Budget Kitchen Remodel {cutie-pie kitchen for under 10k}

We are finally getting settled. It’s taking a little longer than it should since we are also trying to squeeze in as much canning as possible while everything is ripe and ready. Since there is still lots to do I thought I would start by showing you our almost finished kitchen. When we first looked at our house I told Jeff we could make it work if we opened up the kitchen, by taking down a wall. I spend most my life in the kitchen, so I need to be able to see most of my house from there (which is easier than it sounds since upstairs in only 900ish square feet). Anyway, he agreed and I now have the sweetest little kitchen thanks to my handy husband (& lots of help from my dad). Here is the before (I know many of you vintage lovers are going to curse us for not saving these cutie-pie original cabinets, & we totally understand. We tried to figure out how to save them, but with the wall going, the configuration wouldn’t work, but we kept them in-tact and are reusing them as storage in our garage):

vintage kitchen before remodel

Here are a few “after” pictures (still looking a little sterile since there is no art up & the open shelves that will span the area over the window aren’t up showing off all my husband’s beautiful canned goods, the “after after” photos will come later):

kitchen makeover with butcher block counters

white gray and wood kitchen

inexpensive kitchen remodel

gray subway tile and aqua vintage chair{can you see me reflected in the tile close-up? the chair I spray-painted that pretty blue is one of those red ones everyone’s mom or grandma had when you were a kid with the pull-out step stool, it still needs some sandpaper to take off that over-spray, but otherwise I am in love with what a little spray-paint did for it).  Here is what it looked like before a paint job:

vintage red chair with steps——–

Here is what we did (&, as usual, by we I mean Jeff mostly) and what it cost:

1. matched hardwood floors to the rest of the house (& then refinished them all): $325 for materials (labor was free since Jeff did them)

2. new cabinets & island (the island is the larger one from Ikea that I blogged about here. The cabinets are Norcraft and pretty much the bottom line for real wood, with a paint finish. Also, we are Direct Buy members so keep in mind some of this stuff is pretty discounted because of that): $3,566 (cabinets) + $379 (island)

3. new appliances (fridge, gas range, microhood & dishwasher): $2432

4. new light: $20

5. new counters: $625 (labor & materials, we had a finish carpenter cut them to size, do the cut-out for the under-mount sink & install them, then Jeff finished them with waterlox)

6. new backsplash: $410 (materials only, Jeff provided the labor)

7. new sink: $106

8. new faucet: $140

9. new hardware: $60

total: $8,063

So, I realize some of you will scoff at this being a “budget” remodel and some will marvel at how cheap it all was, perspective is everything. So, just for reference, the average kitchen remodel costs $57,500 according to remodeling magazine. That is of course using professionals, not your husband and probably takes into consideration a space larger than ours…But, we think we did pretty well none the less (I didn’t include in the total our costs for taking the wall down, patching sheet-rock and wiring a canned light, since they were part of other projects in the home as well & lumped in with those bills).

More rooms to come (I can’t keep them all clean at once, so it may be a day-by-day “reveal”)…


p.s. I have been emailed a bunch of times about where to buy the tile we used in our kitchen. If you are in the Portland area I got it at CFM. If not, here is the info (I suggest printing the page & taking it with you to the tile store):