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DIY Cabinets

Completely redoing your cabinets can cost a fortune so we went to the experts at Home Depot to find out how to save money.

"We've done kitchens in this store anywhere from $6,000 to $8,000 to $30,000 to $50,000 so it really depends on what you want to do -- what kind of cabinets you choose, do you want to do real wood cabinets, do you want to do laminate cabinets," said Home Depot kitchen designer Laura Delgadillo.

If you can do it yourself, Laura says you can significantly slash those costs!

1. Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation: It will completely change the color of your cabinets. Each color kit has different color options, you just pick the color you want and let paint associate mix it for you.

Remove doors and lay flat
Apply De-glosser
Apply Bond Coat, follow the grain of the door
You can either apply the glaze or just keep the basic color
Then apply protective coat to seal color

2. Rustoleum Cabinet Restoration: It will update your finish, but it will be the exact same finish you currently have. Same steps as above, you just won't have color.

The kit runs $60-$75 and is enough to complete most average projects. You will also need a 2 inch, synthetic brush.

3. Updated Backsplash: Changing the backsplash can easily update kitchens or bathrooms.

Tile Setting Kit, $20, covers 10 square feet

What you need:
Spacers (They come in different sizes. Size depends on how much grout you want showing.)

The tile setting kit is what takes the "mess" out of DIY tile work. You just cut it to fit your back splash and stick it on. Then, lay the tile on top. Once you have it spaced out, add grout and wipe off with sponge.

4. Cabinet Refacing: If you don't want to do it yourself, you can still save with cabinet refacing.

"You remove the doors and keep only the bare bones of the cabinet. Once you have that done we actually send you a venire piece that you use to over your frames to match the new door," Laura explains. "We have different kinds of wood you can choose from, we have different shapes you can choose from and it changes the look completely."

The price varies depending on what you choose. Laura says a 15 by 30 door would cost between $50 to $150 per door. In all, it's about 30 percent less than completely ripping out old cabinets and replacing them.

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