kitchen remodel: 8 months and $2,000

it's been forever since my last house update! pretty much because of how long this project has taken....



this project has taken eight months and about $2,000. and hallelujah, we are basically done. 

we got the cabinets and counters from devin's parents, who were redoing their kitchen as we decided to tackle ours (they went from these cabinets to a sleek ikea-catolog-ready kitchen, but we were so happy to get their old cabinets, which were an upgrade from our old ones!). 

all we had to buy, which we did slowly over the course of the 8 months because we're on a tight budget, were the backsplash tiles, floor tiles, knobs, {6 recessed} lights, sheetrock, crown moulding/other trim, and paint. the labor? free, thanks to my supremely skilled husband {and his dad who gave helpful tutorials!}. 

how the kitchen started out:


"the process", a.k.a. "when we made sandwiches/cooked with a microwave in the dining room":  




devin did everything. his dad helped, when necessary {like giving dev a how-to with crown moulding installation}. i also helped. like when we sheetrocked the ceiling, and i had to help hold up 10 ft-half-inch and rock then screw in my side of it...it's insanely heavy, if you don't know what that is. 

devin retiled both the backsplash and the floors. that nastyyy pink tile is gone, and our fake-wood laminate floors are now ceramic tile. he's so talented, that husband of mine--he had never installed cabinets or tiled before, and he was brave enough {and skilled enough!} to try it. 


 date night this past friday was painting the walls. devin also re-trimmed the window & door, and up at the top is the crown moulding! {color: porpoise by behr, in semi-gloss}





the end result: a new kitchen (and that nearly-antique stove) that i'm in love with.
what would your dream kitchen include?


14 comments :

  1. My dream kitchen will have an island

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  2. Oow yeah that would be sweet! Granite countertops? :)

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  3. wow! i know that had to be a lot of work - but girl it looks fantastic!!!

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  4. Thanks! I'm just relieved it's basically done now and we have working/hooked up appliances :) haha

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  5. It's beeauutiful! Congratulation on finishing such a big project! I bet that feels fantastic. :) Also- I love your stove! It gives the whole room a lot of character.

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  6. You guys did an amazing job! (I found you through the week's end link up) I never would have thought of blue counter tops, but it looks really good!

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  7. I like the grey color you guys picked out. Good job! (visiting from the Week's End link-up)

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  8. wow, i cannot believe that pink tile...who ever thought of that?! i think our old cabinets look like your old ones. ours are falling apart, haha. great job on the reno! (coming over from week's end)

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  9. you're so sweet! my husband hates that stove...but it's so weird and borderline-ancient that i kinda like it, too :)

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  10. yeah, blue wouldn't have been on my radar either (except that it was free). maybe someday we'll trade it out for granite! ha

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  11. thanks for stopping by, paige! and thanks for the kind words :)

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  12. haha yeah, that pink paired with the black tile around it...definitely says 70s.

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