Sunday shout out: What tips and advice can you share with other readers who want to continue their projects during these economic times? Projects to prioritize… ways to economize… DIY or save for the pro’s?…(fill in the blank)…how are you keeping your projects moving along?

  1. beatrice jarrett says:

    Here’s how i’ve done a renovation of my 1950’s kitchen on an almost non-existent budget (i’m actually pretty proud of my “cheap” ways of getting what I wanted & yes, I brag about all my “finds” a lot!).Got kitchen cabinets free on craigslist ( they’re only 6 months old; new house owners were doing an upgrade); got my awesome 1952 Tappan range on craigslist for $100.00 & spent $215.00 to convert it from propane to gas. Got an amazing commercial size Vent-a-Hood (which, BTW, retails new for $1,968.00!) at Habitat for Humanity for $128.00; works perfectly! Got big, cast iron commercial pot rack ( It was new; all hooks etc. still in shrink-wrap) at Salvation Army for $60.00 ( retails for $400.00). Got a great light fixture from craigslist; it’s six mini-pendants with halogen flying-saucer shapes, for $50.00. Put down VC tiles ( at 79 cents for a 12 X 12 tile buffed & waxed it myself. Found an awesome art-deco 50’s dinette set at Salvation Army for $49.00 & put $150.00 into re-upholstering chairs & laminate sheet for table ( BTW, if you like the Formica “cracked ice” laminate but can’t afford the crazy expense of it, I found Wilsonart Maroochy Brush ( only comes in buttercup yellow, though), which is very similar to the cracked ice. I paid $77.40 at Lowes for a 36″ X 144″ sheet. Also comes in 60″ X 144″ sheet for $129.00. Found seven cases of buttercup yellow tiles at Habitat for Humanity for $10.00 a case, then splurged & ordered hand painted Talevera tiles from Mexico, for the border & accents. I’m on the home-stretch now & will post pics. when my kitchen is 100% DONE. It’s been fun & maddening & inconvenient but i’m so thrilled with the results.

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