Kitchen Transformation for $800! With Tutorials!

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$800 Kitchen Transformation

Budget Kitchen Transformation for $800!  With Tutorials!

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Ah… Kitchens.

I’ve heard they sell houses.
Have you heard that too?
Once again, I’ll remind you that my ultimate goal here is to sell this house and move out to the country.  I’ll also remind you that I’m attempting to change our entire house with little to no extra money to do so.

Let’s face it.  Kids are expensive.  Houses are expensive.  

Life is expensive.  

Making your space better, doesn’t have to be.


With that said, since kitchens sell houses, let’s to start there.  Here is what our dream kitchen started out as.


Yes… I know.  A dream come true isn’t it?

No.  No it’s not.  It’s awful.  Okay, it’s not like unlivable awful, but it certainly isn’t going to make anyone go,

“Whoa.  We should buy this house.  This kitchen is amaze-balls!”

That would not have happened.



Painted the cabinets white, added moulding and new hardware

.  Coffee was always perking of course.

The cherry table just didn’t look right with the pristine white cabinets, it had to go…Or at least be prettified.
 I didn’t want the ugly trash can sitting around, plus everyone knows “the” kitchens have a trash cabinet with awesome Cup Pulls


The white laminate counters, yeah they had to go.
Say good-bye to the almond range hood.  Hello to something… better.  Well, it at least looks like we said good-bye to it…
Everyone knows open shelving is all the rage, all the cool kitchens are doing it!
Our little rolling island needed a makeover also.  White is the new cherry around here.
Well, much improved in my humble opinion.
Let’s compare shall we…
Camera 1: Yuck.
 Camera 2: Yeah.

Yeah…, but that stove and the floors have got to go.  Someday.

Cost breakdown for this kitchen:
Cabinet moulding:                                              $ 28.60
Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations:            $ 120.00
Cabinet Hardware                                               $50.00
Cabinet repair:                                                     $ 19.98
Range Cover:                                                        $ 23.10
Countertops:                                                         $195.78
Shelves:                                                                  $ 40.00
Craiglist Sink:                                                       $ 100.00
New faucet:                                                           $ 140.00
Outlets and face plates:                                      $ 52.41
Clearance Tile and supplies:                              $ 49.00
Grand total:                                                         $ 818.87
Not bad for a brand spankin’ new kitchen!For tutorials and the process of all my projects, click the links above or go to my Kitchen Tutorial Page!

The dining room is on my list, especially the windows.  They need casing/moulding and flair.  I’m tired of being in this room.  I’m moving to a different part of the house next!
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  • Karren Haller

    Hi Erica, your kitchen turned out lovely! Congratulations on your feature on!!!

    • Erica

      Thank you Karren! xoxo

  • Kara C Dondlinger Guse

    Could you share with me how you did the wood countertop? I am in the planning phase of the kitchen remodel….very similar…but love what you did instead of laminate.

    • Erica

      Hi Kara, Sure! Here is the link to the 3rd post in a 3-part series, it has the end result. Let me know if you have any questions at all!

      • Kara C Dondlinger Guse

        Thanks. Found it last night after searching. My husband and I are going to make that part two in our kitchen remodel. Love the idea! Thanks!!!

        • Erica

          That is awesome!! I would LOVE to see the end result!! I’m like crazy for wood countertops now!

  • Jennifer

    HI! I can’t seem to find the link to make the open shelving. Thanks! Great job!

  • Danny Hearn

    I swear the before pictures of your kitchen look like they could have been taken in our kitchen. Layout and cabinet type are almost identical. You’ve given us some hope that we can do something with ours without doing a gut job. Thanks.

    • Erica

      Hi Danny! I hope you can too! Join my Cheap-o Challenge and do it along with me! Check it out here- Da Rules.


    I like the idea of the counter tops in wood & staining them. I am in the process of building an island 4′ X 8’……without spending so much money on custom counter tops…..Thank you so much >,<

    • Erica

      Awesome, I’d love to see the finished product!

  • Laurie Hansen Donati

    Looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to get started on mine once summer hits! I’m a teacher and a mama, so have a limited budget, I really want to know where you got such reasonably priced cabinet and drawer pulls. I love your style!

    • Erica

      Hi Laurie, actually, I got them on Ebay! Super reasonable and they are really great quality- Amerock I think was the name of them.

  • Jennifer Dawn

    What an amazing transformation! And for such an impressive price!

