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!
Painter's fees: $175
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!
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!!