The $300 Dollar Kitchen Makeover update 2018

I wanted a new kitchen but was on a very limited budget since I was unemployed. Having watched what seemed like hundreds of hours of the DIY channel and in particular the show “Sweat Equity” with amy matthews I felt compelled to act. The state of my kitchen was that it was at least 20 years since the last remodel and had no value. I figured how bad can I mess it up, the worst thing that could happen was to have it done professionally later. Thus began one of the most satisfying projects I have done in a long time. I want to share it with you and maybe you can learn from it and even improve upon my mistakes.

My advice: Borrow, rent or buy and return your tools to keep the cost down. 🙂
-Tape Measure
-Safety Glasses
-Carbide Tipped Scoring Tool
-Circular Saw
-Drill with Screwdriver Bits
-Notched Trowel
-Rubber Padded Grout Float
-Tile Saw
-Paint Brush

-24 sq ft of 12×12 Absolute Black Granite Tiles
-3/4″ Plywood
-Trim Pieces
-1/2″ Cement Backer Board
-Deck Screws
-Masking Tape
-Thin-set Mortar
-Un-sanded Grout
-Grout Sealer
-Door Handle Pulls
-Plumbers Putty

sink that was pull from a new home that wanted stainless steel 50
home depot clearance faucet 50
plywood base free
nickels pulls bulk packs on sale at home depot 20×2 = 40
galaxy black granite tiles on sale home depot 5 boxes of 5 tiles at 4 bucks s square on sale = 100
unsanded grout 8
bag of tile mortar 15
edgeing 2x$12 = 24
kills 1.5 gallon at 17 a gallon 25
cabinet restore 2 quarts just did the door and facing part of cabinet 2×15 = 30
deck screws already had them
masking tape already had
plumbers putty already had
backer board roughly 10

Total $352

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  1. callmebigpapa
    April 12, 2013

    You are right it would have taken some more effort but I could have removed the cabinets and took them outside to spray with a $20 Harbor Freight Spray gun….maybe next time 🙂

  2. Angeline Freeman
    June 3, 2013

    VERY VERY VERY nice job, you're an inspiration. Started my kitchen about a year ago and haven't finished yet. But thanks to this video I have a GREAT plan! Thanks for the video!

  3. cjay
    June 29, 2013

    Nice job. Really like the kitchen cabinet painting.

  4. Ruth C Taylor
    August 15, 2013

    I didn't notice a bad paint job. But, I'm in the process of painting my oak cabinets antique white. Used Sherwin Williams Pro Classic satin after 1 coat of primer, 2 of satin, then decided to do the last coat same paint but semi-gloss. Turned out good, the paint is expensive, something like $65/gallon, but it levels out well with no brush marks, just takes a bit to get used to if you've never used an alkyd paint before. Good job on your kitchen with a budget

  5. Mary M
    September 17, 2013

    Nice job – just have to say – I LOVE your blender – looks like my parent's old blender. Nothing chopped ice like that thing! They don't make em like they used to.

  6. callmebigpapa
    September 18, 2013

    Thanks I love the retro stuff! The Mixmaster is from 1955!

  7. PainBaller03
    October 22, 2013

    Nice video. Gud tips. You sound familiar is your name Joe ?

  8. MsMommaRose
    December 29, 2013

    Just a hint for next time you can finish the edge of the granite tile.  Get a palm sander and the following grits of sandpaper: 50/100/200/400/800/1000/2000 and 3000.  The sandpapers are all available online through Amazon.  Do not be afraid that some say for auto detailing.   Do not skip any.  Use the 50 grit first to the point you have removed all saw marks left by the manufacturer, then each of the next grade wiping the edge of the tile with a WET sponge in between sanding strokes.  This is the cheap and easy way my husband finishes granite tile to make them shine like the manufacturers edge.

  9. Christina Little
    December 30, 2013

    Champion Juicer!

  10. proudtoBme
    January 2, 2014

    Great job!really nice.

  11. Kubwa Na Zuri
    January 6, 2014

    i told my mom i can do hers for this much or less she doesnt believe me but i shop thrift stores and borrow and use cheap ways like keep the cabinets we have sand the white old tacky paint off and stain them easy 40 bucks .. new floor easy 100 dollars wall paint 20-30 back splash 10dollar metal sheet refinished sink 20 dollars  new sink faucet and door knobs used 20-25 dollars  faux granite top 40 dollars

  12. Angelina. Gigi Williams
    January 14, 2014

    Great job but next time stand farther away, and show a few closeups….Too many closeups, can hardly see what you are talking about…

  13. terra myre
    March 26, 2014

    Your kitchen makeover is amazing sir. T.y. for sharing it with us and giving ideas on how to do an affordable make over..

