As many of you know, Ryan and I started out living in the country, and no..that does not mean to my city friends a small town. It means your closest neighbor is 1/2 a mile away, your surrounded by fields, and you need a large riding mower in order to get the grass cut in under 3 hours! Ryan actually bought this house a few years before we got married and completely gutted it and started over from the 2×4’s. It was over 100 years old and was quite the sight I am told. Fortunately he’s handy…and had a lot of friends help him out (thanks guys!) and it turned out to be a cute little house.
We called it and still call it “The Birdhouse.” I think because it was a cute little one bedroom house that was narrow and two stories. Anyway, the looks changed a bit when I came along, we redid a few things but unfortunately I don’t have pictures of that. But, when we found out we were expecting 6 months after we were married we realized that this little one bedroom house wasn’t gonna cut it for a family of 3, so we started house hunting. Fortunately we hit the market when it was starting to crash (not sure if it is a good thing, but it was for buyers…) and after looking at quite a few houses we ended up buying the parsonage that our church was selling. Ryan’s little fixer-upper house ended up being a good investment and we could now call a 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom house our home for a good price. Our goal was to still keep me home with our babies once they came and therefore we couldn’t be married to our mortgage. Although I love our house now, it took a little “envisioning” the first time through. Luckily I am up for projects, as well as Ryan, and we ended up spending a couple of months fixing and changing before we actually moved in. During this blog of makeover madness I will be sharing pictures of the before and afters that we did and how we did it on a minimal budget!! The first one I am going to show you is our kitchen.
haha..okay, fat chance…another dream:) This is actually Kim Kardashian’s kitchen that I saw the other day on Rachael Ray and fell in love with! But like I said, we did ours on a BUDGET..so here’s the pictures of ours BEFORE…
I know many people love oak and I got a few weird looks when I decided to paint over ALL of the oak in our house, so if you are one of those people please don’t be offended:) it’s just a preference! I also am not a huge fan of wallpaper, so that came down too…
Now for the fun, at least if you like before and afters as much as I do, which is why we had to eliminate HGTV in our house:)
My true love!! I wanted an apron sink so bad so this was a splurge, but since it’s from IKEA it wasn’t too bad, I think it was around $200
So here’s the breakdown of what we did to our kitchen and how much it cost. I am showing you this merely to realize that you do not need to spend thousands of dollars to redo a large area. I always get frustrated with shows/blogs that redo an area but it seems so out of reach financially, so here it is…
- First we invested in a paint sprayer ($150 from menards) and took off the cabinet doors and sprayed them, we also used the sprayer for the rest of the house so it was a wise investment. This was an amazing transformation to lighten the whole room.
- We bought hardware to install on the cabinets since they had none on them. This also is a cheap fix! I found my knobs on ebay for $1.19 a piece and my pulls for $2.00 a piece. I also did this project by myself, a power drill and your good to go.
- Replaced both the sink and faucet. I already told you I got the sink at ikea and I found my faucet again on ebay (can you tell I love that place?) for $75.
- New appliances. We replaced the stove, dishwasher, and fridge. We found those appliances and a washer and dryer on craigslist all for $1000, not bad.
- New flooring. We put engineered hardwood floor throughout our whole first level, minus the living room for $800. We found a closeout at Home Depot on the flooring and then installed it ourselves. Not that hard of a project! I was the gluer and Ryan was the installer:)
- New lighting. We changed out all of the lights in our house and most I was able to get from my sister who is a lighting manager at a large store, so I was able to get them for 10% above cost. To redo our whole house cost about $500, but for the kitchen only $75. The little chandelier is from Ikea as well.
- New Countertops. I actually lived with the white countertops that were previously in the house for about 2 years. We weren’t able to do everything all at once and that was one area we waited on. I spotted these laminate butcher block countertops at Ikea right away, but since it wasn’t in the budget had to wait. By the time we had the money saved and I went back, they were discontinued!!! Oh the frustration! But, thanks to some amazing friends (Sarah) they found some in New York and hauled them back in their mini-van for us, sweet, I know! We ended up getting them even cheaper and the total cost was only $200!! What a steal:)
- Accessories. I just pick things up here and there when I find something that is calling my name:)
So the financial breakdown:
Appliances=$700 (for kitchen)
Flooring=$400 (for kitchen)
Grand Total=$1900– Not too bad for a complete transformation, painting your cabinets is an amazingly cheap route to go if you want a new look. I just helped a friend paint her’s cream and it was a great update, I’ll show a picture of that sometime too!
If you have any questions leave a comment, otherwise check back next Friday to see the transformation of the living/dining room!