How this Woman Renovated her Kitchen for $130

If you want to make over your home but are strapped for cash, take some advice from this handywoman!

Home renovations can be a bit of a money pit, and once you start, you may find yourself waiting months to finish the job.

However, one woman has proved not only do you not need to rely on handy men to do the work for you, but you can actually get a whole new look for $131 (USD $100).

The woman, known on Reddit as ElizaB, had some classic renter's problems: a dirty housemate and an ugly, outdated kitchen.


"This kitchen was so gross. It was yellow and sticky and sad and ALWAYS dirty," Eliza wrote on Reddit. "I had a roommate who cooked like Jackson Pollock and cleaned like a blind toddler so I knew anything I did to the kitchen would just be covered in beer and marinara sauce a week later."

However, after the housemate moved on, Eliza saw an opportunity to get her dream kitchen.

She started by painting the walls a minty green (Watershed by Sherwin Williams, she says), and then turned her attention to the cabinets.

She painted the insides of the cabinet doors while they were still hanging, but later later took them down to complete the job.


"Basically I scrubbed the shit out of the cabinets," she explained.  "Then I took them down and removed all the hardware, sanded everything with a power sander and a sanding sponge, vacuumed off the sawdust, and slapped on a coat of Kilz [primer]. Then over the Kilz I did two coats of SW Pro-Classic in Snowbound because that's what the guy at the store recommended."

Eliza then moved onto the floors, eventually setting on a cheap, laminate flooring option. 

"I spent weeks scouring the Internet before I found the Style Selection line from Lowes. It's under $1/sf, doesn't require additional adhesive, and it's totally tolerable looking," Eliza rejoiced. 

She cut the flooring to a pattern that suited her taste and literally stuck it on top of the old floor.

All up, she says the process took her two weekends. Amazing.

To read Eliza's entire process, see her original post.

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