$5000 Handbuilt Vintage Kitchen – The Budget Breakdown

A kitchen can be one of the priciest rooms to renovate or build. People regularly spend tens of thousands of dollars on their “heart of the home”. I knew from the start that I wanted to save money without compromising on quality. So how does one do that? With a lot of DIY, time to wait for the best deals, and working around the system. Anyway, you’ve all seen the pictures. Let’s get down to business!

Budget Breakdown:

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17 thoughts on “$5000 Handbuilt Vintage Kitchen – The Budget Breakdown

  1. Your kitchen is beautiful and I’m soo jealous of your floors. We looked into it for our basement and it was going to be $7-$8/sf. I do not understand why its so much more here, but oh well I guess we’ll go with normal flooring πŸ™‚

    1. Wow, that is a really big price jump! You can always look into doing it yourself should you feel comfortable. Though nothing’s wrong with “normal” flooring either!

  2. looks great! what was the original dimension of the plywood? home depot’s website has 2×4 and it seems to me that it will produce a lot of waste.
    Any chance you can guesstimate a price per one 2 doors floor cabinet?:-)
    did you use the same plywood for doors and drawers?
    I need to estimate the price somehow and see how it compares to ikea’s cabinets.

    1. Hm. I’m not sure which plywood you mean, for the carcasses, or the doors? For the cabinet boxes I used 4′ x 8′ 3/4″ plywood, ripped into two 22.5″ strips. The scrap piece was used for the braces, so it was a very efficient cut diagram. Since I was making 11 doors, I bought a half sheet of 1/4″ plywood, so 2′ x 4′. That was enough for all my door backing. I built 10 cabinets (with several shelves and drawers) for $800, including hardware, slides and paint. That comes out to roughly $80ish per cabinet, and that’s with the thick stuff all the way through. No particle board, super solid construction. Plus they’re formaldehyde free. You’ll have more of a time investment, but in the end you’re getting a much nicer, quality cabinet for less money. It’s a win-win!

      1. sorry I wasn’t clear. I meant the 3/4″ plywood for the frame. I googled purebond plywood and homedepot said that they have 2’x4′ sheets. I think 4×8 will be way more efficient. I guess I just need to go and see what HomeDepot or Lowes have in store, rather than the website. where did you buy your plywood?
        how do you like your ikea’s countertops? we were considering them also, but I was wondering how easily they get stained if the wine spills or something else that stain surfaces.
        Love your open shelves, but I am terrified of the upkeep of those and all the dust they are going to collect, at least in our house I don’t think it will fly:-)
        Thank you very much for all the details! Very impressive work and looks great.

          1. lol, I must be having a dumb day:-) if you cut 4’x8′ on the 22.5 wide strips that I will get exactly the same result from 2’x4′ pieces:-)

          2. PureBond can only be found at Home Depot, not Lowes. You should call your local store, I find hardware websites practically useless! So hard to navigate and never accurate. A 2′ x 4′ sheet would not be enough to make a cabinet. I used a full sheet (sometimes more, depending on shelves and width) for each cabinet. You should check out Ana’s website for the diagrams. Also, you don’t *have* to use PureBond, though it is competitively priced. Any cabinet-grade ply would do.

        1. I’m totally in love with the countertops so far. I’ve spilled coffee AND wine, and had no problems. I sealed them with 2 coats of the oil IKEA sells for them, and even left water sit on them too long while doing dishes with no stains yet. Also, you can stain them darker, and router the edges for a beautiful custom finish! Check out Pinterest for some ideas. And thank you for the compliments! I love this kitchen πŸ™‚

          1. good to know ( about the cabinets)!
            well if you cut 4×8 onto 22.5 inch strips you’ll end up with four 22.5″x4′, right? so if I get four 2’x4′ it will be the same, I assume. I will just have to shave 1.5″ off the width and will have exactly same pieces.

  3. I love this so much! I found you from Ana White’s site, and I just had to tell you how much I love your kitchen. My husband and I just bought our first home, which is a 100 + year old house that was last updated (and not done very well) in the late 40’s. Needless to say we will be ripping out everything and rebuilding the kitchen pretty much from top to bottom. It is super helpful to see your price breakdown, since we’ll definitely be doing it on a budget!

  4. OMG, THANK YOU for this. I want to build all my own cabinets and my friends think I’m nuts. It is so helpful to have examples of people who have done this and been successful (and built beautiful spaces to boot!). Your kitchen looks amazing!

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