The kitchen. If you remember we have had a long long journey with out kitch. We started here…
Well, this photo was taken before we even owned the house. So you can really see where we started. Sweet floors, eh? Gotta love Joey’s face. We made some edits, starting with the floors…then we painted.
Then realized matte paint for a kitchen was a bad idea. Bad. So we painted again with semi-gloss. Better idea. Much better. We painted the mudroom door entrace red. We added some reclaimed wood detail, and redid the kitchen cabinets, which post has been on progress for months.
We also replaced the countertops, and redid one side of the kitchen’s backspash.
So what’s the deal? We grouted the left side of the kitchen, but coulen’t start on the right side, until one little deed was done.
Here is the deal. And it’s kinda a big deal. The kitchen was loaded with 70’s appliances. We had always planned on replacing the dishwasher – so we pulled out the old one when we replaced the countertops a few weeks back.
So, we couldn’t live with out any countertops, so we simply laid the 24″ oak countertops from Ikea on top of the cabinets until we actually agreed on a dishwasher. We didn’t want to lay the counters and then tile the backsplash before we installed the dishwasher because once those were laid – it would be a beast to get the dishwasher in. Good call Joey!
So we have been living with the counters floating like above, however we installed the sink of course. And finally, finallllllllllly, we have decided on a dishwasher. And STOVE! Hello shiny new appliances! We plan on keeping this particular dishwasher for a long time, but we know that we have to play our part too. If you want your most valuable appliances to last a long time, then you’ll have to do your part in maintaining them. So if you, like us, have recently got yourself a new dishwasher and you don’t actually know how to clean a dishwasher, then you might want to find out how it’s done so that you can ensure your dishwasher lives a long, prosperous life.
For the dishwasher we landed on the Whirlpool Gold® Series Dishwasher with Sensor Cycle – Monochromatic Stainless Steel. It usually retails for around $550, but our super generous aunt and uncle are part of Direct Buy and we got it for $337! The stove is a Frigidaire 30″ Free Standing Gas Range – Stainless Steel. This is also via the Direct Buy route for $515! This usually retails over $600. Shipping for both was less that $100. Can you say score? So, in 2-4 weeks, our shiny new appliances will be here. We are scouting a microwave which houses an exhause vent for above the stove. We wanted to keep everything on the super cheap and then pound out walls and totally redo the kitchen in about five years. I am so excited we have been able to do this all super cheap, even though it’s been massivly time consuming. The financial breakdown has gone something like this:
Kitchen Countertops: Ikea 96″ $169 and 49″ $89 + shipping
Subway Tile and black grout: Home depot $30 box of tiles (we may beed two boxes), grout was $8 a bag (we think we will need 2 total)
Moen Faucet: Home Depot $135
Ikea Floors: Around $200
Paint: $30 gallon
Cabinet Refinishing: LOTS of time, and about $150
Cabinet fixtures: $80
Reclaimed accent wood: $15
Red Oil Paint for Door: $18
Chalkboard Paint for fridge: $21
Total Spent so far = $1,931
While the kitchen has been a disaster zone for a while, it’s been nice to peek out into the mood room and be remembered, IT WILL GET DONE! IT WILL BE GOOD!
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