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Here is a before photo of our kitchen installed in 1967. There's so sugar coating this: It was old and nasty. But on the plus side, it was solid and the floorplan worked. I believe that you can do something with every budget.

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1. be your own designer

I designed the kitchen makeover myself instead of hiring an outside professional to design it.

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2. keep the foundation

We kept the original footprint and only replaced the cabinet coors and drawer fronts, instead of replacing the whole cabinets.

3. do what you can 

I installed the American Olean Stock Subway tile myself, borrowing the tile cutter from a friend.

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4. shop smart

I used formica 180x calacatte marble for our counter tops in place of the much more expensive real marble.

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5. consider paint

I did not replace our vinyl floor but painted it with porch and floor paint.

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6. did my research

I shopped around, took advantage of discounts and price matching on my appliances, faucet and sink.

7. got my hands dirty

I did all the painting on the walls, ceiling, and floor.

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8. think out-of-the-box

I made a DIY kitchen island out of my sons vintage oak classroom desk and bought the hardware on sale.

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9. take it at your own pace

I did the renovation in stages, over a two year period – instead of all at once which enabled me to scope out deals and save up for all the things I wanted.

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room source breakdown:

Benjamin Moore paints: Cabinets in "Mountain Peak White"; Island in "Gossamer Blue"; Walls in "Stonington Gray"; Striped Floor in "Tucker Gray" and "Coventry Gray"
Appliances: Kitchenaid and Frigidaire
Faucet: Rohl from Vintage Tub and Bath
Countertops: Formica 180x in Calacatta Marble
Hardware: Restoration Hardware
Cabinet doors and drawer fronts: Hunters Woodworking
Sink: Kohler
Lighting: Lowes