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Bought my house top end of market, can only afford to put maybe $4K into kit. what should I do?

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Rather than rebuild the cabinets, you could change the door fronts, or just repaint/restain them. I agree with paint and tile as cheap ways to go--I used the cheap chinese 10" tile saw for $200 and have done over 5000 sq. ft of tile. You could sell it for a quick $100 afterwords, and save yourself $2-6 per square foot--and you could do tile or travertine backsplashes. There are a lot of construction leftovers out there also, so shop around, but I bought 12x12 precision slate for $1 each for the last 120 sq. ft. from a contractor leaving CA. instead of $6 each at Home Depot. A lot also depends on the age of your home and the style it's in and how well you want the kitchen to flow into the rest of the house. If you're going for a professional chef look, there is a ton of used equipment from restaurants going out of business--and stainless back splashes would be within your range if you merely painted the walls and refinished the cabinets.
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March 15 2009
Paint walls ceilings, paint cabinets, new floor, new counter.  In that order of priorty.  A generalization to be sure but YOU could do a lot 4k.  Sell the tools when you're done.  (tile saw etc...)   
Paint and tile are easy for newbies.  Newbies with smarts any way.
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What should you do?   

It depends on the kitchen.  Focus on what interferes with functionality first, then "looks" second.


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build your own cabinets.  Learn how to do the work your self. 
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