A DIY kitchen makeover on a small budget


Buying a fixer upper was something we always wanted to do. With a budget of just $5000.00 for our whole house we knew we were going to have to get crafty to make this kitchen work
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This was the first day of the kitchen remodel. We had our work cut out for us
a diy kitchen makeover on a small budget, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
I wanted a regular oven and this kitchen desperately needed a pantry
a diy kitchen makeover on a small budget, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
New cabinets were not an option for us so we decided to paint the old ones. A kit from the hardware store gave the old knotty pine cabinets a nice antique look.
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New countertops would have blown our tiny budget as well. We recycled and pieced together some corian countertops from a family member who was doing a kitchen remodel as well.
a diy kitchen makeover on a small budget, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
The one new appliance we bought was a refrigerator but it looked so huge in our kitchen. We decided to make a breakfast bar out of an extra piece of corian we had left over. It helps take your eye away from the giant refrigerator.
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My husband built a custom pantry door
a diy kitchen makeover on a small budget, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
We used two different kinds of backsplash tile. These 3x6 subways were the cheapest I could find. Thank goodness for family friends who know how to set and grout tile!
a diy kitchen makeover on a small budget, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
All of our appliances (besides the refrigerator) were received second hand from family and friends.
a diy kitchen makeover on a small budget, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
It's still a work in progress but the power of DIY is amazing!!

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  • Sandra
    on Sep 23, 2016

    what did you use for the floor. looks really nice. was that brick behind stove?

    • Sheena G
      on Sep 23, 2016

      Thanks! The floor is the cheapest tile I could find at home depot that was offered in a 6x6 and a 12x12, it is ceramic. The back splash was originally a faux plastic brick, it was falling down so we ripped it out and replaced it with a mosaic tile.

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