Monday, April 9, 2012

Anniversary Edition: The Kitchen

Today marks 2 years since we moved into our house on Woodgate.  It was a lender-owned foreclosure, basically a blank slate with all builder grade accessories. A lot of sweat, Home Depot runs and man hours were put into the house and it has paid off.  This week I will walk you through the many transformations of our house.

I should have started the blog 2 years ago, but was too busy with my first year teaching and planning a wedding. Now you get to see all the changes we made in fast forward. Let's start with the kitchen.

This is what it looked like the day we put an offer in. What a beauty.

Here is what it's looking like today.

Close up of our beautiful handscraped Hickory floors. Best purchase ever.

Everything you see here was DIY. We learned a lot, had fun and made friends with many Home Depot employees along the way. The only thing we didn't do ourselves was install the granite (they wouldn't let us :)).  

Upgrades include:
  • Hardwood floors- $1,200
  • Stainless steel appliances- $1,400
  • Granite countertops- $1,500
  • Tiles backsplash- $300
  • Painted cabinets- $80
  • New cabinet hardware- $100
  • Under-cabinet lighting- $25
  • New lighting throughout the kitchen- $200
  • Painted walls- $75
  • Painted all the wood trim white- 2 gallons were bought for the entire house
  • Faux wood blinds- $80
  • New sink and faucet- $175
  • Hidden hinges and Blumotion slow close mechanism- $200
Total Renovation Cost ~ $5,335

Prices are not exact to the penny, but this is a rough estimate of the total cost. We got our double oven and refrigerator both off Craigslist saving us lots of money. We also bought our microwave and dishwasher at Home Depot during Black Friday and scored sweet prices! We got an amazing deal on our huge sink during opening week at the Menards by us. We definitely shopped around (a lot), but most things were purchased from Home Depot. I didn't account for all the little supplies you need to tile and such because these same supplies have been used multiple times around the house. 

Another side by side for fun:

Hope you enjoyed our makeover, we sure love it! Stay tuned for more room renovations all week!

xo, Erin


  1. Those cabinets look amazing!! What kind of wood is that? My house is all oak and I absolutely hate it! I'm dying to paint them, but I am a little apprehensive from horror stories I have read.

    1. Thank you, they are actually oak. We used the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit and everything still looks fabulous!

  2. Love what you have done! Where did you get your appliances from? They look great and that seems like a wonderful price!

    1. Thanks Melissa! The fridge and double oven were both Craigslist finds and have been great to us the past 2 years. The other two were bought during Home Depot's Black Friday sale.. microwave was $199 and dishwasher was $399.

      I miss working with you!

  3. Awesome! I miss you too- how are things going? The house looks great!