    • Erica

      Thank you so much Jennifer! Yes, I like the price the most out of the entire makeover! xoxo

  • Rebekah:Charming Imperfections

    What!?!?! This is AMAZING! I am so inspired I want to start redoing our kitchen now at 9 pm! I’m astonished that you were able to do this for $800.

    • Erica

      Haha, I’m a nap time warrior so most of my work starts right about now once the kiddos are in bed! Thanks Rebekah and I’m so happy you are inspired!

  • Cat @ Pocketful of Posies

    Wow Erica! What an amazing transformation! I love everything you did! We’re (hopefully) getting ready to undergo a kitchen transformation here soon and I’ve pinned your post for inspiration! I have recently started a new link party with Refresh Living and we would love for you to stop by and share your kitchen! Its every Tuesday night starting at 7pm CST. I really hope to see you there!


    • Erica

      Thanks Cat, I will! Good luck with your kitchen, I promise, it’s not as bad as it seems! xoxo

  • Kaitrin Webber

    I love the wood chandelier (and your whole kitchen of course!) where is it from?

    • Erica

      Hi Kaitrin, thanks so much! I actually made that chandelier out of the guts of an old, ugly chandelier I found in the trash, and then the wood was from my 6th grade science fair project board that I dug out of my mom’s garage-it was nice and aged :) I plan on making a similar one for my daughter’s room soon and posting a tutorial. Follow me by email so that you can hopefully make your own! Thanks for reading!

  • Monica

    Hi Erica,

    AWESOME job on the kitchen! I would love to update my kitchen as well but not have not one creative bone in my body and I am so afraid I am going to do a crappy job. How long did it take you to do this project, how much help did you have and how much destruction did you have to do?

    • Erica

      Hi Monica! Don’t be afraid of messing up- I was worried at first, but then I thought,”Hey, this is my house- I can do whatever I want to it!” It probably took me almost a year to complete my kitchen. I waited for great deals and took my time. I had all of the subway tile for months before i actually did my backsplash because I nabbed such a great deal! I did no demo for my kitchen with the exception of removing a bay of cabinets to put in the floating shelves. I hope you feel empowered to do it yourself because I know you can! If I did it, anyone can! My first DIY experience started with cabinet painting and the creativity just blossomed from there! Good luck!

  • Thinwheat

    Love at you did here! Am wanting the details but none of the links are working….

    • Erica

      So sorry, for some reason your comment slid through my emails!. All the links appear to be in working order. I apologize for the ridiculing over due reply!

  • Na_na99

    Is there any special treatment you have to do to the cabinets before painting them? Like sanding them? I would love to do something to my kitchen, but I’m single and the thought of sanding them all and doing a primer coat before painting them has me tired already.

    • Erica

      Hi there!. The Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations makes it pretty easy and the solution (deglosser) is used in place of sanding. Essentially, you scrub the solution on the surface with a scrub pad and wipe off with water. Hope that helps! Thanks for reading!

  • Mandi Armand

    Eeeeek. Girl. I just came across your page because of your wooden countertops. And your before is basically where I am with my kitchen: oak cabinets, craptastic countertops, and really wanting that country/distressed Fixer Upper dream. So oh my word, I’m so happy to have found your kitchen reno with such a small budget!!!! Husband works at a ministry and I’m home with the babies so not a whole lot to spare for my Fixer Upper Kitchen dreams.

    Hoping this doesn’t sound insanely creepy but do you happen to be on Facebook? I’d love to pick your brain. Sorry if it’s super weird. I’m just so excited to have found your page! I was getting so overwhelmed with the idea of all the changes I wanted to make and feeling like it was just impossible.

    • Erica

      Hi Mandi,
      Thank you so much and I’m so glad you found my site as well!! I love to hear that my little kitchen can inspire someone else!. I’m absolutely on Facebook-
      Hit me up there and we can chat!
      Talk to you soon!

  • Dava McCall

    SO glad I found your page again…I’m thinking that if I do the countertops based on your tutorial, I can afford to rip out the cabinets and replace them. Really, been trying to save them, but they are 1940’s plywood built in place. There are some adorable quirky upper ones, but I’m convinced that there was no such thing as a square OR level in the vicinity…love your kitchen redo!

    • Erica

      Thank you!!. I know exactly what you mean- I just helped my friend tile her backsplash in a 100 year old bungalow and it was tough! I swear there wasn’t a square corner in the entire room!. Let me know if you have any questions on how I did my countertops!

  • Stephanie Brophy

    Where did you get the light above the table!? I’ve been dying to find one like that!