Building Modern on a Budget Ep.13 | Luxury Kitchen & Bathrooms

Monday, October 25, 2021 -

*This post is sponsored by DAP products and contains affiliate links.

As soon as we started publishing the #BuildingModernOnABudget video series about our house build, hands down, the most requested episode has been the Kitchen and Bathrooms. I don't blame you. Whenever I'm watching HGTV or walking through a model home, my attention immediately goes towards the kitchen. Considering a "chef's kitchen" is the #1 item home buyers are requesting, according to, it's no wonder you guys are curious about what we were able to create. 

If you're new around here, make sure you get caught up on the whole series. 

Check out the FULL Building Modern on a Budget Episode. For more details about the products used and all the pretty photos, keep scrolling.


Anyone who's talked to me for longer than 2 minutes knows I'm all about wood. Of course I was going to picky about our cabinets. I really had my heart set on flat, slab style doors, in a two-tone finish. Like any mid-century fangirl, I have ALWAYS loved walnut. But, trying to pull off real walnut cabinets, within our tight, $15,000 budget was going to be the challenge of the century. 

After MONTHS of research, I finally discovered  company called 27eStore (not a sponsor). They manufacture R.T.A. or "Ready to Assemble" cabinets. The cabinet components are shipped directly to the consumer, unassembled, typically flat-packed. If you're handy, RTA cabinets are a great way to save TONS of money. 

We were able to buy all the cabinets we needed for the kitchen and laundry room for about $13,000. 

In order to stay within our budget, we opted to use Ikea Godmorgan floating vanities in all 4 bathrooms. 

We connected a pair of  39" wide vanities together with two floating shelves to create one, massive 90" long vanity. 

When it came time to add the finishing details, we noticed we had a small leak around our glass shower enclosure, which was frustrating, but it gave us the chance to try a cool new product. We sealed the entire perimeter of the glass using DAP Ultra Clear Waterproof Sealant

Ultra Clear is not only 100% waterproof, it dries flexible and crack-proof, despite the environment. The major selling feature for us was the perfectly clear, non-yellowing color. It's actually even more clear than pure silicone! 

Ready to see how the final photos??

The Kitchen

The Bathrooms 

The house is done and we've already filmed the Grand Reveal! Make sure you're following along so you don't miss all the final details (including the total price). 

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