Our Budget Kitchen Remodel Part 1

A good kitchen remodel is one of my favorite design subjects to read about and follow along with.  I think that's why I've hesitated to talk about our kitchen remodel on the blog.  It started 9 years ago and really never was finished.  It's a big subject with many details, but I want to touch on a few areas of the remodel that allowed us to stretch our budget and, as the saying goes, get more bang for our buck.

When we bought our home we knew we wanted to completely remodel the kitchen area.  We ended up tearing down a wall and moving a door to enlarge our kitchen footprint, but we kept the cabinets which were in great condition, and that saved us thousands of dollars.  With the savings we were easily able to buy some customized cabinets, like for pots as well as garbage and recycling cabinets.

We also wanted West-facing light so my contractor found us a window at the Restore for $50 and put it in himself in an afternoon.  Easily a thousand dollars saved.

The two kitchen sinks and faucets were purchased from Overstock.com for well over 40% off the original price.  They ended up being less than Big Box Store prices, but much higher quality.  Buying them online without seeing them in person was a little scary, so I took my time and researched them well.


One of my favorite aspects of our kitchen remodel is our counter tops.  We looked at marble and quartz, but in the end couldn't justify spending over $10,000 for the look we wanted.  Instead of going with laminate we ended up buying butcher block maple from Lumber Liquidators and staining it  with India ink, then sealing with Waterlox.  My husband put them in himself by watching Youtube videos and I'm still in awe of him.  The Island counter tops were a great find.  We were looking at the Restore for something else when we found three long wood Herman Miller desk tops.  We purchased them for $5 each and again Jeremy pieced them together to form our island counter top.  Because there were seams where he connected them together we opted for a faux paint job.  After sealing them they've held up well, and I've only had to repaint twice in nine years. 



Kitchens can be very expensive, but knowing what you value in your kitchen renovation will help you to better gauge where to spend and where to save.  I'll talk more about other resourceful ways we got what we wanted, and more from this remodel in a few weeks.  Hope I gave you some ideas and, most importantly, encouragement that a kitchen renovation can be done on a budget.. 

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