One of the things that I love about blogs, is that I get to see how real people overcome the obstacle of working within the parameters of a budget to achieve the look that they really want. Rather than just giving up or settling for less, they rise to the challenge and come up with their own affordable alternatives.
This was the case with Carmella, who writes so beautifully on her blog, Assortment, about living in a 665 square foot cabin that she shares with her three boys, husband and dog. Oh, in a 665 square foot cabin that she designed, no less.
Elizabeth from The Mustard Ceiling blog, was also making over her Clovis, NM, kitchen on a budget.
They used their existing laminate countertops as a template to cut the oak doors, sanded them down and stained them a darker color. Repurposed solid wood doors turned into countertops for just $100.00. Genius. You can read Elizabeth's tutorial here.
Linn and her husband over at, The Home Project, wanted stainless steel countertops, but weren't about to plunk down the $3,000.00 estimate they got to have them professionally installed.
Because they weren't afraid to try something new and and do the work themselves, these creative ladies were able to get the kitchen countertops of their dreams and all within their budget. Inspiring.