I was so nervous/excited to *finally* share our finished kitchen with all of you – thank you so much for all of your encouragement & support! It means the world to me! Make sure you scroll all of the way to the bottom to see how much our DIY kitchen remodel cost:
Updated to add: This was our first kitchen remodel, but we did it AGAIN a year later in our “forever home” (a 1902 Victorian fixer upper)! Come see how we designed our new kitchen – you won’t believe the transformation!
A few important things about this kitchen:
- We paid for all of it out of pocket. This is one of the reasons why it took us 6 months to complete- we did projects as we had money to do them. I’m a SAHM & my husband works at a seminary, so we definitely don’t have a lot of extra funds.
- We don’t have any formal training, but we did everything ourselves except for the flooring & minor electrical work.
- This took a lot of time. We worked on it most weekends for 5 months. We started the project when our baby was 4 months old. (yes, we’re crazy)
- We really wouldn’t have been able to do it without our families. They helped with many weekend projects – and helped watch our little guy while we worked in the next room!
- This kitchen is far from perfect. Like any DIY project, there are “flaws” wherever you look. But we’re so happy with how much money we were able to save while still ending up with a beautiful kitchen!
I’ve compiled some affiliate links for budget-friendly ways to shop my kitchen:
Here’s a breakdown of the big pieces of the room:
- We ripped out the upper cabinets to open up the space, but kept the lower cabinets in. We sanded, primed, painted (3 coats), and polyurethaned them. The hardware is from Lowe’s.
- I won’t repost all of the details like I did in this post about our open shelving pantry, but here’s the short version.
- For the entire kitchen:
- 6 pine boards (cut down at our local hardware store)
- 3 brackets for each board – best price found at IKEA for $6 a bracket
- The most expensive part of our kitchen remodel was our flooring. We originally planned on ripping up the vinyl & carpet that was in the kitchen when we moved in, and then hiring someone to refinish the existing wood floors that were under the vinyl. BUT after a lot of headache, it was determined that the floors weren’t in good enough condition to refinish, and we needed to move to plan B.
- We picked out Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) after we spent time at the flooring store and they told us that it was a more durable choice (and the same price point) as laminate flooring. We used “Adura Dockside” and I cannot tell you how much I am in LOVE with it.
- These floors are super durable, look amazing, and will last a very very long time.
- We actually hadn’t planned on getting new appliances for the kitchen when we started the renovation. Although the appliances were very old when we bought the house, we were going to wait until they fizzled out to replace them.
- The dishwasher died a few weeks before we started the renovation. Figures. We lived without a dishwasher for a few months, and then my parents graciously gifted us with a dishwasher for Christmas!
- Around the same time, our flooring was getting done. The flooring people (not from Roy Lomas) damaged our range, and we decided to take advantage of after-Christmas sales to get a new range.
- Did you notice in the pictures that there is no refrigerator?? We didn’t get rid of it, I promise. It’s actually down a step to the left of our kitchen.
- When we moved to the house, we made the coat closet into a pantry. When we moved our pantry into our kitchen, we moved the refrigerator into the coat closet (we knocked out some of the wall to make it fit).
- It actually works out really well – it’s not far…here’s a picture of what I see when I’m cooking at the range:
- What really makes this arrangement work is that area of countertop next to the range – it’s our place to put things that need to go back in the fridge, or just got taken out of the fridge. It just works!
- Of course – after moving the beast, she’s dying on us. Stay tuned for a new refrigerator …
- We were planning on buying butcher block from IKEA – and then my parents realized that they were doing a kitchen remodel of their own at their lake cabin, and they were going to be throwing away their butcher block! Craziness!
- When we knocked down the upper cabinets, we found lots of piping underneath. No fun. We played around with the idea of leaving them exposed, but decided that for safety reasons we were going to cover them back up.
- We got a quote from our handyman for $1000 to build a soffit & a column – yikes! We definitely didn’t have that money to spend. SO, we researched how to build a soffit online, found a good resource, and went from there!
- The actual soffit is framed with 2×4’s, and then drywalled. The column itself is made of solid wood.
I think it turned out pretty darn good – especially since we had no idea what we were doing going into the project!
Ok – so I think that about covers it for the big items in the kitchen. Here’s our source list for everything in the kitchen:
Shop this kitchen with these links:
- Grater: thrifted
- Trifle bowl: yard sale
- Wooden bowl: IKEA (similar one here)
- Frame: thrifted & painted with chalkboard paint
- Lighting fixture: Restoration Hardware Outlet (such great deals!) (similar ones here)
- Fake plant & planter: IKEA
- Lined Basket: Kohl’s (similar ones here)
- Frame: thrifted & mat spray-painted – whisk drew on with a sharpie
- Glasses: Amazon
- Measuring cups: Target clearance – FINALLY found another set online!
- Hurricane vases: West Elm
- Candle: IKEA
- Toaster: Amazon
- Soap dispenser: IKEA
- Handsoap: Grove Collaborative – awesome deals!
- Existing sink was put into the new countertop
- Wooden spoons: various sources – stored in a mason jar
- Basket: Ross
- Microwave: hand-me-down from my brother’s grad school dorm room. Gross? Eh. I say resourceful
- Copper planter: gifted with bulbs a few years ago
- Wooden Blinds: IKEA
- Basket: Zulily (LOVE finding deals on this site)
- Creamer container: Ross (similar here)
- Silver dish: thrifted
- Cake Stand: Ross (similar here)
- Cheese serving set: gift from my husband years ago
- White plate: Ross
- Lantern: Hobby Lobby (similar here)
- Dishes: IKEA
- I need to tell you that I LOVE the simplicity of these dishes – and the fact that they are so inexpensive! They’ve held up great while we’ve used them for over a year so far!
- Bread Basket: Kohl’s
- Olive Oil glass container: IKEA
- Serving pitcher with flowers: yard sale
- Wooden fruit bin: Ross
- Copper fruit bowl: thrifted
- Mugs: IKEA, Ross, West Elm & from a favorite vacation coffee shop
- White trio of storage containers: Target (a few years ago on clearance – similar at Target)
- Spice Rack: online yard sale (I added washi tape labels)
- Lighting fixture: Home Depot (very similar one at Wayfair)
- Table: Free from my parent’s basement (originally made in Lancaster)
- Chairs: Free from my in-law’s neighbor who was getting rid of things before she moved
- Blinds: IKEA
- Light Fixture: IKEA
- Bench/chest: Free (full post on how I refinished it here)
- For all the details about our open shelving pantry – please read this comprehensive post
COST BREAKDOWN & GRAND TOTAL
OK – I totaled up the cost of the entire renovation for your curiosity as well as mine.
- Flooring (total for materials & installation): $1,318
- Electrical work: $160
- Appliances: $580
- Lighting Fixtures: $133.95
- Hardware: $39.76
- Blinds: $80.97
- Brackets: $108
- Décor/storage: $141.11
- Butcher block: free
- Kitchen table/chairs: free
- Paint/lumber/tools/construction supplies: $833.49
The GRAND TOTAL for the ENTIRE KITCHEN: $3,395.28
I don’t want to brag, but I think I might for just a minute. This took 6 months of work. It was a LOT of work. But for spending under $3500 on the entire space, I think it is pretty amazing – and so worth it.
TO SEE MORE PICTURES OF OUR FIRST HOME, CLICK HERE FOR A TOUR
If you’re interested in seeing pictures and reading posts from throughout the remodel – here they are:
THANK YOU for being a part of this makeover, especially my Instagram friends, who put up with my updates for months! It has been so much fun sharing all of this with you!
This post contains affiliate links, but only for products I have used and have loved. Full disclosure here.