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I realize this is a long time coming… I wanted to do the reveal in March of 2018, when we had pretty much completed everything. There were a few small details we hadn’t completed yet, so I put it off; however, we still haven’t completed those details, so I wanted to share where we are currently at with the kitchen remodel, which is 90% complete!
Those of you who have done renovations, know how easy it is to stop at 80-90% completion because everything looks pretty much finished, even if you do have some uncovered outlets, unpainted ceilings, and caulking that still needs to be finished…
Kitchen – BEFORE
Here is a little walk back memory lane, to what our kitchen looked like before we gave it a clean, fresh look! As you can see, it wasn’t the most inviting space. It wasn’t horrible by any means, but it needed a little help.
Our small kitchen went through a major overhaul in the winter of 2018. You can read a post from when we first started the renovation here. It was technically a small renovation, since we did not change the layout, we kept the same floors, we didn’t move any walls, etc., but in appearance it looks completely different, which could not make me any happier! I was very much over the old oak cabinets, the gross sink, the chipping laminate counter top. It was our first real renovation project as a couple, and it was definitely stressful at times, but we are so happy with the new kitchen. It makes a big difference in your overall mood to have a fresh, clean space to work in.
We did the renovation ourselves, with a modest budget, of about $2,500. Since we did not order everything all at once, it’s hard to do the cost breakdown. Aside from the fridge, everything came out to about $2,000 (counters, cabinets, lighting, paint, hardware, sink, faucet, back-splash, and the shiplap for the lower cabinet). That did not include the fridge, which we ordered after completing everything else. The fridge was about $1,000, so factoring that in, we spend about $3,000 total on the kitchen. It’s hard to factor in appliances when considering how much it would cost to do something similar, since appliances have a large cost range. For example, when we were looking at fridges, we came across many that were over $4,000, which was almost double our entire renovation!
Kitchen – During Renovation
The renovation took us a just a couple of months in total. We started the demo work on December 31st, 2017, and had a use-able kitchen by February. The biggest delays in the process were waiting for items to be delivered, and having to order replacement items for anything that was damaged or missing. It’s also good to keep in mind that many things have to be done in a certain order, which can delay the process a little bit.
A Look at our Updated Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
Here it is friends, the reveal of our updated kitchen! It may be a small space, but it accomplishes all that we need it to. We do plan to add minimal open shelving around the window, over the sink, but I am still deciding which route to take.
I think my favorite part of the renovation is the details, which also add important functions to the kitchen. Our spice rack is so convenient, all my most commonly used spices are on it, and I don’t have to go digging in the pantry to find them. The pot and pan rack is also incredibly useful. I wrote a blog post about how to quickly create this, that you can check out here. It is so much easier to quickly find what I need, and then be able to put it away immediately after washing it (it can air dry hanging on the rack, yay!). I also love having a counter compost bin, we bought ours through Amazon.
We love our coffee bar! We’ve actually had it since just after we moved in, but we updated the decor quite a bit during our kitchen renovation. We followed a tutorial through Live Simply, and could not be happier with the results!
Without it, we would constantly be running out of counter space as well as storage space. Our coffee bar holds not only our nespresso and coffee makers, but also our microwave, kitchen aid mixer, bulk food storage, and baskets full of tea towels, cloth napkins, oven mits, etc.
Life in the New Kitchen
We have been so happy with the results of the renovation. There really isn’t anything we would change. My favorite parts are the upper cabinets from IKEA, the large double sink, and the new fridge. I also LOVE having fresh, clean counter tops. We are really happy with the butcher block counters, and we saved a lot money by going this route.
That’s all for now friends! I hope you enjoyed reading about our kitchen renovation. I would love to answer any questions in the comments below.
All my best,
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