Nikki designed and cut the brackets herself. The style was inspired by a store-bought set that was beyond her budget.
Gussied up the plain kitchen island with a sheet of beadboard and free corbels. $20
Gave the pantry closet a cottage look with vintage glass-panel doors scored at an antiques fair $75
Hung home-center barn-style lights sprayed with a coat of leftover paint $38
Ripped out dark and dated upper cabinets $0
Installed, then extended, a beadboard backsplash and two rows of white-painted open shelves to make up for lost storage $130
Warmed up the base cabinets with soft gray paint and added clearance-bin cup pulls and knobs scored for half price $80