First off—I want to thank you all so much for the overwhelmingly kind responses on our Kitchen Reveal last week. We put so much time and energy into this room and we're like proud parents, so it feels great to know that so many of you are following along and are enjoying watching this house unfold! I wish I could invite you all over for dinner & drinks to celebrate :)

Update: to those who requested wider angle shots for the before and afters, I just updated my last post with new photos—scroll to the bottom of the Reveal Post to check them out!

Update 2: I also posted a quick video tour yesterday, see it here on Instagram.

Now it's time to dive into all the juicy details.



I mentioned in the beginning that this wasn't going to be a budget makeover. We did that in our Florida house, but I didn't want to hold back this time. With that said, we still DIY'd as much of it as we could and shopped around for the best deals (of course), so we could have spent a lot more.

I kept a spreadsheet and tried to be as diligent as I could about recording every purchase, but over the course of five months, contractors working on different parts of the house and lumping labor charges together, and countless trips to Lowe's for miscellaneous items, this is definitely not an exact dollar amount. 

I also didn't include things like pillows, dishes, plants, and accessories that aren't kitchen specific and could be repurposed elsewhere. It becomes a gray area when you get into decorative items—where do you draw the line? 

Let's start with materials...



Floors: Armstrong Shell White Walnut Engineered Wood / ~$800 (I purchased the wood for the entire house at once, so I divided it by the square feet of the kitchen to get the total)
Ceiling & wall tongue & groove planks: Lumber Liquidators / ~$500 (^same thing here)
Wood for DIY Beams: Lowe's / $220
Wood for trimming the windows: Lowe's / $80
Paint & primer: Kelly Moore's Swiss Coffee (white/trim), Valspar's Montpelier Madison White (walls), Valspar's Dark Kettle Black (door) / $280 


Wood/supplies for pantry: Lowe's / $120
Wood, stain & poly for bar and bench seat frames: Lowe's / $150
Plywood, trim & paint for bench seats: Lowe's / $85
Upholstery foam for bench seats: Ebay / $146
Batting for bench seats: JoAnn's / $35
Fabric for bench seats: Fabric.com / $116


Tile installation supplies: Lowe's / $130
Wood & stain for floating shelves: Lowe's / $40
Quarter round / trim pieces: Lowe's $45



Lumber, stain & screws for dining table: Lowe's & JS West / $130

Now for the expensive stuff... the appliances. We purchased most of the bigger items at Lowe's during their Black Friday sale.



Whirlpool Fridge: Lowe's BF / $1563
Whirlpool Dishwasher: Lowe's BF / $388
Corstone Sink: Lowe's / $390
Faucet: Lowe's / $150
Garbage Disposal: Lowe's / $97




Whirpool Oven: Lowe's BF / $971
Whirlpool Cooktop: Lowe's BF / $388
Microwave: Amazon / $162
Wine Fridge: Living Direct / $237

Now for the fun stuff... decor!



Cabinets: Kraftmaid Durham Maple Square (in Grayloft and Dove White): Lowe's / $8,235 after sales, promos and rebates
Counters: Silestone Quartz (in Marengo and Blanco White): Lowe's / $3,254
Pantry cabinets: Ikea Pax Wadrobes / $630
Bench seat cabinets: Ikea Akurum / $560


Bar cabinets: Ikea Akurum / $200
Quartz stacked stone: Lowe's / $240
Bar floating shelves: DIY Ikea desk hack
Bar Accessories: Vases, tray & lantern: thrifted / Moose print: jennasuedesign.com / Cabernet sign: DIY / Frame: Ikea Ribba
Cabinet hardware & doorknobs: Ebay / $77


Pendant lights: lightingdirect.com / $84
Pendant light bulbs, medallions & dimmer switch: Lowe's / $70
Recessed ceiling lights & bulbs: Lowe's / $250
Ceiling speakers: Amazon / $108
Upgraded light switches & outlets: Lowe's / $30
LED under cabinet lighting: Ebay / $130
Table runner & flower box: DIY
Parsons chairs: Overstock.com (with old slipcovers) / $207


Woven wood shades: justblinds.com (Singapore Oak color) / $207
Subway tile: Lowe's / $250
Runner: Dash & Albert - rugstudio.com / $90
Sink pendant light: Feiss Urban Renewal Mini Pendant


Rug: 8x10 Maui Chunky Loop - Rugs USA / $140
Chalkboard: The Summery Umbrella
Pillows & blanket: Ikea, Target, Etsy & TJ Maxx


Floating shelves: DIY
Dishware: Ikea, TJ Maxx, thrifted
Quote print: jennasuedesign.com


Pet portrait prints: jennasuedesign.com
Frames: Ikea Ribba (+ DIY fabric bows)
Pet bowl: DIY
Stool: Gifted
ORB Door knob: Ebay

Last but not least, labor costs. We hired out certain things that we didn't feel comfortable tackling in our own. Here's our rough estimate:

Reinforce kitchen ceiling, finish demo, build pantry wall: $1,100
Electrical (relocating wiring to the island, wiring appliances, etc) $1,750
Cabinet installation: $1,574
Countertop installation: $1,123
New drywall & fridge plumbing: ~$500
Sink & Dishwasher plumbing: $432

And I believe that covers everything.

Final tally drumroll please.....

GRAND TOTAL: $28,481

Again, this number is really just an estimate, but even if you add in every little thing we could have possibly forgot about, it's still definitely under 30k. And I'm pretty confident we added more than that in value to the house considering we got a great deal for the neighborhood. It really pays off to buy a house that needs some TLC!

Once again, here are the project links which go into detail about each phase if you'd like to learn more about how it all came together:

Kitchen Chronicles: Planning Stages
Kitchen Chronicles: Demolition
Kitchen Chronicles: A blank slate (+ more house updates)
Kitchen Chronicles: Trimming out the Windows
Kitchen Chronicles: Finished plank ceiling & wall
Kitchen Chronicles: The cabinets & floors are in!
Kitchen Chronicles: DIY Wood Beams
Kitchen Chronicles: New Hardware & Paint
Kitchen Chronicles: The counters are in! (+ pendant light & faucet preview)
Kitchen Chronicles: An Ikea Pax Pantry, Part 1
Kitchen Chronicles: Ikea Pax Pantry Reveal!
Kitchen Chronicles: Building a Bar
Kitchen Chronicles: Building a Window Bench Seat
Kitchen Chronicles: A DIY Subway Tile Backsplash, Part 1
Kitchen Chronicles: A DIY Subway Tile Backsplash, Part 2
Kitchen Chronicles: Stacked stone bar wall & DIY floating shelves
Kitchen Chronicles: DIY floating rustic shelves
Kitchen Chronicles: Upholstered Bench Seating
Kitchen Chronicles: Building a Fancy X Farmhouse Table  

If I missed anything or you still have questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments!

So what do you think? Was the total more or less than you expected, or right on the mark? Imagine if we had hired out everything instead... yikes! I can easily see how the average kitchen remodel is over $50k. Glad we got the most expensive room in the house out of the way. Now we can focus on the other 2100 square feet... one project at a time!

I've got a fun giveaway coming up in the next post—you won't want to miss it!




 
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