Do it yourself and do it right, then you can WRITE!
Today's DIW comes to us from Shellie in California!
Shellie wrote to tell us all about how she transformed her new kitchen. When she bought her four year old cookie cutter property it was a foreclosure and the previous owners had left every single room in the house trashed. (She also noted, that the previous owners managed to leave the blue seal on their dishwasher for four years, but couldn't manage to keep the kitchen clean!)
She admits that part of her luck with this kitchen were that the bones were still there. The flooring, counter tops (though tile, which make her cranky- me too BTW) and cabinets were still in decent enough shape that she really just had to give the space a facelift. Not to mention the uhhh....stink that was left by the previous owners needed to be covered up.
Now I warn you, dearest broke ass people, this is the most DRAMATIC facelift I have seen on this budget. I showed it to Nate Nate and his eyes got all buggy like they do and he said, "WOW! WHAT?! SCROLL AGAIN!" We LOVE low cost, high impact. LOVE IT.
Just to brace yourself. ...ya know, just in case.
Here was Shellie's Kitchen before (she took this picture during her original walk through the house):
And, here is the after:
IS THAT RIDICULOUS OR WHAT?!
And her budget?
She says it was spread over 2 years and cost them LESS THAN $700! INCLUDING APPLIANCES.
Okay. Stop hyperventilating. Here we go.
She says the huge project was obviously painting all of the cabinets white. She used one gallon of Benjamin Moore Paint and searched the internet to find the cabinet hardware. She ended up selecting these which she got for less than $2 a piece. She warns not to let the cabinets discourage people saying, "Of course, the prep work before painting is the key. I spent hours and
hours sanding, puttying, de-glossing and priming those cabinets so they
would look good. It took 4 days before the first coat of actual paint
That alone completely changed the kitchen in my opinion. But did that stop her? Nope.
Because one day, she was at her local Habitat For Humanity Restore (All my H4H peeps say HOLLA!) ad scored the microwave range hood for $30! BAM (They did however have to cut that upper cabinet down to fit the new hood/wave in.)
Then as a Christmas present to themselves, her and her husband nabbed the new black dishwasher for less than $300 as an open item clearance at Sears.
And once all the hard stuff was done she attacked the TJMaxx/Home Goods/Marshalls chains to score all of her goodies! Which...not gunna lie, is my favorite part of any project.
And because Shellie said it so well, I'm going to use her words for the best tip for any home makeover.
"Have fun with it! It doesn't have to be perfect! There are a couple
crooked doors and a few spots where the paint is scratched off. We
removed a cabinet above the fridge and the the drywall repair looks
terrible. But those things just fade away. You don't have to go crazy
looking for perfection- no one will notice the tiny little things that
happen when your house isn't just a model, its actually lived in!"
Just one more time...because I love the paint color (which she says was an oops that she got at Wal-Mart in the return section for $7)
Good job, Shellie! Snaps!
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