According to Remodeling Magazine, the average cost of a minor kitchen makeover is more than $21,000. GardenWeb user pommy_girl, however, was able to remodel her space with quite a bit less thanks to some skillful shopping, elbow grease and a lot of creativity. She updated her kitchen for only $500. Check out the before and after photos and see how she was able to save.
Pommy_girl's cabinets got a new look just by removing the doors and giving them a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware. She paid $7 per gallon for the paint and $1 each for the door handles at one of habitat for Humanity's ReStores. She also added trim to the bottom of the cabinets and the front of the shelves to give them a finished look and made the feet for the lower cabinets from wood salvaged from the upper cabinets when she removed the doors.
She built the little shelf above the cabinets out of leftover plywood, MDF and molding that she bought at a local building supply store. She paid 5 cents per foot for the molding and $2 per 2-foot-by-4-foot piece of plywood or MDF.
She purchased laminate countertops from a local building store for $4.99 per sheet.
The heavy duty vinyl tile for the floor cost $108. It was on sale at Home Depot.
The backsplash is painted bead board, which cost her approximately $20.
She built island from a cabinet found at a thrift store, 2 small bookshelves that she already had and a butcher block countertop from IKEA. The whole thing cost her less than $100—$24.99 for the cabinet and $57 for the countertop. She finished her new island off with stools from the thrift store ($7.99 each) that she painted to match the cabinets.
The under cabinet lighting was on sale for $10 each at a local building supply store and she purchased her light fixture online at Kijiji.com. It cost her $30 for 2 fixtures.
For a finishing touch, she made the mosaics from a box of broken tiles that she got for free from the building supply store and grout left over from a previous project.
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Photos: Garden Web user Pommy_girl