A Budget and a Deadline
Well, y'all, we're elbows deep in some serious renovations at the rental house. Wanna see what we've gotten done over the last week? There's a little of this and that, but a whole lot of KITCHEN GUT/reconstruction happening in our world. You might remember what it used to look like:
It was fresher than it's original 1960's style, but not by much. You can still see the scalloped edged on the bottoms of the cabinets and the original cabinet hardware (left by us in the original renovation because we just had no idea how to remove them without getting into woodworking we weren't yet capable of). We assessed the situation and decided that we would remove the upper cabinets entirely (except over the microwave), the tract lighting, and the formica countertops.
After we removed all of the items off the list, we started to work on rearranging a bit. A new oven/stovetop combo will be installed under the microwave which will free up the space where the wall oven currently lives. With the wall oven gone, we have room for a really nice sized pantry.
In the above photo you can see I got a bit antsy about seeing SOME progress other than complete demo so I spray painted the cabinet bases. YES, spray paint. Like this. You can see the new doors we found at Habitat for Humanity sitting front and center (6 doors/hinges/4 drawers for $33!!)
Next, we cut the new butcher block countertops and placed them temporarily on the cabinet bases so I could tile the backsplash with subway tile. Cost of tile: $0. My mother in law had three boxes stored in her garage. Countertops: 3 slabs @ $129 each + tax = $425
Pendant lighting, open shelving, pantry construction, and a space for the new oven all came next. We cut the countertops for the sink and installed a light over it. We are probably 90% finished now but the last 10% is always the part that takes the most time! Sheetrock mud, paint touchups, moulding and trim.
For now, this is how it’ll stay until the final touches and of course, STYLING when it’s all finished. I'm dying to tell you about how the budget is turning out but we have to completely finish before I can work out the details to share. It's gonna blow your mind though! From $7 fixtures to $33 cabinetry - you won't want to miss our budget scores. Stay tuned! If you want to get minute by minute updates, check out my instagram story, updated multiple times a day: @CatherineArensberg .