This is a very exiting day for me….I have waited for two years to be able to SAY
THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE…
“the KITCHEN IS DONE!!!”
There are still odds and ends and then one really big “ODD” the floor…but MOST of this makeover, which started in 2011 with the replacement of the doors and drawer fronts…AND HERE is DONE!!!.
JUST A REMINDER OF THE “BEFORE”
and the the OTHER BEFORE…
Each NEW feature of this room; the countertops, the appliances, the hardware…. represents hours and hours of price matching and figuring out…weighing the cost benefit of this versus that….etc etc…and mostly SAVING money….
THE BIGGEST WAY I SAVED MONEY…. WAS ON THE COUNTERTOPS…
HOW? You ask? “How did you save with Marble?”
I saved because these countertops ARE ACTUALLY NOT MARBLE….
actually I have NICK-named it “FAURBLE”- FAUX MARBLE
…it was $850!!!
That’s $14 a square foot for you MATH whizzes…you can also get them for $30/sq foot installed, but then again, I thought” that means the installation adds almost $1000 to the cost? I am certain that I CAN GET these countertops in for much less than that!!!”
and I they did!
Here is how my thinking went…”this kitchen is 45 years old. In order to save money, we have decided to MAINTAIN the original footprint. We kept the cabinet bodies and replaced the doors and drawer fronts with an updated look and color.We chose white to keep the 4 walled space…space more open. I also have done most of the work myself. My ULTIMATE dream is to EVENTUALLY TAKE DOWN the wall between the Kitchen and Dining room and GUT renovate the space one day….so right now, I am going to choose to spend my BIG dollars on items that could be moved to a new space: appliances, faucets…even hardware.”
There is not a doubt in my mind that we could have saved an additional HUGE chunk of change had I gone with BUDGET hardware, LOW end inexpensive appliances, and an inexpensive knock off faucet. But we have DONE that and so this time my goal was to GET THE BEST (within reason) FOR LESS!!! and l challenge you to find any price LOWER than the ones I found for each of my purchases.
On my blog this week…I am going to break down each step/purchase of this makeover…and focus on each individual expenditure and process …tell you my thinking behind each choice…and where I got the DEALS!!!!
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