Dream kitchen renovations are fun to see and all, but it's the DIY pull-them-up-by-their-bootstrap remodels that really hold onto our hearts. Ranging in cost from $2,000 to $4,000, these kitchens show what happens when owners don't let small budgets get in the way of big improvements.
Above, elbow grease was a strong factor in this kitchen from Deuce Cities Henhouse. It took Alison weeks to sand and paint all the cabinets alone. The biggest portion of the $2,400 budget went to tiling and electrical (including a beautiful lighting fixture for $400).
In order to stick with her budget and not over-improve her kitchen, Mandi of A Beautiful Mess did a ton of sanding and painting, chose shiplap for the backsplash instead of tile, and found less expensive versions of her dream lighting. She also compromised by mixing more expensive solid brass hardware with cheaper brass plated knobs from the hardware store. The end result? A final cost of a little more than $2,000.
Christina and her husband spent about $3500 to get this small kitchen in shape. Their largest expense was the new LVT floor, a must since they couldn't salvage the old ones.
This $3,300 job from Freckles does a lot for little. They chose marble subway tile to give it a luxe look, and added crown molding to the top of the cabinets for a more custom feel. The black, white and grey color palette keeps it classic.
Design Sponge shared this kitchen from Sophie Leger. For about $2,000 they changed the countertops, fixtures and backsplash. To save money they kept the original cabinets and just replaced the doors before painting everything a deep grey.
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