Wednesday, June 22

What a Girl Needs

You may remember back when I wrote this post daydreaming about what our kitchen will look like some day. Well, lately I've been ironing out the details of what exactly we need to do to make the dream come true! We haven't started any construction, or even painting yet, but I have a much more specific plan to share with you. You can go back to my original post to see actual pictures of the kitchen (it's messy. no judging.) and here is a drawing of the current floor plan:

We're starting with white walls, honey colored cabinets, a warped laminate countertop, and not enough storage or counter space. Because we need to keep costs down as much as possible, we are avoiding major construction and working with the existing kitchen as much as we can.  This means we will be keeping the current layout of the appliances and sink so we don't have to move any electrical or plumbing, keeping the flooring (which is pretty new) and giving the existing cabinets a coat of paint. Here are the changes we plan to make that will transform our existing kitchen into the kitchen of our dreams:

It's not even going to look like the same room, is it? Here are the specifics:

1. Concrete countertops - We plan to DIY our own! I am SO excited about this. I was hoping for a nice, durable countertop and we should be able to pull this off for even less than a laminate top would be. My inspiration from the top and rough directions came from this blog post by Kelly Moore. Based on the size and cost of their project, I'm hoping our tops will end up in the $150-200 range.

2 & 3. Paint cabinets & walls - We'll be painting the cabinets semi gloss white (and possibly adding some trim detail to the doors) and painting the walls a pale yellow semi gloss (I picked out "Pear" by Valspar). For a gallon of primer and a gallon of each color, we're looking at around $60 for paint.

4. Replace ceiling fan - The white/brass ceiling fan has to go, and will be replaced by...a new ceiling fan. I know there are plenty of ceiling fan haters out there, but there is no better way to keep a house cool in the summer and I will not give it up! I have my eye on a much prettier one at Lowe's that's around $70.

5. New sink & faucet - Saying goodbye to the old cast iron sink we have now. Ideally I would LOVE to have this farmhouse sink from Ikea, but it runs over $300. Boo. So it will probably end up being a standard stainless steel sink. Hopefully a super cheap one from a yard sale. :) As for a faucet, I'm thinking maybe something with a gooseneck, but it will largely depend on what I can get for a good price. Hoping to keep it under $50, and hopefully even find something at a yard sale!

6. Tile backsplash -Tile is so hard to choose! There are so many options! I'm thinking about maybe a small white subway tile like this one from But we'll see if I stick with it. :) Of course I'll also check local stores to see if I can get something around here. If I go with something like this from Overstock, it will be about $65 for a case, which should be plenty for our small kitchen.

7. New hardware - I like the look of pulls more than knobs. I'm thinking about maybe something like this little guy from Lowe's. I haven't decided for sure if this is the style I want to go with and I'll look around more locally and online before making any final decisions. I'm hoping to find something a little cheaper, too, which could take some work. This one is on the lower end of the prices I've seen at $3.50 each. Since I'll need 21 pieces, that puts us around $75 for hardware! Yikes! I'm hoping to find something that would put us more around $50 total. Wish me luck. :)

8 & 9. Add cabinets, extend countertop -If you recall, I already picked up these two cabinets at yard sales to put on either side of the window. Since everything will be painted white, the color of the cabinets didn't matter. I'm thinking about trying to mimic the detail on the left one onto the rest of the cabinets using some kind of trim. I'll let you know what I come up with. These cabinets will allow us to extend the countertop all the way past the window giving us tons more counter space! (the window dips below the countertop so we won't be putting any cabinets in that space, but the open space could house a bar stool) Cost for additional cabinets was a mere $12!

10. Bamboo or Roman shades - I would love to have something like this made of jute or bamboo, but those babies are expensive! So unless I find some amazing deal, I'll probably end up DIYing some fabric roman shades. Here are a few tutorials I'm considering for Roman Shades from mini blinds, Roman Shades from scratch, and Custom Roller Blinds. Hoping to DIY something for both windows for under $20.

11. Drop-down bar with stools - I want to have space to move my dining table in to the kitchen sometimes (like during Christmas when my giant Christmas tree takes priority) and a drop down bar is the perfect solution. I can have it up with a couple bar stools most of the time for extra seating and counter space, then fold it away at Christmas  to accommodate my decorating fetish dining table. I'm planning to build the bar using this tutorial from Martha Stewart Living. As for bar stools, I want saddle style but they are WAY expensive, so I'm going to take a swing at building my own by modifying this plan by Ana White. I think I have enough wood in my basement for the stools already, and I'm hoping the bar will come in under $20.

12. Metal shelving -I'll be putting two of these metal shelves from Ikea above the drop-down bar. I think a little metal will add some nice texture to the room and go well with the stainless appliances on the opposite wall. I have some beautiful white dishes that I plan to store on these shelves, which will open up hidden storage in the cabinet for some of the less pretty things I need in the kitchen. :) Two shelves will run us about $30.

So that's the plan so far. Total cost estimate (optimistically) so far is $560 (not counting the super expensive sink of my dreams), but I'm sure it will end up being more than that. Things always are. :) We don't have a date to start construction yet, but at least now we have and idea of how much we'll have to save up to make it happen!


  1. There is a local store near here that carries "closeout" tile for great prices. You may want to check out what they have available before making your purchase. Just make sure you purchase plenty of what you would need. Sounds like a good plan and then I can get to love on baby B! :)

  2. How exciting! Will stay tuned.

  3. Ooooo, thanks Chantelle! I will definitely check it out! I actually want to get some tile for the bathroom too, maybe I could get it there too! Baby B loves to be loved on. :)