$987 Kitchen Remodel - Part II

I dug around and found some "after" photos to share with you. Now, keep in mind that it's not a HUGE transformation because we were working on such a small budget. (We had learned a few things from our last remodel.)

Here's the list from yesterday's post of things that we wanted to change:
Change the layout a little
Fit a side-by-side refrigerator
Replace the floors, counters, stove, microwave, refrigerator, cabinet hardware, faucet, and backsplash
Find a place for the trash can

And just to remind you, here's what we were working with:

Again, we did all the work ourselves which was a huge money saver. We bought from craigslist and Ikea. We repurposed what we had. To fix the terrible layout of the back wall, we simply removed the shelves from the bookcase, trimmed out the shell, and slid the refrigerator in.

(It just happened to be the right size!) Where the tiny refrigerator used to be, we removed the top cabinet section while keeping the shell intact. Then we "borrowed" the doors from the entrance to the dining room and added them to make a pantry.

We used the bottom part of this pantry to store our trash can and recycling center, which solved another of our problems.

Here's the "After" of the wall with cabinets:

Here's the cost break-down for the entire project:
New cork flooring - $.99/sq. ft. on sale at Lumber Liquidators - $150
Stove - Craigslist - $200
Refrigerator - Craigslist - $500
Counter tops - Ikea - $80
Cabinet hardware - gift from my parents for my birthday - FREE
Faucet - Ikea (Now it's $50, which still isn't bad.) - $30
Curtains - Marshall's clearance aisle - $3
Beadboard backsplash - Menard's (local hardware store) - $24
New refrigerator opening and pantry (where we stored our trash can and recycling bin) - FREE
Microwave - hand-me-down from my parent's kitchen remodel - FREE

Total costs - $987


Roeshel said... Best Blogger Tips

Great transformation on that budget! :)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said... Best Blogger Tips

An amazing re-do for $987! Great Job!
Karla & Karrie

MiriamR said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great transformation! Especially on that budget. Its just so beautiful!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks wayyy more than $987 worth. Great job on a great looking kitchen!

Richella said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! What an incredible job for $987!! Y'all did great! Congratulations on your new kitchen.

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks lovely! Great job!

Trudi said... Best Blogger Tips

Kitchen looks great!

artisticblend said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks amazing! Great job!

Kara said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks just beautiful! Love the decorative edge at the top of the cabinets!

pendy said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome redo. I love when creativity and frugality come together!

Sugar Mommy said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks fantastic!

Thanks for coming by. I have hung on to that watering system idea (saw it in a magazine, maybe SL?) for several years until I finally had hanging plants. There's something to be said for idea scrapbooks!

Delightful Dwelling said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, your kitchen looks great and for such a small price. I love the countertops and the flooring, nice work.

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

wow i think it looks awesome! a huge transformation!!

Pine Tree Home said... Best Blogger Tips

A really great job! Don't you just love craigslist? I like your countertops, how do you like them?

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks everyone! Cottagewish - I really liked them (this was in our last house). You couldn't set anything hot on them, but otherwise they were great. They were so easy to install. We oiled them maybe twice in the year after we installed them and that's all the maintenance they required.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said... Best Blogger Tips

Sticking amazing!! Nice work. I've always wondered about those Ikea countertops. My island has butcher block and I love it. Do you ever chop right on yours?

Brabourne Farm said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fabulous job you've done. Your kitchen just proves that you don't need to spend a lot of money to create something lovely! Also, thank you for visiting Brabourne Farm and leaving a comment. Leigh

Laura Ingalls Gunn said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it! I am visiting via Hooked on Houses.
Please drop by and enter my giveaway.

Have a blessed weekend!

Terry said... Best Blogger Tips

I like the fridge/pantry balance and the tiny corridor it makes. Y'all really rocked this one.

The Pennington Point said... Best Blogger Tips

It's wonderful. A woman after my own heart! Lisa~

Julia said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic Remodel. Gosh, I just love it.

Travis Kerr said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! It's a very similar look to what we are going for with our remodel (which is stalled halfway through by the navy wanting my husband back, lol). We are sitting at about $2000 for our whole remodel right now, probably $2500 by the time we are done. You guys did amazing!

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Flower patch farmgirl - I was too scared to chop directly on the counter. We basically did the remodel for resale purposes, so I didn't want to mess it up! I'm sure you could, though.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said... Best Blogger Tips

Still love this! Thanks for linking it up with Transformation Thursday!

Jamie said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! It is wonderful! I love a white kitchen with butcher block counters!

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow looks great!


casacara said... Best Blogger Tips

People after my own frugal heart! Looks terrific!

Becky K. said... Best Blogger Tips


I loved all of the changes and the price tag to go with them.

Becky K.

Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful job, the kitchen looks fresh, updated and very inviting.

pk @ room remix said... Best Blogger Tips

Great transformation on a small budget! Love it when people figure out how to get the best look for the least $'s.

The English Organizer said... Best Blogger Tips

You did a wonderful job, and the budget is just amazing. What a cool birthday pressie from your parents, too!

Fifi Flowers said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE redos of kitchens and low budgets are even better!

Tricia said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks fantastic! The countertops alone make a HUGE statement. For that price point, I don't think it would have been possible to do ANY better. It's wonderful!


Pam @ This Humble House said... Best Blogger Tips

Great job! I have a white kitchen, too! I think they just feel light and airy-er. That's some fantastic shopping, too!

Morning T said... Best Blogger Tips

Wowee- amazing transformation! I would love to do the exact same thing in my kitchen- great job!

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW...your new kitchen is wonderful! I love the countertop and backsplash!

Sami said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it! Very good job on such a tight budget and I think it is a huge transformation!


Jane said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, what a transformation on a budget! Great job!

I can't believe those countertops were only $80 at Ikea! They look fantastic!

I am interested in the cork floor. Do you have any closeup photos it? Do you like it now that it is in?


Carla said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Great transformation on a tight budget!

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Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks great....I love all of your ideas!

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