Today is part 3 of our kitchen series!
We have cabinets! Because we were on such a tight budget, we HAD to use unfinished cabinets as they were the absolute cheapest we could find (don’t you worry, of course, I checked my favorite thrift stores weekly for cabinets and came pretty close one time but they didn’t quite fit!) This post is picture heavy (with an iPhone) because there aren’t a ton of details to share….
You may remember last week, I shared that we put paper on the floor to actually do the layout. Russ drew it over and over and we printed off measurements so we knew exactly what we were buying. I knew I wanted a huge island and actually envisioned it going the other way but it didn’t leave enough room to walk through and in the end, it was too far away from the sink.
My contractor and Russ actually added the pretty ends to make our oven look built in since my dream of a double oven also went out the window….
These pendants are actually only $49 from Lowe’s! I imagined HUGE pendants but they were $150 for ONE so that didn’t fit in the budget either…
(Notice all of the cabinets unfinished as they are installed. We took the doors off and since our contractor had a sprayer, we took them all outside and they sprayed the doors and brushed the bases.)
At this point in the game, we thought we were doing great with our cabinets running around $1,200 and decided to order recycled countertops.
HA! That was MORE than all of our cabinets combined! There was just no way. So we went back to Lowe’s and placed an order for literally the cheapest countertops they sold: Formica Laminate…for $400.
I was so unsure about the finish and Russ talked me into the marble….and I’m so glad he did. People walk in and literally, cannot tell the difference.
(Please ignore the cilantro and tag on the basket. K? Thanks!)
The butcher block island base (the top is actually two pieces found here from Lumber Liquidators) is also made from our stock cabinets. BUT, because my contractor felt sorry for me because he had never worked on such a tight budget, I came over one day, and he had added a panel on one end and a bookcase like I had showed him a gazillion times on the other!
I debated for WEEKS but I knew I wanted dark, dark finish in the middle so that’s what we went with for with the island. I loved the natural blonde maple but knew once we put a finish over it, it would be more yellow than what I originally envisioned.
Of course, my dad finished it because he makes things pretty so well.
Next week we are in the home stretch and I will share our open shelves and window treatments and hopefully, a full reveal! See you then!