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There was pink salmon colored tile, dark brownish pinkish granite, dark oak cabinets and an awkward open space just begging for an island or a table. We budgeted $3500 for this space and I'm pleased to announce we spent $3068. High five for being under budget! I will list everything at the end of the post. But enough of the small talk, you're here for the pictures aren't you?! Of course you are!
Are you ready for the afters?
Ahh! Amazing right? I don't say that in a toot my own horn kind of way, I say it in a, wow this was a LOT of work and I am so proud of all it took to get here kind of way. And you guys. Justin did so much of the work in here, I am so impressed with him. To designing the backsplash, creating a custom window sill, making me an island, installing the sink, ugh. That man is the best. This is my dream kitchen. Minus a double oven, but we'll get there. ;) Here is a break down of everything we did:
Removed tile and updated with hardwood (part of the flooring budget, I didn't include it for the kitchen)
Painted cabinets with Home Depot's Behr Alkyd semi-gloss enamel paint in color Coast Guard Gray-$40
Raised cabinets 4 inches & cabinet above microwave 8 inches
Added molding to tops of cabinets for height and more of a custom look-$70
Added new hardware-$120
New granite counters(our biggest splurge)- $2123-$200 we sold old granite for = $1923
Subway tile backsplash in herringbone pattern with dark grout-$180
Farmhouse style sink(Ikea) and new faucet(HomeDepot) (nearly impossible to do in a corner sink, but Justin worked his magic and made it happen because
Changed out outlets and outlet covers $50
Added window sill and molding$10
Built a butcher block island-$160
Taller baseboards (also not apart of the kitchen budget)
Microwave for over the stove instead of range hood (broke even with the sale of the range hood)
What do you guys think? What's your favorite part? I have to say, I was a little nervous about the gray cabinets. Mainly because we painted them before we got our new counters in so they didn't look too great. I was definitely questioning myself at that point. I even thought if we painted them white we probably could have kept the granite we had and saved even more money. I'm so glad we took the leap though. These cabinets are exactly our style now and I don't know if I would have ever been happy with the old granite. I love everything about this kitchen now and cooking it in (especially with the island) is so much fun, no exaggeration. I cannot wait for the upcoming holidays, preparing meals in here is going to be amazing!
Also, I know everybody and their mother is all about that open concept life, but for
Now that we have this gorgeous kitchen wrapped up, we are on to the next big project we are trying to knock out before the holidays, the fireplace! Wish us luck! Justin might murder me if I think of any more projects. I've decided for Christmas I'm giving him a couple of months off from projects around the house. I'm such a nice wife! :p
One more time, just because I love before and after shots so much:
I can't believe this is my kitchen! Justin is going to have to drag me out of this house if we ever relocate because I'm not sure I'm going to want to leave! :p Happy Tuesday friends! Xo
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