Installing our paper towel holder! {The $1,000 Kitchen Restoration}

Installation took about 1 minute. (It took longer to remove the stickers).

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For months we have been dealing with having our paper towels just sitting around on the counter. More often than not, it was never in the same spot. Sometimes, they seemed to wander off into other rooms. So we installed our much needed paper towel holder!

But … we opted for something that fit the theme we are going with. So welcome some black piping!!

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This nifty pipe combo consists of five separate parts that you connect together. There’s no right way to do it. We just really needed something to keep the paper towels in the kitchen.

Installation took about 1 minute. (It took longer to remove the stickers).

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Our current expenses:

$170 cabinets for the center island

$143 butcher block counter top for the island

$66 and $43 for the counter tops along the walls

$22 end caps

$11 cabinet backs

$8 toe kick

$30 cabinet end trim pieces

$30 black paint for the cabinets / door fronts

$150 used glass stove top in NEW condition

$20 brushes and rollers

$60 gray paint for the walls

$35.00 for all the kitchen lights {garage sale find}

$8.00 Liquid Nails for the backsplash

$15.00 Paper towel pipe parts

Currently we are at $811.00 for our kitchen restoration.

 

Backsplash Installation Day! {The $1,000.00 Kitchen Restoration}

This DIY backsplash was fun and easy to do. And I mean  —-> VERY easy to do. {The $1,000.00 Kitchen Restoration}

Today we installed our backsplash! Thanks to Pinterest, we were able to find a few options to choose from. Going with our end-goal-theme, we opted for a backsplash made from pallets. In other words … FREE.

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Our current finished kitchen.

Walls are painted, counters are installed, cupboard doors are on and the under-the-cabinet lighting has been installed. I have to admit, I really like this look. It’s classic, modern and clean. The gray walls and the black cabinets match perfectly with the new countertops.

BUT …. we needed a backsplash. And since the one we wanted would have put us well over our budget, we opted for something a little …. well … FUN.

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Just getting started with our DIY pallet backsplash:

This DIY backsplash was fun and easy to do. And I mean  —-> VERY easy to do. The only purchase we made was $8.00 for some Liquid Nails. If you’re not sure what Liquid Nails is, it’s basically an adhesive that we applied to the back of each pallet piece before securing it on the wall. VERY easy process.

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We did the backsplash over our sink and over our stove. It took Brad and I only 3 hours to complete the entire project from start to finish. Brad did the cutting and I did the Liquid Nails application and put each pallet in place on the wall. After we were done, we applied one coat of Polyurethane.

Here’s a peek at our finished backsplash!

And ….. we are still $204.00 under budget.

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What a difference from where we started! I’m LOVING the way this kitchen restoration is coming along!


Our current expenses:

$170 cabinets for the center island

$143 butcher block counter top for the island

$66 and $43 for the counter tops along the walls

$22 end caps

$11 cabinet backs

$8 toe kick

$30 cabinet end trim pieces

$30 black paint for the cabinets / door fronts

$150 used glass stove top in NEW condition

$20 brushes and rollers

$60 gray paint for the walls

$35.00 for all the kitchen lights {garage sale find}

$8.00 Liquid Nails for the backsplash

Currently we are at $796.00 for our kitchen restoration.

The cupboard doors are on! {The $1,000.00 Kitchen Restoration}

Everyone has been asking for updated pictures. So here they are 😉

Everyone has been asking for updated pictures. So here they are 😉

We still have to install the chandelier, wall lights, under-the-cabinet lights, a few outlets and the back splash. But at least you can see what it looks like now with the doors attached.

Here are two before pics:
(I do NOT miss sanding these cabinets for two long nights).

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And now …. here is the current status of the $1,000.00 Kitchen Restoration:

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We’re installing under-the-cabinet lights as well. We just began installing those, hence the white cords.

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It’s amazing what some paint can do!

We’re also currently still $212.00 under budget!

We have a white dishwasher that works great. There’s no need to replace it yet. I’m looking into black laminate, vinyl or using an appliance spray paint to make it match our kitchen. The dishwasher will match the kitchen when we are completed with this project. 😉 This kitchen restoration project has been very fun to work on. I can’t wait to add the final touches!

We don’t have that much time left to finish up the kitchen, so here’s to hoping the final kitchen projects/installations go smooth. We need to tackle some outdoor projects, such as staining our decks. It’s graduation season and our daughter is graduating in 3 short weeks. Needless to say, we’re heading into the preparations for the outdoor party.

That reminds me, I need some more Tiki Torches to go around the entire deck …. and about four more tables with chairs and umbrellas.

