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Before/After: Kitchen Remodel For Under $65

 

After nearly a month of renovations, I have finally completed my kitchen remodel. And holy cow- what a difference! I almost don’t believe I’m in the same house. I don’t think I truly realized just how dramatic the difference would be but it’s spectacular! I’ve been dying to reno this kitchen for years but it just wasn’t in our budget. When I finally made plans to go ahead and start a mini reno I knew I had to find ways to cut the cost and save some money. Mission accomplished. The whole reno cost me $65, y’all!

 

This is the kitchen before I started the remodel:

 

 

 

You can see the whole kitchen tour HERE if you’d like to refresh your memory. Personally I’d like to forget what the kitchen looked like before. Just sayin’. All that builder grade oak makes me twitchy.

 

I had so many ideas rolling around in my head about how to transform this space. The biggest one was what to do with the aforementioned builder grade oak cabinets. For one tiny minute I envisioned replacing them. Until I priced what it would cost to replace them with the ones I wanted. After I recovered from the sticker shock, I started researching more budget friendly options. I thought about painting them but our neighbor painted hers and after a few months they are all chipped and scratched. And she only has 2 kids. Imagine what my 5 kids would do to them. I shudder. Option B was to stain them. I decided to use General Finishes Gel Stain in the color Java. I dedicated a whole post to a tutorial on how to stain your cabinets with gel stain- including the prep, the materials needed, the during, and the finish. I learned a whole lot through trial and error and if I can save someone a little time by sharing what I learned then it’s worth a separate post.

 

Here is the after:

 

 

Stunning difference, isn’t it? Take a look at the before/after comparison:

 

 

 

I’m in love with my kitchen again. Can you believe this entire remodel cost me less than $65? I used the same paint from my Breakfast Nook remodel that I shared with you a couple of days ago. I already shared where I found the fruit bowl on the island and the turquoise tray displayed on the counter. I’ll share the rest of the item details at the bottom of this post. But first, let’s take a little tour.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

The island got a mini-makeover too. I painted the top black and the base ivory and sealed it with the same sealer I used on the cabinets. I love the contrast. I hadn’t originally planned to do anything to the island but after seeing the finished cabinets the island looked wrong in the space. I also spray painted the soap pump on the kitchen counter. I had a plastic soap pump that I picked up at the $1 store but it was yellow. Two coats of nickel spray paint and it matches the kitchen faucet perfectly. I debated whether or not to add curtains or a valance over the windows but I couldn’t bring myself to cover up all that fabulous natural light. Luckily we don’t have neighbors directly behind us who will be peeking in our windows.

 

The only thing left to do in this space for now is the pantry door. I already gave the inside of the pantry a complete makeover, which I’ll be sharing soon. Right now I’m trying to decide if I should paint the pantry door or replace it with a vintage screen door.

 

I have plans for stainless steel appliances in the next year or so but I can’t justify replacing the current ones until one of them breaks. Then we’ll switch them all out at once and be done with it. We also have plans for granite or solid surface counter tops too but there are some other projects higher up on the to-do list first. And truthfully- now that the cabinets are darker and the walls are a better color I don’t really mind the counters. They’re light, neutral, and they blend well in the space. Don’t tell Matt I said that…I’ve been bugging him for new counter tops for 5 years. Shhhh……

 

The Details:
Orange Canister Set // $14.99 IKEA
Rooster Hand Towels // $1.99ea Wal*Mart
General Finishes Java Gel Stain // $19.99 Amazon
General Finishes Poly/Acrylic Satin Sealer // $19.99 Amazon
Glidden Plus Paint + Primer {Color- Misty Aqua} // From Nook Remodel
Glidden Plus Paint + Primer {Color- Sahara Desert Sand} // From Nook Remodel

 
 
 

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  • GTAerOntario

    Gorgeous!! Can I ask, after this long, how has it held up with your kids? I’m terrified mine will scratch it when I do it. If you could do it all again, would you? Thank you SO much for posting, you are seriously SO helpful!! <3

    • http://semidomesticatedmama.com/ Delia James

      I’m actually working on a follow up 1 year post right now! Ha! The cabinets held up perfectly. It’s been 13 months now and they look exactly the same as the day I finished. No scratches, no smudges, no fading. They still look new! I think the key is to do at least 2 top coats of the poly seal. I’m so glad that I tackled this project and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. In fact, I’m about to tackle my master bathroom vanity soon.

      • GTAerOntario

        Absolutely amazing!! After reading this I’ve already opened Amazon to get some. This is such an inspiration, thank you!! I can’t wait to read your 1 year post!! Thank you again!!

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  • Tammie

    Came here from TDC. Wow! I wanted to email you via your contact, but didn’t see anything when I clicked on it. I would like to see a close up picture of the cabinets, if possible.
    Thanks.

    • http://semidomesticatedmama.com/ Delia James

      Ack! Thanks for letting me know my contact button wasn’t working. I just had my blog moved over from Blogger this past weekend so we’re still ironing out some minor issues. If you’ll send me an email at delia@semidomesticatedmama.com I would be happy to send you a few close up pictures of the cabinets. Thanks again!

