April 20, 2015

Kitchen Remodel!!!

Well we pretty much finished our kitchen remodel this weekend - Yay!!!! 

This is a long post of our remodel. 

Here's what we started with, brown brown brown. The cabinets really needed some love, the bottom row were banged up pretty bad, but all in all in great condition and real wood. So we decided to keep em for sake of the budget and they just needed some elbow grease.

We had to remove these upper and right cabinets to fit our fridge. We saved the upper cabinets and are going to use them to make a built-in for the fridge. 

Like that fence on top of the cabinets!?!!

Here's Gary removing the fence from above the cabinets, 70's decor at its finest. 

Primed the cabinet boxes.

Cabinet cut to fit microwave over the stove. 

Josh installed the microwave over the range. He had to add electric there, remove previous cabinet and cut it down to fit the new dimensions with microwave. 

Primed cabinet doors.

Painted cabinet doors.

Josh removed the flourescent light above sink and put in these two drop pendants. They are crooked in picture but fixed now!

Painted doors go back on, looking good!

New knobs we picked out.

Josh also removed the flourescent light in the center of kitchen and hung this light up.

Josh measuring the butcherblock countertops. 

Removing the brown boring backsplash.

Countertops gone, No kitchen for a week!

Tracing old countertops to get the perfect cuts.

Sealing the butcherblock counters we did 5 coats on top and 2 on the bottoms, this took a long time because it has to dry. 

Counters go in, we covered them with a plastic wrap so we can tile the backsplash.

We chose classic white subway tile and did a charcoal grout, we love this look!

The tile job was definitely my least favorite job, I love how they turned out though so glad we finished them!

Here's the AFTER!!

Even have a cute curtain by a wondeful seamstress known to some as 'Nana' on our back foot. 

Our last project in the kitchen is building in our fridge, we've got the cabinet built and just need to install. Hopefully next weekend we will finish that!! 

Here's our budget breakdown:

Tools $340
Paint $200
Knobs $50
Counters $700
Lights $80
Faucet $200
Fridge built-in (estimate) $200
Plumbing & Electric $1,040
Backsplash $340
*Appliances $2,200

Total: $3,150 

+ *Appliances = $5,350

We put so much work into this and really did enjoy the process. It's nice to see hard work and your design pay off, there were definitely some very frustrating days but it was all worth it. Josh is so handy with house projects and even if he doesn't know how he loves to figure how to.  I even knew some things he didn't just from helping my dad out at the rentals as a kid. So glad we chose to do it ourselves we had gotten a quote from someone to do this remodel and it was north of $20,000. Glad we chose this way, we were able to do exactly what we wanted, pay for it up front and most of all work together. Love you Josh!

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