This has been a long time coming. From the day we moved in I hated this kitchen. The weird, funky, useless island with doors that wouldn’t close, the ugly oak color, the green granite with turquoise tile and of course the pink huge exhaust fan the hung from the ceiling uggh!! Mr Big has been dreading this renovation. It was going to be a total gut job. In the end, only the refrigerator and sink base are from the original layout. Habitat Restore and Craigslist were great friends during this reno…..
For the longest time I wanted an off white kitchen, but factory cabinets are pricey and with so many teenagers in the house I really didn’t feel painted cabinets would stand the durability test. I decided to sand down and stain the cabinets we already had and someday when we are empty nesters I will paint them all the color I really want.
Sink base before and after
We used provincial stain, as we have done in the whole house. I added iron inserts from Ross/Hobby Lobby into the window and cabinets. We also added a faux beam to the ceiling. I intend on adding a few more! Laminate rustic flooring replaced the scratched up bamboo floor. We added a new pantry door, a $25 Craigslist find. I just had to stain it and had the iron buttons.
Mr. Big built the island himself! It is 5′ x 9′ of much needed work space. We entertain a ton, I don’t know how we did it before. The most expensive thing in the kitchen was the granite. Similar styles to ours were running $75 a foot. We found ours through a wholesaler for about $25 a foot. I really love the colors.
The refrigerator built-in was made from a $15 oven cabinet from Craigslist that we covered in bead board and changed out the cabinet doors. The Subzero was $450 from the restore. I sanded and stained the panels then added the bead board. I love the look of stainless but was sick of cleaning all the smudges and fingerprints everyday. It just scratches to easy with our big family. I wanted a refrigerator that looked more like a piece of furniture. I took the top piece off an old entertainment center we had and stained it to match. Mr. Big built the enclosure and added a small broom closet to the end. The warming drawer was new at a sears outlet for $99 and the microwave was a scratch and dent for $200 from an appliance warehouse sale. The dishwasher was from Lowes for $500
The 60″ double 24″griddle wolf range was a great find from Craigslist. It was my dream stove, I never thought we would be able to afford one. The difference in cooking on this range is really unbelievable. This came from a vacation home in Aspen, It was hardly used, their personal chef didn’t like the burner layout and wanted something different. Oh the problems of the wealthy lol. We bought it for $3k, a great price considering they were running about 10k online even for the older model. The negative side is it weighs almost 900 lbs. After driving 6 hours to get it, moving the back breaker into the kitchen was not so fun lol. I didn’t like the black knobs so I ordered red ones ($150 ouch) and it gave it more of an updated look. The added pot filler ($130) has come in very handy. We use a lot of spices so keeping with the furniture theme I had Mr. Big build spice racks ($70) that look like legs around the stove. We used the same legs around the sink.
We had old sliding doors ( forgot to take the pix) after the remodel they just didn’t fit in. $50 Craigslist oak double doors stained to match makes the entrance more substantial.
All in we spent around 12k. We got a lot of bang for our buck. Considering some HGTV kitchen renos run 50K+.LOL Mr. Big would pass out if I said 50k anything. The kitchen is now an entertainers dream. We have had a ton of parties and have yet to run out of room. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!