a reader remodeled kitchen after in Eugene, Oreg.
Photo: Monica N
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Small Budget, Big Impact: After

Who: Monica N
Where: Eugene, Oreg.

The stainless steel appliances took up half of our $5,000 budget. I was able to buy scratched and dented appliances at a steal. Instead of getting new cabinets, I had the old wood ones professionally painted. I hired the painter during the slow time, so I got a fantastic deal. The high glossy look is from an oil-based paint. I loved how that turned out and its stain resistant. The stainless steel panels were my poor man's version to stainless steel tiles, which can cost a small fortune. Instead of granite slab counters, we opted for granite tiles and a stainless steel bullnose. I added new hardware to finish the updated look. There's a custom backsplash with left over slate strips that I cut for another project. I added the travertine border and centerpiece to tie in the pattern that I used on the floors. I added a "rug" like effect by mixing slate tiles laid on a diagonal with a 2x2-inch border.

Who did the work: I did all the work myself
Cost: $1,000 to $5,000
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