Reader Kitchen Remodel

Before & After: A Fresh Kitchen Renovation for $8000

updated May 30, 2019
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(Image credit: Jennifer Weckesser)

Jennifer and her family had lived with this kitchen (which she called “horrible!”) for several years before they finally bit the bullet on a remodel. They needed a catalyst to get started, which came in the form of a leaking dishwasher and a failing stove.

Because replacing the appliances would require a lot of work anyway, they decided to go for it and replace the green and black faux granite countertops and the linoleum floor that just never seemed to look clean. Take a look at how Jennifer’s kitchen looks now.

(Image credit: Jennifer Weckesser)

What an improvement! While all of the cabinetry stayed the same, it got a fresh coat of white paint to make the space feel brighter. The appliances were all replaced, and Jennifer finally has a matching stainless steel set.

(Image credit: Jennifer Weckesser)

They also updated the counter tops and floors (goodbye, dingy linoleum!), and made several other cosmetic updates like taking out recessed lighting and repairing drywall.

Jennifer and her husband did the majority of the work themselves on evenings and weekends. She estimates that the total cost for four months of work came in around $8,000 — including the cost of the brand new appliances.

Thanks for sharing your remodel with us, Jennifer!

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