How do you afford stainless steel and stone on an almond-bisque-and-laminate budget? For this Connecticut couple the answer was to preserve elements of the existing kitchen that were still in good shape, cut out labor costs by doing the work themselves, and shop sales and Craigslist.
They stayed within the $6,000 budget by keeping the basic layout, painting the oak cabinets rather than replacing them, taking a carpentry course, and trolling the Internet and roaming big-box stores in search of well-priced replacements.
Take a look at ''We Redid Our Kitchen for $6,000!''
to pick up a few money-saving pointers and design ideas.