Our basement rental apartment is really starting to come together. Unfortunately I did not get a lot of before pictures of the kitchen, but in a nut shell, it was a concrete room.
Here is a great example of us having either the money or the time. We did not have ten thousand dollars to put in a new kitchen, especially in a rental unit. Our alternative….rebuild something old for cheap! In the end the entire kitchen cost us just over $500. I wish that I had kept a complete tally of everything that we spent money on, but I can tell you that all of the cupboards, countertop, sink and taps cost us $110.
Remember these melamine cabinets that were all the rage in the 80’s?
Again, I am sorry now that I didn’t take pictures of the process, but I scrubbed them down, put bead board wall paper on the fronts, added a thin piece of wood around the edges, filled in the holes, sanded, filled in the holes again, then primed and painted them a million times. I also added the bead board wallpaper to the outsides for the cabinets on the sides.
As for the counter top (which is actually two counter tops) I sanded them, primed them and painted them. After about 5 coats of paint, I put 8 coats of clear coat to protect them.
We built up the floor (remember, it was all concrete) with plywood so that it wouldn’t be as cold and put down laminate wood flooring…..which we got for FREE!!
Today, I finally got some new pictures of how it is coming along. The cupboards are back on, the counter top is complete and the flooring is down. The cupboard doors are a little shifty, so we need to fix that, then clear coat them and add the hardware!
From those to these!!! It took me something like 50 hours, but i was totally worth it! I absolutely love them!