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Monday, November 11, 2013

Budget Friendly DIY Kitchen Renovation // The Big Reveal

If you're keeping up with our Renovation Diary feature on Apartment Therapy - you know the posts are pretty far behind our actual progress.   Real far behind, actually, because we're completely finished (shh...don't tell those AT readers!)  I mean...we're not crazy enough to start a remodel project when our baby is due....or are we?

While I can't show you photos of the new mudroom and kitchen nook space since we're just getting started on that project (wink, wink...nudge, nudge) I can show you photos of our kitchen which includes new flooring, crown molding and our new Moen Woodmere faucet.  And if you remember WAY back in early 2012 we tackled the bulk of the work in this room which included:

What didn't we change?  The layout and the counters were left alone (even that awful stainless trim) which helped keep the cost down.  The kitchen renovation was probably somewhere around $1200 including the Forna black beach cork flooring from iCork Floor, plus $800 for the stainless steel appliances we scored on craigslist.  Is there a better layout for this kitchen...hell yes!  But it would involve opening up the wall into the living room, relocating the oven and fridge and creating one big ol' open space....and lots more money.  And that just ain't happenin'.  So this little budget-friendly DIY kitchen renovation was a "work with what ya got" project rather than a full-on gut remodel.

And without further ado...

Let's just take a quick look back at what the kitchen looked like when we moved in...wallpapered walls and soffit, oak cabinets, maple-ish laminated floors, white appliances, vinyl backsplash and boob lights galore.  Not the worst kitchen I've ever seen but I knew it could be better.  At the very least we could fill that huge gap where the bottom cabinets end on the far right.

The floors are Forna Flooring's Black Beach - a gorgeous espresso colored cork from iCorkFloor.


This gorgeous Moen Woodmere faucet was a breeze to install.  Check out how I tackled that project here.




I can't wait to share the whole dang space because it's pretty freaking amazing (like the little glimpse above) but you'll just have to be patient...as in really patient.  I think it'll be a few more weeks before our big ol' reveal post.

We're still planning to build a few custom storage pieces for the kitchen, like this piece from Ana-White, which will sit underneath the open-shelving.  I pulled our Crate and Barrel Galerie console table out from storage after I sold the buffet that was there but it just doesn't work storage-wise.  We've also been tossing around the idea of building an island with a butcher block countertop (like this but more open) which will give us a little more counter space and additional seating.

So what do you guys think?  Quite a difference from the orangey-hued room when we first moved in, right?


1 comment

  1. Looks so much better than the starting kitchen! Looks like you've done a lot of work there!


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