Hola! As promised, I am starting to unveil the process of the new kitchen today. For part 1 of this series, I want to show you all of the plans. It’s a lot to take in.
First, let’s start with a look at the original kitchen in all its dreadfulness. This is actually a picture from before we moved in. The first thing I notice (and hate) is how dark it is. Like dungeon dark. The black appliances, the cherry cabinets, the laminate floor all read about the same boring color scheme. We have already painted the walls an off-white and patched the many holes. The ceiling had spaghetti sauce spots all over it but those have been removed.
As you can see, we have many plans and new projects going on here. Notice the very small fridge. That is getting the overthrow. About the only surface not being changed is the cabinets. They are in great shape, and I was not allowed to paint or otherwise change them per the hubby. He wanted a Tuscan kitchen, and I wanted light and airy traditional with whimsical charm. As with any DIY between hubby and me, compromise is key. Otherwise, he will give me the guilt trip for a decade.
The new breakfast bar is the game changer of the kitchen. One of the things I hate about this bar is the proximity of the gas stove to the eating area. I (or my son) can literally stick their hand in the gas fire while eating Cheerios. To remedy this, the base of the bar will be extended to about where the lip of the current countertop stops. Then it will rise about six inches and a new breakfast bar will be added. The electrical outlets are being moved to up top for efficiency and safety. And the full bar will receive the full faux stacked-stone treatment. Finally, a new granite countertop will replace the ugly, burned, and peeling laminate ones. We are keeping the range due to cost. A new one would be around $1700 because it is bottom vented. I did order new grills though.
This picture is pretty self-explanatory, but the impact is gonna be so awesome! The biggest DIY question we have is what we will find under the peeling laminate that is behind the sink. We are convinced that there will be mold of some kind, but the extent is not entirely known at this point since it was like that when we moved in. Next week, I will show you how we extended the bar which is the first step in our process.
- Granite Counter tops and Sink : $4300
- Faucet : $79
- Cabinet Hardware : $167
- Airstone Kit and Breakfast Bar Wood: $350
- Fridge : $1038 (originally over $1900 before rebates and 30% off sale)
- Replacement Grills for Stove: $242 (full replacement would have been $1700)
- Miscellaneous and decor: $500
- Back Splash Tile: about $220 for 20 square feet plus grouting costs
- Paint: Already purchased for other project
Total: ~ $7000
Next week, I will be sharing how we extended and built the new bar. Thanks for stopping by!
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