$10,000 Kitchen Remodel and looking for advice
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:
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!