How to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Budget.
Learn how to remodel your kitchen on a budget. I’ll show you how I took my outdated kitchen from an ugly, functional nightmare to my dream kitchen with a budget of $2600.
You can create your dream kitchen on just about any budget if you are willing to put the time and effort into doing most of the work yourself. A kitchen makeover can cost $20,000 or more but by following this tutorial you can create your dream kitchen for about $2500. Let’s create your dream kitchen on a budget.
I love my budget kitchen remodel…
Our dream home was a foreclosure and a beige nightmare. We bought this home for its location on the water and because it’s just a short walk to the beach.
Take a look at how our kitchen looked when we moved in.
This is just one of the strangest layouts I’ve ever seen in a kitchen. We were completely baffled by the weird bump-out and the random cabinets just placed on walls. The countertops were tiled in slate-looking tiles and walls were tiled in 12 x 12″ real slate floor tiles + the bank (we bought this as a foreclosure) had put in really awesome – not- “new” black appliances. They also put linoleum over the hardwood floors – (why would anyone do that?). I hated this room, hated walking by it, and I couldn’t stand the idea of cooking in it, so it had to be the first thing we tackled in our renovation.
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How to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Budget
Strange cabinet sticking out into the middle of the kitchen
Vinyl flooring over hardwood floors...
12 x 12 slate looking tile as a countertop
Tall cabinet with awesome storage
We decided to reuse the cabinets, make a custom cabinet for the refrigerator, buy a stock cabinet for over the microwave and glass doors for the cabinet that was missing doors. We repositioned some of the cabinets to make a better workflow. To make all the mismatched cabinets work together paint was really the only viable option. I got to work rescuing the hardwoods floor – which we discovered were installed throughout the house – score! In some places, the wood was pretty damaged so I came up with a distressed finish we could use throughout the house… It looks awesome and any wear is super easy to fix with a quick dry brush and a little bit of furniture wax.
Inspiration for floors and countertop
Inspiration for the cabinets
How to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Budget
This was supposed to be an intermediate renovation – we’d build our dream kitchen later – but it turned out this is our dream kitchen. We chose a white granite with wonderful veining and even a little sparkle. I really wanted white marble but that idea was vetoed by my much more practical husband. Looking back I’m glad we went this direction. It’s practical and beautiful. I was able to save the hardwood floor from its ugly vinyl covering. Bonus, I found the perfect backsplash tile to tie all the colors and materials together – on sale at Lowe’s…who would have guessed. We finished everything off with new stainless steel appliances. I love the way they look but I hate, I can’t say this strongly enough, hate cleaning them.
No more strange cabinet sticking out into the middle of the kitchen
Distressed cabinets & beach-y driftwood washed floors
New White Granite Countertops
Painted Cabinets + Distressed finish
The perfect mosaic backsplash
Purple bead-board on the back wall
$2600 Kitchen remodel…
When we started this makeover we fully intended for this to be a temporary fix while we made plans for a brand new kitchen. We wanted something that would be functional since the original layout was unusable. Plus, we wanted the kitchen to look good and be inviting since we planned to live with it for a couple of years. Our budget for the kitchen remodel without appliances was $5000.
The biggest investment we made was in countertops and it was the topic of a lot of debate. We looked at a number of different options and ultimately decided to splurge on the granite since we’d be living with the result for a couple of years.
We came in under budget spending just $2600 to turn the old mess of a kitchen into our dream kitchen. We love the result so much that we’ve stopped talking about “the next kitchen remodel”.
We completed the remodel in about 2 weeks working 5 or 6 hours a day.
Here’s where we spent the $2600:
$2000 White Granite Counter Tops
$50 Cabinet above the microwave
$80 2 Sheets of beadboard
$300 4 cabinet doors
$100 Rain glass for cabinet doors (installed)
$50 6 cabinet handles
Where we saved:
- We did all the work ourselves
- We reused and/or repurposed the existing cabinets
- We build the refrigerator cabinet
- We added storage with furniture we already owned
- We rescued the hardwood floor from under the vinyl flooring
- We ordered the cabinet doors online
Most kitchens can be rescued for a couple of thousand dollars just by reimagining the possibilities, looking at what you have and how those elements can be reused or repurposed.
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