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  • See This Couple's Low Budget Kitchen And Living Room Makeover Using Thrifted Furniture

    You can make your home look fancy even if you have limited budget.
    by Joie Banal .
See This Couple's Low Budget Kitchen And Living Room Makeover Using Thrifted Furniture
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  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, my husband and I finally had a chance to focus on building our home needs. We had been eyeing a kitchen and living area makeover but since we had limited budget, we decided to take advantage of thrift shops in our area and do the project ourselves instead of paying for labor costs.

    Some of the items we wanted to upgrade were our dining table and sofa. Our goal was to declutter our kitchen and maximize storage, so we also decided to put cabinets and racks for condiments, water, and groceries.

    Here are some of our thrifted furniture finds:

    Kitchen Before

    We had an open cabinet for storing our children's books and toys, and it also acts as laundry and clothes storage. We also had separate storage for containers, jugs, extra glasses, and other kitchen tools.
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    Kitchen After

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    We decided to build a 4-door cabinet that is 5 inches in height using plywood that we bought from a thrift store.
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    We covered it with wallpaper we bought online. We spent a total of Php3,000 to build this.
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    Kitchen Before

    We had a plastic rack for condiments and there were no cabinets below the sink.
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    Kitchen After

    We mounted a condiments rack on the wall. We chose stainless steel for the rack and cabinets under the sink for longer life.
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    For our water and grocery organized, my husband used a square bar and tiles to make a five-level rack. It's movable in case we want to position it elsewhere afterward.
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    The dining table is also DIY. The glass is scrap donated by my brother-in-law and my husband built a frame out of stainless steel for it.

     

    Living Room Before

     

    This old sofa came from my mother-in-law. Unfortunately, it was invaded by 'surot' or bed bugs.
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    Living Room After

     

    For our sofa upgrade, we decided to make a frame out of stainless steel and used recycled wood so that bugs won't be a problem again.
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    Having limited budget shouldn't stop you from making your house look comfortable and more of a home. We hope that with our story, we can inspire others to try DIY for their furnishing needs. You can create beautiful furniture at low cost and be able to choose the design you want. Good luck!

    Want to share your #budgetperofancy home makeover and get featured? Email us at smartparentingsubmissions@gmail.com and tell us about your project. For more home improvement and renovation ideas, click here.

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