Budget/DIY kitchen upgrade Ideas/Opinions?


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Old 02-21-14, 10:00 AM
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Red face Budget/DIY kitchen upgrade Ideas/Opinions?

I recently purchased my first home... It was built in 1996 and is definately dated to that time period. Ugly linoleum flooring and country blue laminate counters and oak cabinets. It is HIDEOUS lol. I am on a VERY tight budget and have explored options for the countertops ranging from tile to ikea pre-fab to granite pre-fab to just using a rustoleum countertop coating kit. I plan on painting the cabinets a crisp clean white.

At this point we have painted it a new color (Allen+Roth Bistro Chair from Lowes) which is a neutral tan color. It has neutralized the floor enough to make it tolerable for now.

Anyways I am looking for ideas/suggestions to redo the countertops and backsplash. Really looking to spend around $500 +/-. Give me your ideas? (And yes the chandelier will be the 1st thing to go! hah)Name:  1.jpg
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Old 02-21-14, 10:11 AM
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Stop by Home Depot and look at some of the tops they have that look like granite and have a roman ogee on the front and back.
 
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Old 02-21-14, 10:12 AM
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My in-laws painted their laminate counters in their first home as a mostly temporary sprucing up until they had the money for a proper kitchen remodel a couple years later. The counters looked decent especially for someone casually walking through the room. After a couple years scuffs and scratches started to show through in high wear areas so it's longevity will depend a lot on how careful you are. Certainly not a long term solution and your counters don't SCREAM as bad as my in-law's did so I don't think I'd go that route but it is an option if you just want to buy a couple years.

Next more expensive would be to install new laminate on top of your existing counters. The current laminate gets scraped off and new put in it's place. A painters tool & heat gun can make removal of the old go surprisingly easy.

More expensive but still reasonable is new laminate counters. You can either start with pre-laminated counters like you mentioned (Ikea, Lowes, HD or Menards...). They will go quick especially if dimensions in your kitchen are pretty standard. You can also fabricate new wood counter substrates and install laminate with contact adhesive. Doing it from scratch will allow more flexibility but will require a bit more work & tools.
 
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Old 02-21-14, 10:23 AM
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Thanks for the ideas... Anyone have ideas for the flooring? That'll be next on my list. This floor goes from the front door entry way through kitchen,pantry and laundry room.
 
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Old 02-21-14, 01:30 PM
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Ceramic tile would wear the best. It's not all the expensive if you diy.
You might find this helpful with your cabinet painting - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/pa...t-repaint.html
 
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Old 02-27-14, 01:29 PM
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Does anyone know the price\quality of the "Solid Laminate"? I saw a sample at Lowes and it looks like a cross between laminate and the epoxy coating.

You might look in to Epoxy Coating your countertop for an even more inexpensive option.
 
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Old 03-19-14, 01:13 AM
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This is the idea that I had looking at your pictures. What about matching the color of the wall where you normally would put a backsplash to the countertops, just go all the way. It might give it a clear contemporary look. Once you paint your cabinets white it will be nicely contrasted. You could also do some stripe painting of that grayish/blue color variation (matched to countertop), if you like to see more movement. Home Depot can mix the color at given % lighter or darker.
 
 

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