Planning a kitchen renovation on a budget? Don’t miss these save vs splurge kitchen ideas including sources I used to save money on my backsplash, hardware and kitchen lighting while creating a luxury-feel gray and white modern farmhouse kitchen.
When we purchased our current 1990s home (you can see the transformation here), I wasn’t in love with the kitchen. In fact, the dated oak cabinets and brown tile needed a total overhaul.
Thankfully, we had a decent amount of space to make the kitchen functional for our large family and room to design a gray and white kitchen that was more “us.” We chose some traditional elements: white kitchen cabinets, marble countertops, and wood floors. As well as some more modern accents: swing arm sconce, mixed metals, lower gray cabinets, and brass hardware.
As with all renovations, remodeling costs were limited, so we had to be intentional about our choices and investments… And I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.
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Where to Save And Splurge on Kitchen Renovations
If you are planning a new kitchen makeover, there are so many financial and design decisions to consider. Everyone asks where to save money on kitchen remodels… And from lighting to hardware, many of these purchases can be done with a budget in mind.
I’ve shared before where to start when designing a kitchen… But in this post, I want to share a couple of general ideas for balancing budget as well as specific save vs. splurge sources and items you can consider to achieve a gorgeous kitchen on any renovation budget!
Investing in Cabinets and Countertops
While there are endless things to spend money on, cabinets and countertops are kind of the building blocks of a kitchen design.
Quality wood cabinets and natural stone countertops add value to your home. So whatever your budget might look like, I suggest investing more in these two items than in more accessory-type decisions like lighting and tile.
Ways to save money on cabinets
But budget is a real thing! So how do you save money on a kitchen remodel?
A great way to save money when updating kitchen cabinets (since from-scratch custom cabinets are so expensive!) is to reface your existing cabinets, rather than replacing them. In essence, that involves simply repainting the cabinet frames and replacing the cabinet doors. See more on that process here.
Save vs splurge kitchen ideas
For this kitchen, we opted for high quality cabinets from KraftMaid and real Carrara marble kitchen countertops, but I wanted to incorporate some more fun design elements to bring this gray and white kitchen to life.
Gold Swing Arm Kitchen Scones
Lighting is one of my favorite ways to set the style for a space. Lighting styles and prices can escalate from budget to high-end quickly, but are easy to change and swap out as styles change.
I opted for these cute brass swing arm kitchen sconces to place over my farmhouse kitchen sink. There are a wide range of choices with swing arm lamps to choose from: chrome, gold, and even black finishes (which I think would be so stylish for a more modern kitchen!).
Here are two gold swing arm lamps that can work on any budget!
I just love how much interest these swing arm sconces bring to the space (and who doesn’t love a little gold? 😉 ).
Marble Backsplash Ideas for the Kitchen
There are so many backsplash tile options for your kitchen. Tile can be as simple as a ceramic subway tile (which is beautifully simple) to high end custom glazed tile with patterns. I do love marble tile because I believe it is both timeless and classic.
I opted for marble subway tile to compliment my honed Carrara marble kitchen countertops. You can source marble tile from many home improvement stores and tile shops (you can even find it on Amazon!).
Tip: natural stone tile can vary greatly from piece to piece, so I recommend choosing your tile in person if you can. If you order online, you may want to order extra in case you get a batch that has color variations you don’t love.
Worried about marble backsplash or countertop care with spills, splatters and stains? I have a whole post about caring for your marble to make it last for years to come!
Modern White Farmhouse Kitchen SinkS
Modern Farmhouse apron sinks have been a trend for a while now, but because of their classic design, they’ve always been a good fit for a traditional kitchen. You can find farmhouse sinks in traditional white ceramic or even metallic finishes like hammered copper.
My sink was affordably sourced from Wayfair, but the sky is the limit on how much you want to spend on your sink! Sometimes the sink is more expensive due to size or style options. Using a simple white farmhouse sink also allows you to choose a fun kitchen sink faucets. We have a satin nickel kitchen faucet with sprayer, but I think a gold kitchen faucet would be beautiful, too.
Here are two apron front sink options with different price points.
Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Pot Filler
While a pot filler kitchen faucet isn’t a necessity in a modern kitchen, it is definitely a favorite in our home! We have a large family with four kids, so I am cooking a lot in our modern kitchen.
Our Moen pot filler faucet was a bit of a splurge in price, but there are many affordable options for your home, too. These two kitchen faucet styles are very similar in style, giving you the option to achieve the look for much less!
I love how stylish and functional our pot filler looks over our cooktop.
Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Islands
While a large kitchen island is ideal, not every home has space for it in their kitchen. My husband found me our wood and marble top kitchen island from a store in Austin, Texas. I love how versatile it is for entertaining, food prep, and the frequent lunch and snack buffet that happens here on a daily basis.
While custom built-in islands are nice, they can be costly. I found some beautiful rustic wood islands that come with wood or stone tops. Both of these options would be great for a space without a built-in island for more storage or countertop space. Without our island, we would have an awkward open space in our kitchen. I truly use it for everything!
MODERN FARMHOUSE CABINET HARDWARE
White kitchen hardware options are endless! You can mix metals (and I share all about that here) like gold and chrome, or stick to all one kind of metallic finish for your knobs and pulls. In our home, we used gold kitchen cabinet hardware for a more modern look.
Kitchen cabinet hardware doesn’t have be expensive to be functional and stylish. I love this gold bar style pull, but you might prefer knobs or cup pulls (here are a few more kitchen cabinet hardware ideas). Play around with styles and prices!
I love how the long beautiful brass hardware drawer pulls pop against the gray and white cabinets and marble subway tile.
Did you find these save vs splurge kitchen ideas helpful? Having a beautiful kitchen doesn’t require you to break the bank! There are so many areas where you can save and splurge (for something you really love) to get the complete look.
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