We recently renovated our kitchen on a budget of $8k. (we did go a little over, see below for the full budget breakdown) I had a 6 week lull in my work schedule and decided to go for it. Two weeks of planning, scheduling and ordering and four weeks of labor later, voila! We have a new kitchen! Check out our before..think we needed it?
I mean…this is justified right? The kitchen was a hot. mess.
To start we hired a local drywall expert to come in and remove the soffit and upper cabinets and repair the drywall. This cost $1k and took four dusty days. It opened up the room SO much- I wish I had had that part done a loooong time ago.
The next part was on us. The Mr. and I installed open shelving, painted the window frame, and switched out the light fixture. Getting the corners right on the open shelving was HARD. But, Zak handled it and we love the end result!
Next was countertops. We went with quartz and it was a huge splurge. In hind sight, I wish I had done a little more research on more affordable options but I do love the quartz. I’ve often opted for the “fake version” and regretted it. I didn’t want to make that mistake again! We were able to save money on the backsplash. The high contrast between the grout and tile really gives it a custom feel even though the tile was inexpensive.
Here’s our Source List:
$3500- Countertops, including removal
$1050- soffit removal/drywall repair
$2000- Cabinet paint & hardware installation
$50- brackets & paint
$40 – Shelves
$260 – plumbing install- w/new garbage disposal
$200- backsplash tile
$350- backsplash install
What I love most is that this space is full of memories. I have had this teapot since I went away to college! The mugs are a collection from Zak and I’s travels, and of course lots of fun vintage finds.
We are so honored that the one and only Domino recently featured this budget reno! You can view that post here: