$10,000 Kitchen Remodel and looking for advice

tedforseFebruary 6, 2014

My husband and I moved into our first home (a foreclosure) last year. We loved most things about the house except for the small kitchen. After a couple of months of living here, I casually asked what he thought about knocking down a wall and doubling the size of the kitchen and doing the entire project ourselves. Surprisingly enough, he entertained the idea and we began watching YouTube videos and following blogs to learn how to DIY... yes, this was our first project and we did not own any tools before starting. We set a budget of $10,000 and decided that if we could not do it for that, then we would have to live with the kitchen we had. After a lot of shopping around, we figured out a way to get our new kitchen!

On move in day:

After renovations:

We still need to install our under cabinet lighting and backsplash. I am stumped on what type of back splash to do so if anyone has recommendations, let me know! In order to save money, we kept our sink and refrigerator where they were in the old kitchen. The old pantry was turned into a nook with a desk while the new pantry was built using the existing doors to the office by adding a wall to the back.

Because I found other posts' sources helpful when I was planning our kitchen, here are some links to what we used.

Floors-Select Surfaces Canyon Oak from Sam's Club ($500)
Cabinets- Bristol Oatmeal from Shoppingcabinets.com ($4000)
Granite- New Venetian Gold from H&Y Granite Depot ($2500 installed)
Lighting- 8 recessed lights and dimmer switch from Lowe's ($125)
Faucet- Templeton Pullout in Satin Nickel from Overstock but not available currently ($80)
Paint- Upwards by Sherwin Williams
Other expenses included installing a new window, paying an electrician to run a new 220v line to the stove, drywall, wire, supplies to build the pantry and nook, and money set aside to purchase the backsplash when we decide what we want!

***Our appliances were purchased as soon as we moved in as the old appliances did not work so the $3,000 spent on them at Sears was not counted in our kitchen renovation budget.

I found this forum so helpful when I was planning so I hope you enjoy the transformation and let me know if you have any questions with your own!

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Would love suggestions for a back splash for this kitchen. The granite color is New Venetian Gold. Thanks in advance!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 12:14PM
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Amazing job on a budget. Looks like twice that much was spent! Congrats on a job well done :)

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 12:59PM
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Wow, amazing kitchen! Love the pantry and new French door especially but everything is just beautiful!
How about a white subway tile? I have seen a display at lowes with plain white subway tile against a granite counter and thought it was lovely. It won't distract from your gorgeous counters.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 1:22PM
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Wow, nicely done! I am so impressed at the beautiful job you did.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 2:23PM
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Your new kitchen is just wonderful. Goes to show that if you want something bad enough, you do what it takes to make it happen. Now you have the skills to tackle other projects!
Congratulations on a job well done.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 2:33PM
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Very impressive! Congratulations!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 3:25PM
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What a wonderful kitchen you created!!! All the more special because you did it yourselves (and taught yourselves how so you could take on this project!).

Enjoy it!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 4:18PM
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Wow!!! What an impressive change! You did a lovely job and should be proud. Duo much more enjoyable than the previous design.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 6:20PM
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Well done! I love the color scheme, and it looks so open and inviting.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 9:17PM
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Wow, you really added a lot of value and style to your home, congrats! Love the colors and warm/cool balance. I wonder how a silver travertine would look with your counters?

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 9:39PM
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WOW! What you did, on a limited budget, should be in one of the kitchen magazines as inspiration, showing you don't have to spend 50K to get a beautiful new kitchen. Great work!

I would use a tile in the same blue color family as your blue paint.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 11:11PM
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Congratulations and what a great job, and a tremendous effort put forth!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 11:26PM
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It is encouraging that such a beautiful outcome can result from that budget! It's warm and homey.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 11:54PM
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$10,000? How much did you actually contract out?

It is an absolutely amazing transformation.
Just beautiful.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 11:55PM
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Great transformation and great that you did all the work yourself.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2014 at 12:30AM
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WOW - what an awesome transformation. I'm speechless!!!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2014 at 12:55AM
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Wow, I am impressed. A beautiful & functional DIY at such an affordable cost. I think you should stick around here to advise & help others!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2014 at 7:38AM
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Thanks so much for the kind words from everyone! I have been a lurker on this board for awhile and thought it would be nice to share our makeover and answer questions for anyone else in the planning stages.

CEFreeman- We paid for 3 things... an electrician to run a new 220 line to our stove ($200 labor & $50 wire), a mason to rebrick a small area on the outside of the house after we installed a new window (smaller size to allow for the counter to run underneath) ($500), and the granite but I included their installation price in the price of the granite above.

