Just looking at the before pictures makes me cringe. There are so many things I hated about this kitchen. Our new kitchen is so much brighter, so much more functional, and just better. I should say that we changed the layout of the house a bit, so YES this is the same exact kitchen, but that’s part of the reason it looks so different.
The old kitchen had these cabinets with this awful stone textured/looking paint. Like soooo bad. It was so bad that before we renovated our kitchen I did a quick remodel by just sanding and painting the cabinets, because I couldn’t deal with that ugly stone paint for another second. That helped, but it was only a matter of time before we decided that a full kitchen renovation was in store.
Just for the fun of it, here’s another view of the before…
See where that wall oven is…that’s where our coffee area is now! Ohhh how I hated that wall oven. How are you supposed to put something in that oven without burning half of your body!? Oh, and how about that corner cabinet lazy susan, that for some reason was in the middle of the kitchen counter, so it stuck out and hit anyone who tried to do anything at the counter. I could go on and on. Just looking at it again gets me fired up!
Look how bright it is now! I agonized over the recessed light placement, but I errored on the side of caution and added more lights instead of less. It made a HUGE difference. It is so bright!
When I think of kitchen renovations, I think… EXPENSIVE. Like, the most expensive remodel you will ever do in your house. And yes, it WAS the most expensive remodel we did in our house, but it was still cheap as far as remodels go. We’ll add up the prices and find the total at the end. Here’s the breakdown for you!
Ikea Countertops 27sf (including installation) – Quartz Ocean Foam – $1,574.00
Pergo Flooring (Highland Hickory) – $29.98 per case x 12 = $359.76
Oak Cabinets and Hardware (from my aunt’s old kitchen) – $0
Under Sink Cabinet (30 inches) – $117.00
Zinsser Primer – $18.97
Ikea DOMSJO Farmhouse Sink – $186.00 + $80 shipping = $266.00
Delta Kitchen Touch Faucet – $125
Frigidaire Stove – $350 originally $629 (The stove had been returned and was on clearance at home depot because of a side dent, and a few scratches on the top that we were able to remove.)
Range Hood – $199
Whirlpool Dishwasher – Bought for $350 during a summer sale event
Subway tile (around 30sf) – $83.40
Ikea pendant lamp – $24.99
Over table light from Home Goods – $45
Beadboard for coffee cabinet – $19.77
Butcherblock for Coffee Cabinet from Lowes – $29
3/4in. 4×8 plywood for Coffee Cabinet – $52.97
Crown Moulding – $67.32
Base Moulding – $19.56 x 3 = $58.68
Door and Window Trim – $95.76
Wood for Floating Shelves – $12.10 x 2 + $24.20
Brackets for Floating Shelves – $48.00
Are you ready for the grand total???
And all of that includes the quartz counter-tops, subway tile, cabinets, flooring, appliances and everything that makes kitchens expensive. It does not include the recessed lights, cans, wiring, and drywall which added an extra $500 to our project, but you get the point. Yes, our kitchen is a small eat-in kitchen but if we did it for that much, you can do it for way less than the national average. According to Forbes.com…
How much does it cost? The most common budget — as well as actual spend — on a kitchen renovation remains $25,001 to $50,000, according to the survey. Only 9 percent of kitchen renovators spend more than $100,000; just 4 percent spend less than $5,000. We hope the numbers help give your own project some dollars-and-cents context.
A few things we still need to check off the list on our kitchen reno
*Paint the crown moulding and the trim around the windows and doors white semi-gloss.
*Find a way to make my pantry and basement doors prettier instead of the flat hollow doors they are. I might add some kind of moulding pieces and paint them a nicer white.
*Order hardware for the 3 drawers that are missing it and the 2 cabinet doors above the refrigerator. I think I found some matching pieces, I just have to take the dive and order them.
*Trim out the entrance to the living room.
*Figure out how to make the light switch covers fit now that the tile pushes them out to far. I think we need to add some kind of spacers or something behind the outlets. We could have figured it out already, but we’ve been too
*Fix the drywall mess up behind the wood stove. Originally we didn’t know exactly where the stove hood would go, but we had to cut the drywall in advance and kind of guess. Well, our guess was off by about a half inch, so now we have to fix the drywall there.
7 Tips for saving money on your own Kitchen renovation
Measure your kitchen and find your cabinets. Use your old cabinets and paint them, find cabinets that someone is getting rid of on Facebook Marketplace, or go to your closest Re-Store and go to town searching for cabinets that will fit your space. One of the reasons I mention facebook marketplace is, sometimes it is helpful to see a picture of what the cabinets looked like before when they were in someone’s kitchen. This can be helpful when moving them around to fit in your own space.
