Kitchen Renovation

Our kitchen reveal is here! You may have caught some of the kitchen reveal already, but we finally got our island and can now say it is COMPLETE! At least for the most part (is anything ever complete?). We still need to get bar stools and a rug that will fit nicely (the one shown in pics is temporary), but we will have to save up for those purchases later.

Initially when we bought the house, we were just planning on switching out the appliances and maybe painting the cabinet doors, but as we began renovating the upstairs area, it seemed like the best idea was to renovate the entire kitchen so that it didn’t look too dated compared to the rest of the house. We are also adding a kitchen on our lowest level, and up until a few weeks ago, we were planning on reusing the cabinets down there. Unfortunately the layout and cabinet sizes were not conducive, so we ended up buying new cabinets for downstairs too. Which means…. there will be a second kitchen reveal later on!

One of the ways we tried to make the kitchen renovation affordable was by going the Ikea route. Typically I try not to buy furniture or big items from Ikea, but, I found out about Semihandmade, which is a company that makes doors to fit Ikea cabinets. The doors are very well made and look beautiful, and the boxes themselves are easy to put together, so we gave it a shot! We like the outcome so much that we are doing Ikea + Semihandmade downstairs as well! I’ll give the entire kitchen cost breakdown at the end of the post!

The Ikea boxes we used are from the Sektion line. And for the upper cabinets we did the 40″ for more space. We assembled the boxes and installed them ourselves, but you do have the option of hiring out the installation. For the doors, we chose the DIY shaker doors so that we could choose the color ourselves. I have wanted a dark navy kitchen for a while now, so we chose Anchors Aweigh by Sherwin Williams. I played with the idea of having floating shelves, but since the kitchen is already so small, we didn’t want to take away from the storage possibility.

Choosing an island took a while for us. We had to decide between going the custom route and getting it painted to match our cabinets, or getting a different style of island that would still look cohesive in the space. We got a few quotes on custom islands, and there were some options that would have costed as much as all of our cabinets and doors combined! Because of that, we decided to go with a french kitchen island, made of metal and marble. I love that it’s a statement piece, and that it still allows the kitchen to feel open.

Now to the cost breakdown! Our total cost for this brand new kitchen (including appliances, but excluding the recessed lighting) is $9,808.90! The only labor we hired out was the backsplash, which we estimate costed about $500 in labor expenses.

  • Cabinet boxes/panels – Ikea – $1,396.40
  • Cabinet doors – Semihandmade (DIY Shaker) – $1,244.10 (includes $90~ refund for some slight damage on doors)
  • Cabinet door paint – Sherwin Williams in Anchors Aweigh + primer – $93.68
  • Cabinet hardware – Wayfair (Atlas Homewares, Oskar) – $170.57
  • Granite countertops – Lowes (Allen + Roth in Nero Mist, honed) – $2,049.25
  • Pantry Shelving – Lowes – $234.24
  • Faucet – Kraus (Amazon) – $187.95 (It’s cheaper now!)
  • Sink, 27″ – Kraus (Amazon) – $306.85 (also cheaper now, darn it..)
  • Marble backsplash tile + grout – Floor & Decor – $450.05
  • Pendant light – Wayfair – $73.27
  • French Island – Wayfair – $384.99
  • 4 Appliances & Misc tools/supplies needed – Samsung – $3,217.55

I hope I didn’t forget anything! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions! Can’t wait to reveal more renovations and our SECOND kitchen!

Thanks for reading!




6 thoughts on “Kitchen Renovation

  1. What a beautiful renovation! I have to ask where you got your backsplash. I am thinking of doing my counters in this color and can’t imagine having any other backsplash!


  2. Whoops I mean I mean I am thinking of doing my cabinets in this color 🤭. Anyway love that backsplash and would love to know where you got it and what it’s called!


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