I've started the same process of streamlining, decluttering and organizing in the dining room so I thought I'd better share the details of the kitchen before I bombard you with pictures of the projects I'm working on now.
(white curtains without and with the red striped band.)
I started the revamp with a 30 day time frame and a $500.00 budget. I am happy to say I was able to stay on time and budget with both. Here is the break down of how I spent my money.
Stainless Broan range hood - $85.00 on Amazon
Behr Paint, Zimmer Primer and painting supplies for the cupboards - appx. $100.00 at Home Depot
shelf and brackets for above the range - $40.00 at Home Depot
red vintage looking clock - $32.00 at World Market
wire basket, new dish towels - $20.00 at Home Goods
paper towel holder, new galvanized buckets - $10.00 at Ikea
new rug - $6.00 at Ross
drapery rods, pot holders - $30.00 at Target
cutting board, organizing dividers - $20.00 at Bed, Bath and Beyond
Post and hardware for small shelf between range and fridge - $20.00 at Home Depot
New coffee pot - $40.00 at Walmart
Miscellaneous trips to Ace Hardware and other stores for odds and ends around $50.00
Because we did the work ourselves and I was able to use supplies I already had on hand, I actually came in under budget at $453.00. The only thing I wasn't able to replace was the light fixture. The one I have my heart set on will cost me around $150.00. So I cleaned up the existing one and will learn to love it until I can afford the one I really want.
I think the most important lessons I learned were to break things down into manageable projects if at all possible. Set a task and complete it before moving on to the next one. Be prepared to live with piles of stuff for the duration of the revamp and be flexible. Somethings will turn out just as you envisioned and others...not so much. For me, the ones that didn't turn out like I thought, ended up turning out even better with a little tweaking.
And lastly, learn to love the home you're in. It may not be your dream home but that doesn't mean it can't be a beautiful place to dream in.
I shared the details on how I built the mock cabinet between the stove and the fridge in a this post.