Saturday, January 19, 2013

Kitchen Rundown

We are calling the kitchen done.  The full trio is super close, but we still have to remove the death windows from the dining room.  So for now, we are sticking with just the kitchen being done.  It may have taken 10 months as opposed to 1 or 2 like we initially though, but it was totally worth every minute.  I think we could have completed it in close the originally estimated time, however, we got very distracted by Minnesota's short summer along the way.  There were also many projects we partook in along the way... like painting other rooms and such.

Excuses aside, we are super happy to have gone from this:

to this:

In less than a year.  Here's what our to do list looks like now... (followed by a budget breakdown at the bottom)

Updated List (for the whole trio)

1. Paint the window and door trim and baseboards white
2. Remove the “garage door” on the bottom of the cabinet to the left of the sink.
3. Remove the cabinet connector wood above the sink window
4. Paint the cabinets white (twice!)
5. Build a pantry where the useless desk resides
6. Spray paint or replace the gold cabinet door hinges with nickel hinges
7. Replace the light above the sink
8. Get new countertops
9. Replace the hideous linoleum (floor removal, floor installation)
10. Refinish the stairs to match the new floor
11. Refinish the railing with darker stain to match the floor and paint the spindles white
12. Add trim around the base of the cabinets instead of quarter round
13. Paint all the walls
14. Make new curtains for the sliding glass door
15. Paint the existing or buy new stools that actually fit the peninsula
16. Install a backsplash
17. Install board and batten on stairs
18. Buy a stainless stove to match the other appliances
19. Remove the hazardous windows in the dining area that open into the downstairs
20. Buy an appropriately sized rug for the entryway
21. Buy a waterproof rug for the entryway closest to protect the laminate against Minnesota winter
22. Create some sort of wall decor in the dining room (first time, and second time)
23. Get new decor for the closet plateau
24. Move stove outlet so stove can be pushed back into place properly
25. Repaint Silver Sateen around the cabinets
26. Bend the hinges on the misaligned cabinet doors so they close properly

Questionable to dos:
24. Bring in some sort of seating in the entryway for the guests to sit on for shoe doings Not happening
25. Get new light fixtures for above the table and in the entryway.  Not happening

You may recall we had hoped to spend less than $7,000 on the entire trio.  To complete this, we saved up before we started, Dave Ramsey style... we do not partake in the whole debt deal since interest is no friend of ours.  So here's the whole spending shebang:

Cabinet painting and supplies (including the sprayer):  $393.45
Cabinet hinges:  $109.68
Light above sink:  $172.10
Flooring (including all transition pieces and installation kit:  $1,011.36
Counters, sink, faucet, and install:  $2,025.00
Building new pantry:  $126.61
Wall painting and supplies: $116.40
Backsplash and supplies:  $327.15
New oven:  $1,033.67

Sub total:  $5,315.42

You may remember when our countertop installers took three large chunks out of our newly installed laminate floors... we ended up getting $1,000 from them to replace our floors so we can definitely say...

Total $4,315.42

Which is well under our $7,000 budget.  Even though that budget is for the entire trio and this total is just for the kitchen,  it looks like we will definitely still make it in under budget for the whole trio!  Kitchen renovations can easily run people $30,000 so coming in just over 14% of that makes us pretty darn proud.

I know the amount of time we spent on this kitchen may be very off-putting to some of you readers, but the fact that we were able to make such a dramatic change with such a small budget is pretty awesome to us.  Not to mention the pride we have in all that we have accomplished!

And for your viewing pleasure... more afters.

The view to the dining room...

No more garage door allowed for an amazing cookie jar and a plant for the only room with a south facing window.

Weird useless office area turned amazingly beautiful pantry.

It almost makes me want to cook...

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