Weeknd Project: Low-Budget Kitchen Renovation

Low-Budget Kitchen Remodel

New kitchen on a budget. An easy make-over in a weekend brightens up a gloomy kitchen.

I’ve been talking about renovating our kitchen for years but I suffer from a problem that I’m sure many young homeowners face. Lack of funds. And because I can’t afford to tackle a huge kitchen remodel I’ve avoid even them most basic upgrades.

I don’t know if it is the cold weather, the night-time mice problem, or the downtime on my holiday vacation, but this past week I decided it was finally time to make a few kitchen upgrades.

The beauty of the projects I took on is that they make a big difference without breaking the bank.  I have access to a woodshop, which made all of these upgrades doable, but only spent about $300 on supplies.

1. Beadboard Wainscoting with chair rail and baseboard: After removing a bank of cabinets along the wall below the window I applied beadboard panels with a decorative chair rail and wide baseboard. Learn how to apply wainscot panels and trim in our previous post. Materials: 1/4 Masonite beadboard. 20 linear feet of 8-in. wide poplar. One tube Liquid Nails. One tube silicon latex caulking. Cost: $80.

2. Hanging Wall Cabinet: In less than three hours I built a simple hanging wall cabinet with shelves for mugs, cups, glasses and vases. I have yet to make the glass-paned doors so I added those with Photoshop. Materials: Half sheet 3/4-in. birch plywood. Half sheet 1/4 in. birch plywood. 12 linear feet 4 in. wide poplar. Cost: $80

3. Rolling Kitchen Island: I reassembled the bank of cabinets that I removed from the wall into a kitchen island. Five casters screwed to the underside allow it to roll around to accommodate the ever changing layout of our small house. Materials: Recycled base cabinets. 10 linear feet 4 in. wide poplar. Half sheet 1/4 in. birch plywood Cost: $25

4. Laminate Island Countertop: A friend of mine turned me on to soapstone countertops because they’re great for high-end DIY work. Soapstone can be cut an shaped with standard woodworking tools like routers and jig saws. That would have been an ambitious project so instead I picked up a sheet of MDF and countertop laminate at Lowes and cut, shaped, and laminated  a shapely countertop. I’ll be applying an edge veneer next week. One sheet 3/4 in. MDF. One sheet laminate countertop. Cost: $100

Next up… I’ll be extending the beadboard frame and panel theme into the kitchen over the next few weeks. Stay tuned…

2 thoughts on “Weeknd Project: Low-Budget Kitchen Renovation

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  2. Looks like you found some great deals and going with the floating kitchen island is often ideal because you can move it when you need the extra space or when you simply want to use it somewhere else in your kitchen. Another thing you can do that makes a bit of a difference, at a low cost, is look into some different lighting options …like maybe some undercounter lighting, they tend to spruce things up and make for great lighting at night.

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