No sweat 😉


Our current expenses:

$170 cabinets for the center island

$143 butcher block counter top for the island

$66 and $43 for the counter tops along the walls

$22 end caps

$11 cabinet backs

$8 toe kick

$30 cabinet end trim pieces

$30 black paint for the cabinets / door fronts

$150 used glass stove top in NEW condition

$20 brushes and rollers

$60 gray paint for the walls

$35.00 for all the kitchen lights {garage sale find}

Currently we are at $788.00 for our kitchen restoration.

 

Prepping our Butcher Block Counter Top {The $1,000.00 Kitchen Restoration}

We didn’t realize the work that goes into these counter tops on a monthly, weekly … daily basis, to keep them looking gorgeous.

We purchased our first Butcher Block counter top for our center island. This ‘Butcher Block Counter top care‘ is new to us. We didn’t realize the work that goes into these counter tops on a monthly, weekly … daily basis, to keep them looking gorgeous.

These counter tops come in contact with food, and they absorb any chemicals that are used to clean. We have started out prepping our butcher block with cutting board oil and butcher block conditioner. We applied the oil daily for one week. Now we’re using the conditioner twice a week for the rest of May.

Starting in June, we have decided to switch to a Walnut Oil application monthly thereafter. Until then, I’m loving how our counter top is looking after using these applications. I’m still glad we decided to install a butcher clock counter top. It seemed like a lot of maintenance at first, but really, once you get through the first two weeks, and see the progress …. it’s worth it.


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Unbelievable lighting deals! {For the $1,000.00 Kitchen Restoration}

We went on a 4-hour garage sale road trip in search of some lighting….

Since we are still $247.00 under budget, we went on a 4-hour garage sale road trip in search of some lighting. Although we ended up coming home with a truck full of other household/remodeling treasures, we did find some good deals on lights.

This 5-light chrome chandelier was $20.00. (Retail is $263.99). This is going to look perfect over the butcher block counter top. If we have some extra money left over in our budget, I’m going to replace the glass globes with something more my style. For now, though, they will be just fine.

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We found three chrome wall lights for $5.00 TOTAL (Retail $15.99 each).

We also were able to find two halogen sconces for $15.00 each. (Retail $49.99 each). They guy was so excited that we were taking all the lights, so he gave us a deal and sold these two lights to us for $10.00 total.

 

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So we installed one last night to see how it looked.

 

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So our total lighting purchase:

  • 5-light chrome chandelier   $20.00
  • 3 chrome wall lights               $5.00
  • 2 halogen sconce lights          $10.00

TOTAL ———————————–>     $35.00 for all our kitchen lights! This is a great price to replace all our kitchen lights – far less than I was expecting to find.

We’re still deciding on a back splash that would work. I thought we had it narrowed down to one that we liked until we went to the store and priced it out …. $600.00! So we are back to trying to get a nice back splash within our budget.

And last night as I was searching Pinterest ….

I may have found a few ideas that would work. I’ll share my ideas in a later post. I need photo shop and a few pics of my kitchen to show you the full effect of one idea. Maybe you can help decide which would look best 😉


Our current expenses:

$170 cabinets for the center island

$143 butcher block counter top for the island

$66 and $43 for the counter tops along the walls

$22 end caps

$11 cabinet backs

$8 toe kick

$30 cabinet end trim pieces

$30 black paint for the cabinets / door fronts

$150 used glass stove top in NEW condition

$20 brushes and rollers

$60 gray paint for the walls

$35.00 for all the kitchen lights {garage sale find}

Currently we are at $788.00 for our kitchen restoration.

$212.00 under budget so far!

 

Office makeover

And now with all the extra room in the office, I put in a nice area where my daughter and I can get ready in the mornings …

Last year I started on my office makeover. I loved the dark gray walls and black trim. I loved my book cover wall …

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But now I’ve opted for something new; something different – lighter. So last year, I emptied my office and took some white paint to the walls and shelving ….

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My main reason for the makeover is that I went completely digital. Everything is online. now. I no longer need such a large desk, filing cabinets, storage … I just need a place to put my laptop. And now with all the extra room in the office, I put in a nice area where my daughter and I can get ready in the mornings …

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I haven’t started decorating yet, but it’s all ready for some decor. I may still add my bookcover wall. I haven’t fully decided just exactly what I’m going to be doing to the walls. I have ideas …

 

Almost done with the $1,000.00 Kitchen Restoration!

Time to put on some music and head back into the kitchen!

Yesterday we taped, painted, cut counter tops and installed THREE of the four counter tops. Before we knew it, it was 7pm! We had worked all day on the restoration and didn’t even realize it.

Although we still have more work to be done before it’s officially considered complete …. we’re very close!

If you recall from a previous post, I told you we got a VERY GOOD deal on a practically NEW glass stove top. It normally sells for $700.00. We we’re able to get this for only $150.00!! Check it out:

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It really makes the counter tops pop!

