budget redo of kitchen with white walls, open shelving and bright red pendant lights
Photo: Christiaan Blok

After: Bright, Beadboard-Filled Kitchen

Brightening up a windowless kitchen can be tricky, especially when moving walls is beyond the budget. Nikki Grandy knew she'd have to get creative in transforming her new home's dark kitchen—the only disappointing room in an otherwise perfect-fit house for her, husband Caleb, and their four young kids. To start, Nikki installed a white beadboard backsplash and glass-panel pantry doors. When that proved not enough, she moved to the kitchen island, which she clad with a sheet of white beadboard before mounting beefy corbels snagged from a local woodworking shop's free bin.

Shown: A white beadboard backsplash, bracket-supported open shelves, and base cabinets painted warm gray keep the kitchen feeling spacious without sacrificing storage. Chunky mismatched corbels on the island, vintage doors on the pantry, and bright red pendant lights overhead amp up the charm.
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