Kitchen Reno | The Lay of the Land

Ah, the kitchen reno. It’s a love/hate relationship. At this point, I would say we are 10% into the process, which is enough to feel very daunted and enough to feel rather poor by the oncoming onslaught of bills about to come your way 😉 You think you budget in every detail, and then…

In order to get a good idea of the lay of the land with cabinetry and counters, we have been shopping around quite a bit. First stop was Lowes. Mainly, because I saw this kitchen via Young House Love (actually a reader re-design from Design Me Gilla) and knew that I had to at least price these babies out and see how the cards stacked to determine if they were within our price range. We are going for all white cabinets with a shaker style door frame. I really like the detail on the front of the ones below, and the full overlay door. Love the poster, too!

Diamond Jamestown Cabinets
Diamond Jamestown Cabinets

When we first started browsing at Lowe’s the first time, the Jamestown cabinet through Diamond estimated a total cost of $3,400 for a 10 x 10 kitchen. Since ours is closer to 9×10, and we are pretty limited on the space that we can put the cabinets in due to door ways and window frames, we thought that we would budget in an extra grand and call it a day. Yeah …. I guess we should have added a few extra k’s. Oye. After the Lowes promo, our kitchen was right at $6,200. For just the cabinets.

Lowes Cabinetry Cost
Lowes Cabinetry

I gotta say – this has been a part of the kitchen reno I’ve found rather perplexing. We didn’t add all that many bells or whistles, so it’s kind of a head scratcher to see the price bump up that much. I think the biggest distinction is that the cost estimates given are only for basic cabinetry, and do not include any ad ons or odd sizes. When we were looking through the line items, the biggest bump was the paint! Just over an extra thousand for the white paint cover. Seriously.

Another bump was the crown molding. Just under $1,000 for that, which definitely means that Jay and I have made an executive decision to put that purty little detail up ourselves. We actually came to this conclusion for a few reasons.

First – We want to be able to do crown throughout the entire kitchen, and if we purchased the manufacturers crown for the kitchen cabinets, we might have difficulty matching (we most likely would have difficulty matching…).

Second – Umm, hello cost savings. After pricing it out, it looks like we will be closer to $200 for the entire room vs. $900 for just. the. cabinets. Yep – that help us make the decision, too. 🙂

Cabinet Crown Molding
Kitchen Crown

Above is an example of the type of trim I am looking for. Lovely lovely love. Here is a look we are going for overall in the kitchen. Hoping we can pull this off with our ensy teensy kitchen.

Kitchen Renovation
Kitchen Renovation

Next up – counter top searching! Looking for an affordable and durable alternative to carrera marble. Along with the rest of the world, right. 😉

Thrift Shop Hero

In my head, I was singing that title like juke box hero. You should do that too, it’s more fun that way 😉 Since I love Young House Love, and I love me some thrifting, I decided to jump on board with the Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge.

The rules, you can only spend $20 {at most} – after you find your spoils, put together a blog post on your loot. Here in Tree Town {Ann Arbor, MI}, we’ve got a few thrift shops that are my go to locals for scoring great {cheap!} items. I like Treasure Mart when I’m looking for something a bit nicer, and Salvation Army when I’m looking to browse. But Kiwanis, Kiwanis has a new spot in my heart cause it is sooo cheap, and it’s got so. much. stuff! You can find virtually anything there. It’s only open on Saturdays from 9am-12pm, so your time for snagging a deal is pretty condensed. Plus everyone and their brother is there, so ya gotta have strategy. Oh, and don’t let your spouse leave your side. You may never find them again. Jay decided to waltz off to look at bike parts, and it took me a solid 30 mins to find that son of a gun.

But, the spoils your find, they are totally worth it! Check out these sweet items I found this time around. Disclaimer: I forgot my camera when I went to the store (whomp, whomp) so I only got the after pictures for ya, once I brought my loot home.

My philosophy is, you can never have enough mixing bowls. Sometimes, you just want to bake a cake and some brownies at the same gosh darn time. Hence, multiple mixing bowls = necessity in my book. Plus, I just like picking out cute ones I can display on the kitchen shelf 😉 This one is super simple, but I was drawn to it’s crisp white exterior and great lines. Plus, it was only $2. So that helped it’s cause.

Mixing Bowls
Vintage White Mixing Bowl

After tackling the home department, I hopped downstairs where they keep the antique items. I’ve been on the hunt for a metal container to put by our fireplace for a while, to hold some wood so Jay doesn’t have to schlep it from outside as much. I spotted this guy and I thought he would be up to the task. The only downside is that it has a fair amount of rust on it – so it needs a good scrub job. I’ll have to see if it will work long term, and if we can find a solution for some of the blemishes on it. For $5 though, I grabbed him.

Fireplace accessories
Metal Bucket for Firewood

So for $7 so far. I was feeling pretty good about my finds. But then, I found this guy. I’m not sure what it is about this little porker that just stopped me in my tracks, but I pretty much decided on the spot I needed to have him.

Wooden Carved Figurine, Wooden Pig
Wooden Carved Figurine

I mean, this little oinker just looks so gosh darn happy. I put him up on the shelf in our kitchen with our mixing bowls. I also love how much of the wood grain you can see from the top. It’s just a really beautiful little piece, I love him!

Wooden Carved Figurine
Wooden Carved Figurine

Since the pig was only $3, my total thrifting bill came out to an even $10. Now that aint bad, eh? I’m all about second hand duds my friend, if that means some extra dollar bills lining my pocket.