I will go more into this in another post, but you DON’T need to find cabinets that fit perfectly. I got my cabinets from my aunt, who was remodeling her kitchen. She didn’t want the cabinets and asked if I’d like them. I stored them in my garage for a few years until I was ready to use them. My kitchen was NOT the same layout as hers, but it did have enough cabinets to fill my space, and cabinets that I could make work in my kitchen.
You can also opt for open shelving which can save you a lot of time and money. It also gives small kitchens a much more open look. You could opt to do floating shelves or shelves supported by brackets.
Take a trip to IKEA and check out their Quartz counter-tops and prices. You won’t be disappointed. I’ve been living with my counter-tops for close to a year and they don’t have a single scratch or stain. I don’t have to condition them, they are tough, and they look beautiful.
After you take that trip to IKEA, wait (if you can) for a kitchen sale event. IKEA usually has the sale twice a year. I saved $236 on my counter-top which was 15% of the total price. It was definitely worth it to wait!
You know what is even better? IKEA hires a company to install your counter-top for free. I know, I know, they increase the price of the counter-top to cover the installation, but I couldn’t find any place that could beat that price. Actually, that’s a lie, I found one place about an hour from my house that wanted $1,500. They would install it for me, but they would only sell me the cheapest granite they had for that price. A gag-worthy brown and black that wouldn’t match my kitchen at all. Yuck.
Check out YouTube videos of how to do some of the basic installs. You can probably figure out how to level your cabinets, install light fixtures, and maybe even install your dishwasher and oven. If you are at all worried about these things, ask around. Be extremely careful with anything electrical if you don’t know what you are doing. But, if you ask around chances are, someone in your family, a friend, or coworker, knows how to do these things. You can make them dinner in your new kitchen or buy them some beer as a thank you.
My dad helped me with installing the upper cabinets, cutting some cabinets in half so that they would fit in our space, and reinforcing the structure of the coffee area. I would have gone a little crazy without his help!
If you don’t know anyone to help you with that, consider looking for someone local instead of a big company. Their prices will often be lower and they will be more personable. Ask around for suggestions or check out Yelp.
I am lucky with the electrical and plumbing aspects of the remodel because Bryan can do all of that stuff. So, that takes down the cost a lot. But, there is also a lot that we didn’t know, and we figured out through YouTube!
Use subway tile for a clean look that is cheap, and not too difficult to install! Subway tile really brightens up a kitchen. I think if I had to pick just one thing that took our kitchen to the next level, it would be subway tile. I was considering doing some kind of hexagon tile in our kitchen, but the price was more than double what it cost to do subway tile, so for me, it just wasn’t worth it.
If you want a farmhouse sink, buy it from IKEA, even if you have to have it shipped to your house! I went to IKEA twice, ready to buy the farmhouse sink I was dreaming of. Apparently, a lot of other people were dreaming of it too because they were out of stock both times. And when I asked someone when they would be getting the next shipment, they didn’t even have an estimate. So, I had 2 choices. Either buy a farmhouse sink like this for $750 or pay $186 for the IKEA sink plus $80 to ship it to my house. It was an easy decision, although I’ve never before paid $80 just for shipping! It was 100% worth it.
Find a faucet you like, then check on eBay for an open package or brand new faucet at a lower price! So, I heard good things about this Delta touch faucet and couldn’t get my mind off it. My dream kitchen would have a touch faucet so that I didn’t have to touch the faucet handle with my meaty fingers while I’m making dinner (meaty fingers sounds super gross, but I really needed to create a picture in your mind😝).
Anyway, I found it on Amazon and it was $250. Paying that much for a sink faucet really wasn’t in the budget, but that wasn’t going to stop me. I checked around and finally found an open box faucet (the exact same one) for $125. I’ll admit, it was a bit of a risk, but the seller had good reviews and said the faucet worked. And so far, so good! I LOVE the faucet and the touch feature is brilliant. If I was doing the kitchen again and couldn’t find the faucet cheaper than the $250 on Amazon, I’d buy it, because it is worth the cost.
Wait for sales at your local hardware store or check out the returned items section. I see so many appliances sold at a discount because something little was wrong with it. We bought our stove really cheap because there was a dent in the side and a few small scratches on the glass top. I knew that with a good cleaning, the scratches could probably be removed, and because the stove was surrounded on both sides, no one would ever know about the dent. We saved hundreds of dollars on our stove for a little dent that didn’t even matter to us!
Would I do a kitchen renovation again?
No way, could you ever put me through that torture again. Yes, in a heartbeat. Was it really hard, and were there times when I thought the kitchen would never get finished? Yes. Were there tears shed over things like not being able to get the cabinets perfectly level? Yes. But is it worth it, in the end, to look at this kitchen and say WE did this? We designed and built this exactly like we wanted for this little house, and we know a lot more now because if it? Yes. 100% Yes.