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!
Vintage Gas Range – 450 (1950’s Magic Chef found on Craigslist in perfect working condition)
Refrigerator – 965 (We already owned this refrigerator, purchased from the as-is section at Lowes
Dishwasher – 505 (I scored it on mega-sale at Best Buy as a open item)
Vintage Cast Iron Sink – 275 (We found the sink for $50 on Craigslist and paid $225 to have it resurfaced)
Stained Concrete Flooring – 460 (this is an estimate based on the square footage of our kitchen, the whole house has stained floors
Island Misc Supplies – 50 (beadboard, trim and 3 legs)
Cabinets – 825 (this includes Purebond Plywood, trim, door lumber, hinges, door slides and paint, built from scratch)
Island Top – 565 (20 gauge stainless steel fabricated from a local welder, Galisco Welding)
Countertops – 300 (IKEA Numerar butcher block countertops)
Shelving – 150 (7 sets of Cable Shelf Brackets from the Container Store, free reclaimed oak from my dad’s barn stash)
Hardware – 20 (two packs of 10 knobs for $10 each from Target)
Faucet – 100 (Overstock.com Wall Mount Kitchen Faucet)
Pendants – 60 (IKEA Ottava pendants)
Pendant converters – 50 (two kits to convert can lights to pendant lights)
Island electrical – 15 (supplies to build in plugs in the island)
Venthood – 120
Veggie cabinet – 45
Dishwasher trim – 15 (Kickplate and trim around dishwasher)
Venthood cover – 30 (one quarter sheet of 1/2″ plywood and 1×2 trim)
Total – 5000
And to answer a few pending questions…
The color of the island is Olympic’s Burning Bush. It’s utterly glorious. The absolute perfect shade of red, not too cherry, not too maroon. I brushed on three coats of paint followed by three coats of polyurethane.
The cabinet color is Grey Marble by Olympic. Again, I brushed on three coats of paint then three coats of poly.
This range was a rather risky buy. It had already been disconnected when I picked it up, but I trusted the seller on an instinct. It worked out in my favor, but I think it’s probably wise to test it before you buy it! Luckily all the burners work and there are no leaks. Still, to be on the safe side, I turn the gas on and off before and after cooking, never leaving it on. It’s a minor inconvenience (the shut off valve is located in the lower cabinet) to ensure that we don’t run the risk of a slow leak of gas. Call me crazy, but sometimes I like to stay on the safe side, especially when it only costs a few extra seconds of time. Also, as I live in the country and not on city gas mains, I called our local propane provider to make the orifice adjustments for me (converting it from natural gas to liquid propane). Doing it improperly can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, so it’s not anything I’m comfortable trying myself since I’m unexperienced with servicing antique gas appliances 😉 Keep that in mind if you plan on purchasing a vintage or antique gas appliance.
The sink was my pride and joy. I searched for months online and at antique shops looking for just the right one. I wanted one with a drainboard, and a unique feel to it. I found this one for $50 outside College Station and it was rather worse for wear in the photo. However when we cleaned it up we found that the rust didn’t damage any of the metal, which was awesome! My FIL is a plumber and recommended a great resurfacer, who cleaned up the sink and patched the damaged areas for a very affordable $225. Getting a sink re-enameled can cost upwards of $4-500, so I was thrilled to stay under my $300 budget overall. These sinks aren’t easily found, so be ready to look for a while. Trust me, it’s worth the wait!
I am head over heels in love with this floor. It’s stained concrete by Artistic Impressions, in their walnut color. I love how varied all the tones are, it’s so much more interesting to me than tile or wood. At just $2.60 per square foot (stain, sealer, buffing and wax) it’s a total bargain for this luxe look. I’m so, so glad we hired out for this. They really make the space look so much more polished!
I hope I’ve answered all your questions. If you’re curious about any finishes or prices, leave me a comment or pop me an email and I’ll be sure to reply. And thank you so much for your support along the way! It means so much to me.