We also completed our island and added the butcher top counter top.

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So far things have gone very smooth on this project. BUT … today we are doing the kitchen sink counter top. Yes, we saved the most difficult one for last. As soon as we get this counter top in, we are putting all the cabinet doors back on and then it’s time to pick out that backsplash for behind the stove and sink.

In the meantime we’ll be working on treating the butcher block counter top. You can’t just throw it on and use it. It will absorb everything it comes in contact with leaving stains, water rings, you name it. I’ll share with you, in a later blog post, how we’re treating / conditioning our butcher block island counter top.

Time to put on some music and head back into the kitchen! I love doing this kind of work. It’s really exciting to see the progress and how much money you seriously save by doing it yourself.

Can’t wait to see what this is going to look like when it’s ALL complete 🙂 


Our current expenses:

$170 cabinets for the center island

$143 butcher block counter top for the island

$66 and $43 for the counter tops along the walls

$22 end caps

$11 cabinet backs

$8 toe kick

$30 cabinet end trim pieces

$30 black paint for the cabinets / door fronts

$150 used glass stove top in NEW condition

$20 brushes and rollers

$60 gray paint for the walls

Currently we are at $753.00 for our kitchen restoration.


We’re painting! {The $1000.00 Kitchen Restoration} 

Well today is the day!

Well today is the day! We have the tape and paint and we’re ready to start exercising with the paint rollers.

Since we’re going black for the cabinets, we decided on a lighter neutral color for the walls. We already have a nice beige/tan color going on in the rest of the house and thought about bringing that color into the kitchen as well. But the kitchen is small and since we’ve decided NOT to take out some of the walls in the kitchen at this time, a lighter color is what we decided to go with.

We’ve chosen:

DutchBoy DUSKY GRAY 439-3DB

We’re still $247.00 under budget!

We’re also painting the hallway which extends from the kitchen. Hence the reason we picked up two gallons of paint. The only item we have left to purchase is the backsplash that is going to go along the walls with the sink and stove top. We’ve been looking at all different kinds of backsplashes and ideas. So after we get the walls painted, I’m excited to add this final touch!


Our current expenses:

$170 cabinets for the center island

$143 butcher block counter top for the island

$66 and $43 for the counter tops along the walls

$22 end caps

$11 cabinet backs

$8 toe kick

$30 cabinet end trim pieces

$30 black paint for the cabinets / door fronts

$150 used glass stove top in NEW condition

$20 brushes and rollers

$60 gray paint for the walls

Currently we are at $753.00 for our kitchen restoration.


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The $1,000.00 Kitchen Restoration

This restoration will come with a new center island. Also, we purchased all new counter tops. Yes, we are still under the $1,000.00 budget!

We are currently in the process of giving our kitchen a NEW look! On top of the new look, we’re also staying on a budget. (We have the entire house to renovate so a budget is crucial). Our kitchen restoration budget is $1,000.00. We really didn’t ‘need’ new cabinets. The cabinets are still in good shape. Plus we can add slide out shelving at a later date. So we decided to keep all the main cabinets this time around.

The only cabinets we are replacing, are the ones from the center island. As you can see in the photo below, we removed the center island completely. This restoration will come with a new center island. Also, we purchased all new counter tops. Yes, we are still under the $1,000.00 budget – even with the new counter tops and island cabinets. And we were able to snag a VERY GOOD DEAL on a glass cook top! Typically these run $700.00 new. We’ve been searching for a black glass cook top for a few years. Well, last week we found a black glass cook top in NEW condition for only $150.00!

The best news of all —— > We are still UNDER our $1,000.00 budget! (Expenses are listed at the bottom).

This was our kitchen last week. We removed all the doors and spent a few days sanding all the cabinets and doors. I’m not including the floor in this kitchen restoration. The floor is carried through the dining room, kitchen, entry way and hallway. Also not included in the restoration are the entry doors. Those are all getting replaced at a later date as well.

Yesterday, we were able to apply the first coat of paint on the cabinets. Today, we will be applying the second coat of paint. We’re holding out on removing the counter tops. At the end of the day, we still need a place to make dinner and cook! So the old counter tops will remain in place until we can cut the new ones and make the switch over to the new ones. That will be a full day of work to take out the old counters and replace with the new ones.


Our current expenses:

$170 cabinets for the center island

$143 butcher block counter top for the island

$66 and $43 for the counter tops along the walls

$22 end caps

$11 cabinet backs

$8 toe kick

$30 cabinet end trim pieces

$30 black paint for the cabinets / door fronts

$150 used glass stove top in NEW condition

$20 brushes and rollers

Currently we are at $693.00 for our kitchen restoration.