blue island kitchen collage

Sometimes when I’m flipping through magazines or browsing the internet, I spot kitchens that are gorgeous….but completely out of reach!  You know what I mean, right?  Most of us don’t have the space or the budget to have a ten foot island, custom cabinetry, professional grade appliances, or high-end lighting in our kitchens.  It’s easy to look at a spacious, custom kitchen–like this one by Craig Veenker of Mountain Cabinetry–and get discouraged.  “I’ll never have a kitchen like that one without winning the lottery,” you might say.


Well, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s to look beyond the potential price tag of a gorgeous room and really study out the details.  A ten foot island may still be out of the realm of possibility for you, but maybe the color of the island is not.  Custom cabinetry might not fit your budget, but refacing your existing cabinets could work for you.  Instead of being discouraged by what you don’t have, choose to be inspired by what you could have with a little creativity and elbow grease.


That’s what these “Get the Look for Less” posts are all about!  So let’s dive in and find some ways that you can make your kitchen feel the way this high-end inspiration kitchen looks.


1.  Schoolhouse Pendant Lighting


320 Sycamore came up with an amazing alternative to trendy (read: pricey) schoolhouse pendant lights by making her own!  This pretty light was made using a thrifted shade and canning jar lids!

2. Painted Island


The gorgeous aqua blue island is definitely a focal point in my inspiration kitchen.  Tatertots & Jello painted an existing island a similarly lovely shade with Martha Stewart’s Rainwater.

3.  Wide Plank Wood Floor


Aren’t the floors in my inspiration kitchen beautiful?  An inexpensive alternative to real hardwoods is DIYin a wide plank floor from strips of  plywood.  Here’s a really good example (and tutorial) from Quarry Orchard.

4.  Bar Stools


I’ll admit, I had a hard time finding a DIY version of those bentwood bar stools.   If you can find them at a thrift shop or garage sale, get them!  As an alternative, there are lots of great ways to update stools you already have.  These pretty upholstered stools from Craftaholics Anonymous would look amazing in a blue and white kitchen.

5.  Shaker Style Cabinetry


The simple, classic lines of Shaker style cabinets are a great look in this kitchen.  Refacing your existing cabinet doors may be a way for you to get a similar look.  Check out this idea from The Chronicles of Home for adding moulding to doors.

Hopefully you’ve seen some ideas today for putting your dream kitchen within reach.  Just out of curiosity, what’s one thing you’d love to change about your current kitchen?

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  1. Love this kitchen and fabulous tips for recreating it in any space. Hugs, Marty

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