This kitchen, however, is getting done first. Or sorta first. There's a few things going on simultaneously that I will also share with you soon.
There's a couple of reasons why this kitchen is on the top of the list. First, we have the money. I think that's important. We sold our old house at a small profit and are able to make some targeted improvements to this house with that money. Second, this house is newer, much newer than our old house, and hence does not need anything but cosmetics done. Big advantage over an older house. Finally, when we were looking at houses this one, by far, had the ugliest counters, but overall it was my husband's first choice. We ended up choosing this one but with the caveat that we would be replacing at least the counters very quickly.
Unasked for Opinion Alert: Now I cannot stress how important I think it is to really sit down and talk about your money and your budget with your spouse. My husband and I literally sat at the dining room table right after doing the bills, took our bank account balance, our wish list, our need list for the upcoming months and went through each item. This way both of us know where we stand, and we can agree as a team on where to spend our money. I completely believe that successful marriages depend on both parties having equal knowledge and say in all major decisions. I believe that your family is like a little company and everyone should be working together toward the common goals of the family. I have seen a few of our friends and families marriages fall apart when only one spouse controls the cash or each spouse is doing their own thing. Okay enough soapbox.
Here is what my kitchen looks like now. It is nice and the layout is functional, however...
|This shows 3 good reasons for some updates. I think it is obvious but the hunter green counters, the brass pulls, and the worn out builder's grade oak cabinets are just too 1988 for me.|
|This is the light above the island. It has a matching chandelier over the table. Soon to be found on craigslist:)|
|This is the stove and cooktop. I still don't get why you would do these 2 separate appliances versus a free standing range. Maybe this way you get to have more of the lovely green counter???|
Here is my inspiration photo. I have wanted black counters with white cabinets forever. I always thought I would do some kind of blue-green glass tile backsplash but after seeing this picture I think the marble subway tile is not only gorgeous but will stay relevant for much longer. I will probably paint the walls a very light blue-green color.
|via My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia|
So I wanted to share my budget and my plan to rid my kitchen of the big green beast. I have $10000 to spend and I really would love to do it for less.
First I made my wish list:
1. New Counters.
2. Tile Backsplash.
3. New appliances.
4. Paint cabinets.
5. Paint walls.
6. New drawer/cabinet pulls.
7. New lighting over island/table.
8. Remove glass shelving from window.
9. New window treatment.
10. Add lighting to inside of glass cabinet.
11. New faucet.
12. New sink.
13. Add beadboard to island.
When I first made this list I had it in my head that the counters would be at least $7500. I don't know why that is just what I thought. Low and behold I got an actual estimate and the counters are going to be closer to $3000. Woo hoo!! Now I can afford to change out all the appliances.
Call me nerdy but when I have big projects with a lot of things to keep track of I like to make an excel spreadsheet. This way I know what is done, what I have spent, etc. It isn't anything fancy but it is enough to keep me organized and on budget. Keeping track of money spent in your head just doesn't work. Seeing it in black and white forces you to evaluate your purchases and helps you make better decisions.
You can see that I already bought my new appliances. I did that because the company installing the counters won't do their final measurements until you have all your appliances in place. Also because I am getting a new freestanding range instead of just replacing the current cooktop situation I need the handyman to do some minor carpentry to the cabinets. At the same time, I am also going to have him install the appliances because it is cheaper for him to do it than having the appliance company do it when they deliver.
In order to stay within my budget I am going to paint the cabinets myself. This sucks. I have painted the kitchens in our previous homes and doing the cabinets sucks. It is a lot of work. It takes hours and hours and makes a huge mess of your kitchen for an extended time period. I may get an estimate on having a professional paint them just to see if I can squeeze the money out of the budget. Otherwise, if I have to do it that part will just wait until after the holidays.
So the overall timeline is to get the appliances, counters, sink, faucet and backsplash in by Thanksgiving. I'll keep you posted on my progress but wish me luck. If anyone has any tips or suggestions please share. I can use all the help I can get.
~ Gold Shoe Girl ~