|The Original Kitchen|
|Tearing down the sheetrock|
I don't know about y'all but when I have a project to do I just want to get it done. Rachael on the other hand has to be happy with the scheme. It took awhile (according to my timetable), to find the right countertop, backsplash, and tile that we agreed upone, that matched each other, and fit within our budget (I think Rachael's careful planning was well worth it). We were even able to get the countertop during a sale and we found a groupon at a tile store.
|Rachael painting the cabinets|
So we made an appointment for the installation of the countertop which required myself to remove the existing backsplash. I thought it just be a piece of cake in which I could just easily chisel them off the wall. Not the case. I ended up just tearing down the wall and putting up new sheetrock The one benefit was that we decided to put in a hidden outlet that is controlled by an existing light switch for cabinet lighting.
|A Master Tiler|
Amazing! The kitchen progress actually took less time than what my aggressive internal timetable was expecting. Other than the tile floor, we were finished most of the difficult work. Over the next few weeks we did the finishing touches of adding door hardware, cabinet lighting, caulking, and doing some touch-up painting. Now for the floor.
|Everthing Finished but the Tile|
|Installing the Tile|
So you may ask, did we stay within budget? I think so. The countertops were $2600, the backsplash including grout, mortar, and tools were around $550, the paint, sandpaper, and degreaser were about $200, the tile floor (with groupon), grout, mortar, and shoe molding were around $1000. We also bought a new kitchen faucet and garbage disposal which cost about $325 and we bought some slideout shelving which cost around $300. This gives a grand total of $4975. I am sure there is some extra-miscellanous stuff that I forgot to take into account which probably took the total above the $5k mark, but hey not bad at all considering others end up spending way above $10k for the same updates.
In hindsight, there are things that we would do differently, but I think Rachael and I are well-pleased with the results and greatly enjoy the look of the new updates as well as the cabinet lighting, new faucet, deep-single sink, and the slide-out shelving.
You might ask what is the next project? Well after burning out Rachael and realizing that I had some issues with getting too focused on finishing a task and ignoring more important priorities like a son and a lovely wife, we have decided to take a break for awhile. Rachael and I signed a contract so that we will not do projects in 2012. Might be difficult, but I think we are up for the task.