Reusing materials can save you tons of money on any room redo. This cabinet and countertop added NOTHING to our kitchen budget. Gotta love something for nothing!
We reused all the original cabinets in our kitchen remodel. With some paint and glaze, they were transformed. Visit this previous post about our cabinet finishing.
Putting the slate countertop together was super easy (considering we had already learned how to tile by doing the floor). All the materials were leftover from other parts of the kitchen. We cut a 3/4 inch piece of plywood to size, picked out the slate pieces we wanted to use and decided on the pattern. We cut the slate using a wet saw. This may sound a bit scary, but it is so easy once you get used to it (just very messy!) After the tiles were set and dry, we grouted the seams and the front. The front edge is just grout, but it looks like a thick piece of stone. After all was dry we finished with a food grade mineral oil.
This countertop is a workhorse. It can handle anything we throw at it including hot pots and spilled spaghetti sauce.
It is amazing what you can do with leftover materials. Our best ideas come to us over a glass of wine:) Give yourself kudos, repurposing is great for the environment and your wallet!