  • jlnatty

    I saw your cabinet/kitchen redo at Thrifty Decor Chick just today. Well, how damn cool is it – W.O.W.! You must be the QUEEN of thrifty redo projects spending $65 to achieve the stunning result you have. Truly, I adore your kitchen. ANY fan of classical design would love it, but particularly those who appreciate the essence of black and white. With a little color thrown in for a wee pop here and there. Extremely well done – one of the best I’ve seen on the blogosphere and I’ve been looking for 4 years or so. What is absolutely the most awesome is that you didn’t remove a damn thing, or replace any of your appliances. Holy Hathor! And yet you achieved a total transformation. Were you an earning-a-living decorator in a former life, maybe Sister Parrish? Or someone who ran the gamut of design, Coco Chanel? I have added your site to my list of favorites and will now visit regularly. I may not comment, but that doesn’t mean I’m not looking!

    • http://semidomesticatedmama.com/ Delia James

      Thank you so much! Your comment made me laugh out loud. It’s amazing how much you can do with very little money when you’re motivated…and by motivated I mean flat broke. Haha!

  • Margaret

    Saw your link on Not Just A Housewife & stopped dead thinking someone had magically posted photos of my kitchen! It’s too funny, colorwise my kitchen was identical to yours both before and after. I painted mine an identical blue and redid my cabinets with this same stain in October 2011 and still l.o.v.e. it! Captain Procrastination here hasn’t managed to seal them with topcoat yet (yes I know, 2 years later lol) but they have still held up beautifully with just the stain. If you are looking for a good cabinet makeover that’s not white paint then you NEED to get some of this stain. It’s soooo easy to do and will make you happy happy happy!

  • Margaret

    Saw your link on Not Just A Housewife & stopped dead thinking someone had magically posted photos of my kitchen! It’s too funny, colorwise my kitchen was identical to yours both before and after. I painted mine an identical blue and redid my cabinets with this same stain in October 2011 and still l.o.v.e. it! Captain Procrastination here hasn’t managed to seal them with topcoat yet (yes I know, 2 years later lol) but they have still held up beautifully with just the stain. If you are looking for a good cabinet makeover that’s not white paint then you NEED to get some of this stain. It’s soooo easy to do and will make you happy happy happy!

  • http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/ Kayla Janachovsky

    What an amazing update! Don’t forget to link up to The DIY’ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-27.html

  • http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/ Kayla Janachovsky

    What an amazing update! Don’t forget to link up to The DIY’ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-27.html

  • Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

    Whoa, only $65! That is truly an amazing transformation on a tight budget. Well done!

  • Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

    Whoa, only $65! That is truly an amazing transformation on a tight budget. Well done!

  • Chelsea Coulston

    Wow! What a difference paint makes! Looks incredible!

  • Chelsea Coulston

    Wow! What a difference paint makes! Looks incredible!

  • Craft Dictator

    It look completely different! You did an amazing job! Come link up with us at Craft Frenzy Friday at http://www.craftdictator.com!!

  • Craft Dictator

    It look completely different! You did an amazing job! Come link up with us at Craft Frenzy Friday at http://www.craftdictator.com!!

  • Brittany

    What an amazing makeover! The more I see and read about gel stain, the more I am convinced it’s the way to go for our kitchen, too. I LOVE all the light your kitchen gets!

  • Brittany

    What an amazing makeover! The more I see and read about gel stain, the more I am convinced it’s the way to go for our kitchen, too. I LOVE all the light your kitchen gets!

  • Krista thehappyhousie

    WOW – that is seriously incredible!!! You did such a fabulous job; it looks like a brand new kitchen! I love it – and would be thrilled if you have the chance to share it at our new mega-party Work it Wednesday if you haven’t already. Each link will be shown on 4 blogs! Work it Wednesday

    - Krista @ the happy housie

  • Krista thehappyhousie

    WOW – that is seriously incredible!!! You did such a fabulous job; it looks like a brand new kitchen! I love it – and would be thrilled if you have the chance to share it at our new mega-party Work it Wednesday if you haven’t already. Each link will be shown on 4 blogs! Work it Wednesday

    - Krista @ the happy housie

  • astrollthrulife

    Totally looks like a whole new kitchen. Beautiful. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing party – Inspire Me –http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/08/179th-inspire-me-tuesday.html Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  • http://justagirlandherblog.com/ Abby @Just a Girl and Her Blog

    It looks great! What a transformation! And $65?! Can’t beat that! I popped over from Home Stories A to Z–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  • http://justagirlandherblog.com/ Abby @Just a Girl and Her Blog

    It looks great! What a transformation! And $65?! Can’t beat that! I popped over from Home Stories A to Z–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  • Mel Mac

    Absolutely awesome! Wow, the stained cabinets alone made a huge difference. Your counters look great with the new stain and the new wall colour is perfect.

  • Mel Mac

    Absolutely awesome! Wow, the stained cabinets alone made a huge difference. Your counters look great with the new stain and the new wall colour is perfect.

  • Emily Janz

    I LOVE it!! I Love the cabinets. Love the wall color with the cabinets. It looks like a designer kitchen now. I had to keep going back and forth – I didn’t believe that it was the same space. Good job!

  • Emily Janz

    I LOVE it!! I Love the cabinets. Love the wall color with the cabinets. It looks like a designer kitchen now. I had to keep going back and forth – I didn’t believe that it was the same space. Good job!

  • http://amandasadorables.blogspot.com/ Amanda M.

    That is absolutely AMAZING. The cabinets look NEW. I am so inspired and I cannot wait for your tutorial on the staining!

  • http://amandasadorables.blogspot.com/ Amanda M.

    That is absolutely AMAZING. The cabinets look NEW. I am so inspired and I cannot wait for your tutorial on the staining!