It’s here!!! It’s finally time for the big kitchen reveal with pretty photos and few words. If you missed all the lead up to this, you can read about our finish choices, renovation weeks 1&2, and week 3 to catch up. We finally got the last pieces we were waiting for that I mentioned in this post. I plan to go more in depth on the cabinets themselves and our butcher block counters we DIY’d, but until then – here goes!
This took about 5 weeks to complete from start to finish. It would have gone faster if we let the contractors do everything. But to save ourselves a few bucks, we negotiated to handle some of the stuff ourselves. Since we both work full time, most of the work had to occur during the weekends. It was lots of work, but so so so worth a kitchen that flows so SO SO much better for our lives! I don’t feel like I’m trapped in a dark tiny room by myself anymore!
Speaking of dark… that’s certainly not the case anymore! We have eight can lights, under cabinet lights, lights in the exhaust hood, over the sink light and chandelier over the dining table. The can lights and chandelier are all on dimmers and the under cabinet lighting and exhaust hood lighting have two levels. Lighting is certainly covered in here! The unfortunate thing about that… I’m very disappointed in the lighting in the rest of the house now…
What was once a small kitchen stuck in the corner of the house with almost no natural light, is now oozing with it! All thanks to this cut out we added into the living room. It feels so much more open without actually being full open concept. And we have all the seating we could ever need with the little ledge we added on top of this opening. I can already see Christmas breakfast being served here while we open presents.
We are both absolutely in love with this island. At first I was a little worried about the stove being in the island and so close to where people would be sitting. But it feels very comfortable in reality with plenty of space between you and the stove. When one of us is cooking, the other is typically sitting on the other side while we chat away. It’s the biggest difference in our lives since our old kitchen had no seating in it at all. The other person would just be in the way and typically stayed out of the room all together. So it’s already made a huge impact on our lives.
We could have had taller cabinets here, but instead I opted for shorter cabinets pushed to the ceiling with an open shelf below it. It helps this wall feel open but visually interesting, while remaining handy with our quick grab dishes!
It’s seriously amazing how much this has changed the entire house. I’m still pinching myself that I get to use this kitchen everyday and that it’s mine! Dreams can come true folks. And now for the before and after section, because what kind of reveal would this be without a quick glance back?
Ok, you saw it! Now look away! Look at the pretty new pictures again and forget the old. Good bye 60’s!
Now for the numbers, which I’m sure you are super curious about. I’ll be honest, it got real difficult to keep track of all the material spending since we purchased it all ourselves. We would purchase something one place and find out it didn’t fit or we needed something else entirely once we got home. There were lots of trips back and forth and lots of returns. So keep in mind to give or take a few hundred.
Flooring, Backsplash Tile and Tiling Materials $1,700 (received 10% discount)
Black Cabinets, White Cabinets, Quartz Counter Tops and Integrated Lighting $9,200 (purchased during 15% off kitchen sale)
Cabinet Hardware $480 (purchased with coupon)
Butcher Block Counter Tops and Sealer $700
Sink $250 (purchased during 15% off kitchen sale)
Garbage Disposal $190
Faucet $275 (Labor Day sale)
Instant Hot Water Dispenser $210
Exhaust Hood $640
Range $1,600 (Labor Day sale)
Over the Sink Pendant Light $200
Various materials $1,000 +/-
Total $31,635 +/-
Not too bad considering we were quoted over $50,000 at one point. By doing a bit of the work ourselves, and finding contractors that were willing to work with us on that, we were able to save a bit of dough. In reality, we squeaked in just over our budget. So we were right on track with all our planning and saving we have done over the past year.
Now excuse me while I go cook like a crazy person, while seeing my husband in the same room with me, and dogs laying on the rug out of the way! It’s life changing people!!!
Last modified: December 12, 2017