We planned to:
a) paint cabinets
b) install dishwasher
c) new stove
d) new countertop and sink
e) new flooring
f) remove wallpaper and paint walls
Shouldn’t have been too hard, right?
So how did we get from this
to this? (To see more of the finished kitchen, click HERE.)
Well, if you’ve ever remodeled an old house, you’ll recognize this story. Maybe not the exact details, but the concept is the same. Here’s what happened.
We took down the wallpaper. The plaster was damaged. We decided to take off the plaster and drywall the north wall (the one that had the stove and now has the counter.)
We decided to put in a bathroom above the kitchen, so we took the plaster off the east wall to run plumbing (the NEW stove wall.)
We decided we may as well replace that tiny window on the north wall while we had it torn apart anyway.
And then, since there was no insulation in the west wall, I think the logic was to tear out the cabinets, insulate, drywall and replace cabinets with stock cabs from Lowes.
April 16, 2008 (We had to be out of our house on May 1.)
But then, I went to Lowes, and found out the difference in price for one wall of cabinets vs. three walls of cabinets was only $700-$800. Yeah.
And another new window came in. The other 2 in that little space didn’t even MATCH. Like seriously, the two in the same hole, did not MATCH EACH OTHER!
May 14, 2008 (Yeah, we’d moved in by then. And that stove didn’t work. And is still in my garage.)
And now, I bring you video (because I magically stopped taking pictures.)
I had open cabinets with no doors until Winter 09. The heat vent was put in in Jan. 09.
We FINALLY got flooring March of THIS YEAR. Crazy, crazy. And the trim still has to be painted.
It was a LONG process (2 years) but so worth it! And we managed to do it CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP!
I’m working a budget breakdown, and I have some “just keeping it real” pictures to show you, too. :)