Finally!!! I can show you part of my house remodel. We spent the largest amount of time and money on updating the kitchen, but I think it was worth all of it! The kitchen is the heart of the home right? And supposedly kitchens and bathrooms give the best return on investment.
Without further ado, here's the before:
And after two months of DIY remodeling:
Here's a list of what got done:
- Building and stacking a second row of upper cabinets -DIY
- Cut and installed glass cabinet panels and hung new doors - DIY
- Extended the existing island and peninsula -DIY
- Lowered raised bar on the peninsula - DIY
- Built custom fridge surround -DIY
- Built custom range hood -DIY
- Added crown and base moulding -DIY
- Installed stainless steel tile backsplash - DIY
- Retrofit cabinet and installed apron front sink - DIY
- Painted cabinets - DIY
- Installed cabinet hardware - DIY
- Framed, ran electric, hung drywall, and painted new pantry - DIY
- Installed "wood look" tile floors - Contractor
- Installed granite countertops - Contractor
I absolutely love the added depth I gave the center island. This area serves as my main work surface, as well as the perfect place for my boys to eat breakfast.
I chose simple adjustable stools from Target as to not take away from the island itself.
I knew I wanted to create a custom built range hood. Of course I had to pick one of the hardest designs possible! I really owe it to my husband for this one! Without his help, I don't think I would have been able to master the slopes and compound angles.
Hands down, one of my favorite features in my new kitchen is my stainless steel apron sink.
(*To learn how to modify a stock cabinet to accommodate an apron sink, click here!)
I love this thing! With the granite on top, it's over 10" deep. I can wash my biggest pots and pans with no trouble.
One of the first things people notice when they walk in is our stainless steel backsplash. It catches the light beautifully. I was afraid all this stainless steel would be difficult to keep. Fortunately, its a piece of cake with a little stainless steel polish.
When we first waked into this house, we knew we definitely needed to build a proper pantry. We are food people and needed more space than the double cabinet that was serving as a pantry previously.
Opposite from the stove wall was a decorative wing wall and the door to our master bedroom. We left the archway intact and ripped out the rest.
This was my first real framing, electrical and drywall experience. I'd wired a few light fixtures and patched some holes before, but with this pantry, I did the whole shebang.
I really wanted a home with an area for a large dining table. We are close with our extended family, so having plenty of butt space for big dinners was a must.
The cabinet hardware pretty much sums up my style goals. Modern, with a little traditional mixed in.
Here's my sources:
- Cabinet paint: Sherwin Williams - ProClassic in Snowbound
- Cabinet doors: FastCabinetDoors.com - Adobe inset panel
- Sink: Moen -1800 Series 30" x 21" stainless steel 18 gauge double bowl sink
- Faucet: Moen - STo in stainless steel
- Soap pump: Moen - Modern Soap Pump
- Backsplash: The Builder Depot - Brick 1x2" Metal Mosaic Stainless Steel Tile
- Grout: Polyblend - Natural gray
- Cabinet pulls and hinges: D. Lawless - Stainless steel bar pulls
- Granite countertops: Arizona Tile - "Mesquite"
- Appliances: Craigslist
- Chandelier: Craigslist
So what do you think? We estimated that we spent around $9,000 and hundreds of hours of labor. It wasn't a piece of cake, but if we were to pay someone to do all these renovations, it would be have been closer to $17,000 or more. Totally worth it to us! I absolutely love my kitchen and our realtor has told us we have added significant resale value.
If you are thinking of undertaking your own kitchen remodel, that's awesome! I will start sharing some DIY tutorials starting next week, so stay tuned. In the meantime, please feel free to ask any questions you may have. I would love to help!
(Click over here to learn How to Install an Apron Sink in a Stock Cabinet)
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*Some of this content has been sponsored. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced.
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