It has been a little over a week since we started our DIY Project: Kitchen Revamp.
It was time to give our kitchen a face lift, and we wanted to do it on a budget. With help from YouTube, the DIY Network, HGTV, and tons of Google searches, we came up with a plan and then decided, we're just going to go for it! Once we got started, we really relied on the help of professionals at Home Depot also. They were incredibly helpful!
No one is paying me to talk about his or her products. That being said, if we didn't already have it, borrow it, or buy it at a garage sale, most of the items we bought for this project were bought at Home Depot. I've always preferred Home Depot and there's one close to our house. And as you may know, you'll always forget something and will be running back and forth to get it! It's convenient to have a store like Home Depot nearby. This was also part of the reason I opted for a stain I could buy in person. I saw many pins on Pinterest boasting about General Finishes Java Gel Stain. Problem was, it isn't easily accessible in California and I didn't want to buy too many online all at once or not buy enough. After doing a lot of research, I decided to go with an oil based stain that Home Depot carries: MinWax's Polyshades in Espresso Satin.
- Cleaner (to remove old buildup residue on cabinetry) - I created my own!
- Scotch Brite scouring pads
- Orbital sander, orbital sander sandpaper (it's round and fits on the orbital sander, different than regular sandpaper) and 220 grit sanding sheets (regular sandpaper)
- Dust Masks
- Chiselers (manual and air powered)
- Measuring tape
- Paint stirrers
- Roll of plastic
- Butcher paper
- Extension cords
- Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
- Minwax Polyshades Stain in Espresso Satin
- New stone backsplash
- Wet Saw
Here are a couple BEFORE pictures...
|Everything has been removed!|
|And is now sitting in our formal dining room area|
Everything has been sealed! Butcher paper
and plastic have been laid down to protect surfaces
we don't want stained
Once we prepped the area, we removed all the doors, drawers, hinges, and knobs. Then we put all the doors and drawers into the garage onto several folding tables we had set-up. Side Note: I recommend putting all your hinges, knobs, screws, etc. from dismantling the doors into a Ziploc bag and in one of the empty cabinets for safekeeping. Your home will be a construction zone for the next few days or weeks and things can easily get lost!
|Sanding late into the night. ZZZZZZ's....|
|Hubby's working on removing the last pieces of tile!|
He's almost done!
|The sealer we used. Yes, it's really called the "impregnator." Ha!|
|"Haystack" colored grout from Home Depot|
That being said, this is DOABLE and we are incredibly happy with our results!
We did the best we could being two people with no prior experience doing this kind of work. While we still want to add some final touches (under cabinet lighting, glass doors on two of our cabinet doors, and continuing to upgrade our appliances to stainless steel), it is pretty much done.
I think it came out so well!
And best of all... the cost savings. Talking to people in the real estate and construction business, we got estimates that our a licensed contractor would have charged roughly $10,000 to get this project done, with much of the cost being for labor. Some as high as $15,000, but some as low as $5000.
We paid approximately $800 for this project, with the bulk of the costs going toward the new stone back splash.
We kept our costs low primarily from doing all of the work ourselves, but also from borrowing some of the larger tools necessary for this project or purchasing them at garage sales. We relied on YouTube, our obsession with the DIY Network and HGTV, remembering tips from new friends we met when our yard was crashed on the DIY's Yard Crashers, and the helpful people at Home Depot. Big thank you to our parents for taking care of our little one all day until we picked him up late at night for a whole week! This would have been impossible with a two year old running around.
It was a LOT of work, but now I'm having a lot of fun accessorizing and decorating :)