Kitchen Design Ideas on a Budget

Kitchen redesign featuring budget décor from antique stores, thrift stores and eBay.

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Debbie Manno’s sun-drenched kitchen spotlights her budget-friendly décor. Minimal window dressing means a lovely backdrop, and great views of bird and squirrel antics. Photography by Richard Leo Johnson & Styled by Elizabeth Demos.

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Debbie haunts garage sales and thrift stores for items to remake. Cost of the frame behind the sink? $12.00! Photography by Richard Leo Johnson & Styled by Elizabeth Demos.

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

A fun flock of roosters appears on Debbie’s wall, lamp base and Goodwill tray she remade with blackboard paint, and stenciled with a cocky fellow. Photography by Richard Leo Johnson & Styled by Elizabeth Demos.

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Debbie changes up the view at her cooktop with colorful trays and platters to suit the season. Photography by Richard Leo Johnson & Styled by Elizabeth Demos.

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

To harmonize hues, Debbie painted once-black stools to match cheery colors of her valances and added a pair of feathered friends. Photography by Richard Leo Johnson & Styled by Elizabeth Demos.

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Color transforms a $3 table from Goodwill; apothecary jar holds vibrant seasonal fruit. Photography by Richard Leo Johnson & Styled by Elizabeth Demos.

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Michael and Debbie on the porch with sons Jack, 9, and Alex, 13. Debbie painted the inviting pair of barn-red rockers. Note the friendly blue rooster perched nearby. Photography by Richard Leo Johnson & Styled by Elizabeth Demos.

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Kitchen Design Ideas With Budget Decor

Debbie’s kitchen layout.

 

By Debbie Manno
Tega Cay, South Carolina

Welcome to my favorite spot in our home, a light-filled space that showcases colorful budget decor! Some spaces just seem to inspire creativity. My kitchen and dining area are like that for me. Not so much for cooking, although my husband, Michael, and I do love inviting people over for meals. No, most of my enjoyment comes from trying fun and surprising ways to dress these areas up without breaking the budget.

Michael is a pharmacy manager. Me, I’m definitely a nester. Mom says I was rearranging family Christmas decorations to my liking by age 8! A couple of years ago I came across a decorating website that connected me with other people who love to refurbish and rearrange.

With their encouragement, I began blogging (debbie-debbiedoos.com) about my projects and ever-changing decor ideas, often in the kitchen. I just love the dining area, with windows on three sides. We left the tall back window uncovered because nature provides such a spectacular backdrop, especially in summer and fall. With that in mind, we chose a warm, buttery yellow for the walls. It’s worked with every color I’ve thrown at it with various accessories. And that’s been a lot of colors, and a lot of accessories!

I enjoy filling every nook and cranny, except the space over the cupboards, since I don’t relish the idea of regularly shinnying up a ladder to dust. I get a lot of satisfaction from trying new ideas to fit the season or my mood. Such regular re-accessorizing means doing it without breaking the budget.

Fortunately, Michael loves to poke around antique stores, thrift stores, eBay and clearance sales with me for items that speak to us. The most affordable are those that don’t speak to other people, often because they need a little TLC. I’ve even been known to drag home treasures that other people have put out with their trash, much to our sons’ horror. It just doesn’t take that much energy to point a can of spray paint at something. I’m no Picasso, but stencils and tape make it super-easy to get custom effects. And if you don’t like the results, it’s easy enough to start over. I truly believe color affects mood, so why not use it?

Makeover magic

But it’s not just “new to us” items that get made over—and sometimes over and over. Likely as not, it’s a chair, lamp or some other long-cherished object telling me it wants some gorgeous new color, and maybe a new space as long as I’m at it. The bright-blue rooster you see on my porch now has shown up in various hues and in different places over the years.

No matter where they roam, most of my roosters eventually make it back home to my kitchen. I do worry about overdoing it sometimes—even our flatware has roosters. But to me, there’s nothing that says warm and homey quite like a cheery rooster. In just about any color!

Click here for a better look at Debbie’s kitchen layout.

De Ann Stone-Hammond 1 December 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I so love Debbie Manno’s kitchen color. Could you tell me what the yellow paint color is called and the brand? The article was in the Aug/Sept 2011 issue.

Than you,
Devoted Reader

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Country Woman Magazine 2 December 25, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Hi De Ann – Thanks so much for your comment and happy holidays! I will research your question over the next few weeks and try and get a response back soon! Please be patient as it might take a bit over the holidays!

Have a wonderful night!
Jamieson
Digital Editor – Country Woman Magazine

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debbiedoos 3 December 28, 2011 at 11:02 am

Hi there! I just came across your question and would be happy to answer. The color of our kitchen is called Butter by restoration hardware. Love the warmth, and the fact that it goes with everything I change up is a PLUS! Happy New year to you! and thanks for reading.

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debbiedoos 4 July 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

Hi there! Someone asked about these valances. They came from Walmart, and are pretty good quality for the price. I of course have since changed them, but I know someday they will return. Thanks!

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Bliss 5 July 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Ya’ll should pop over to Debbie’s blog. She has a treasure trove of budget friendly ideas plus she’s just darn fun!

~Bliss~

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debbiedoos 6 July 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Thanks Bliss! Your fun too, they ought to check out your blog:)

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debbiedoos 7 July 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Wondering if you could change the URL on this post. I am http://www.debbie-debbiedoos.com now. Thank you so much!~

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Dolly Sarrio 8 August 21, 2012 at 9:23 am

Debbie,
This is great and your kitchen is gorgeous.

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