Kitchen After…For Now

I still have a couple projects left on my kitchen to-do list, but I’m ready to call the room finished for now. It looks significantly better than the rest of the house, so it’s time to move on and share the love with other rooms.

As a reminder, this is what the kitchen looked like when I bought the house. This was taken during the home inspection:

Before I moved in I bought a new dishwasher and my parents bought me a refrigerator as a housewarming gift. Eventually I replaced the microwave and did a little decorating. This is what the kitchen looked like before I decided to focus on decorating/finishing the kitchen:

Back in February I created this mood board to help me focus my ideas and create a cohesive looking room (one of the things I always struggle with):

Three months later I’m ready to present the After…For Now pictures:

I still need to tile the backsplash, update the kitchen artwork, create a new sign for above the sink (to replace the bon appétit sign), and add some more finishing touches (potholders, towels, etc). Oh, and I decided not to add the “eat” sign (I didn’t really have anywhere to hang it), so that’s been removed from the to-do list.
Now let’s talk about everything on the list that I did finish, plus links and the budget breakdown:
Package of 10 Knobs $22.26 x 2
Single Knob $2.97 x 3
Drawer Pull $4.97 x 6
Knob/Pull Hole Guide$7.47

Replace stove (stainless steel) $622.63 - $17.13 (Ebates cash back)

Replace faucet $121.45
Update menu board $2.17 x 2
Re-pot plants $11.96 x 2
Add herb garden to window sill  
Small Pot $1.29 x 5
Small Saucer $0.89 x5
Craft Paint $0.33 x 3
Herb Plant $3.48 x 5
Set of Herb Markers $14.00
Gray/White Striped Fabric $36.20
Heat n Bond $2.40 x 2

Buy rug $38.00
Owl Crock $5.75
Bamboo Utensils $4.97
Oil/Vinegar Bottles$2.99 x 2  
Fruit Bowl $9.58
Cow Creamer $5.48

Total $999.98
Not bad considering 60% of that is the new oven! After finishing the remaining projects and offsetting that by however much I sell my old oven for (still haven’t listed it on Craigslist) I should still be around the $1000-$1200 mark.

And with that I’m ready to call this project done…for now!


  1. It loofs great sam!!! Love the window treatments the most and making everything stainless steel really made it more fresh. I'm on the verge of a kitchen reno for the summer and I'm going gaga with choosing hardware - there are just too many pretty stuff out there. I might have to go with different kinds for different sections of the kitchen. You seem to have a big space in the middle, will I see an island or peninsula in the future? Leaving it this way is already great to me though, great job!

    1. Thanks! I've definitely thought about adding an island to the kitchen. Right now it's on the "Someday, Maybe" list.

  2. It looks great to me! You did a fantastic job on an affordable budget. Move on, girl.

  3. Your kitchen is lovely, Sam! I loved how you did everything on such a budget. It certainly does not look like that.

  4. I think all your subtle changes really added value and increase the appeal of the space! I heart budget breakdowns! Way to go! Love it.

  5. It looks so so beautiful! I love your kitchen :) The new oven really made such a big difference.

  6. Your kitchen is so beautiful! I love the appliances and every thing you have done to it. I am so jealous of the space you have! :)


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