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$387 Budget Kitchen Update

Our kitchen was one of the only rooms in our house that we didn’t do a thing to since we moved in a year and a half ago. Ironically, it was the room that we wanted to change the most, but we kept shying away because we assumed we would have to spend a lot of money to do anything worthwhile. Well, we finally took the plunge and decided to do what we could on a $400 budget. Here’s what happened!
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Here’s a larger photo of what we started with. I mean, what wouldn’t we love about brown ’90s cabinets, white walls, and lovely laminate floors (our favorite)?​
Our first target was the cabinets. Since the home was a rental for 10+ years, the cabinet choice of the prior landlord was obvious: bottom of the barrel cabinets that would withstand the wear of renters. We chose to paint them white because we wanted to brighten up the room, and give them a higher end look. It is a small kitchen, after all. . We bought the following supplies for our project: . 1 Gallon of Valspar Ultra White – $23 2 Foam Rollers (2″ and 6″) & Paint Trays – $10 2 Cans of white, oil-based primer – $12 Chrome knobs for upper cabinets (1 pack of 10 for $15 + 3 individuals)- $24 Chrome handles for base cabinets (1 pack of 10 on clearance for $30 + 2 individuals) – $42 Paint brush – $2 Tarp (had it) Drill/screwdriver(s) for removing cabinet doors (had it) . All in all, we spent $113 on the cabinets. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
We removed all of the cabinet doors, washed them, and primed them with Kilz (spray) before painting. We went back and forth about whether or not to sand, but read enough articles that convinced us it wasn’t necessary. So we went to town.
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