Today I thought I would take you through all the nitty-gritty details of what this kitchen looks like. I plan on posting how we did some of these things in different posts. First of all, when we flip a house we budget entire projects before we set room budgets. For example, we set a “flooring budget” that includes flooring for every room. We set a “Drywall”, “Wall Paint”, “Electrical”, and “Trim”, budget for the entire house. A room budget only has things specific to that room such as “kitchen cabinets” or “kitchen appliances.” I tell you this because I will be giving you estimates on whatsome of the things cost in this room. I can tell you exactly on some projects but things like drywall cost, might be a little trickier because I know how much it cost for the entire house. Our goal was to transform this room for about $4K-$5K (after budgeting all the “whole house” projects like the ones listed above). This means the room rehab was probably about $6K-$7K if you count flooring, drywall, window, trim, and lighting. Enough about all that. Here is the kitchen while standing in the living room. Our goal was bright and open.
Lighting was a huge decision in this room. We wanted can lights to brighten the room, we upcycled the pendants we pulled out of the bathroom, and I DIYed a school light fixture for over the sink.
Here is the view of the kitchen when you walk in the front door.
We got rid of the soffits to make the ceiling look taller. We couldn’t increase the kitchen square footage but we could make it look bigger by making it look taller. We hung the cabinets just a tad bit higher than normal.
My initial idea was to add white or stained wood open shelving underneath the cabinet. Just one shelf like this or this picture. We actually were going to do this but my hubbie talked me into leaving it “unshelved” due drilling into the tile. Believe me, tile drilling doesn’t scare us, but its pretty permanent for those who might not want it. We left it where you can add it if you want to or leave it as is. The sink above was a $99 deep stainless steel sink. The faucet we got all together with our bathroom faucets. I wanted a tall faucet with a pull out sprayer. I believe it was $99. You can negotiate more discounts when you by them all together
We will do this again. I don’t know where or when, but I was super impressed how easy it was to order doors. The total cost for the MDF (paintable only) doors and drawer fronts was $900. That included shipping. To replace every cabinet with this style of new cabinets would have cost around $3000-$5000. The knobs were on sale at Lowes. The knobs were $.97 and the pulls were $1.03. Of course I would’ve picked something a little larger but when you flip you want the best bang for your buck.
We just flipped the island around and trimmed it out. Click here to see where it was. It has room for three larger bar stools or 4 smaller. T
Lee built a fridge cabinet for $130. It wasn’t need it but it made the kitchen look more custom:
We had to use spacers and fillers to make these cabinets fit and be centered, but wood filler, caulk and paint hide it well. We had to purchase all new appliances. We bought the house in early November and cashed in a stellar deal on Black Friday. All four stainless steel appliances for $1800. The tile was the cheapest part of the project. We used $.16 white American Olean tiles in a brick pattern. I wanted grey grout…Lee wanted white. I let him win this battle because it was not my house.
For the counters we chose white Corian. The neighborhood comps suggested higher end than laminate and Corian was more cost-effective than granite or quartz. The pantry for this kitchen is the door you see in the laundry room. It is a nice deep closet. It is bigger than any pantry I have ever had.
Finally, here is where the kitchen/dining room table would go. I grabbed a stainless steel barn light at Lowes for $19. This space merits a really fun pendant, but that is for the new owner to pick out. I am just picturing a long buffet with large pieces or art, or maybe some built ins with glass doors on the upper cabinets, or maybe incorporate this moodboard idea I gave a reader.
There is our massive kitchen renovation. Friday I will post the time line to get this all done.
Have a great Monday!
Thanks for reading,