Please let me introduce our next guest blogger, Janelle from Hammers and Curls.  She is a big fan of Craigslist and is going to share that story with us today!

Hello Redesign readers! Thanks so much for having me today.  Michele has asked me to share with you the inside scoop on how we saved over $9,000 on our home improvement projects.

 Here’s a little back story:  

Just a little under a year ago, we finally bought our first place! We had lots of dreams and visions for what our little fixer upper could become. But, if you know anything about remodeling and renovating old properties, giving something new life is often followed by the emptying of your wallet. What a tease it can be to sit among all your dreams with no means to actually accomplish any of it. This can mean years of waiting or the choice to go into debt- both options we didn’t really want to be a part of. That’s when we discovered a remodeling GAME CHANGER.  (If you would like to learn more about us and our projects, please visit our website). 

Doing this one thing alone has saved us over thousands in home renovations, and we’re only just getting started!  

How did we do it?  

We thrifted our home improvement materials!

That’s right, thrift stores are no longer just for buying used clothes and picture frames. If you don’t believe me, I’m here to pull aside break it down for you step by step.

1.   Siding

We bought Royal Premier Shake Siding. When I called a dealership in town to get quoted for the same material the cost came to = $7,000 new from dealership.

Menards sells a similar looking siding. To buy that off brand name matching siding would have been $5,600

What we actually spent our siding: $500

2. New sink fixtures:

We will eventually be redoing all the bathrooms in our home. That means it currently isn’t installed.

This is the brand of sink we bought: Cassidy 4 in. Centerset 2-Handle High-Arc Bathroom Faucet in Stainless - $236

What we spent - $5

3. New Kitchen faucet

We had an accident in the house before we moved that resulted in all of the water lines freezing and bursting. It was ….fun… The kitchen sink was broken when we moved in. But that’s ok. We replaced an old 80s rusted kitchen faucet with a fancy pull down high arc model.

If we had bought it new : Ikea kitchen faucet  - $159

What we spent - $10

4. Three New Ceiling Fans.

Hampton bay Heirloom Ceiling Fan - $100

What we paid - $15

Farmington ceiling fan energy star rated - $70

What we paid - $15

Non brand name cherry ceiling fan - estimated $50

What we paid $5

5. Washer and dryer:

Washer - $899

Dryer- $859 (this isn’t the exact model but close)  

What we spent:  $35

6. New Kitchen Sink and Garbage Disposal:

Brand New Kitchen sink - $299

Brand New Garbage Disposal - $339

What we spent:  $20 (and they were brand new!)

7. New entry door

When we moved in, the entry door leading into our home smelled of cat urine and had a cat door that let in cold from the outside.

New Entry Door $199

What we actually spent:  $15

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8. Bathroom vanity with countertop and sink:

Brand new vanity w/sink and faucet = $200

What we actually spent = $25

Total project savings from Craigslist = 9,095!!

This system has worked so well for us that I cannot even keep this list updated. During composing this post, we have added three additional things to this list, one of them being over $8,000 in brand new siding we got for free! When you add the new fridge, free siding, and some other small fixtures to the list, it pushes our savings closer to $20,000 in savings!! 

Have I convinced you yet that thrifting materials might be the way to go? All of these finds and savings don’t just happen by chance. I have developed a honed system to find deals on craigslist in an efficient and to get the most bang for your buck.  

Want to learn how? Check back in a few weeks for part 2 of the series where I let you in on the best tips and secrets I’ve used for finding remodeling materials on Craigslist. 

Until then! 

Janelle from Hammers and Curls