Learn how one homeowner and a creative friend transformed this kitchen with money to spare.
Photographs Laurey W. Glenn / Styling Lisa Powell and Missie Neville Crawford
Replacing existing cabinetry can account for more than half the cost of a kitchen renovation. The cabinets featured here were in relatively good condition. Because they were on a tight budget, Jennifer and Diane decided to update them rather than embark on an overhaul. "We felt that by applying a furniture finish to the existing cabinets, we could achieve an equally effective look at a considerably lower price," says Jennifer. Diane cleaned, sanded, stained, and painted the original cabinets. Then she distressed them by chipping the corners and sanding again to allow the stain to show through. Then an aging glaze was painted on to create an antique look.