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Kitchen of the Week: A Budget Remodel That Looks High-End, Thanks to DIY and Clever Design

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Kitchen of the Week: A Budget Remodel That Looks High-End, Thanks to DIY and Clever Design

April 8, 2021

Like so many people this past year, Kelly Jo moved back to her hometown to be closer to family. A single parent to a young son, she took it a step further by buying her grandparents’ ranch-style house, which was her mother’s childhood home. The house, in Pittsburgh, held sweet memories, but she wasn’t attached in the least to the actual interiors. Dark and dated, with a small kitchen, it was in dire need of a refresh.

Kelly Jo’s idea was to move the tiny kitchen into the roomy and light-filled sunroom, an addition that her grandparents had put in decades after the home was constructed. Her remodeling budget of $80,000 was not a small sum but challenging nonetheless when you factor in the other projects (turning the old kitchen into a home office, opening up the entryway, furnishing the kitchen, dining, and living areas) that would have to be undertaken in order to transform the interiors into a bright, warm, minimalist space.

Enter Leanne and Steve Ford. In episode 4 of Home Again with the Fords, a new HGTV series that follows the sister-brother team as they help redesign the homes of people moving back to their hometown of Pittsburgh, Kelly Jo gets her dream kitchen, thanks to clever hacks and smart, budget-minded decisions.

Let’s take a tour.

Photography by Erin Kelly, courtesy of Leanne Ford Interiors. (Construction by Williamson Construction.)

The new spacious kitchen in the home&#8
Above: The new spacious kitchen in the home’s addition, which was formerly a sunroom. Leanne had the cedar trim and ceiling, which had an unappealing orange-y tint, painted white. A 6- by 6-foot quartz-topped island anchors the room. The stools are from Anthropologie.
Leanne designed the statement pendant light and, in a stroke of genius, had it made from paper-mâché. The cost: $0.
Above: Leanne designed the statement pendant light and, in a stroke of genius, had it made from paper-mâché. The cost: $250.
Using Ikea base cabinets helped keep costs down. Leanne chose Semihandmade fronts, from its SSS Beaded line, for the cabinet doors.
Above: Using Ikea base cabinets helped keep costs down. Leanne chose Semihandmade fronts, from its SSS Beaded line, for the cabinet doors.
The wide-plank Tecwood floors from Mohawk have a bleached-wood look. The faucet is from Delta&#8
Above: The wide-plank Tecwood floors from Mohawk have a bleached-wood look. The faucet is from Delta’s Felix Collection.
Handmade sconces by Bass & Bennett flank the GE Cafe Appliances stove, in matte white. The vintage door leads to the old kitchen, now a study.
Above: Handmade sconces by Bass & Bennett flank the GE Cafe Appliances stove, in matte white. The vintage door leads to the old kitchen, now a study.
Leanne calls the vibe she was going for &#8
Above: Leanne calls the vibe she was going for “desert ranch.”

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