Before & After: A B&A Enthusiast’s Budget Kitchen Makeover

published Feb 19, 2016
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I am a sucker for Before and Afters. Whether it be home remodels or weight losses or What Not to Wear, I get all giddy about transformations. And SO, why NOT buy a really ugly house?? Where’s the fun in buying an already-beautiful home? Nowhere.

(Image credit: Submitted by Jordan)

A couple of years ago, my husband and I bought a fixer-upper. About 11 months later, we (and by we, I mean my dad. Thanks Pops.) finally got enough done to show some of the progress we’ve made so far. Only took a year .. **pat myself on the back**. We got most of the big stuff done before we moved in, but it was the little stuff, the we-can-live-with-it-like-this stuff that took forever to tend to. We still have some items on the To-Do list, but the To-Done list is suddenly much longer. Phew.

This house was QUITE the project, but we saw potential and I’m so thankful we went with it. If I could take this house with me to every town I live in for the rest of my life, I would.

We did this on a very tight budget, under $6,000. We were lucky we didn’t have to completely tear out cabinets or get new floors and realized pretty quickly that new appliances were out of the question (other than the cooktop and vent). Rumor has it stainless steel is out, right?

Thank you, Jordan! You can see more of Jordan’s kitchen update on A Bushel And A Peck.