I’ve been busy with our kitchen project lately, and thought I’d share a little update.
We’re on the home stretch with our kitchen renovation. I think. I hope.
On the “done” list:
- Primed kitchen, 2 coats
- Painted kitchen and living room walls, 1 coat. We used Sherwin-Williams Muslin, but in Valspar and their no-VOC option.
- Painted kitchen and living room ceiling (free! The previous owners left an unopened 5-gallon bucket of ceiling paint behind. So we used that and already had other paint supplies).
- Painted kitchen baseboards, trim, pantry door
- Installed new ceiling lights
- Hired electrician to wire a wall for under-mount cabinet lights, and removed a section of cabinets so he could have access to that wall
- Bought sink faucet
- Bought new outlet covers
Our cabinets will be installed next week, and our counter tops the week after.
Still on the to-do list:
- Purchase backsplash tile and decide on an installer. I don’t wanna install this myself. Nope. Don’t wanna. Not gunna do it.
- Paint the kitchen and living room walls again. We’ll need one more coat to make sure everything is even and well-covered. Yay
- Paint living room baseboards and fireplace trim
- Select and purchase a garbage disposal (any strong opinions on this, anyone?)
- Return outlet covers. Ugh. I bought the wrong size! I need a size up to cover it properly. It’ll be worth it — the ones we’re replacing are faded, or started out off-white. We’re doing a brighter white. Plus, they won’t have paint drips on them :)
- Make a menu plan for the week we’ll be without water in the kitchen (so thinking about meal-prep…I want to make some meals ahead and plan things like sandwiches & salad)
Overall, my end of the work is wrapping up but I’m still feeling a little bit of stress about that whole painting/house in disarray thing. My husband has done much of the painting lately, as I don’t want to get up on ladders anymore. Plus, the repetitive motion of painting just doesn’t feel good for this third-trimester body of mine.
When I reflect on the project in terms of the budget, we’re spending way more than we originally anticipated back when we were daydreaming about a new kitchen.
For instance, we decided to add under-cabinet lighting. The lights themselves totaled around $70 which isn’t bad at all — but I had to pay an electrician so we can hard-wire the lights rather than have plugs dangling. And, we had to pay for an extra piece of lower-cabinet trim to help hide the light fixtures from view. Those two elements turned the under-mount lighting aspect into roughly $450 extra to the project.
And, though I had an ok guestimate of how much cabinets and counters might cost, I didn’t properly tally all the “extras” — the paint and supplies, the backsplash, the lighting, the designer, the hired labor. That stuff adds up.
We also had a few mini projects that weren’t a part of the original plan — painting the pantry door and exterior door, for one. Those are cheap projects, but still! An extra project! Also, I didn’t think about including outlet covers in the budget. Fortunately, the ones I purchased cost only $15 total for the kitchen and living room, so it’s a negligible expense.
Even though we are spending more than we originally set out to spend, we have had time to save up the rest. I hope that we’ll increase our house’s value by a portion of the total amount spent. I doubt we’d get it all back, but surely we’ll get some when we sell (which hopefully isn’t for a long time anyway!). At worst, I think the updates will make it sell faster. And for what I can tell so far, we’re going to be a lot happier with more storage and a just plain nicer kitchen!
We’re repurposing some of the kitchen cabinets to garage cabinets for extra storage. The rest (along with the old light fixtures) will be donated to Habitat for Humanity…or I might end up selling some cabinets at a cheap price to the electrician who did my wiring.
I’ve caught myself grumbling here and there about painting, and just wanting the whole thing to be done already. And then I shush myself and remind myself that hey, at least I have a kitchen. At least I have a kitchen that I can make these changes to. And at least we can pay for it. We are very fortunate.