this for background on who Debbie is, and why I asked her if I could renovate her kitchen. Knowing what she knows now, she may wish that she'd declined. muhahahaha
Also, this isn't a full-scale renovation, it's more like a "facelift". (That still took me 10 weeks!)
When I invaded, the faucet was broken again and she had shut the hot water off completely to control the leaking. One of the drawers had been broken and unusable for 2 years.
(Deb's favorite color is lavender and this wall color isn't showing up right on my screen - it's not really blue in real life.)She left the door unlocked so that I could come and go at odd hours, whenever I had time to work on it.
All of the carpentry projects (the banquette, the plate rack, cabinet & door trim etc) were free. I scavenged all of the materials. See: banquette, plate rack, and door trim.
When it came down to the floor, though, I couldn't figure out how to change that with no money.
Enter the people at my church. One guy gave us $200 in cash. Another guy manages a flooring company, and he gave me an entire pallet of leftover tile from his warehouse!