This blog has amazing instructions for DIY makeovers on a low budget. The counter top is an Ikea butcher block Venessa and her husband stained and installed themselves ! She also laid the brick Floors, installed new lighting, and refinished the cabinets - a total facelift for $1500!! There is so much to learn from the makeover they are doing in this house, which happens to be in my neck of the woods!! Doesn't it feel like a small, small world sometimes?