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Transform Your Kitchen With An $800 Budget

Ah ... kitchens.

I've heard they sell houses. Have you heard that, too?

Once again, I'll remind you that my ultimate goal here is to sell this house and move out to the country. I'll also remind you that I'm attempting to change our entire house with little to no extra money to do so.

Let's face it. Kids are expensive. Houses are expensive.

Life is expensive.

Making your space better doesn't have to be.

With that said, since kitchens sell houses: Let's to start there. Here is what our dream kitchen started out as.

Yes ... I know. A dream come true, isn't it?

No. No, it's not. It's awful. Okay, it's not like unlivable awful, but it certainly isn't going to make anyone go,

"Whoa. We should buy this house. This kitchen is amazeballs!"

That would not have happened.

Until ...

Painted the cabinets white, added moulding and new hardware.

Coffee was always perking, of course.

The cherry table just didn't look right with the pristine white cabinets, it had to go ... or at least be prettified.

I didn't want the ugly trash can sitting around, plus everyone knows "the" kitchens have a trash cabinet with awesome cup pulls.

The white laminate counters, yeah, they had to go.

Say good-bye to the almond range hood. Hello to something ... better. Well, it at least looks like we said good-bye to it ...

Everyone knows open shelving is all the rage. All the cool kitchens are doing it!

Our little rolling island needed a makeover, also. White is the new cherry around here.

Well, much improved, in my humble opinion.
Let's compare, shall we?
Camera 1: Yuck.
Camera 2: Yeah.
Yeah..., but that stove and the floors have got to go. Someday.

Cost breakdown for this kitchen:

Cabinet moulding: $ 28.60

Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations: 120.00

Cabinet hardware: $50.00

Cabinet repair: $ 19.98

Range cover: $ 23.10

Countertops: $195.78

Shelves: $ 40.00

Craigslist sink: $100.00

New faucet: $ 140.00

Outlets and face plates: $52.41

Clearance tile and supplies: $49.00

Grand total: $ 818.87

Not bad for a brand spankin' new kitchen!

For tutorials and the process of all my projects, click the links above or go to my Kitchen Tutorial Page!

The dining room is on my list, especially the windows. They need casing/moulding and flair. I'm tired of being in this room. I'm moving to a different part of the house next!

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