If you read my about me you know that after graduation I plan on moving in with my wonderful boyfriend. The house itself is very old, outdated, and is going to need a lot of TLC to bring it to life. Slowly but surely we are starting to tackle each room. We just recently renovated the entire basement. It looks amazing and that was a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders, cause damn that basement was ugly. iIt was straight out of the 70’s. Now we will be focusing on the kitchen. I’m using these four alternative ideas to get the kitchen I want on a budget I can afford.

  • Can’t Afford Granite? Try This Kit- Giani Granite. This stuff right here, I am in love. This company created a paint kit for you to complete the granite kitchen or bathroom countertop look with freaking paint! It is made into three simple steps and the kit comes with all the tools, primers, and topcoats you will need. It comes in five beautiful different granite stone looks- slate, bombay blascreenshot-2017-02-16-19-15-56ck, white diamond, Sicilian sand, and chocolate brown. New granite countertops can run anywhere between $2,000-6,000. These kits are just $80. It is an amazing alternative and can give your kitchen or bathroom a whole new refined look.
  • Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets- This is a money saver, but definitely not a time or energy saver. It’s a process, but I PROMISE you your wallet will thank you in the end. New kitchen cabinets can cost thousands of dollars. For under $200 you can transform you’re entire kitchen just by renewing the cabinets with some paint. Here is a DIY link that shows you the step-by-step process to correctly paint your cabinets.
  • Stainless Steel Appliances- Between two very large families, Jace and I get a lot of hand me down appliances. Everything currently in our kitchen is from a family member AKA nothing matches. Don’t get me wrong we are so grateful for the help! But when I came across this amazing invention and I knew I could make everything match- all was well in the world again. Giani Granite also sells liquid stainless steel or as I like to call it liquid gold. For a very low price you can update all of your appliances to a clean, sleek look of stainless steel.
  • Take advantage of online flea markets- OfferUp is my go to resale app for furniture among a lot of other things. This is where I found our new kitchen table. I’ve tried all of the other resale apps and this is by far the best. I honestly refresh this thing as much as I do instagram and twitter. I would like to consider myself a pro on offer up, but I’m saving those skills to share with you for another post 😉  It’s just like a flea market. There’s ton of ugly crap you have to be willing to look through to get to the good stuff. Having a search engine definitely helps though. About five months ago since I’ve downloaded the app, I’ve bought two sectional couches, a kitchen table, a wine rack, a headboard, an entryway shelving unit, and more- all quality pieces for dirt-cheap. All in fair condition- nothing a little steam cleaning or paint can’t touch up. A lot of times people are selling stuff brand new still in the box, which was the case for the headboard I got for half the original price. Amazing. This site has truly saved me hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Just take a look at some of the stuff I got down below.