We both took one week off work and then used every evening and weekend from demo until we had a usable kitchen which was about 4 weeks and another 4 weeks once we slowed down our pace and worked on finishing up things on the weekends.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2014 at 9:58AM
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Thanks for all of the tile suggestions as well! I am having a hard time visualizing everything so I might go to the Tile Shop this weekend and pick up one of each of the tiles you suggested- white subway, silver travertine, and light blue tile to test them out in the kitchen.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2014 at 10:02AM
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For tile, if you have a "Floor & Decor" nearby, I recommend going there.

I found the selection to be huge - much greater and prices less than half compared to the "Tile Shop." F&D is great about sample returns - within 30 days.

Service varies greatly. Sometimes you just need to keep asking different people until you find the right person. I found, in general, the older they are/look, the more knowledgable/helpful they are.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2014 at 10:35AM
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Very nice! Like the message center.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2014 at 11:51AM
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mdln- Thanks for the recommendation. I just searched and the closest store is about 2 hours away. Their prices do look great so if I can determine what I want, I may order online.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2014 at 12:06PM
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Not sure I would recommend ordering on-line, it is so hard to determine colors. However, I do think it is worth a 2-hour trip. Would bring samples (paint, cab door, etc.) and have measurements - so only need to make one trip. Maybe go early in AM, walk around, go have lunch, & return to make decision/purchase.

The tile I selected is $1.69 SF (vs $4.58 SF at tile store).

I went to The Tile Store, Century Tile, and 3 other local stores - none came close to the selection of Floor & Decor. My only criticism is sometimes the customer service is lacking. However, I just try to keep the prices in mind.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2014 at 12:39PM
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Lovely, lovely transformation. I love the budget!

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 8:49AM
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Wow! Amazing. I would do a simple subway tile backsplash. But, I tend to be boring.

Love your tator bin on wheels. Where did you get it?

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 9:49AM
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Very lovely!! Nice transformation.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 1:11PM
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wow - fantastic work at a rock-bottom budget. I'm impressed that you took on this project with little experience. DH and I are not that brave! Lovely

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 1:55PM
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I love the new kitchen. It looks fabulous. Great choices and professional results. I am curious how you got the granite for such a great price? How many sq. ft do you have? I have to replace some granite on one section and the island in my kitchen. Today I got the quote for over 3K for 50 square feet includes install, cut outs, tax and tear out and haul away old, which was not that much. I'm dismayed by the price. It was 50 dollars sf, so not top of the line. If I did the whole kitchen it would add another 30 square ft. so I'm just sticking with the same kind. I have to change out the granite because of a mishap, long story⦠You and DH did a great job!! That was a good get on your granite!! Congrats you did really well, it's all just beautiful.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 7:33PM
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Wow, I'm in awe! Thank you so much for posting your costs. I am in the research stage now for our kitchen and seeing what you did gives me some hope i can do this on a budget. I'm going to check out where you got your cabinets. Were there any problems with getting the cabinets online? Are you happy with the quality (They look great).

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 8:20PM
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I had to come back and look at this lovely make over. It's so dramatic!

Really impressive, too, how much you handled yourselves. You inspire me!

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 9:48PM
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Lovely job.

Since your finishes are fairly neutral, I would also suggest checking if any of your local tile stores have a "back room" with overstocks and special order returns.

We did that on our last 2 kitchens and were able to find just what we wanted and it was a great price. It also seems to help focus on a smaller universe of possibilities, but since all are in budget, is very freeing at the same time.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 10:22PM
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Great job! I am very impressed with all of the work that you did.

For the backsplash, since you have a lot of variation in the countertop, I would do more of a solid color, subway tile maybe for the backsplash. I would pick one of the colors that is in the granite so that it complements your granite.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 10:53PM
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Wow, nice job and LOVE YOUR PANTRY! That was supposed to be my pantry!.

I rather like the wall color with your counter and cabs but tile would be nice, too. No help in what kind... could never hardly decide myself... way too much out there.

Your kitchen is very lovely.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2014 at 1:01AM
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red_lover- I saw a similar one on Pinterest so I bought the crate at Michael's, stained with with a Walnut stain, painted the letters, and then added caster wheels to the bottom.

gr8day- Our granite price was $37 per square foot installed and we had 65 square feet. It was cheaper than other places I looked at but we also went with a basic color so most of the other granites were more expensive. We live in Ohio so the price difference could be regionally based.

cani123- The cabinets were the most frustrating part of the process but then again, we needed to order 22 of them so we needed to find some that were in our budget. $4,000 was about 1/4 of the cost of what we were quoted at HD. In the midst of our major remodel, it was a poor choice to assemble the cabinets ourselves. Some of the cabinets came drilled wrong or with missing parts. The company was happy to replace them quickly but we should have paid the extra cost to have the company send them already assembled. After installed, we have been happy with them. We especially like the self closing drawers and doors. I would say they are similar to IKEA in quality but I did not like the modern look for IKEA which is why I went with these.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2014 at 8:27PM
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