Five Tips to Re-Do Your Kitchen on a Budget

Posted by on May 24, 2016

5 Tips to Re-Do Your Kitchen on a Budget

Almost as soon as I moved into my house 9 years ago, I knew I wanted to re-do my kitchen. It was outdated and blah. But when I started looking into prices for the project I just felt overwhelmed and like there was no way we could afford to do it.

Then I started learning the ways of the coupon and frugal living in general. And I found some tips and tricks to make the project a little more palatable. In the end? I am beyond thrilled with my kitchen transformation. It’s still not completely finished, but it’s close. And man! It’s made a huge difference without costing a huge amount of money.

Ready to re-do your kitchen? Or any room in your house? Here are some tips to make the whole thing cost you less!

1. Buy Used: This the number one tip I have. I cannot even begin to tell you how much money we saved by buying used. If I’m being honest, I didn’t even realize this was a thing until recently. Shop your local Craigslist, look on FB yard sale groups, and/or shop your local Goodwill store or other used stores. I found my kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops in a FB yard sale group. While they weren’t the exact configuration of my kitchen, I knew we could mix and match to make them work. Plus, while removing the granite from the old house it cracked so the previous owners gave us an amazing deal!

2. Do it Yourself: Believe it or not, there is a lot you can do yourself! If you don’t know how from previous experience, look for a tutorial online. I impressed myself with what I did with no help at all. I now know how to change out light fixtures and have done quite a few in my house, including the chandelier in my kitchen. Will this save you time and headache? Probably not. But it will save you money and lots of it.

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3. Ask for Help: There were plenty of things on this project that I knew I couldn’t do myself no matter how many tutorials I watched on YouTube. So I asked around a little. Turns out my dad could install all of our new cabinets, a neighbor offered to help us with some electrical things, and my best friends husband offered to paint. Again, huge money saver! And people like helping others.

Demolition is one that family and friends are always happy to help with.

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4. Negotiate a Deal: Can’t do it yourself or have a friend who can help? Call and talk to a manager or the owner and ask for a deal. I am constantly blown away with how often you can get a deal from someplace you thought the price was fixed.

I contacted Heritage Stone for a quote on cutting and seaming our granite pieces to fit our new kitchen. Not only did he give me a good quote, he was totally willing to talk. And, had I decided to buy new counter tops and/or cabinets he was offering better prices than I could find anywhere else.

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5. Shop the Sales & Use Coupons: This is a given, right? There are definitely going to be some things that you can’t get used. Or that you just don’t want to. In that case, pay attention to sales. You can save so much money by just doing this one little thing.

 

In total I paid less then $600 to remodel my entire kitchen (although I did get some counter work free). I got new cabinets, new sink & faucet, new hardware, new counters, and even a new configuration. Next up will be replacing all the white appliances with black and finishing up the crown molding on the cupboards. I am ridiculously happy with the end result and can’t believe how cheaply I was able to get this accomplished.

before kitchen

after kitchen



Spruce up Your Home on the Cheap – Give Your Heat Vents a Makeover

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016

This is the first in a series of posts on simple, inexpensive ways to spruce up your home.

I live in an older home. So many of our heat vents look exactly like the one pictured below. They are ugly. They are outdated. And I hate them. But to buy a new vent is $10 or more for each vent. If I replace all the vents in my house that adds up fast! So I decided to take matters into my own hands and I’m so glad I did.

Give your heat vents a face lift on the cheap!

All I did was grab a can of Rust-Oleum spray paint from good old Walmart for $3.77. I then took my vents out of the floor and outside. I gave them a nice, even coat of paint and left them to dry. I went back an hour or two later, turned them over and applied another coat of paint. That’s it! Done!

I am so beyond happy with my end result. Are they some fancy new vent with intricate scrollwork and patterns? No. But I got all the vents in my house done and looking new for $3.77. This was a total win in my book.

Vent finished



Very Cute “Party Decor on a Dime” Idea

Posted by on May 1, 2012

I found a super cute, incredibly affordable party decoration idea that could pack some real punch! Just make some paper chains with construction paper in colors to match your theme. You could hang them behind a buffet or cake table, behind a present table, or just about anywhere! So cute!

(Thanks Belles on a Budget)