A DIYers New Year’s Resolution
There comes a time in every homeowners life when they simply have an itch to remodel their home. A few months ago we helped one of these homeowners, Christina, with their kitchen remodel.
She plans to do more rooms in her house, so stay tuned over the next few months to see her progress.
Most of her time is spent in the kitchen, so it’s the room we started with first.
Remodel Small Kitchen on a Tight Budget
Christina has a full-time daycare in her home. Needless to say she spends a lot of time coking in her kitchen. She disliked the size of her kitchen, but couldn’t do much construction to fix that. With these simple kitchen remodel tricks, she was able to make her tiny kitchen look huge.
Affordable Counter top Ideas
The granite wasn’t cheap, but that was one thing she decided to splurge on.
Through a connection she found granite that wasn’t on the shelf. There are companies who don’t pay for advertising space, so their products are often cheaper but you’ll have to ask for them .
For more budget-friendly counter top selections, ask for a clearance section. Sometimes they have leftover pieces or orders left because customers change their mind.
Affordable Back Splash Ideas
Next, she looked for a light back splash to go with her counter tops. She chose white glass because it’s a reflective surface, which helps the space feel lighter and more open. Again, she shopped the clearance section to find the best deal.
Affordable Kitchen Cabinets
The best way to save money on kitchen cabinets is to paint them instead of buying new. Paint is a great way to bring new life to something old or that you don’t like anymore. These cabinets are a great example. They were still in good shape, but needed a different color to fit the new kitchen.
Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets
Instead of buying new cabinets, Christina use Amy Howard One-Step Paint for just a fraction of the cost. Her cabinets needed a good clean with Amy Howard’s Clean Slate or diluted Simple Green, but that was the only prep work needed. You can see what a difference this one simple step made. Already, the cabinets have a bit more life.
One-Step doesn’t require any priming or sanding, so it was quite a time-saver compared to other paint options.
Christina’s kitchen remodel required 2 cans of Bauhaus Buff chalk-based paint and 1 can of Shaw Red chalk-based paint. To save even more time, she used foam rollers to paint her kitchen cabinets. Once the kitchen cabinets were covered, she used a can of General Finishes to seal them.
Budget-Friendly Cabinet Handles
Another great money-saving tip is to paint your cabinet door handles rather than buying new ones.
The average knob cost about $5. She had 24 knobs for a total of $100. Instead, she took a can of Basic Black High Performance Spray Lacquer to give them a whole new look.
Christina sealed the cabinet door handles with Bright Idea. The total project cost $26. To save time, attach all the knobs on the flap of a cardboard box. Lining them up is an easy way to paint them all at the same time.
This money saving tip can also be used on light switch and outlet plates.
Miscellaneous Money Saving Tips for Kitchens
To make the kitchen brighter and save money, she installed LED lights.
Another issue Christina had in her kitchen was the uneven walls. The prior home owners had sanded down the walls for wall paper. To even out the walls, she applied tinted Venetian Plaster. This was not a cheap fix, but much more affordable than her other options.
Lastly, she was able to save more money doing these projects herself with help from family.
Kitchen Remodel Cost
Christina spent around $3,830. Here is a breakdown of cost for the renovations and supplies.
The granite, plus plumbing, sink and installations was $3,000.
Everything else came to the total of $830. This includes:
$210 for Venetian Plaster
$200 back splash
$100 for paint
$26 for High Performance Spray Lacquer
$40 for brushes
$10 for sealer
$60 for LED
$20 for popcorn
Small Kitchen Remodel Ideas
Her main objective was trying to find a way to make her kitchen peaceful and make it bigger. She felt suffocated. Every choice she made kept those in mind.
Her first step was to remove a drop ceiling. Removing trim around the door and kitchen. Other ideas include removing things that non-essential including non-load berring wall. She chose gray and the white. If you want to use two colors, use dark on the bottom and light color at the top.
Kitchen Remodel Before and After
Take a look at these kitchen remodel before and after pictures! What a difference a little paint and creativity can make in a small space.
Before Kitchen Remodel
See the difference a little paint can make?!
After Kitchen Remodel
Final look of the kitchen remodel! Let us know what you think in the comments!
Don’t forget to save these budget friendly kitchen remodel ideas for later!