The Ecomony Kitchen Remodel

frugalhomediy March 16, 2012 1

My parents purchased a house for my sister to live in while at college.  She lives there with a few friends.  It’s a great deal because she lives there for free while my parents collect enough rent from her friends to cover most of the costs.  However, the kitchen was not so great.  Not only is it extremely small (only 8×6 ft.), but the refrigerator couldn’t fit so it had to be placed in the basement.  My father and I went down there to see what we could do.  The goal was to make the kitchen functional for as little money as possible.  Here’s how it went…

The ceiling was starting to cave in due to a leaky roof.  The roof is fixed, now it’s time to fix the damaged ceiling…

We gutted everything except the plaster….

We put 1 x 12 inch pine boards on the ceiling to support the sagging plaster.  This greatly sped up the process by preventing us from having to tear it out and then replace it.  We were careful to make sure the screws hit wood behind the plaster…

We put down underlayment to even out the floor and gave the room a few coats of primer.  We then cleaned and reused the cabinets (but eliminated a few of them).  Cabinet Magic works great for cleaning cabinets and trim.  This is what we used to get all the grit and grime off the wood.  It’s the best product I have ever used to clean finished or painted wood…

We then framed in a countertop with 3/4 inch plywood and 2 x 2 inch boards for support…

Next, we put tile backer over the plywood and laid ceramic tile on the countertop and backsplash…

Here it is after the cast iron sink was dropped in and the tile grouted.  We used epoxy grout due to its stain resistance properties…

Here’s the finished product.  We were able to fit the refrigerator in the kitchen along with a new range.  The total cost of the remodel was around $800.  This is with the purchase of the new electric oven/range for about $450.  The project was a success and my sister loves how it turned out.

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