Even as times have changed, the heart of your home is still the kitchen. It’s where food is made, drinks are poured, and snacks are readily available. And even though I have a tiny apartment (560sqft) my kitchen was no exception – it really is the heart of my home.
As most of us surely did during quarantine, we started to analyze our homes. The wall that has been scuffed for far too long, the mismatching bedding we let slide, and more often than not, we started to analyze even larger projects. Although my kitchen before was high quality, granite, etc. it was dark and didn’t open up to my space well. It always bugged me but I assumed it would take $20k alone to make it look better. I was wrong. Going through a contractor to coordinate all the bits and pieces for my kitchen would have added up, but I knew the elements I wanted to switch, and decided to do some of the dirty work (just Googling, as if I could pull out a countertop). Most importantly, I set a budget. Either I can do all of this for $10k or I will do none of it. Nothing would bother me more than another unfinished project.
What did I do to refresh my kitchen and stay within my $10k budget? I followed the 3 R’s; Refresh, Replace, and Revitalize. It’s important to note what areas are worthy of which. For instance, if I replaced my cabinets, I would have had to simply refresh my countertop with peel and stick. I made my choices, and they are below!
1. Refresh cabinets. Replacing my cabinets would have cost me my entire $10k budget, especially since they were custom sizes. Even replacing the doors alone would have been steep. I looked into painting my cabinets, and painting companies were quoting me $3500 as they remove them and spray paint. I thought I had tapped out of options, until I contacted a local painter and asked him what he thought. In no time, I had a quote for $1500 including paint, and he could do it within a day. Unlike other quotes I received, we didn’t remove the doors, we simply taped off the insides, removed the hardware and went on our way! In addition to painting the cabinets, I sourced our new hardware for the upper cabinets
and lower cabinets
for only $200, which made the doors look brand new. Home Depot had great options (online only, instore was very limited).
2. Replace countertop and backsplash. This job seemed like it would cost me the entire budget, but after sourcing out a few companies, I found FloForm who could do both the countertop
and the backsplash.
They came to my place, showed me the options for the countertop, backsplash, grout, and the quote came out to approx. $6000. I ended up with a Quartz countertop (more resistant to staining than marble), and a honeycomb backsplash with a darker grout (I like the honeycomb pattern and wanted it to pop).
3. Revitalize overlooked areas. I’ve never been one to pay attention to my faucet
They serve a function and tend to be overlooked, but as I was looking at my new kitchen design, I knew they needed to be elevated as well. I decided to go with an ultra deep sink (so when my dishes pile up you can hardly see them), and I invested in a faucet that made a statement. The gold tone of my faucet, matched with the gold tone of my new hardware. It really brought the look together. This was a bit pricey at $1500, but it finished off the project well.
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Written by: Elizabeth George
Owner of: The Undomesticated Blog