This kitchen remodel preceded Hammer & Moxie, so we don’t have comprehensive, quality photos of the step-by-step process. We’ve attempted to recount the experience in as much detail as possible, but we’re relying on fuzzy memories and fuzzier cell phone photos. Though this isn’t intended to be a tutorial, please feel free to ask how-to questions in the comments.
Kitchen Renovation, Part 1: Planning & Permits
Kitchen Renovation, Part 2: Breaking Things & Building Things
Kitchen Renovation, Part 3: The Reveal
Six months older and several dollars poorer, we finished the kitchen renovation. Well, I use the term “finished” loosely. As is prone to happen with projects, finishing touches went unfinished for, um, years. Baseboards remained in the basement until this past summer. Paint touch-ups went untouched for that same span. The toe kicks, which will only take 15 minutes to properly install, still are not affixed to the cabinet legs. When you’ve poured six months of your life into something and it’s otherwise perfectly functional, it can be hard to find the motivation to tie up loose ends. We’ve conveniently omitted these unfinished details from the photos. And with no further ado . . .
Well, here it is, complete with homemade concrete countertops, resized windows, mini subway tile backsplash, Ikea cabinets, reclaimed wood breakfast bar, shelving, and faux beam, and stainless appliances. As mentioned in an earlier post, Leslie and I did everything you see ourselves with the exception of the window installation and gas line for the range.
Let’s take a look at some of the details:
There you have it.
So let’s ring all this up:
|Cabinets||$5000||$4200||Ikea (on sale)|
|Faucet & Soap Dispenser||$200||$275||Amazon|
|Lighting||$500||$700||Lowe’s & Schoolhouse Electric|
|Windows & Installation||$1500||$1120||Local Installer|
|Stainless Steel Backsplash||$0||$120||Amazon|
|Subway Tile Backsplash||300||300||Lowe’s|
|Drywall, Tape, Mud||250||250||Lowe’s|
|Lumber & Misc. Materials||$500||$1500||(Approximation)|
|Permits||$350||$350||City of St. Louis|
The DIY countertops helped us come in way under budget, allowing us to add some extras elsewhere (like an upgraded range). And, of course, we picked up a few-hundred-dollars-worth of tools along the way that aren’t reflected in the budget.
If anything you see here inspires your own kitchen remodel, please be sure to drop us line. We want to see it.