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rebelranger 01-15-2013 05:38 PM

Kitchen remodel...on the cheap! BEWARE 56k
Ok everyone here is the deal, I bought this home for less than what most people pay for their vehicles...Great deal on a foreclosure! Also I am living in this home but plan to move within two years as I finish law school. I am at heart a very frugal person and I love manual labor, especially DIY. So this remodel was designed to (1) get more space, (2) update, (3) increase efficiency, and (4) have the best value vs cost possible. The walls were very out of square and one of the previous owners just put another sheet of drywall over the previous sheet so everything had added complexity. Regardless lets get to the pictures.

rebelranger 01-15-2013 05:40 PM


rebelranger 01-15-2013 05:43 PM

Cabinet refinish. Everyone said you can't restain old wood cabinets but I did! Sand, Sand, SAND, Stain, Varnish...

rebelranger 01-15-2013 05:45 PM

First finish...Pulls, Oversink lights, and Appliances. (SS fridge was $500 from Sears as they were upgrading to French Door unit, Dishwasher was $300 from HD, Stove was $399 from Lowes, Microwave was $89 from Walmart.

rebelranger 01-15-2013 05:48 PM

Actual Remodel begins!

rebelranger 01-15-2013 05:52 PM

Now custom work, I didn't want to pay for custom Cabs so I bought HD ones to match the old and cut the right corner cabs down to fit the corner (didn't want lazy susans because of all the bad reviews) so the right corner top cab is only 6", bottom is 18", and pantries are 18". Instead of the originally bought 12", 24", 24".

rebelranger 01-15-2013 05:55 PM

Starting the finishes.... SS OTR Microwave $109 from Best Buy, Custom Counter tops $269

rebelranger 01-15-2013 05:59 PM

LED undercabinet lighting and glass Backsplash...LED roll $14 off Amazon, Backsplash $2.98 sqft from Menards

rebelranger 01-15-2013 06:01 PM

Coming to the End...Recessed lighting install $90 for 6 recessed lights from Lowes, Drywall patching, misc.

rebelranger 01-15-2013 06:03 PM

Last pieces to go. Recessed pulls for drawers, Install pulls on Cabinet doors, Crown Molding, Trim wall for Chalkboard paint, and figure out what to do with blank spot above sink.

What does everyone think?

REXAMUS 01-15-2013 09:10 PM

Looks good.

TrailerParadise 01-16-2013 11:28 AM

i think it looks excellent how it is. Dont bother with anything over the sink, that color of paint blends well. the layout is not my cup of tea but it looks great, if you are happy with it, dont change a thing. My kitchen gets a lot of weird looks because there are no upper cabinets, but thats what i wanted since its a little small. I love your backsplash!

ChuckWHS 01-17-2013 11:25 AM

Nice job for a "first time". I like the undercabinet lighting. What type/brand are they?

toastandjam 01-17-2013 06:42 PM

Hmmm, I have the same kitchen cabinet doors....where did you get ones that matched your existing ones? I need to replace a couple.

rebelranger 01-17-2013 07:00 PM

Undercab lights were LED strip off Amazon. I used black tape to hold in place while the self adhesive backing stuck, then I took it off. I used the 3500k 14m LED 5050 lights...check amazon.

Toastandjam - they are the H-D (big orange) box store brand. Very cheap with decent front quality. Corners and MDF boxes are suspect but they get the job done on a budget.

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