Our kitchen, aye ca rumba, our kitchen. In my head, I always think that hiring things out will make them faster and better and well – something I don’t have to worry about. I think it’s because we do almost everything ourselves that I sorta forget that it can suck to depend on someone else to finish things/start things/do things. I mean – totally – don’t get me wrong … it can also suck when you have to do it, but at least you have control over the project. If everything looks like a big fat zero at the end, it’s sorta on you. Or your husband.
And so, when we bought this house in APRIL, and started our kitchen renovations, we thought the 4-6 week time frame that Home Depot gave us is what we’d be looking at. My friends, we were wrong. SO WRONG. I kid you not, the last details on the kitchen officially happened last week. As in late-November.
It may have taken half of 2014, but man, was it worth it.
Do y’all remember when our kitchen looked like the photo above?
Now. my friends, it looks like this.
A little rough around the edges (ahem, keep your eyes off the ceiling) but it is a legitimately functional space now.
Mmmmm, suggga. Love, love, love it. And I knew we would, but to be fair I also thought the kitchen in our last house rocked pretty hard.
Here’s a shot of that bad boy.
And here’s the kicker – it took 6-weeks instead of 6-months.
Now I know I gave a comparison in this post, but now that things are completely settled, I thought it would be nice for all of you to hear some of the main differences we had with our Lowes installed kitchen vs. our Home Depot Installed kitchen.
It’s a bit hard to compare apples to apples on this one, since the kitchen layouts were different for each house, but overall, after lots of shopping around I have to say Lowes and Home Depot are nearly identical on their pricing.
Obviously your price is going to be swayed by add ons (interior organization, lazy susans, etc) and the overall size of your kitchen, but we found their pricing to be extremely similar.
They both run promotions often, so my advice would be to scope out the door style and manufacturer you like best, and then jump when the promotion is good. We found Labor Day weekend to be a great time to buy, since they often through in an extra 10% off for those few days. At Lowes last year they gave us a gift card for 10% of the purchase price, and at Home Depot, they just took 10% off the order.
Now, this landed up being my Achilles heel on this kitchen renovation. I fell hard for the Martha Stewart Wellston style cabinet.
I love a simple shaker cabinet, but I especially loved how unique the double insert panel was on the Wellston cabinet.
Here is a close up of how the doors look on the cabinets.
And here is a shot of the drawers in action.
This is where Home Depot started to suck it big time – at least our experience, with our Home Depot. Like slurpee until the end of the time. Lowes said 6-weeks, that’s what we got. Home Depot said 6-weeks, and that’s not what we got. Big fat sad face. It literally took 6-months to get this bad boy installed. Whoa nelly.
To be fair, we’ve always had really good interactions with Home Depot, so I really think it was the particular store we went through locally. That being said, its a bit of a gamble to know if your store might also fall into that category!
At the end of the day, it would have been one thing for Home Depot to just be really behind with their schedule, but the customer service was pretty atrocious along with it. Cue another whomp whomp. Again, I’m going to give the chain the benefit of the doubt and say it was just our local store that was having such a tricky time with it all. We did notice that they had a general manager switch mid-way through the reno, and that communication improved after, but still – it. was. bad.
Things like matching our end cabinet door took the longest, but you guys, it finally matches. Whattt!!!??!!
In the end, my best advice to you would be check out all the local options available to you and go with the one that gives you the best gut reaction. Feel free to snort laugh here, but we decided to go with Home Depot this round since we thought they’d be so much quicker than going custom, or through a woodworker. Given that we’re down here in the furniture making land, we were probably totally wrong on that. What’s done is done though and it feels pretty high faluten’ fantastic to say that the KITCHEN IS DONE!