Kitchen Design on a Budget

These first-time homeowners prove that high style doesn’t necessarily come with a high price tag. With a handful of thrifty finds and creative DIY’s this couple masterfully stretched their budget to meet their needs.

When Joel and Mandy Busby were looking for their first home, they knew they wanted a large living area and an inviting kitchen space that would accommodate their growing family and provide a welcoming retreat for friends. Though you wouldn’t know it now, their charming 1950s cottage proved to be a diamond in the rough—and one they almost passed up because its original kitchen came complete with orange-stained cabinets, a black sink, fluorescent lighting, and—the main offender—a granite-topped island with an odd built-in tier right in its center.