It’s finally done! Well…you know what “done” means in my house. It means I’m done with it for now. Although, aside from changing paint colors and/or accessories, I don’t think there’s much more I can or need to do to this room. I’ve always been drawn to white cabinets with dark counters (wood or black) and a wood or white floor. Now I have it!
As I was going through the list of things we’ve done to the kitchen, I realized that almost all of the materials used for this makeover were free. Well, not free, but traded for advertising on my blog or promotion through a post. I’ll try to give you a rough idea of costs, though, so you can get a realistic idea of executing this look (or parts of it) in your home. With the exception of laying the floor tile, we did all of the work ourselves.
- Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint, matte finish, Glass Slipper ($62.99/gallon), Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint ($14.16/qt)
- Cabinet Paint – Benjamin Moore’s Satin Impervo Alkyd Low Luster Enamel in White (off the shelf) $67/gallon), Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 Primer ($20/gallon)
- Cabinet Hardware – 5″ Bronze Clapper Pull ($16.20/each), 1 1/8″ Bronze Traditional Cabinet Knob ($4.79/each)
- Butcher Block Counters – Williamsburg Butcher Block Counters in Walnut from Lumber Liquidators ($359/8 ft section, $459/12 ft section)
- Finish on Counters – Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish, ($24.50/qt)
- Back Splash – Oriental White Polished Marble Herringbone Mosaic Tile ($59.95/5 sheets)
- Floor Tile – Daltile 18 x 18″ Carrera Tile from Home Depot ($2.18/sq foot)
- Sink – Moen, Lacelot 18 Gauge Stainless Steal Undermount Sink ($515.90)
- Faucet – Moen, Waterhill in Classic Stainless ($1051.35)
- Range Hood Exhaust Fan – 20.5″ Under Cabinet Range Hood, Broan from Lowes ($259.00)
- Pot Rack – Calphalon Oval Ceiling Pot Rack, Bed, Bath & Beyond ($139.99, but use a coupon!)
So, here are the totals…
- Paint – $250
- Hardware – $450
- Counters – $2,100
- Back Splash – $800
- Floor – $400
- Sink & Faucet – $1,575
- Exhaust fan & materials for range hood – $350
- Misc supplies, tools, materials, etc. – $550
Grand total: $6,475 (over 3 years). We probably spent about $1500 (including the labor for installing the tile floor) out of pocket and the rest was covered under freelance projects, advertising trades, DIY blog squad, etc.
There are definitely ways to cut the costs even further, though. You can choose a less expensive faucet like the Traditional Stainless Two Handled Arc Faucet, get Numerar Beech Counters ($129/6 ft section at Ikea) instead of walnut, tile the back splash in White Ceramic Subway Tile ($75/12 sq ft), and go with these bronze drawer pulls for $1.85/each and these knobs for $1.29/each.
Full tutorials will be available on HGTV.com soon for the custom range hood, butcher block counters, boxwood topiaries and boxwood wreath.
Some other sources…
- Boxwood wreath & metal cow head – Decor Steals
- Rug and chairs – HomeGoods/TJMaxx
- Cow painting – Cari Humphry on Etsy
- All of the other pieces are antique/thrifted finds or pieces I bought a long time ago.
Some other posts about my kitchen…
- It’s the perfect kitchen, but… ( This post is funny, because I talk about what I want to do and it happened almost exactly that way!)
- Painted cabinets – How they’re holding up (this also includes a video tutorial on painting kitchen cabinets)
- Shopping for Kitchen Tile
- Laying Tile
- Kitchen Tile Reveal
- Tips on tiling a backsplash
- Tips on Grouting
- All about the butcher block counters
Here are the before & after shots…
…when we moved in…
…after living there for a few years…
I tell you, this is how I pictured this kitchen when we first walked into our home almost seven years ago and I’m just tickled when I look over at the space.
Please remember that we fixed it up over several years and as we could afford it or as my blog/freelance work gave us the opportunity. If you’re itching to give your kitchen a makeover, I would suggest starting with paint. It’s probably the biggest bang for your buck and can make dark and dated kitchens look bright and fresh.
I’ll share more details about installing the sink and faucet and I’ll definitely post to the HGTV.com projects when they’re live.
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