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We did it! After wanting to update our kitchen for years, we finally bit the bullet and did it. My husband and I purchased our home 14 years ago. The home was built in the early 90’s and had oak cabinets and Formica countertops. We have so many projects that we want to do at our lake house so we wanted to keep the cost of our home kitchen remodel down as much as possible. We knew that kitchen remodels are expensive so we decided to do what we always do and try to do the work ourselves. Yes, we googled and watched YouTube videos to learn how to do every single project except for installing the pendant lights because we have installed many light fixtures. We did have the quartz installed by the company but we removed the granite and removed the stove top ourselves. The kitchen remodel took 6 weeks to complete. We had a setback with having a damaged item and had to order another one or it could have been done in 4 or 5 weeks. We spent around $4300 and the prices are broken down at the bottom of the post.
Two years after we moved in, we replaced the gray Formica with granite. I wanted black granite but when they delivered the granite, it was dark green. You can read about it here.
Several years ago, we painted our oak cabinets cream. I used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation kit and I had great results with it. I paid a lot more for the kit than if I purchased the supplies myself but I had no idea what I was doing and the kit had everything I needed in it. The cream paint had started to yellow and I was very tired of the tumbled marble backsplash. I felt like my counter space was way too dark and I wanted a bright white kitchen space. A bright space is exactly what I got.
We painted the cabinet doors with Benjamin Moore’s White Dove Advanced paint (satin) with a HomeRight paint sprayer and paint shelter. I have painted many cabinets and the paint sprayer is the easiest way with the best results. We rolled the frames and the drawers with a small paint roller. One gallon of paint did the entire kitchen cabinets. Post coming soon.
I chose these drawer pulls and knobs from Liberty Hardware. The pulls are 3-inch Global Retro Pulls and the knobs are Silverton. They are heavy and beautiful. We also purchased new hinges from Liberty Hardware at Home Depot.
We chose a fireclay farmhouse apron front sink. We need a 31-inch sink and this one from Home Depot by Sinkology was the one we chose. We installed the sink ourselves.
We wanted a pull-down faucet but I had read some bad reviews saying the pull-down sprayer will not retract back into the faucet so we went with the faucet that has a sprayer and a pot filler also. When I walked into the kitchen after my husband started installing it, I told him that it was very large and may be kind of obnoxious. He said, “You say obnoxious, I say statement piece!” We started to return it but when we started using it we saw how functional it was and I have to say that I love it and I would never return it now. You can pull the sprayer around and clean the sink so easily. I cook a lot and I use it when I am watering my indoor plants.
The previous owners added another garage so that they would have a three car garage. They cleverly added shelves and mirrors where the window used to be. Above the window was a scalloped board. We removed the board, and I think that this really helped take the kitchen out of the 90’s.
We removed the top glass shelf, and I believe that it looks much better.
We replaced the granite with white quartz that looks like marble.
These tiles are beautiful. These are the closest to white that they have but the tiles are really very light gray and I think they are beautiful. You do not have to use any grout or glue. You just peel the back off and stick it on the wall. I have a tutorial coming next week on how we installed the tiles. You can read more about the tiles here.
The last thing we did was install these two pendant lights that I found at a thrift store for $4.99 each.
I don’t think that it is possible for me to have a remodel without something that was thrifted. I found some similar ones here.
We are so thrilled that the remodel is over and we feel like we have a brand new kitchen. My husband says that we are done with DIY projects for a while, but I feel sure he doesn’t mean it!
You can read each week of the remodel.
Sink $499 The sink had a flaw so Home Depot shipped picked up the sink and shipped us another one that we received in 3 days. They charged us $50 less so I guess that was for the trouble. That’s why I love Home Depot.
Pendant Lights $9.98
Advanced Paint $47
Paint Sprayer and Shelter was gifted.
Cabinet Hardware was gifted.
Glass Subway Tiles was gifted.
Total Spent $4314.98