DIY Kitchen Remodel

My husband and I were determined to renovate our kitchen to bring it out of the 1970s and into the modern world. Goodbyeeee green speckled laminate!

Check out the ‘Before & After’ photos below.

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Take note of the beautiful and updated railing my husband built to replace the old and not-to-code barrier. He’s pretty terrific.

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What did this kitchen overhaul cost us?

  • Granite – $2100
  • Paint – $40 for paint and brushes
  • Railing – $180 for all materials and special sizing tools
  • Backsplash – $150 (includes the grout, adhesive, subway tiles and specialty tiles)
  • Rustoleum Cabinet Kit – $80
  • New kitchen hardware – $60 (available here on
  • Grand total = $2600

Overall, this is a pretty inexpensive renovation if you aren’t in need of new countertops. I’m extremely happy we took on this project and would definitely do it again, except I might just spend the money on new cabinets. Painting them sure does save money, but it’s takes FOREVER. And then some. And then some more.

Any questions? Ask away! 🙂


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