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Look for Less : Our Moody Kitchen

Look for Less : Our Moody Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comI’ve had multiple requests to share a budget-friendly version of our kitchen design plan. Although I wouldn’t change a single thing about our dark & moody kitchen or the items within it (seriously!), I thought it would be a fun challenge to try to source similar, less expensive items for those of you asking. If you missed the original post with the reveal and original sources, definitely check that out here! You can also catch the complete kitchen budget breakdown in this post. Otherwise, click through to see what alternatives I came up with…

Look for Less : Our Moody Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comObviously you have to keep in mind that quality and materials will be different- and that is certainly reflected in the price… but if it’s the aesthetic you’re looking for on a budget, these items should give you a super similar look. I will say- many of the things I sourced from Lowe’s initially are about as budget friendly as it gets and the Diamond cabinets (or the beautiful color) can’t be duplicated, but I did find some crazy replicas- like a rug that looks almost IDENTICAL to my vintage runner.

Look for Less : Our Moody Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comClick directly on the items to be redirected to the source- or use the numbered links below the collage.

01: sconce // 02: black farmhouse sink // 03: rug // 04: flooring // 05: cabinetry pull // 06: cabinetry knob // 07: widespread bridge faucet // 08: ceramic subway tile // 09: microwave // 10: pot filler // 11: range // 12: dishwasher // 13: diamond cabinets (door style: lisette | color: maritime)

  1. $49 SCONCE (compared to $100) // My initial lights were super inexpensive and budget friendly, but I was able to find an even better priced option. They’re a little less feminine, but still pretty.
  2. $449 SINK (compared to $1,456) // This sink is great for the price, and it even comes with accessories like a grid, strainer, and drain.
  3. $38 RUG (compared to $700) // I cannot get over this rug! My rug is vintage and one-of-a-kind, guys… I have no idea HOW I came across such a similar version for so cheap.
  4. $2.29 FLOORING (compared to $3.49 / square foot) // I adore my hardwoods, but if you’re looking for a budget-friendly alternative, lots of people enjoy laminate that looks like wood. This one comes in multiple colors.
  5. $2.23 PULL (compared to $4.93) // I’m pretty sure the manufacturer knocked off the current cabinet pulls I have- they look pretty spot on. The finish is a bit more green, whereas mine are more golden and antiqued. For half the price though, you decide.
  6. $1.65 KNOB (compared to $3.91) // Again… same situation as the cabinetry pull linked above. It’s identical to mine except for the finish.
  7. $289 FAUCET (compared to $1,000) // My faucet is something I’m obsessed with, but I’ll admit- it was a bit of a splurge. If you’re looking for a similar look, this one has a nice aesthetic.
  8. $5.59 BACKSPLASH TILE (compared to $6.96 / square foot) // This tile is marginally less expensive, but if you’re trying to stretch the budget- it would be worth it. I’d recommend ordering a sample first.
  9. $48 MICROWAVE (compared to $335) // Since our microwave is hidden in the pantry or appliance garage, nobody ever really sees it. If you also keep yours out of sight and don’t use it often- this one looks pretty great for the price tag.
  10. $175 POT FILLER (compared to $250) // This is the matching pot filler to the faucet I previously linked.
  11. $2,799 36″ RANGE (compared to $5,600) // This is the same size as my gas range (pro grade), if you’re interested in a similar black industrial look.
  12. $749 DISHWASHER (compared to $1500) // We splurged on our dishwasher and don’t regret that decision at all, but if you don’t need a panel ready option- this one looks pretty awesome. If you do want a panel ready and are looking to save some dollars- my friend Cathy also shared How to DIY a Panel-Ready Dishwasher.
  13. DIAMOND CABINETRY // Our cabinetry is super incredible and there is no duplicating it or finding a less expensive option for what we ended up with. Check out this post for more information on the cabinetry itself!

Look for Less : Our Moody Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comThere you have it! If I were on a tight budget and had to recreate the look for less… those are the items I’d choose. Was that helpful? I’ve had a ton of messages and requests for this post and although I’ve never shared a “Look for Less”, maybe it’s something I should start doing? Let me know what you think!

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  • Reply
    Peggi
    September 11, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Funny. When I saw the title of your post, I thought, “Everything was from Lowe’s; it’s already budget-friendly!”😁 You could certainly save on appliances, and that stove looks pretty awesome. The sink, too, seems like a great buy. Even though that rug is crazy similar…you can’t beat a vintage rug for softness and soul! I’d splurge on a rug before a refrigerator any day!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      September 11, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Right?! Haha! I had the same thought… it doesn’t get much better :) And I’m with you- vintage rugs always!

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    Stacy
    September 11, 2019 at 5:54 am

    I keep meaning to ask, does it bother you at all that the window on the left isn’t centered on the wall? I have a similar situation in my kitchen and it just doesn’t make sense to me to move it over a foot. I think you’ve done a beautiful job balancing that wall with the shelves and lighting, just curious if it’s something you think about or if, in person, maybe it’s not even noticeable now that everything is done?

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      Sarah
      September 11, 2019 at 8:42 am

      Great question, Stacy! I’ve never really given it a second thought since it looks intentionally placed. I’m a fan of the rule of thirds and it’s really breaks that wall into thirds. By extending the wall- it made it seem more intentional. The heavy pantry and floating shelves also help to add balance. I don’t usually get hung up on things being perfect centered or symmetrical… I much prefer asymmetry. Hope this helps :)

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    Lori
    September 13, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Ooooooh, that range! It also comes in matte white, which is exactly what I have been looking for! Thank you!

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      Sarah
      September 13, 2019 at 8:55 am

      Yay!! So glad to hear it was helpful. I’d love to see it installed in white :)

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    Betsy
    September 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Only just noticed the paneling on the side of the cabinets – it’s such a thoughtful touch. I appreciate both the budget finds and the the acknowledgement that you usually get what you pay for!

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      Sarah
      September 23, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Thank you Betsy! :)

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    Steph
    October 1, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Struggling with aged brass hardware and stainless steel range. Yours seems to work, but mine seems to clash. Mixing metals is so hard. My faucet is polished chrome which adds yet another metal. Do you think stainless steel knobs work with the aged brass better than black? Or did you consider black knobs? Has this part of your kitchen ever bothered you?

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      Sarah
      October 1, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Hi Steph! I don’t mind mine at all.. I didn’t consider black for my own kitchen because it definitely would’ve created a totally different look. Brass is more feminine & traditional, while black is more masculine & industrial. I try to stick to 2-3 metals in a space… and repeating it is key! Hope this helps :)

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        Steph
        October 1, 2019 at 11:12 am

        Thanks for your reply! My range comes with either stainless steel temperature knobs or black knobs so it was very helpful to see your kitchen which had the stainless steel range knobs juxtaposed to the aged brass hardware. You are always helpful!

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