Budget Breakdown: The Kitchen

>> 5.19.2010

I went back through my receipts and added up the total for the kitchen transformation. Let's go ahead and look at what it took to turn this baby around. To make things more fun, I'll list the purchases in the order that I decided to make them (remember, there wasn't exactly a plan for this renovation... I just added projects as I went).
*A few of the numbers are estimates because my online bank statement was erased when my purse was stolen.

1. Demo work and new lighting above sink: $240
The first thing that I knew I wanted to do in the kitchen was to knock out the cabinets above the sink. They weren't all that functional (too small to store most things) and really cramped the space).

Demo work (by me!): free

Lighting and patch work to install two 5-inch recessed lights: $240
Totally on a whim, I decided to add in a couple of task lights while the ceiling was already ripped open.

2. New countertop and undermount sink: $2180
Thanks to a little help from you , I made the decision to go ahead and replace the damaged laminate countertops. It was my first big splurge and toooootally worth every cent!

Demo work: free
Have I mentioned how much I love my crowbar? DIYing this saved me $500.

Plumbing of new sink: free
Thanks to my handy boyfriend, I saved $250 here.

New faucet: $110 (with coupon at Lowe's)
Faucets don't really excite me so I just went with a simple off-the-shelf model at Lowe's.

Countertop and sink: $2070 (sink free with promotion at Lowe's)
Once you go undermount, you'll never go back! (Read about my decision to go with Lowe's here.)

3. New subway tile backsplash: $530
Once the new counters went in, I either had to pay someone to repair all of the missing tiles in the dated and yellowing old backsplash or use some of the surplus subway tile from the bathroom reno to get a new one... let's just say that I'm happy with my choice :). I could have probably saved money by DIYing this or looking for a more competitive bid, but it was the holidays and I just wanted my walls back together!

4. New stainless appliances: $2,013
Once the refrigerator sprung a leak, I took it as my cue to start looking for a more functional bottom freezer model with a whole lot less bisque going on.... thanks to a little more help from you all, I came across the Cash for Appliances program and found myself able to afford an entire new set! (Read more details on the cost breakdown here.)

5. Three additional 4-inch recessed lights: $390.46
Due to a recent bathroom flooding incident, I found myself needing to replace the kitchen ceiling. What do I do when the ceiling is missing? Pay to install more recessed lights!

6. Cabinet updates: $297.48
With the counters, backsplash, lighting, and appliances already updated, I saw myself at the finish line to this renovation! I decided to go ahead and pay someone to paint and re-hinge the cabinets to get this thing over with!

Paint: $30
Painter's fees: $175

Hinges: $18.62
Part of my decision to go black and white was knowing that I could get pre-sprayed black and white hinges at Lowe's.

22 Pulls: $73.86 (with coupon at Lowe's)
My pulls were in stock at my local Lowe's store for under $4 each.

7. The accessories: $57
It wouldn't be a finished space without the details!

Rug (IKEA): $25
Framed print (IKEA as-is): $20
Fruit bowl (garage sale): $2
Salt and oil dish (Marshalls): $10

Grand total: $5,708.33
*see before/ after post here

Phew! I'm glad to be finished with this room for a while.
Feel free to ask any extra questions about my supplies or thought process in the comments section. I hope I added correctly this time!!


Rebekah @ Shell Blog May 19, 2010 at 10:19 AM  

gorgeous! we just finished renovating our bathroom via contractors and it was such a stressful, expensive process. we so wish we would have done it ourselves, but the clock is ticking towards the arrival of our twins, so we thought hiring someone made the most sense. sadly, we're not very happy with the finished product. their workmanship and attention to detail sucked! lol

L. Duncan May 19, 2010 at 11:26 AM  

What a deal! I can't wait to start back on my kitchen. Thanks for the break down!

hiphousegirl May 19, 2010 at 1:24 PM  

Imagine how much value that $5700 added to your home! Not to mention all the enjoyment you get to glean from it! Truly awesome.

Danielle and Clint May 19, 2010 at 1:49 PM  

Isn't it amazing when you see a kitchen redone on HGTV for $30,000, then you see what you did for $6,000.

Ashley @ The Design Thief May 19, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

You did a great job, especially for the money!!

Carrie May 19, 2010 at 5:45 PM  

I think it turned out so well! I really like it!

Caroline May 20, 2010 at 12:19 AM  

It really is amazing - you did such a good job. And it gives me hope - someday soon we are wanting to give our kitchen a "facelift" - new countertop, backsplash, and paint the cabinets. I was hoping to do it for under $3000 - and it is good to see that I really can!

Alexis L. of One Grand Home May 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

No questions but I really dig that wall color. Great job on a slim budget.

Jenny @ Anything Pretty May 20, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

What an amazing renovation for the money!

me. and. b. May 26, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

Nice work! I just realized that you have dark lowers and white uppers. SO cute! Your kitchen is amazing...and even more amazing since it's totally beating my final price tag. OOps!

Melissa June 8, 2010 at 9:32 PM  

your kitchen is so beautiful! =)

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