Even though we sell cabinets for a living, I have to admit some of my favorite projects through the years have been budget-friendly remodels. There's just something exciting and gratifying about the challenge of it -- and seeing creative homeowner's push the status quo. Great style (and a great kitchen) do NOT have to break the bank!

This family's lakeside cabin had great assets, like the tongue-and-groove vaulted ceiling and a view of Kentucky Lake, it was just due for a facelift. They wanted to stay with the eclectic cottage feel, but update the kitchen, flooring, and paint. 

When budget is a factor -- or even if it's not -- you can't go wrong with a simple, shaker-style cabinet in a white painted finish. It's a versatile look that fits a range styles from contemporary to farmhouse. For this project, we used the Quincy maple door style from Legacy cabinetry in their Ivory paint and Charcoal stain. Legacy Cabinetry's select series cabinets are fully-assembled, delivered to us, and ready to install in a guaranteed three-week lead time. It's our most popular line for spec homes and remodels where time is of the essence!

To stay with the cottage feel, the homeowner's selected WilsonArt's White Carrara laminate. It's a great neutral and one of the 15 colors we keep in stock and ready to cut. Weathered pewter pulls, updated lighting, and new flooring and paint complete the look.