If you were holding your breath to see our final kitchen reveal….I’m sorry that you are passed out on the floor.
I meant to show you the after photos but got all distracted…what with the babies and all. (sure Katie, blame the helpless infants)
But I hope it’s worth the wait to see these before and after photos in one spot. Also, I have a pretty intense budget breakdown for those number-crunching-types and a few hundred links to all the projects that we did to make this kitchen complete. It’s like a walk down memory lane…if you can remember where memory lane was (again…sorry it took me so long to post this and I hope these pics make it up to you!)
Okay – so here is our kitchen finished…
And here is where we started…
Wanna see that again?
Yup. Before it was a very brown filled space. Everything brown – cabinets, floor, backsplash, and the dark countertops didn’t help out the ‘light and bright’ factor. You can see the first tour of the house here and then later a bit of an update.
Over the course of the first two years, we did very little in the space. We installed a fridge and dishwasher right away but the rest was a slow crawl of improvements. The island pendants were Pottery Barn outlet finds (they are little kid’s lights!) and the cabinet hardware was installed.
But the entire thing got really started when we decided that the stovetop was just no longer suiting our needs and the lack of proper ventilation was more than we could take.
Before it was a downdraft but there was very little drafting going on.
Our plan was to install a proper overhead vent and replace the stovetop completely. The first step was to figure out how to vent the hood…so we removed the upper cabinet, cut a hole through the wall to the other side (the laundry room is behind it) and vented it up through the cabinet and to the outside above the laundry room cabinetry.
Then came the sanding and the painting part. We had to completely prep the kitchen for a complete spray-down. That’s like a ho-down but less partner-grabbing and more screaming-in-terror. There was definitely a learning curve with this step but ::spoiler alert:: we survived. We ended up painting all the trim, all the cabinets, and the ceiling. Painting everything white was definitely the biggest transformation.
The tiling process was the most inspiring part because we could see the light at the end of the kitchen-tunnel. After an extensive picking process, the 1″ marble hex was the winner and we blogged about the tiling adventure and gave some tips on what worked for us.
But we definitely had way more victories…like scoring a discount gas stovetop and having my brother install it (I consider the free labor as payback for making me hold the nail when we were building our childhood treehouse)…or like when we successfully drilled into our tile to install some whitewashed shelves…or when we trimmed out the island to tie in some chunky shelves and corbels.
Shortly after we painted the entire space Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan, we had the fine folks at the Tile Shop shoot our kitchen – it was our first photoshoot and we absolutely loved the experience.
The kitchen transformation is definitely something that I am proud of. I know that it sounds ridiculous but we are so thankful to be able to tackle projects like this and have the help and support of companies (let’s just be honest…it’s nice to get free stuff but it’s also really awesome to know that people think you have semi-decent style!). It is like the biggest pat on the back as a blogger. And to have folks like you guys cheering us on (even when we use duct tape instead of reflective tape or when we show photos of me tiling at 9 months pregnant with leggings on that show cellulite and through a bazillion other keepin-it-real moments)…excuse me while I get all sappy here…it really is so very encouraging it could literally make me cry. This space is my favorite room in the house…and it’s held up to some pretty intense abuse from my little guys.
I just say all that now because if I forget to later…I want to make sure you hear me shout THANK YOU. Yeah. That’s right. You!
And now for the budget breakdown. I pulled all my receipts and referenced our My Lowe’s account (we love that thing) to see how it all panned out when it came to the moolah….
- Cabinet pulls & knobs = $167
- Cooktop = $345
- Cabinet Paint = $168
- Trim Paint = $58
- Wall Paint = $60
- Ceiling Paint = $50
- Primer = $90
- Grout = $15
- Tile items = $42
- Electrical = $67
- Drywall = $21
- Pendants = $60
- Corbels for shelf = $66
- Corbels for island = $89
- Miscellaneous = $183
- Range Hood =$179
- Ducts = $39
- Wood & trim = $38
- Light bulbs = $27
- Door knobs = $68
- Faucets = $338
- tile backsplash = $976
- light fixture over table = $399
- dishwasher and fridge = $2600
GRAND TOTAL = $6,145
Just to be completely honest and upfront, we received $700 from Lowe’s for a kitchen makeover so you can deduct that from our out-of-pocket costs. The tile backsplash and the light fixture were both provided by The Tile Shop for their photoshoot of the kitchen. So we paid roughly $4070 for our kitchen including appliances. Our budget was under $3000 after appliances and we came in at $1470.
Completely noteworthy considering that grand total cost is paying for what I consider a high end kitchen (granite counters, marble backsplash, stainless appliances, etc.) Especially considering the national average for kitchen remodels cost $28K! It’s amazing what a whole lot of paint, a little wood and some tile can do! Plus, I believe we made the space MUCH more functional for us because we changed out the glass top stove for gas and added a hood.
And so this completes our Operation Heart of the Home. It was a long time coming but hopefully completely worth it.
For more kitchen posts, click here and read all about the past improvements!