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How to Redo Your Kitchen For Under $2,000

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If you want to save money on updating your kitchen doing any work yourself is a money saver. The average kitchen remodel costs an average of $30,000+.

We did our own kitchen remodel last summer and it was well worth it.
Time was our biggest investment with this kitchen remodel. I would rather spend more time than money at this point in our lives.

Scroll down for the complete price breakdown. Tap here to see all our before and after pictures.

When it came to Planning out our Kitchen Remodel Budget we kept the following things in mind.

  • 1.Low cost- not to cheap it out but not go all out either.
  • 2. The entire thing we would do ourselves. I would do all the painting sanding. Eric would do everything else!
  • 3. Keep the design structure relatively the same
  • 4. Do upgrades for better insulation.
  • 5. Not set a deadline

Looking at the entire process now that it is just about done, I think we achieved everything we were hoping to in the beginning. We are still working on the barn wall. Part of now setting a deadline gives us room to work on it as time allows.

This is an option that works for us as we have jobs, family and animals.

DIY Kitchen Remodel cost


I will be honest, I have a problem. I analyze spending every dollar I have. I’ve gotten better, trust me as time passes there are reasons to spend when you want to be cheap.

When it came to updating my kitchen, I let it go for two years. I could look past the cosmetic part and see the amazing size we had acquired.
One day paging through a magazine I saw it. And my whole vision hit me. I needed to paint our kitchen cabinets a blue.

Winter or early spring are times I find myself wanting to change the look of our home.
And every time those feelings come, I need to do it for as cheap as possible. Of course, the idea of paying more to have it easier crosses my mind. I am human.

But the wiring of being frugal takes over.

If you are new around here, we are debt free and paying off our mortgage early. You can get a feel for our saving money tactics here.

DIY Kitchen Remodel cost

What’s a kitchen makeover with all the pictures and no cost? ( Click here to see all the before and after pictures)

I am going to share with you the cost of everything and hope to inspire you to tackle a home project yourself. Or with a friend, or spouse.

DIY Kitchen Remodel cost
This is before we installed the new floor and door. What a difference painting cabinets and adding lights does!

Kitchen Remodel Breakdown Cost:

Our Total Cost Was $1,489

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  • Sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Miter Saw
  • Sawzall
  • Drill
  • Lots of basic tools


Most people want shiny new appliances when they remodel a kitchen. I did too. It was a toss up whether to spend the money or not. I wrote a post about the decision here.

I ended up buying a convection gas range stove and an above the range microwave. The microwave before was old, huge and sat on the counter.

The total was $1,000.

DIY Kitchen Remodel cost

A fridge is a whole new world because you are looking to spend $1,500-$2,500 brand new.

Our fridge is a great size for us and it works. Like I shared in our Kitchen Before and After post, it blends in over on that wall. It’s not bothering me yet!


If you see in the Before and After Picture post we are still working on the bar wall. All the wood we are using from that is from our old barn.


The overall cost of our Kitchen Makeover was $2,489.

What do you think? Does seeing that number inspire you to try your own DIY project?

The average cost of kitchen makeovers is $20,000 – $30,000 and easily can be more.

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