after photo of kitchen with white cabinets and concrete counters and glass-over-wallpaper backsplash
Photo: David Prince
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This created a front-to-back living room and an open-plan kitchen/dining/family room configuration. The open kitchen got an island and peninsula to define it, plus glossy white cabinets and stainless-steel appliances to reflect the available light even more. Concrete counters and a glass-over-wallpaper backsplash help update the space.

How They Saved

Put in an unconventional backsplash: The DIY kitchen backsplash is 1⁄4-inch-thick glass over wallpaper, instead of ceramic tile. Estimated savings: $450

Bought sale appliances and stored them: The couple opted for standard 30-inch-wide GE appliances over pricier pro-style models. They bought them piecemeal as the items went on sale, then kept them in the garage. Estimated savings: $8,000
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