TURQUOISE SHED Tips: Kitchen Renos on a Budget

Originally Posted: December 2011

Our friends at TURQUOISE SHED are always up for a design challenge.

Carly Martin and Melissa VanToeverWhether it’s one piece of furniture or an entire room Carly Martin and Melissa VanToever pride themselves on delivering something fresh and delightful.

We continue our new SABS series with our pals in Prince Edward Island

"Tips from TURQUOISE SHED" featuring Kitchen Renos on a Budget.


Before - Kitchen Make Over on a budgetThe Room: a dark and dated kitchen lacking in storage, counter space and personality.

Reality Check: Kitchen renos can get costly and are something to plan for. But in the meantime, you can inject personality, style and function into your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Colour Plan: You don't have to be afraid to play with colour in your kitchen. The colour palette in this kitchen is turquoise, chartreuse, and cream. The colours are repeated in the dishes, artwork, and textiles. Keep the walls and cabinets neutral if you really want the colourful touches to pop.

Design Notes:

To save money, the backsplash was painted out in an eye catching chartreuse.


You can easily and quickly change this detail on a whim!

The homeowners have a larger, more extensive kitchen reno is in the cards for the future so for now the counter was updated with an inexpensive laminate to replace the dingy dated counter top.

A cream valance with a touch of black rik rak was added above the upper cabinets to act as extra storage and draw the eye up.

The biggest transformation however, is the painting out of the existing cabinets and replacement of the hardware.

The forest green cabinets were sincerely outdated and sucked up the light.

The free standing cabinet was nixed for a tall pantry cupboard which was painted out in a soft grey.

This freed up the existing cupboards for dishes and kept the food in another area.

Blinds were added that perfectly tied in the colour scheme ad were hung above the windows to create the illusion of larger windows and to trick the eye into thinking both windows were the same size.

Personality was injected with a tongue-in-cheek gallery wall which also tied in the colour scheme and catches the eye when you first enter the kitchen.

The table is set with vintage turquoise glass, crisp white and cream place mats to protect the teak table from busy family breakfasts.  The teak chairs were another vintage score and were reupholstered with a durable and wipeable (but soft!) vinyl in......................... turquoise, of course 😉

A vintage dresser was also added below a cut out to the rest of the first floor - creating a useful breakfast station with extra counter space and  plenty of coveted storage below!

Our Kitchen (On a Budget) Tips:

Just because you can't have your grandest, dreamiest kitchen at this time doesn't mean you can't have a kitchen you love in the meantime!

Play with colour and add personal art work, just as you would in other rooms of your house, and enjoy your space!

What truly makes or breaks a kitchen is it's functionality.

Storage, counter space and organization are keys to success in this important room!

Add pieces of furniture that add function to keep a kitchen cozy but practical and useful.

Have fun with dish ware and table settings! Don't forget to set a table that will make every meal feel all the more special for you and your family!

Don't forget the 'pretty'!

Textiles are a great way to bring in colour and style. But stay true to your lifestyle!

If you are casual, chose durable, washable fabrics that will stay looking fresh longer.

Patterns are great for a kitchen as they hide a multitude of sins (and spills!).

While you're here check our other design features from Turquoise Shed - click on the pictures to link to the stories.

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  1. This slight touch of turquoise is really inviting.

    Comment by Lisa Collicutt — December 15, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

  2. I absolutely LOVE the panel above the cupboards... I have a small kitchen and recently did my own mini budget reno and I might do this on on wall... I could use the extra (hidden) storage. FANTASTIC!

    Comment by Heather — December 15, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

  3. [...] here to view the ‘After’ pics and read the tips! Written by carly | December 16, 2011 [...]

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  4. Fantastic job - thanks to Sea and be Scene for featuring Turquoise Shed!

    Comment by Jennifer — January 4, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

  5. I highly recommend these ladies for their impeccable taste, professionalism and downright being awesome.

    Comment by Laura O'Brien — January 5, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

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