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All about the Money!

Alright a few of you asked for a budget breakdown, so I am going to try my best to remember cost of everything! First let’s give you a reminder of the kitchen:

Here we go!

  1. Cabinets: $5900.00 Basically we kept the bottom base but put new doors and drawers in, had new upper cabinets installed, and had everything painted white. This price also included cabinets for a built-in desk/cabinet for my den AND a custom entertainment center for the living room. Travis used to work for this guy so he may have given us a slight discount but I can’t say for sure. My advice is to search your local guys who own small businesses before going to places like Home Depot or Lowe’s. Chances are small businesses will be cheaper since they don’t have as much over head and your cutting out the middle man. Ask to see some of his work first and even check in on him while he is building them to make sure you are happy with everything. Another recommendation is get things done while you can. Do you want to do a custom office, entertainment center, or bathroom? Might as well do it at the same time because chances are it will be cheaper than if you do them all separately.
  2. Granite: $2900.00 We again looked for a local guy who had a good price. Another tip is to go pick out your granite at a warehouse place and then tell your granite guy what you want. It will be cheaper this way because he will most likely get discounts on granite and will be making a little more money and charge you less on install. I also need to mention this price included doing a small one sink countertop in my guest bathroom and a decent sized desk in my den. We were able to use leftover slab from the kitchen so it was much cheaper to do it all together.
  3. Appliances: $203.00 for 16 interest-free months for a total of around $3200.00 for the refrigerator, microwave, stove/oven, and dishwasher. A good tip for appliances is to either try to find some newer appliances on craigslist or buy them from Best Buy or other places that offer interest-free financing. If you can afford a payment each month then why not finance them (only for interest-free of course)? Also we got almost all of our appliances cheaper than sticker by price matching! For example our fridge came out to $900.00 which was over $300.00 in savings because we happened to check another store’s pricing.
  4. Lighting: $300.00 The pendant lighting you see was added, but luckily the electrician stuff was done by Trav’s uncle and he said not to worry about charging him. So those lights were 99 bucks each on sale at Lamp’s Plus.
  5. Faucet: This one I’m not sure on because Trav does get a discount on plumbing items (since he owns a plumbing & AC company) but I’m wanting to say it was around a $150.00? I would budget around $250.00 for a good faucet. These aren’t something you want to go cheap on because this thing gets a lot of ware and tear each day.
  6. Sink: $75.00 This is by far my favorite deal! Trav found it at his plumbing supplier and it had a hairline scratch on it so they let it go for $75.00, originally $399.00 retail price!!! SCORE.
  7. Handles: $5.00 each from Lowe’s. Don’t skimp on your handles either. They really set the tone for the kitchen!
  8. Backsplash: ??? Alright this one is tough for pricing because I forgot how much our subway tile cost per square foot but it was uber cheap! And as far as installing it, one of our granite guy’s workers said he would work for $100.00 a day laying tile, and I think it took him a day-ish? He also helped us finish up flooring… because Hubby and I were sick of it after 2 weeks!

And there you have it! I’m not going to do a total count since some of the pricing was for multiple things outside of the Kitchen, and I don’t remember how much our backsplash cost. If I am leaving anything out please be sure to let me know! 🙂



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Kitchen Progress

I have decided to start sharing progress photos of all the rooms in my house. It has been a full year that we’ve been in our humble abode and by golly we have accomplished a lot! I guess I was always waiting for things to be completed before sharing, but heck nothing is ever complete. The first room to reveal? The kitchen.

Oh and now would be a good time to mention Hubby accidently deleted the folder with all my before pics of the house. 😦 So here is what we could come up with after trying to recover said photos. 

Here is an action shot of ripping up the flooring. Hooray!

Upper cabinets are getting installed and painting is complete.

And here is what our kitchen looks like today. We decided to vary the height and depth of the cabinets for a more custom look. It also makes the space look bigger as opposed to making them go all the way to the ceiling (that would have made them 5 ft cabinets). Plus I would never use the space up there. To be honest I don’t even have enough stuff to fill all my current cabinet space! Hence the pitchers and fake plants in there. I am still searching for the perfect items to take their place.

And a reminder of the before and after:

So there you have it! A whole lot of progress on our kitchen. We couldn’t be happier with the result.

Oh and in case you’re wondering:

  • Granite color is Kashmir White
  • Cabinets: We kept the lower cabinets(replaced doors and drawers), and had a cabinet guy my hubby used to work for build the upper cabinets. He was originally going to paint them himself, but with flooring and other projects going on he opted to have them professionally painted too.
  • Appliances are all LG and have held up amazingly
  • Faucet is from home depot you can find out more about it here
  • Cabinet hardware is from Lowe’s
  • Lighting is from Lamps Plus

And I think that about covers it! If you’d like to know where I got anything else, just ask.


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Kitchen Progress

This last week has been crazy and I’ve had no time to update, my apologies. But it’s about time I let you in on the kitchen progress. Our cabinet guy called early last week to inform us that he would be installing cabinets Friday or Sunday. YIPEE!

I was also a bit frazzled because this meant I had to pick a color and paint the entire kitchen by Friday. Well after 3 or 4 trips to Home Depot we decided on this color (The Perfect Taupe by Behr). It goes very nicely with the paint we chose for the majority of the house which I wrote about here.

So when Thursday rolled around we eagerly awaited the much-anticipated phone call from our cabinet guy to confirm he would be coming the next day. Sadly no phone call came and we went to bed. However, we were abruptly awoken by Trav’s phone and it was none other than the cabinet guy himself! Cabinets were going in Friday after-all. Yay.

Here is a reminder of our kitchen cabinets before:

And here is a pic of how the cabinets look today. All bottom drawers and doors are missing, the crown isn’t finished, and glass still needs to be installed (our cabinet guy should wrap it up by next week). But hey what an improvement! We are also planning on starting the backsplash next week and will hopefully have appliances in by the next weekend. Can’t wait. 🙂

Oh and you can see the paint color we chose ABOVE the cabinets, I love the contrast between the paint, cabinets, and flooring.

It will be only a matter of weeks before I have a fully-functional kitchen again! Can I get a WOOT, WOOT! Sorry, it’s been 62 days since I’ve had a kitchen. Let’s just say I’m pretty tired of eating out 24/7!!


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Sink and Faucet

So we’ve had our kitchen sink for awhile now, and it’s about time I give you the rundown of how we got it.

My hubby owns a plumbing company and visits the ol’ plumbing warehouse on a daily basis. Well one day while he was waiting for some sort of plumbing part (don’t really know what he was doing ), he stumbled upon this gorgeous, white, under-mount sink:

And yep that price is just what we paid!!  75 Buckaroos! That is over 300$ in savings compared to the normal price tag of 390$. SCORE! And apparently it was heavily discounted because of a hairline scratch that I still can’t seem to find. So needless to say we were very happy with our purchase!

We also saved mula on this beautiful faucet, thanks again to my plumber hubby! We didn’t save nearly as much as we did on the sink  (50$ in faucet savings), but hey every bit counts! So the morale of the story is, it pays to be a plumber… literally!

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