Jennifer Rizzo had what she called an “Oak Cave” for a kitchen – dark, oak cabinets and an outdated 1980’s aesthetic. She wasn’t planning on doing a big remodel, but a burst pipe and the resulting water damage and mold meant ready or not, she had to. With a budget of only $12,000 she made a stunning transformation. Check out this before & after eco-friendly kitchen makeover on a budget.

After: Bright and charming

Check out the feature of her makeover in the September 2011 issue of Country Living magazine and be sure to visit her blog to see the photos from each part of the transformation and more beautiful photos of the finished kitchen!


Below you’ll find some of the ways Jennifer made this remodelling project more eco-friendly.

Solid wood countertops (stone was out of her budget and laminate off-gasses VOC’s)

Low-VOC plywood backed cabinets instead of pressboard or particle board

Sink constructed with 93% recycled materials

The hutch was second-hand (she re-finished it to give it a shabby-chic aesthetic).

Low-VOC plywood as sub-floor instead of OSB

The chandelier was second-hand (from her grandmother)

Jennifer’s kitchen remodel is testament to the fact that a little TLC can go a long way in your home. By using eco-friendly and budget-savvy techniques like these, you, too, can create a stylish, functional space that you adore!