2.16.2011

Kitchen Cost Summary

Well, I think our kitchen is done. We finally grouted the backsplash, and the floors are finished. I know we won't be making any changes to it until I tire of something and decide it has to go!
This is what we did to the kitchen:

• Tore out an upper cabinet to make room for a venting microwave above the stove and framed the microwave so it looked like a built-in
• Added crown moulding to the cabinets
• Installed a new faucet
• Added new cabinet hardware
• Removed two cabinet doors to have open shelving
• Added a custom pull-out drawer to a lower cabinet for pots and pans
• Added two rugs

Let's see how far this kitchen has come since we bought the house eight months ago...

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(What's on top of the fridge? Cutting board and flashlight!)

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Our new kitchen is probably my favorite place in the house, which says a lot because I don't like to cook! It used to be a point of embarrassment when we showed people around the house, but not anymore. Our kitchen is unique because it is really the main hallway of the house. Our driveway is in the back of the house, so we come and go everyday through those french doors. (We almost never use our front door.) The kitchen is the first thing we see when we come home and the last thing we see when we leave, so it's nice to have a kitchen that makes us happy. 

We have a very limited budget for every renovation we do in this house because we are very conscious of the prices in our neighborhood. We don't want to overspend and price our house out of the market. (We definitely don't want to sell this house anytime soon, but we keep the bottom line in mind every time we make a decision.) We haven't bought anything that would be classified as luxurious, but we have tried to get the best look we can for less. We're bargain hunters to the core, and that helped during this kitchen revamp. 

Here's what we paid to complete this makeover:

Appliances: $1,200 (All are floor models or returns that we got 50% off.)
Floors: $215
Paint: $50
Countertops: $200
Backsplash: $350 (Splurge! SO worth it.)
Faucet: $80 (It pulls down, switches from spray to stream... it's just so awesome!)
Cabinet knobs: $50 (I spray painted the brass hinges instead of getting new ones.)
Crown: $30
Pot Rack: $20
Accessories (rugs, towels, curtains): $120
Labor: $0! We did it all ourselves! 
TOTAL: $2,315

Source list:
Chevron mat- Kohl's
Rug by back door- Pier 1
Faucet- Lowe's
Countertops- Home Depot
Floors- Lumber Liquidators
Knobs- Home Depot
Backsplash- Lowe's
Paint- Lowe's
Pull-out pot rack- Home Goods


I'm linking up to the Roomspiration Kitchen Party at The DIY Showoff Today!




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5 comments:

  1. You did an awesome job of your kitchen...and what a great price you came in at in the end! Looks great!

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  2. This looks amazing. I love every little detail!!! Now I want to tackle my horrible kitchen...maybe I could make it as great as yours.

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  3. Wow, total transformation. Kudos to you for doing it all yourself. I wish I could find a deal on kitchen appliances.

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  4. What a bright and beautiful space! Congrats and enjoy your new kitchen!

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  5. Wow! What a gorgeous transformation on an amazing budget! I love what you've done! Great job!

    Thanks so much for sharing in the Roomspiration party! ;)

    Roeshel

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