Kitchen Remodel Part II

Yesterday I showed you what our first kitchen was like before we remodeled it: outdated, non-functional, and ugly!

So our solution: gut the whole thing: cabinets, floors, appliances, counters, everything.

We reworked the layout, removing the tiny pantry (the new cabinets more than made up for the space), and we carved out the opening a little to inset the refrigerator so that it no longer stuck out into the room. We added another wall of cabinets where the refrigerator had been, and moved the stove onto that wall. We also put in a dishwasher, which the kitchen didn't have before.
We were working on a budget, but we wanted to use nice materials so resale would be good (we realized by this point that we would soon outgrow this house). So we went with a mid-range cabinet style from Home Depot, and picked out a Silestone (quartz) counter, which was on sale and considerably cheaper than granite. We were able to use a 10% off coupon on the entire purchase, which saved us hundreds of dollars.
We purchased our dishwasher and refrigerator from Lowe's on Memorial Day and took advantage of their appliance sale and their additional savings for military families (both our dads were in the military).

The stove and microwave were from a scratch and dent sale, and cost about half what they would have in perfect condition. (I think there was a small dent on the side of the stove, but nothing major.)

The wood floors were $.80/sq. ft. salvaged from an Army post where they were remodeling housing.
We did the work ourselves: installing the cabinets, plumbing, moving the gas line for the stove, installing and refinishing the floors, adding outlets, installing all the appliances, trim work, etc.

It's nearly finished in these photos, but it looks like we still needed to install the base boards and vent covers.

I think total we spent about $6,000 on everything, including appliances, cabinets, floors, and counters.
Here is where we got the biggest savings:
  • Using coupons
  • Buying during sales
  • Buying salvaged or scratch and dent
  • Doing the work ourselves - this was by far the biggest source of savings!
  • Working with the existing space and not taking down walls or expanding the layout.
While we were happy with the way this kitchen turned out, it was a learning experience and we could have done some things more frugally. We've remodeled another kitchen since this one, (which I'll post on later), and it was definitely done on a much smaller budget.


Tammy said... Best Blogger Tips

You did a great job! Our kitchen is in need of total gutting, but it isn't in the budget right now! and probably not any time soon, even on a tight budget! I can live with it though!

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Y'all did anamzing job!

teresa said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh so lovely- your hard work payed off- I'm a "do it yourselves person too =)
Have a great day

Kelli said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE the after!! Great job. Thanks for sharing!!

JanMary @ www.janmary.com said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your kitchen makeover - I recently did ours (on my blog).

It all has come together beautifully.

Thanks for sharing.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said... Best Blogger Tips

Holy cow! I can't believe that's the same kitchen. You did a beautiful job.

Cass @ That Old House said... Best Blogger Tips

Yikes, what a lovely change... and on that budget, it's incredibly impressive. Do you do work in New Jersey? :-P

Beautiful kitchen!

Terry said... Best Blogger Tips

Really nice. I like how you gave your stove some breathing room. I like the blue backslash. It's great to find another Atlanta blogger.

Domestic Accident said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply gorgeous. Incredibly well done!

Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS said... Best Blogger Tips

You've got my favorite kitchen color combo working there! Well done, too.

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