Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Kitchen Sources and $$$

I thought I'd give you the sources for our kitchen remodel in case you want to copy anything.
I am giving you rough estimates on the costs. If you have never done a DIY you should know that you will always need $100-200 in miscellaneous costs. It is always the little things, a box of screws here, an extra trowel there, etc.

Painted Cabinets:

I sprayed my cabinets with a gravity feed sprayer and air compressor we already owned. I sanded them first with a mouse sander.

Behr Premium Plus Enamel in semi-gloss from HD in black (they have a true black they mix)=$25
Behr Premium Plus Enamel Primer tinted with black (which comes out grey)=$19
Painting supplies-plastic for paint booth, paper and tape to cover, foam rollers for cabinet boxes, etc=apx $30
Cabinet hardware from The Knob Shop on ebay=$55

Counter Tops:

NUMERÄR beech butcher block countertops from Ikea.=$427
I should warn you these countertops are rarely available. We were watching it and the hour they showed up as in stock my husband drove down and picked it up, and he got what was left as 2 people had beat him there.

Sandpaper in 3 different grits=$12

Sink and Faucet:

Ikea DOMSJO Double Bowl sink (apron front)=$312
Delta Leland Integrated Single Handle pull down faucet: $193

I love love love these two products. The sink is huge and deep and just pretty. The faucet was easy to install and it has a fantastic magnet and weight system so it never dangles.


New drywall=$12
3x6 glossy white subway tile from HD=$60
Unsanded bright white grout=$12
Thin set=$30
Trowels, floats, buckets, sponges, etc=$40


For curtain under cabinet and new treatments on kitchen and breakfast room windows. 3 yards (I should have bought more!) and lining. I got it 40% off at JoAnn Fabrics though it is a discontinued line so they don't sell this pattern online, only in some stores.
Better Homes and Gardens Jayda Bramble=$75


We ended up having to replace all of our light sockets, switches and plates because the tile is so white it made it look yellow=$60
Quart of wall paint for touch up. Valspar Signature Eggshell in Silver Leaf=$15

GRAND TOTAL=$1,404 plus incidentals and a couple of appliances. I didn't include appliances because, you need them or they don't and that's not very DIY. Considering we were looking at almost double this price for JUST granite countertops, I am thrilled!!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sweet Girl Room

I am on a blogging roll. I can only promise you this week however.

For today, baby girl's room which I think is lovely. Here is the story.
My poor daughter was a nomad and wanderer for the first year of her life. Our kids are less than 18 months apart and we had big dreams of moving our son into a big boy bed before she was born and giving her the crib in a shared room. He had a sweet little nursery and our daughter had…a pack and play in the office. She did eventually get her own room, but it was bare, and had a pack and play.

Finally the day came when she got her own room and a crib and even a little decorating attention. I shared the inspiration here. It didn't come to pass for nearly a year. But I finally got out the pencil and paint brush and freehanded a tree. Then I cut out some birds and a sun from scrapbook paper and modge-podged them on. My sister had a ton of these pom-poms at her wedding so I stole a few for our "clouds."

It makes for a sweet little reading area.

I suppose my husband must have continued to nurse some guilt because he came home one day and told me he found her a floor model bed on clearance at Pottery Barn Kids when he was there. Let me repeat - my husband was in PB Kids by his lonesome. I just want it on the record. You see, ever time we pass there and I want to go in he groans and complains and asks how he shall be rewarded. Now I know he secretly loves the place and I will never apologize again.

So in short (or long,) every little girl's dream bed was added to the room.

And just for kicks, here's the other side of the room.

The kitchen is KidCraft and is fabulous, I would highly recommend it if you are shopping for one. The shade for the semi-circle window is a paper shade and does the trick well for cheap. The little tulip chandelier is Target but probably no longer carried and the dresser/changing table was a garage sale find.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Kitchen Reveal

Sometimes projects take a little longer than you expect…and sometimes they actually move pretty quickly but then you take a long time to bother photographing it. I really need someone to teach me to take pictures of interiors, I did my best and they just don't do it justice!


Clearly the previous owners have a different overall style from ours.
And now {drumroll please}




Some details for your viewing pleasure:

Farmhouse sink and much beloved pull down faucet.

I plan to bring you more details this week on where we purchased our products, what we did and how much it all cost.

Meanwhile, I will be cooking up a storm! Something about a new great kitchen gets you inspired again for the every day grind.