Kitchen Remodel on a Strict $1,000 Budget

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What to do when you can't afford the cost of new countertops and cabinets? A lot of elbow grease, a gallon of paint, and a new backsplash.
My canvas. These cabinets had already been re-surfaced, but were in bad need of some TLC.
This was the worst cabinet door. Cracked in two places :(
Off came the doors and down they went into the basement workshop. They got sanded down to wood, while the cabinets received a light sanding, two coats of chalk paint, a coat of paste wax, and finally a good buffing.
Luckily, chalk paint dries fast, so with the help of a fan this step went by pretty fast.
Buffing out the waxed doors.
Cabinets finished, and put back together with new hardware.
The finished kitchen. I spent the majority of $1,000.00 budget on the natural tumbled stone backsplash.
To me it is a brand new kitchen, one that I am hoping will last another 20 years.
Next on the home improvement hit-list is the pantry.

Suggested materials:

  • Tumbled stone tile  (Lowe's)
  • Valspar Optimus paint  (Ace Hardware)
  • Door hardware  (Lowe's)

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  • Flr21965612
    on Mar 25, 2017

    Did you spray the paint or roll?
  • Wesley
    on Mar 27, 2017

    What did you do for the cracks because these are exactly the same as mine?

    • Damien
      on Feb 4, 2020

      You can put a damp towel over the crackedArea and then send them in the morning mind you it only you work on lately damaged

  • Lin15058525
    on Apr 26, 2017

    Did you replace the hardware like pulls,hinges,knobs? I have antique brass hardware and would like to know if you can change the color or texture to look like crome or stainless:
    • KimmieJ
      on Sep 8, 2017

      Sorry, haven't been on this site lately. Unfortunately, currently there is no way to paint your brass to look like steel. If you did paint them, the wear from handling them would soon have the brass showing through. If it were me, and I really liked the brass hardware, I would build my color scheme around them. Good luck!

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