Before & After: A Gradual Renovation on a Budget

Before & After: A Gradual Renovation on a Budget

We share a lot of amazing, and very comprehensive kitchen remodels here in our Before & After column. But we also realize that gutting a kitchen might not be within everyone's budget (or terms of your rental agreement.) With that in mind, we're happy to share Ann Marie's kitchen renovation from her blog White House Black Shutters.

Ann Marie started her kitchen renovation in 2009, and bit by bit turned it into the kitchen she was happy with.

This is the "final" kitchen, that Ann Marie just finished earlier this year. When they first moved in, she started by replacing the outdated, avocado green appliances (some of which no longer worked) and spray painting the cabinets. That was a vast improvement, but the next steps took a bit longer.

Bit by bit, they painted and replaced the floors, along with making smaller updates like replacing the cabinet hardware and fixing squeaky floorboards.

Tips for a Gradual Renovation on a Budget

So how do you tackle a renovation when you don't necessarily have it in your budget? Here are a few of Ann Marie's tips:

  • Make a list of the things you want to change. (Probably all of them.)
  • Rewrite the list so it's in the order you can complete the projects.
  • Visit stores often to watch for deals, specials, and closeout sales.
  • Turn off the TV at night in favor of painting or working on projects.
  • Help friends and family members with their projects in exchange for help with yours.

Visit Ann Marie's blog to see the rest of her kitchen progress.

Thanks for letting us share your remodeling tips Ann Marie!

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