1K-ish Kitchen Renovation (The Budget Breakdown)

Since we are nearing the finish line in the kitchen I figured it was time for a budget breakdown. Before I share the $$ spent on this project, I thought it would be interesting to look at the picture of the kitchen that was used when this house was on the market and compare it to what we’ve accomplished so far:

2012 listing picture:

kitchen before

2013 90% finished:


A few more before and afters:





Still on the TO DO List: Toe kicks, trim, and painting.

Here’s what we’ve spent so far:

  1. Cabinet Primer: $20
  2. Cabinet Coat Paint (White): $50
  3. Cabinet Pulls: $104
  4. New Hinges: $58
  5. Oak Countertops: $387
  6. Butcher Block Wax: $9
  7. Apron Sink: $90
  8. Faucet: $218
  9. Pendant Light: $70
  10. Beadboard (backsplash & cabinet ends): $79
  11. Ceiling Light: $50
  12. Misc Materials: $250 (Includes palm sander, sandpaper, paint brushes, liquid nails, heat gun, nails, GFCI Outlets, etc.

TOTAL: $1,385


Fridge: $1,000

Dishwasher: $360

Range Hood: $100

Total: $1,460

I think we did pretty well for our little kitchen makeover! 🙂


Chalkboard Challenge

After my gallery wall fail, I decided to make Nate photoshop some ideas for this particular wall in the sitting room (the one behind the chair on the left):


At first I thought that two simple prints might be nice, but then I started to look at the colors in this room and thought that a large map might be nice. I asked Nate to photo shop a map on the wall and even threw in a chalkboard for good measure.

Here’s what he came up with:



We both liked the map, but I couldn’t get over the idea of having a chalkboard in this room. Picture a welcome message for guests, holiday or birthday messages, love notes, even a chalk fire for Christmas time.

I started to search for some viable options online and I started out looking at maps. In short, I couldn’t find the right size/color/price that I was looking for. Maps were out and the chalkboard idea was in!

While enjoying a traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!) I mentioned to Nate the chalkboard that YHL had created a few months ago. I wanted something similar, except ours would hang horizontally instead of leaning vertically like theirs.



We headed off to Home Depot for supplies (see budget breakdown below), and within a few hours Nate had put the main components together!



I just love having a handy boyfriend! In the above picture the wood had already been sanded and stained (Minwax Jacobean).

Later, I painted the middle with Chalkboard paint.

Here she is in the process of drying:



Can says I have to wait three days before we can write on it. Boo. Nonetheless, I am super excited to have a Welcome message up for my family visit this weekend!

Here’s a quick budget breakdown of this project:

1.) Two 1X3-8FT boards $2.90

2.) One MDF panel for the back $5.97

3.) Wood screws $3.88

4.) Minwax finish in Jacobean $4.78

5.) Chalkboard paint $9.67

Tax 1.91

Total= $29.11 <—Not bad for a 2X4 feet chalkboard with a nice wood stained frame!

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this project. It was quick and easy and will be something that we can use for years to come!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!