Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kitchen Remodel

I have drafts of all these things I was thinking about blogging about. Then I just never have the desire to finish. Who knows, this post might end up in the blog post graveyard with the rest of them, but I'll try to stick it out to the end.
My attempt at another post will be to describe the work we've done to our kitchen. Yeah this is not the most entertaining subject, but it's something I want to remember, so this is mostly for my own good. Here is what we did.

 We started with the most AWFUL kitchen you can imagine. We knew from the beginning that it was gross... and for some reason we wanted to buy the house and remodel it. Well, the cabinets were falling apart, and the counter-tops had laminate tiles stuck (and ripping off) of them. They laid different colored and different shaped tiles for the floor. The back splash had pictures of buckets and watering cans. what? And the walls were all pink.
     When we started demolition, there were another 5 layers of flooring they never removed. And I kid you not, full on NESTS of dead cockroaches behind the cabinets AND back splash. I couldn't go near any of that. I made Jake do it all. So Gross. We did get rid of them though.

     Once everything was down, we started created the kitchen we wanted.We changed the floor plan of the kitchen, so we had to rewire the dishwasher through the floor. That is really the only trouble we had with that. Though we did replace the sub-floor that was under the dishwasher because there was water damage. All we had to do was cut our the original and nail down a new piece. Changing the floor plan really opened up the space though and also allowed us to also add an island.
     We then painted the walls. We ordered cabinets, stained and installed them ourselves. My Uncle Mike came and showed Jake how to do that and helped us get started.
(These were our cabinet helpers. What handsome brothers.)
Then my cousin Levi showed Jake how to install the flooring and he laid the pad and got it all set in a day.

     We had granite counter tops installed as well. This was by far the most expensive part of our kitchen, but we decided that is what we wanted. We absolutely love them and they were so worth the money. Finally, my Dad helped us to install our tile back splash and grout it. We just put on plate covers and finishing touches and we were done!

     We have our beautiful kitchen now and we couldn't be happier! We do realize the white stove does not match too. We're just past caring for the time being.

Here are the specs on our kitchen remodel.
Cabinets were purchased for- $1000!
Stain, Paint, and Supplies- $100
Floor and Pad- $300
Granite Counter-tops- $2200
Fancy Plate Covers- $40 
Sub-Floor- $10
Back-splash and Grouting supplies- $130
Microwave- $170
Stove- Came with the House
Dishwasher and Fridge- We found free! 

Total for Entire Kitchen Remodel-  $3,950

1 comment:

  1. Kels your kitchen turned out so great! We are looking at houses right now and I am so scared of ones that need kitchen remodels. This is so inspiring, and makes it seem possibl