  14. saltnlightful
    May 18, 2014

    Very nice work sir.   When you painted your kitchen cupboards, did you spray paint them?   And what kind of paint did you use and how many coats did it take?   I love the granite counter top.   The nice thing about it is if you accidentally break or ding a tile, you can replace it whereas if it was one a one piece counter – fixing a damaged area might be considerably much more work.   Keep a few tiles as spare back ups.   

  15. Todd
    June 6, 2014

    If your unemployed, why are you redoing your kitchen?  Shouldn't you be looking for a job?

  16. Jaymes Shaw
    June 16, 2014

    Nice job. Thank you for sharing. I love the counter tops. I have a fairly new kitchen however the laminate counter is looking a bit aged already and I am considering this type of fix. Someone made a comment in regard to the paint @quetza10415. I have used almost every brand of paint throughout my home known without regard to price and I have found 'Kilz' (primer or non) to exceed them all in coverage, durability and appearance. I am curious to know which paint you use. It must be killer paint and I would love to get my hands on some.

  17. jynclr
    June 16, 2014

    Best video I have seen for kitchen remodeling on a budget. GREAT JOB! 🙂

  18. JulV Wildcat
    July 13, 2014

    This is the first makeover I see that is actually attainable by someone like myself and looks good too. All the videos I see say do it on a budget blah blah blah and at the end of the video they mention it cost thousands of dollars. Thanks for making this video. Did you have to do a lot of planing before hand to make sure you did not overspend?

  19. Sharon La Tour
    August 11, 2014

    Love it, looks great!!!!

  20. Bo Pagliasotti
    November 9, 2014

    pretty good job.  Thanks for sharing the good tips.

  21. jonescandy88
    November 18, 2014

    Nice job

  22. Brendan Anderson
    December 15, 2014

    Easy to make your own bullnose from granite if you take your time and those foam mats are horrendous

  23. icyhotonmynuts
    February 19, 2015

    Those "floormats" are actually made to be for kids play rooms. That's why they are in a puzzle cut exterior edge, so they can be pieced together. They make great yoga mats, or stack two or more high for a makeshift bed in the back of the truck at the drive in. 

  24. M M
    July 26, 2015

    I feel car sick

  25. TheMsLady4Real
    August 9, 2015

    Awesome job! I appreciate your video!

  26. callmebigpapa
    September 21, 2015

    Guys it was a little over $300 see the video notes for a complete list of costs sorry for being misleading it was unintentional. You could do it even cheaper by going to Habitat for Humanity I see Kohler sinks with nice faucets that look brand new for $40 bucks. I will be getting the toilet from there for my upcoming budget bathroom remodle will be about $30 for a high end toilet….there are lots of ways to save check Craiglist too for free stuff.

  27. fousies
    October 21, 2015

    You did a good job. Is the kitchen sink acrylic?

  28. Loyal Status
    November 13, 2015

    I think you did a good job I wish you could do my kitchen 😃😃😃😃 Good Job

  29. Noel Adams
    November 23, 2015

    Very beautiful and stylish. Thanks for posting.

  30. Angela
    March 9, 2016

    Great job on a tight budget. The only thing I would change is the grout between the tile back splash, it looks dirty and old, sorry 🙂 You can buy pens to whiten old grout if you do not want to re-grout x

  31. Yvonne Chisolm
    May 18, 2016

    Great job. High end look on a budget!

  32. Brent Uebinger
    September 1, 2016

    Looks like a nice job. Money is always important to watch no matter what job you have.

  33. N00B TUBE
    October 12, 2016

    would have loved to see a "before and after" shot that shows the the kitchen in full view at the beginning or end. Other than that, really good.

  34. mingram15
    January 3, 2017

    Kitchen looks great! Tfs!

  35. connie bracamonte
    June 26, 2017

    looks great for the amount of money. just one tip paint the eage's black near the stove😄

  36. Our Sat
    September 20, 2017

    Like n sub

    Hope you sub me back

  37. Sandra A
    November 20, 2017

    Really looks good. I'm searching out ideas….

  38. bryson west
    June 1, 2018

    Very nice! Love and admire people who can do hard work like this.

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