Lisa Pennington
Lisa Pennington
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  • San Antonio, TX

Kitchen Counters on a DEEP budget

$50
2 Days
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It's so difficult to find a good price on kitchen counters. When I remodeled my kitchen I just didn't have thousands of dollars to spend on my counters. So I had to get creative. How could I have an expensive look on a penny budget? I made my island counter for just $36 and the rest of the counters for only $25!
After building the island using stock cabinets with a plywood top, I screwed the long pine planks from underneath, sanded and stained it.  Gorgeous!
After building the island using stock cabinets with a plywood top, I screwed the long pine planks from underneath, sanded and stained it. Gorgeous!
I did the same with my cabinets here, but I topped the cabinets with hardiboard and tiled it with 18" travertine tiles.  The men at the hardware store told me it wouldn't work.  That was 3 years ago!  :)
I did the same with my cabinets here, but I topped the cabinets with hardiboard and tiled it with 18" travertine tiles. The men at the hardware store told me it wouldn't work. That was 3 years ago! :)
Even though I originally planned for my budget countertops to be temporary, I still have them and I still LOVE them!
Even though I originally planned for my budget countertops to be temporary, I still have them and I still LOVE them!
Lisa Pennington

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2 questions
  • Brittany
    on Jan 21, 2016

    Could you tell me how you did your island with stock cabinets? I'm not sure how to build something like that

  • Elle
    on Mar 24, 2019

    Yeah, travertine counters for $25?

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  • Diana Deiley
    on Mar 14, 2016

    Just love what you did! Fantastic job.

  • Katherine
    on Jul 13, 2017

    How in the world did you do your counters for $25? Is this something someone else could do at the same price? Please share the secret. Thanks!
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