Tight budget redo ideas for kitchen, living and dining room

Looking for ideas on painting walls, kitchen cabinets, countertops, removing rug, and new furniture and or updating what I have. Budget is 1500.00.

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  • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Dec 29, 2017
    As far as painting walls, make sure any parts that need filled and sanded down are for a smooth finish and use a good primer first. You can paint kitchen cabinets, as well, which makes a huge difference, I included links below. For your countertops, they sell kits to do that yourself that run around 80 dollars from brands like Giani and Rustoleum, you can get those at most home improvement stores. You can shop for furniture at consignment stores for home goods and get great deals, or sites like wayfair.com often have really good sales and free shipping. Painting your furniture can make a huge impact as well, and if you don't want to sand down, use chalk paint to paint furniture. Here are some links:

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Dec 29, 2017
    That's a lot of work for a small budget, but most of it can probably be done. If you don't have a color choice in mind, go to paint stores and see if they have an Oops paint, colors someone chose and didn't like, and see if there are colors you like. If your cabinets are in decent shape just paint them, same with the counter tops. There are tons of tutorials on YouTube that can help. By removing rug, do you mean removing carpet? That is a little labor intensive, depending on how big the room is, but just get a utility knife and cut a big X and then it should be easy to roll up the carpet and padding to discard. If you want to replace the carpet, leave tackstrips if they are in good condition, but if you don't want wall-to-wall carpet remove them, carefully, and clean up any staples in the rest of the floor. Check local Facebook garage sale groups and Craigslist for furniture. People get rid of some pretty decent furniture pretty cheap on there. It won't be new, but it will be new to you.

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  • Paint is relatively cheap but do all the prep so the finish coat looks great and lasts. What is the sub floor under the present rug, this will determine to some extent what you can put over the floor if you remove wall to wall carpet (hard wood floors, title require thicker sub floor and then you will need to change the height of floor moldings and door length.... not impossible but more work. Are you wanting to paint a solid wood cabinet or replace (your budget does not seem to allow replacement of cabinets). Even used suites of solid cabinets which you can get at some Habitat For Humanity stores will probably exceed $1000.00. Resale shop often sell furniture that is very gently used. Betsy, start checking prices out. Determine you ability to do renovations yourself. Look at used furniture and used rugs. Think about doing the projects in phases as you have more money. The cheapest way to proceed is to paint everything; then change accessories to give a new look (buy used, professional decorators do this all the time.) Is this a place you will stay a long time? Spending a lot of money on items that only fit this place is like throwing money away if you buy expensive stuff.) We have furnished apartments on limited budgets; only bought new mattresses and new set of pots. The rest of the furniture, dishes towels, drapes, towels wall hangings and decor were all bought at resale shops, Good Will, Salvation Army etc. Take it slow and try to enjoy the process and reuse everything you can that yiou already have (like puting an old bedroom dresser, minus the mirror, into the living room for the TV cabinet. We spent about $75.00 on this type of cabinet at a Salvation Army and it is nicer than most new stuff we saw and it is solid wood. Salvation Army priced the piece higher and each week they lower the price. I kept check back and bought when I felt the price was great and I did not want to lose it to someone else. Old dining room buffets make great living room TV tables too. There are so many people who redecorate and donate furniture, rugs, etc to these resale shops. Shop new first for ideas, then buy used and refurbish if needed. Hit garage sales when the weather warms, go at the end and get what they do not want to drag inside again. Check out decor books at the library focusing on the ones that teach you how to redo and update furnishings. If you need to rent a truck to move things home, get one from Home Depot or U-Haul. Get their insurance and ask for a better deal because they will sometimes discount for short hauls. When you go to a resale shop, ask if they have a particular piece you need in the back. many stores will let you look back there. Check out interior design sites on-line; search phrases like 'living room designs', etc. You will get so many ideas from looking at stuff! Your budget is very tight so be creative and resourceful and HAVE FUN.

  • Bijous Bijous on Dec 29, 2017
    1. Remove everything from the two rooms
    2. Clean everything using magic sponges and baking soda including inside cabinets; rinse with white vinegar and water 50/50
    3. Paint walls in both rooms and kitchen cabinets
    4. Replace cabinet pulls, faucet and if necessary, sink
    5. Update all lighting in kitchen (add under cabinet lighting) and dining room
    6. Use paste wax and buff all wood including dining room furniture
    7. Polish floors
    Total cost $1500