The kitchen, I believe we can declare is more or less done. It took us a few weeks of hard work and we certainly gave it a major overhaul. When we started, the whole kitchen was very green; it had a green linoleum floor, green walls and green ceiling, right out of the 40s in other words. The appliances were old and the fridge was standing next to the window, blocking light whereas the stove was on the opposite side.
Our kitchen remodel project was meant to be pretty simple. Clean up the area and make it a great place to cook and organize our pantry. Under ideal circumstances we would have opened up the kitchen to the dining area, but that would have meant more money and more time, so we decided to leave that for the future. We envisioned from the start on doing everything ourselves so we were confident costs could be kept under control since all we were buying were supplies and appliances.
The size of the kitchen is only about 90 square feet, hence it was important to make the kitchen as bright and inviting as possible.
We are so happy the cabinets were made of solid wood, and worth keeping, not having to purchase new cabinets was great. Most people just tile the backsplash in their kitchen, but we love the clean look of subway tile so decided to tile all the walls. It made sense for us because tile is easy to keep clean and it gives a great industrial look. For the floor we really wanted something that would pop and provide a bit of contrast, so buying honed marble and granite tile was really our main splurge in terms of the remodel.
We literally did the whole remodel ourselves, so of course sometimes we had to buy tools we didn't previously have, like for tile cutting. However those have proved useful in other projects so we decided to not count them here in the budget. In terms of the costs, the floor tile is also calculated for the adjacent utility room where the checkerboard pattern continues seamlessly, so if you're strict the cost for the floor for the kitchen was actually lower.
So what have we done here? Well, luckily the wooden cabinets and drawers were in good condition, so we refinished them (basically sanding and re-painting twice, annoying!) and added new hardware. In terms of the flooring, we ripped out that old linoleum tile, and put in a gorgeous new marble and granite tile in a checkerboard diamond pattern. We tiled all of the kitchen walls with white subway tile and replaced that old linoleum counter with a brand new stainless steel counter.
Time Frame: 1 month
Paint (ceiling paint, primer, antique white paint for the cabinets and various miscellaneous brushes, rollers, tape etc…) - $150
Fixtures (two ceiling track lights) - $120
Wall Subway Tile (and adhesive, caulk etc…) - $400
Door Cabinet Hardware (including knobs, hinges, rods) - $200
Countertop (20 gauge stainless steel) - $400
Sink (including faucet and plumbing parts) - $280
Outlet Covers - $30
Floor (marble & granite tile, adhesive, caulk, sealer) - $1600 (technically half that amount went towards the utility room, so the cost for the kitchen could be calculated at $800)
Threshold (two oak boards) - $50
Fridge & Freezer - $1000
KitchenAid Double Oven Gas Stove - $2000
Considering about half of that amount went towards appliances, I think we did a pretty good job transforming this kitchen for about $3200. Of course, we were able to get this done on this budget mainly because we did everything ourselves. If we had hired people to do this, then the cost would be much higher.
What else? We put in a new stainless steel sink, switched the fridge and the stove to let more light into the room, bought a new separate fridge and freezer (the freezer we put in the adjacent utility room) and we also added a gorgeous new gas stove!
Then we have the smaller stuff: we added new kitchen lights, bars to hang cooking utensils, and we refinished our old kitchen cart to better match the new design.
(oups, ran out of good before-shots, here I am washing up when we're in the middle of remodeling the house...)
(in the middle of remodeling to be fair)
So all in all we're more than happy with the result. We did everything ourselves, over the time span of about a month. For more information and details on the remodel, check out the Kitchen category where all the related posts are gathered.