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I know you all just want to get to the photos and not have to read all my babbling first, so here is the first photo of our budget remodel!

As I started working on the budget kitchen remodel post, it became pretty clear that I would have to break it into two parts because there is just so much awesomeness to cover, so this, my friends is Part 1. UPDATE: Click here to check out our new kitchen back splash! Now, I must remind you what we started with, so that you can fully appreciate the transformation.

Wire shelves and under-cabinet baskets make sure you're using all the space available in your cabinets, and even your fridge and freezer.

If the lighting in your kitchen is dim, or you hate the overhead fixture, change it!Switching out an overhead light fixture is much easier than it sounds. I bought a vintage light fixture for on Etsy, but before that I was eyeing a few options at IKEA. That might be all you need to feel like you've seen the light, literally.I ADORE these light fixtures that we hung about the island. And with the cabinets painted, I now love how this open shelf displays some of our cookbooks and my favorite owl .I purchased them at Target about 1 year ago on clearance. I also decided to add some magnetic strips to the Anthropologie knock off candied letter desk clips that I made so that we can use them on our refrigerator.When was the last time you changed those shelf liners? Laying down a fresh nonstick liner will give you an opportunity to take everything out of your cabinets (and put them back in an organized way), and clean the cabinet or drawer so you start out fresh. I used to have ugly, gray laminate floors in my kitchen, and it made a huge difference when I first put down a red 4'x6' cotton rug a couple years ago.

There are simply so many uses for a non-slip liner. My favorite nonstick liner is this non-adhesive version from Duck (.49 from Amazon). I've since upgraded to FLOR tiles, which were easy to install.

I went through two replacements of a cheap wooden dish rack from IKEA, which warped and cracked both times, before I settled on a heavy-duty dish rack from Simple Human.

I've had it for a few years now, and it's held up under even the highest mound of drying dishes, which made it worth the price.

But most of us probably don't cook in our dream kitchen.

Instead, we deal with our kitchens' quirks and inconveniences on a daily basis.

I'm always so inspired by dream kitchens like this cottage kitchen in Maine or any one of these gorgeous, glamorous spaces.