Day dreamin’ that is because it’s finally d-o-n-e! AND it cost us just under $1150 (not including the appliances we bought a couple of years ago)…dirt cheap when you talk kitchen remodels!
Let’s see, where’d we leave off twenty million weeks ago…oh yeah, the tile backsplash. Had we gotten it done sooner than the week right before the double troubles came, I woulda coulda shoulda written up a detailed tutorial but you’ll have to settle for the nutshell version and seek out more wiser sources if you’d like a splash too. So, first we washed down the wall real good like and then took some sandpaper to it to get it nice and rough for good adhesion. To protect our nice, new countertops, we simply taped some garbage bags all around. Then, it was spread mastic on a small section of wall and place tile, repeat, and repeat again…over and over until…
The ends were a source of much deliberation. We could either have ended the tile aligned with the top cabinets or the bottom, the latter sticking out a couple inches more. We chose the top cabinet line-up. Also, we chose to have a bull-nosed look on each visible end by grabbing some larger bull-nosed tile (we couldn’t find bull-nosed tile in the 3 x 6 variety in stores) and cutting it down with a tile saw.
Using my highest status of wifey quite efficiently, I finally persuaded Anthony to rip out the ugg wooden overhang and mini florescent light over our sink (but not before I tried to rip them out myself) and replace them with a new pendant and seven more necessary inches of light. Hello 2012.
Read about how we went from cabinet to shelf and microwave here. Any day now I’ll fill up that shelf with some more colorful cookbooks, probably of the dessert kind just to stay with my craving trend. Much better than before, don’t cha think?
I still have plans to add some much needed color with a painted runner and a couple of other nick knacks and maybe someday we’ll replace the florescent light and Anthony will let me repaint the laundry room with leftover guest bathroom paint but for now we’re loving the new, lighter and brighter look!
Here’s what it cost us:
Countertops: $850 (Staron solid surface - Home Depot on sale, with a 10% off coupon, and 5% off matching Lowe’s credit card offer)
Sink: $120 (found clearanced from $420 because of an unseen-once-installed tiny-ish dent)
Faucet: $80 (Southeastern Salvage)
Pendant light kit: $15 (Home Depot)
Pendant light glass cover: $15 (Lowe’s)
Primer: free (already had)
Paint (Valspar’s Promenade): 2 quarts at $13 each
Sander: free (borrowed)
Sandpaper for said sander: $5 (Lowe’s)
Deglosser: $5 (Crown Liquid Deglosser NEXT from Lowe's)
Labor and sick skills of one pregnant lady and her adoring husband: free
Support and safety enforcement of two buns in the oven: priceless
Total spent: $1136 ($3350 if you include the appliances)
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And now I must go love on our little bobble-headed babes…happy weekend everyone!
P.S. I, Miss Pretty D. Proud, typed this entire post with one hand.
P.S.S. Tag Camille, you’re it…get your kitchen reveal up pronto! :)