Kitchen Before & After: A Brown, Cramped Kitchen Opens Up For Under $3,500

Kitchen Remodel

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When Christina and her husband first looked at the Philadelphia house that would eventually become their home, they almost didn't buy it because of the kitchen: "It was so small, so brown, and so ugly," Christina writes on her blog Christina's Adventures. But they did, after deciding they were going to figure out a way to open, brighten, and maximize every bit of space in the kitchen — and on a tiny, $3,500 budget.

And that's exactly what they did! Check out what this brown, drab kitchen looks like now...

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What a transformation! The grand total cost of the renovation, which was a full-on DIY project and paid for completely out of pocket, was $3,395.28. Christina breaks down the cost of every part in her detailed post about it here.

A few of the major changes:

  • Removed the upper cabinets completely and replaced them with open shelving.
  • Kept and repainted the lower cabinets.
  • Installed luxury vinyl floor tiles, which Christina says "are super durable, look amazing, and will last a very very long time."
  • Installed butcher block countertops stained with Minwax Weathered Oak & sealed with Waterlox.
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Thanks for letting us share this, Christine!

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(Image credits: Christina's Adventures)