They Were Sick Of Their Old Kitchen, The Solution Was An Act Of DIY Brilliance.

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The kitchen before the remodel.

Do-it-yourself projects are fun things to do that can make your home a better place to live while saving yourself a ton of money. When contractors come in and do the job for you, you just never know what kind of work you’ll get out of them. Some of them are top notch and are very good but others are only there for the paycheck and don’t really care about the work. That paycheck can also break the bank for you because there are too many people out there that overcharge for their services. However, even the ones that have reasonable rates can break your bank.

Doing it yourself will guarantee that the care goes into the project that you desire. Nobody will care about your project as much as you do. The amount of money that you can save by purchasing the materials yourself is absolutely amazing. There is no third or fourth party marking them up even higher on you.

Here you will see a kitchen that was completely redone in two weeks at the total cost of right around $2,000. You will be hard pressed to find this kind of work done by an outside party at that price!


The kitchen wasn't all that bad to begin with but a change was needed.

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Adding the new fridge panel.

The area around the fridge was redone to make things more accessible. It wasn't easy work but well worth it when all was said and done.

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The cabinet trim

Adding trim to the cabinets wasn't very expensive at all. Lowes had the nails and trim for around a hundred dollars.

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All torn apart

What was a nice kitchen is halfway there to being an even better one.

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An oil based primer was used on the cabinets.

Using oil based primer takes a long time. Only one coat per day can be done because of the long drying time. It's worth it at the end though because cleaning is much easier.

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The painting of the doors and drawers left questions about the color.

Choose your colors carefully ahead of time. They had doubts about the color once the paint was applied but it was too late for a change at that point.

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Almost there!

You can see the positive results coming every few hours. If you want to save a lot of money, doing it yourself is always the way to go. If you possess those talents!

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It's getting there!

Everything is now ready to be finished off. It takes time and dedication but the finished product makes it worth the effort.

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Back in operation.

It looked good when it was done but it wasn't good enough. A new sink and counter tops had to be added in to create the perfect kitchen.

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Butcher block counter tops was very time consuming.

The end result of the counter tops is amazing but the amount of work it takes is unbelievable. It took an entire day just to cut the pieces perfectly.

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Putting it together was not easy.

The clamps don't always get everything tight enough for perfection. A lot of glue was needed to fill gaps and then several hours of sanding was done to create the beautiful finish.

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Cutting the hole for the sink was hard work.

Cutting a two inch piece of wood is not always easy. You'll need a good blade and a belt sander to get the shape just right.

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Putting the finish on the counter top.

A good mineral oil and butcher block wax will give you the beautiful finish that you want. You can find exactly what you need at Lowes for around twenty bucks.

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The back splash looks great but was also a lot of work.

The backsplash ran about $150 at Lowes but it's a very time consuming and frustrating project. Don't forget to cover up the counter tops or all the hard work done on them can be ruined quickly.

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All the hard work was well worth it.

Look at that! A beautiful sight to see each morning.

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Choosing the granite for the center isle proved tough.

This cut was found for around 300 bucks in the back of a local shop. If you take your time and shop around you'll find there are good deals that can be found on what is usually pretty expensive granite.

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But the results were awesome!

All of the effort was well worth it as you can see here.

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Time to add some floating shelves over the counter.

You can't have a coffee counter with no place to put everything you need right? A couple of shelves above will give you plenty of room for everything you need.

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The end result was a very nice coffee/tea station.

The end result can be very inexpensively done. You too can bring out a look like this.

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The sink area came out fantastic.

The counter and sink area came out beautiful and all of the hard work was well worth it.

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The end result was very pleasing.

It's now a very impressive area that everyone will enjoy.

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It's much cheaper to do than you might think.

Two weeks and $2,000 can get you this. You have to admit that it looks fantastic!

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The finished kitchen!

When the kitchen was all done the cost came in at $2,000. Much cheaper than someone would have charged to do this amount of work.

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