel and renovation projects

between golf games.

 

Before I dish, let me just add

it has been a very long day, wrought with

disappointments and real problems you

can’t throw money at to resolve.

This old DIYer is weary…so I’ll be rocking

out this post stream of consciousness style,

like it’s 2010, and it’s just me and you

chatting in my kitchen.

 

Our kitchen looked sad when we took possession.

B E F O R E

What I liked?

The view out the window and the linen

color of the porcelain floor tile.

 

Angry red faux backsplash and

black appliances? Had to go.

Cabinets? Cost-prohibitive to replace.

Hallelujah, the loveliest sponsors

helped us complete the rest!

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
A F T E R

 

Smudge-proof stainless appliances,

Viatera quartz countertops and backsplash,

Top Knobs silicon bronze hardware,

and Behr “Classic Silver” paint to the rescue.

 

A couple details to note:

1.

We tore off the small crown

molding on upper cabinets and replaced it with

a riser and larger crown…they are short

cabinets, and I hoped to make them appear

taller.

 

2.

We kept the existing sink and faucet.

 

Before shot of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
B E F O R E

I fell in love with a natural stone from

The Builder Depot, and SCORE, they

sponsored our statement wall so I was able

to replace a glossy red faux painted backsplash edged

in vinyl molding with a uniquely natural stone,

 Calacatta Gold honed marble hex mosaic wall.

 

Progress on Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen

 

Here’s my miracle-working husband (above) tiling the back wall.

The marble’s tones are white, blue-grey, light grey, and caramel.

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Not even David can stop staring.

 

B E F O R E

Painting the cabinets rather than demoing and

buying new was a risk that paid off.

Cost: $16 of paint from Home Depot.

When those mottled tan laminate countertops

went buh-bye, the cabinets looked even better!

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

The new countertops are Viatera quartz in a color

called Soprano…they’re creamy with a warm

grey and caramel veining.
(We put a different quart color in our main home.)

I continued the quartz on the backsplash

as well for a calm look and to save

a lot of tiling labor.

 

We nailed beadboard horizontally to the back

of the breakfast bar, and I may

add simple corbels eventually.

 

My limber, energetic father graciously finished

painting the crown molding!

Before image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
B E F O R E

Can you see the huge difference the full-size

quartz backsplash behind the sink makes now?

Way too busy and choppy before.

 

You can also appreciate the difference the

beautiful Top Knobs hardware makes.

All the sudden, the cabinets feel more

vintage chic and charming.

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Before image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
B E F O R E

Here’s the refrigerator wall, and my eye was not

lovin’ the contrasts going on with the tomato,

honey, mottled tan, black, and olive walls.

It all needed to calm down.

 

I still need something interesting or

architectural to go above the pantry door.

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

And I’ll upgrade these blinds that
came with the property soon

with something pretty.

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

I’ll also add a rug or two since the

kitchen definitely needs more texture.

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Before Kitchen Arizona kitchen by Hello Lovely
B E F O R E

 

Not too shabby for low budget DIYers

who just had a few vacation days!

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

The framed art on the counters

(by Loretta Lux)

may not be practical in a working kitchen

but since we’ll do very little cooking

using the place as a getaway, I can getaway

with it (see what I did there?).

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper
Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Progress image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
B E F O R E

Notice the difference the cup pulls

and egg knobs made on cabinetry?

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper
Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Before image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
B E F O R E
Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
A F T E R

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper
Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper
Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

Lots of progress!

Lots of evidence you can do amazing

things with a builder’s grade space

to customize it with no demo or dust.

I’m just not sure why I can’t bring

myself to call this the reveal…

I suppose because I’m still tweaking,

need rugs, window treatments, and life in there!

When is a house ever finished anyway?

 

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I’ll share more shots of the dining room

soon…I found this pretty Frenchy

vintage set on Craigslist,

reinvented it with paint and recovered the

round seats with three different gorgeous

linen fabrics by Rachel Ashwell

Shabby Chic Couture.(aff link)

 

Serene Nordic French style kitchen renovation with pastels and grey cabinets by Hello Lovely studio
DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper

Thanks for journeying with me, friends!
I have lots more images to share of other
rooms here at the Arizona makeover!

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step of the way, and I love hearing from
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for more before/after renovation ideas.

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14 Comments

    • August 25, 2017 / 10:59 pm

      thanks, friend! 🙂

    • August 26, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      it is very tranquil and has such different light of course than what i'm used to. thanks for reading, leslie! xox

  1. August 26, 2017 / 10:53 am

    From the beginning of your sharing the AZ Fixer Upper, I have been in love with the kitchen. The colors and tones are so you and just perfect. It is a treat for the eyes and so thoughtfully done.

    • August 26, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      awwww shucks, joan. thanks for the kind words. your art is hanging on the wall in the chicago house but will be making its way southwest soon! xox

  2. August 26, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Amazing, Michele! I love the backsplash going all the way up, it just expands the whole area. Your cabinets are perfect and everything looks shiny and fresh! Nice artwork too! Congrats!

    • August 26, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      merci, holly. my ethereal painting by you would look beautiful in here, but i'm not sure i want to be separated from it for months at a time! 🙂

  3. August 26, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    You two have a lot of talent and skills. I think the hardest part is knowing what needs to be done and making decisions. Needless to say — doing a remodel long distance — so brave. Are you selling it when you are done? The cabinet paint is fabulous. Will remember that color. With your changes in color it looks like a whole different house – former owners wouldn't recognize it. FABULOUS JOB – CONGRATULATIONS!

    • August 28, 2017 / 2:58 am

      So flattered, Colleen! It was tricky trying to split our time between vacation, visiting family, and DIY. What helped a lot was having a tiny budget! It forces you to be creative and flexible. Like our primary house, we are renovating to taste and not to flip. But who knows? We love the process for sure! Thanks. 🙂

    • August 29, 2017 / 3:24 pm

      thanks for reading and hosting! xox

  4. August 29, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! I would have done it the same way, white cabinets, back splash, etc. So very lovely. If I were you I'd be dying to go back! Didn't know you're in Chicagoland ~ I'm in the suburbs! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm, always love to hear from you:)
    xo Kathleen| Our Hopeful Home

    • August 29, 2017 / 10:17 pm

      thank you so much, Kathleen. You are so lovely! Yes, Chicago girl here. Let's connect! xox

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