The $640 Kitchen Makeover
Don’t you find it true that the more you do around the house, the more you hunt around and find even more that you want to do? It’s exactly the case with our kitchen project.
Right now, we’re finished with painting and cabinets and fully functional. Everything else that we want to change is strictly aesthetic, but some are higher on the priority list. Still to do: find a rug for in front of the sink(Dash and Albert is in my mind), decide if I want to add curtains or a roman shade(or maybe nothing) on the windows, new light fixtures(specifically, the striped glass at Schoolhouse Electric), new glass-front doors for the upper cabinets(that are currently just door-less, which I like, but John’s going to make the doors to pull it all together a bit more) and a shelf over the stove(that’s waiting entirely for me to just find the right size shelf in a thrift store or at a garage sale).
The final piece of the puzzle will be the floors. We’re 99% sure that the same wooden floors in the rest of our house are underneath the currently ugly vinyl floor with way too much texture that catches dirt and won’t get really clean without a hands-and-knees scrubbing. We’re also 99% sure that there’s glue all over the wooden floors, mostly because when our bathroom started leaking into the kitchen over the summer, that’s how the floors in that room were laid and they were exactly the same floor as the kitchen, so we’re assuming they were laid at the same time. So we may be able to sand them down and re-finish them or we may be able to sand them down and paint them if they look awful. Or we could skip all of that and just put down something entirely different. All of which will add significantly to the budget.
At this point, we haven’t actually spent any money out of our own pockets for the kitchen renovations, so want to keep trying to choose really carefully where we spend money and where we can make-do with what we already have.
So, that was all a long-winded version of me saying that I’m going to post some pictures of the Current State of the Kitchen. You’ve seen bits and pieces, but here’s the whole she-bang in her current state. I love it. If we didn’t do another thing, I’d still be ecstatic about walking into my kitchen every single day, the other things are just going to be details that add more style elements and help to continue to pull it all together. It’s a work-in-progress, much more than I ever realized before we bought a house and had a million ideas about all of the projects we would undertake.
May I also point out that my husband deserves some serious credit for all of this? I’m going to breakdown the budget (so far) below, but my biggest money-saving tip is to marry a very talented man who loves to use tools and build things. If he wasn’t so incredibly capable, we wouldn’t have been able to do nearly as much of what we’ve done. He has put in so many, many hours of labor to actually make this come to life and I’m so very thankful for that.
Counters – $269
Paint – $46 (we already a big bucket of primer and had issues with the white paint for the cabinets, so that wound up being free)
Polyurethane for Cabinets – $15
Hardware – $62
New Base Cabinet at the Habitat Re-Store – $28
All other new cabinets – Free from my parents’ neighbors who gutted and renovated their own kitchen
Wood for Shelves – $30
Wainscoting – $22
Caulk, screws and other miscellaneous supplies – $50
Moulding – $30
Bits and Pieces for Storage and Decor – $39
Brackets – $1 (garage sale)
Stool – $28
Step Stool – $20
Grand Total Spent So Far = $640
Money set aside for the kitchen budget – $100 Lowes Gift Card, $200 American Express gift card from work, $400 in Home Depot gift cards over two Christmases = $700 in gift cards with $60 left in the budget.
So, that’s the Current State of the Kitchen. For now!
p.s. Um, I forgot a big part of the existing “needs” in the kitchen – a dishwasher. Please notice the clear counters in these pictures – because you KNOW they always look like that…No, really. I took these pictures on a rare day that it was sunny enough to give me enough light to take pictures of the kitchen and I happened to have put enough dishes away that they weren’t all over the counters or in the sink. (It was a magical day.) See that space under the counter where there are stools? Hopefully that will be home to a dishwasher in the future. It’s a sort of awkward size space right now, but it’s perfect for the stool and step stool – especially since I can puzzle them together well enough most of the time to keep an almost-2-year-old from dragging them all over the kitchen to get up on counters whenever he feels like exploring. Most of the time.