A testimony from Chelsea
My husband is an aspiring at-home chef, so while he was deployed to Iraq last year, I decided to remodel our kitchen as a surprise to him. However, we didn’t have much money to start with because we were putting most of our extra money toward getting our house and cars paid off before he returned.
I started with the cabinets, sanding them down and then priming and painting them an off white color myself. A local appliance company gave us a really good deal on a set of appliances (we had a nice newer stove so went with white to match). They had some dents on the sides, but you never see the sides so that didn’t matter!
A friend’s husband ran the lines and installed the dishwasher for me. Then I did the floor in faux slate peel and stick laminate tiles (it cost about $200 for the whole kitchen and only took me one evening after the kids went to bed).
I bought crown molding for the tops of the cabinets for about $20 at the hardware store and another friend’s husband took one of the cabinets I took out to fit the bigger fridge and made it into a built in-wine rack.
For the back splash, I used sheets of embossed tin (actually it’s plastic, but it looks like tin). The whole backsplash cost about $150!
I ordered a set of used but nice hardware on eBay, found a nice faucet and new curtains on eBay and voila… a new kitchen that took his breath away!
It was the perfect way to welcome home my soldier — all for under $1000!
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