Budget-Saving Secrets From Five Fantastic $5,000 Kitchen Facelifts

Budget-Saving Secrets From Five Fantastic $5,000 Kitchen Facelifts

Dabney Frake
May 10, 2016

For this amount of money, you won't get the kitchen of your dreams —more like a facelift to perk up your tired cabinets, floors, and countertops. The common denominators here are lots of paint, compromise on some materials, using what you already have, smart budget shopping for sale items, and — of course —a lot of blood, sweat, and tears from the owners. But work wisely and even basic changes like these hugely impact and amp up the aesthetics of the space.

Above, Antonio Marins first remodeled this basic 1930s kitchen for about $5,000 (he goes on to dramatically update it again years later to the tune of $50,000). He kept the original vintage stove and, instead of cabinets, used plain industrial shelving and free-standing units for work surfaces and storage. The nine foot steel table doubles as an island and dining table. A small built-in wall pantry features a sliding door made by a local metal fabricator.

(Image credit: Restless Arrow)

Amber of Restless Arrow got her dream kitchen by gutting the old one, and replacing it with a clean design that's bright and cheerful. She used stock cabinets over custom, and a laminate countertop instead of a more expensive material. Much of the furniture and decor was thrifted. They also did much of the work themselves and came in at $5,347.59!

(Image credit: Peachy Hill)

This redo required ripping out the old flooring and installing laminate, building an island from scratch, putting in new countertops, adding a glass tile backsplash, demo-ing a wall, relocating the electrical, and painting the cabinets. Annie of Peachy Hill says the finished price tag was in the $5,000s.

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For $4,600, Sally completely gutted her sweet galley kitchen, including the subfloor. They did all the work themselves: new flooring, plumbing, electricity, planked ceiling, cabinets, tile, and counter installation. The cabinets are all from IKEA.

(Image credit: Go Haus Go)

Emily's secret was to work with existing elements as much as possible — namely the furniture and the kitchen cabinets, which got a new paint job. With those in place, they installed new appliances, IKEA wood countertop, tile backsplash, and replaced the faucet. All told the Go Haus Go's project cost was $4,522.

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