Save money on your kitchen remodel

kitchen tips

There are so many ways to save a little money without sacrificing quality.  Here are five ways we saved during our kitchen remodel.

1. Check craigslist or other free sites for items you may need. We purchased our amazing vintage farmhouse sink off craigslist for $50.  Having a sink with a drainboard is on my list of “must-haves” so this was a score!

2. Forgo the recessed lighting.  After we got the estimate for recessed lighting, we nixed the idea all together.  Instead, the electrician connected the two existing fixtures to work from one switch.  These school house lights are from Lowes and we love them.

3. Use leftover materials to build great stuff.  Our rolling spice rack was built from leftover trim pieces and a couple castors.  It cost NOTHING! The best part…you can custom fit to your space.

4. Buy your appliances together.  After rebates, one scratch and dent, and brand incentives, we got all our appliances (fridge, oven, dishwasher, and microwave ) for 50% off retail.  The brand was running “upgrade” rebates so getting the higher end line was actually less expensive. Crazy, right?

5. Go with wood countertops.  Our countertops were custom made from old barn wood from Old Barn Star for only $500.  We purchased two 8-ft. long pieces for the island unfinished.  Finishing was really easy with a mixture of Tung Oil and Citrus Solvent from the Real Milk Paint Co. They are food safe, water beads up, and scratches pretty much disappear with another application of the oil/solvent mixture.  Butcher block are great, too.

Questions about our kitchen?  Just ask!

Best of luck with your kitchen redo…just think how happy you will be when it is all done:)  It is definitely worth the effort!


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8 thoughts on “Save money on your kitchen remodel

  1. Krista @thehappyhousie

    Wow, great ideas! I LOVE your sink! I hopped over from Overflowing with Creativity… thanks so much for sharing these ideas for saving money on your kitchen reno….we need to tackle ours soon. The big question is whether to go butcher block or to keep our current countertop with his unattractive post form back since the actual laminate is fairly neutral and unoffensive. You’ve given me something to think about:)
    Have a great weekend,

    1. onceuponatimecreation Post author

      I know, there are so many decisions on what to do and what not to do in the kitchen. One thing to keep in mind is that the countertops are the easiest thing to change down the road, so if you really need to spend your kitchen dollars on new appliances or infrastructure, you could change the countertops down the road. Our kitchen needed a lot of electrical and plumbing work (as well as new appliances) so we needed to be creative on the cosmetics:) Good Luck and keep me posted!

  2. Suz @ MaytagNMom

    Great ideas and they suit your kitchen nicely (which is a style I adore, btw). Yeah, to work at “the game” of keeping the prices where you want/need them to be is all part of DIYing, (IMHO)– that’s the FUN part. (Some say it’s demo, I say it’s figuring out how to do better with less money then planned! lol)

    Thanks for sharing with us, and it’s always great to see creative minds at work. 🙂

    Visiting from Overflowing With Creativity@ It’s Overflowing’s linky party
    Suz @MaytagNMom
    NW Illinois
    ~~My Current Project At The Party~~

  3. Carrie

    Beautiful !! What a great job and using repurposed or low cost items – such a great feeling. I fantasize about doing our kitchen over…or running into someone at Loew’s who wants to crash our kitchen, haha 🙂 someday…!

    1. onceuponatimecreation Post author

      Ha! I’m with you (except I’m hoping for yard crashers!). Thanks for checking out our kitchen. It was a labor of love, but well worth it. Fantasizing about a redo is the first step, so you are on your way:) Hope you come back to visit. Have a great day.


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