Three Affordable Kitchen Countertops to DIY


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.

Carmella had her heart set on soapstone countertops for her 13 feet long kitchen, but since it was outside of her budget, she had furniture grade plywood cut to fit instead. Then, she painted the plywood with black chalkboard paint and sealed it with paste wax. She writes that it does require some occasional maintenance, but that it has held up well to its frequent use.
Assortment
Carmella wasn't sure how her DIY countertops would turn out but, as you can see, her gamble paid off. She was able to get the look of soapstone for less and now has a beautiful, classic, country kitchen.


Assortment


If your countertops are in decent condition but it's not in your budget to spend thousands of dollars on marble, there are products on the market you can use to update them without breaking the bank.

Diane from In My Own Style, used a DIY faux Carerra marble paint finish to give her kitchen countertops a polished, classic, but modern look.

In My Own Style

Didn't Diane do an amazing job updating her laminate kitchen countertops to make them look like Carerra marble?


In My Own Style


In My Own Style
If you love the look and feel of a more modern industrial kitchen you could always DIY your own concrete countertops.

Ben at Home Made Modern has an amazing tutorial you can follow for making your own concrete countertops.

Home Made Modern

You'll definitely need to have confidence in your DIY abilities to tackle this project, but imagine how satisfying it would be to see these thick concrete countertops every time you walked into your kitchen?

Home Made Modern
When you're upgrading your kitchen countertops on a budget, there are a lot of DIY alternatives that you can use to get the kitchen of your dreams. All it takes is a little imagination, a good tutorial and some sweat equity!


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