“Minor” and “Kitchen Renovation” are two phrases that typically don’t go together. The average cost of a kitchen renovation, according to several websites I checked, is between $25,000- $45,000.
For many reasons, there’s no way we’re spending $45,000 on a kitchen renovation– especially since our current house value is way below what we paid. I know many of you are in the same boat and can relate… right? Or is it worse in Pennsylvania? We’ve invested quite a bit of money turning this house into a home and it’s disheartening to see no return on that money.
With that being said, I want to live in a home that reflects our lifestyle and needs. Our kitchen is functional, just not pretty. It’s getting pretty beat up, and the appliances are on their last legs. In this post from a few years ago I explain what bothers me most in 10 Things I Hate About You (“You” being my kitchen, dears. You know I love YOU.)
When our contractor from our living remodel came in with a quote for the kitchen that was not only affordable but actually half as much as our previous living room renovation we started thinking– could we do this? Should we do this?
The jury (ie, my husband) is still out. So I’m going to do some dreaming and show you a few inspiration photos. If you’ve had a kitchen renovated, I’d love to hear your advice/ must-haves/ don’ts, etc. Leave links, if you have them, so I can add them to my Dream Kitchen board on Pinterest!
First on my wish list, white cabinets. I know I’m nuts, but I want to paint them white for a clean, crisp feel. Ahhhh… sink into the warm light of white cabinets! Since our cabinets have deep grooves, we’d need to have them caulked so you don’t see white vertical lines. But paint is an affordable way to change the entire room since our cabinets are functional… just not pretty.
And how about replacing a set of doors with glass inserts? Especially with a pop of color or pattern on the back. Again, very little money for a huge impact.
Next is a “must”: granite countertops. I WANT THEM. I don’t care if they are going out of style or need to be sealed once a year, I’ve lusted after everyone’s granite long enough and now it’s my time to feel their cool surface under my head as I rest it on top, cheek to counter, adoringly. I’m thinking about black, perhaps “Absolute Black” like our granite slab on the fireplace hearth.
Sink. Undermount so it doesn’t catch crumbs. Plus one of those fancy faucets with a pull down spigot and perhaps– dare I say it?– a touch-on hands free feature for situations when I’m cooking chicken and don’t want to turn the faucet with my hand.
The last biggie is the floor– sleek dark hardwood, please. One positive thing about our kitchen is the size. Most people would stick an island in there but that’s our dancing/ painting/ spinning/ running space and I’m not sacrificing it! For our floors (the bulk of the budget, actually) I’ve been coveting dark hardwood for awhile. And yes, these photos both have islands but picture them with an expansive dark floor instead.
As for the finishing touches– curtains, shelves, lighting, backsplash– those are things I’ll make on my own. Here’s a few inspiring photos: