You know how on MTV cribs, they say “this is where the magic happens” as they enter the bedroom? Well, THIS is where the magic happens in our house (sorry Robert) and I finally really LOVE my kitchen!!
We did almost all of the work ourselves, other then the gorgeous marble on the island, we did it. We demo-ed, painted, took down the upper cabinets, added new hardware, changed lighting fixtures, installed the faucet, installed the range hood and open shelving, and lastly, I refinished all of the cabinets. Whew. It has been a long process but ALL worth it.
I didn’t realize at the time that I kinda took all of the things people are afraid of, like open shelving, white cabinets and marble, and rolled them into my dream kitchen. It’s bright and open and completely user friendly. Having all of that room above the range and dishes right in front of you makes cooking so much more fun.
and now for a few more close ups followed by what we did and approximate costs…
So, now for a breakdown of costs:
paint $200 home depot low or no voc paints
shelves $200 ikea
sink $400 Kraus
hardware $150 ikea
rangehood $350 on ebay
coffee maker $170
Under 4 grand for a new kitchen, not bad! Let me know if you have any questions and I would love to hear what you think, what would you do differently?
the cabinets removed were re-used in our garage and turned into new storage and a workbench
the microwave removed was sold on craigslist to someone who was matching their black GE appliances
low or no voc paint were used whenever available