Before & After: Galley Kitchen Gets Budget Makeover

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What do you do when you have a kitchen with ugly pink bathroom tiles, wonky cabinets, and ancient walls that crumble plaster dust into your cereal each morning? If you're Judy, you live with it (in this case, ten years) until you can't take it anymore, and then finally do a renovation. 

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With a lot of research, planning, and smart shopping, Judy transformed this kitchen for only $13,000, including all labor and materials. The fixtures are from Overstock, Wayfair, and eBay. The cabinet boxes, countertops, and range hood were purchased during an IKEA kitchen sale. The marble was their only splurge. 

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Here are Judy's tips for keeping costs down:

We brought costs down by doing away with the general contractor, keeping the existing appliances and floor, and getting materials that looked high-end-ish, but were really not in price. We also put in a little sweat of our own by making the open shelving from scratch with stained red oak and putting in the base cabinets ourselves. I'm a girl from middle-class Queens, and I made sure to hire local to the borough, save for the one stray guy from Westchester. We had a demolition crew, a plasterer, plumber, electrician, and tile guy. If you want to save money, hire the specialists yourself and get them from the cheaper parts of town. 
Judy, thanks so much for sharing your project with Apartment Therapy! May your cereal be free of dust forever after....

(Images: Judy Kellis)

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