Budget White Kitchen Makeover – Part 4

Ever the procrastinator, I’m finally posting the long-overdue cost breakdown for this project.  We really do mean BUDGET white kitchen makeover. 😉 I helped my sister make a wish list through browsing home magazines, bookmarked online sources and drawing amateur plans.  Then, we weeded it down to a realistic list.  Sweat equity from family and friends and ingenuity kept costs down to under $2,000.  I thought I’d break down some of the savings, expenses and share a few tips.

So here goes . . .

Inspiration: Both teachers, this was going to be our summer project. For months, my sister and I browsed home magazines and online sites. We saved inspiration to a Pinterest account. We gathered free or low-cost supply samples and viewed them in the morning/noon/evening lighting.  (You might change your mind after seeing your paint chips in a different light). Each paycheck, we purchased and stored supplies.  


Cabinets: We removed cabinet hardware, hinges and doors. Next, we cleaned them with soapy detergent and once dry, we palm sanded the cabinets with 220 grit. We wiped them down and applied two separate coats of Glidden’s Gripper White Primer/Sealer,  following the manufacture directions. Once dry, we lightly sanded them again.


Source: Glidden
Source: Glidden


Paint: Using a roller, two coats of Behr Premium Plus Ultra “Bleached Linen were applied to the cabinets, with a light sanding in-between coats. We let the paint cure for a week before use. We applied two coats of Behr Salt Glaze on the walls and Behr Ceiling on the ceiling.

Backsplash Tile: Another awesome nephew, Josh, put up Lowes ceramic subway backsplash. He was a little surprised how inexpensive they were at just .22¢ a piece. 



Counter Surfaces: Laminate counter surfaces have come a looong way. There are so many shapes, edges and surfaces to choose from. George cut and fitted Wilsonart Typhoon Ice laminate to the countertops at a cost of $300.

Electrical: The electrical cost a little more than planned – all of the outlets had to be updated. Dustin, our electrician friend, added new outlets, ran wiring for the appliances and installed the ceiling lights for a total of $500. To help keep costs down, our awesome nephew, Joe, volunteered to do grunt work along side Dustin.

Bargain Brands: Once you have found your inspiration, it’s time to bargain shop for near look-a-likes. It is such a huge cost savings and most can’t tell the difference.

Hardware: We cleaned the original hinges and spray painted them to match the new knobs. Loved Restoration Hardware‘sAubrey” satin nickel cabinet knob, which are $9 per knob. Yikes! While not quite the same; we found the “Liberty” 10-pack for $20 at Home Depot.  Huge savings.



Lighting: Rejuvenations schoolhouse style lights were perfect, yet pricey. After some online shopping similar lights were found at Wal-Mart and Home Depot. 



Windows & Doors: The large window and door curtains were made of fabric I had on hand and discounted fabric from Jo-Ann’s, where I was also able to use my 15% educator discount for a total of $25. Score!  Plenty of hacker industrial inspiration can be found at West Elm. Instead of pricey plumber’s galvanized pipe , the large window and door curtain rods were made of cheap electrical conduit and iron floor flanges for a savings of $95! 

door curtains

 Flooring: We had just enough laminate flooring left over from our Townhome Renovation project to finish the kitchen floor.  

Actual Breakdown:

*Cabinets: Open box plywood and pine trim, $80

*Paints: Glidden Gripper, Behr Bleached Linen, Behr Ceiling, Behr Salt Glaze, $104

*Hardware: Home Depot Liberty 10-pack, $40

*Curtain rods: conduit, flanges, cafe rings, $27

*Fabric: Jo-Ann’s, $25

*Lighting: World Imports Luray Oil Rubbed Ceiling Lights Wal-Mart & Home Depot, $113

*Home Depot Bright Snow White 3″×6″ subway ceramic tile, $105

*Counter: Wilsonart, Typhoon Ice, $300

*Laminate Floor: free, left over from previous project, Mohawk

*Cook range: Sears Kenmore $470

*Fan hood: Sears Kenmore $200

*Electrical work: $500


Ways to keep costs down? White appliances are usually less expensive and there are always “scratch-and-dent” sales. Keep and paint original cabinetry, spray paint cabinet hinges, purchase contractor’s hardware. Think “Budget Brands.” Opt for less expensive, yet similar versions of high-end light fixtures.  Keep in mind that this is an older home with out-dated electrical.  If electrical is not an issue for you; you can deduct $500, making the grand total under $1,500!

Just to refresh your memory:


brown wall oven – gone!
portable dishwasher – gotta go!

After: (The lighting is not that great, but you def notice the improvement! 😉 




Hope this was a little helpful. Have a good week! – – Joanne

Budget White Kitchen Makeover Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.




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