As we’ve been working on the kitchen for the past ten weeks, I’ve been keeping track of every receipt and dollar we’ve spent on the renovation. From screws for the studs to caulk and a step stool, everything will be counted for. I love to hear how much real renovations cost so I thought I’d breakdown my kitchen renovation costs.
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kitchen renovation costs
I should say though, that this was a big renovation. We tore out all the old cabinets! And everything was taken down to the studs. It was a massive undertaking, my husband and I spent hundreds of hours customizing every detail, and the price reflects that.
The other thing I want to say is that every home and every renovation will be different. Every person will make different choices based on what works for their family. Which they should 🙂
Technically, this is a small to medium sized kitchen. I thought I’d look up the average price of a kitchen remodel. Here’s what I found-
HomeAdvisor puts the average kitchen remodel price in the $12,567 to $34,962 range. A small kitchen update can cost as little as $4,000 and a lavish remodel can cost as much as $50,000+.
With that in mind, let’s break down what the kitchen remodel cost.
exact kitchen renovation costs
Countertops (installation) $1989
Quartz Slab $1200*
White Sink $319*
Ikea Cabinet Boxes $2415
Cabinet Fronts $3000*
Microwave Hood $169* (still needs to be installed- it arrived late)
Wood Tile Floor $969.71*
Tiling Tools and Supplies (tile saw, grout, mastic, grout bag, mixing paddle, etc) $727.97
Subway Tile Walls $295*
Crown Molding $295*
Wallpaper Chinoiserie $1140*
Wallpaper Rainbow $96*
Glass Windows (salvaged) $100
Hardware Store Misc. $1721.61 (screws, drywall, cement board, studs, caulk, outlets, pipes, wood filler, staples, etc)
Sub total- $9,442.07 (this is my out of pocket cost)
Total Kitchen Renovation Costs- $28,175.87
Note, for the items with an asterisk, I received the item for a media trade for posting about them. I wanted to share the full price so that I could give an accurate total for what everything cost.
The splurges were definitely the quartz countertops and new cabinets. But these are also the items that make the kitchen feel custom and high end.
By doing all the work on our own, we saved a lot of money. Where we hired help (like with the plumber and electrician), that we super expensive.
This kitchen renovation was 3 years of waiting for it and making do with what we had. I made it look as pretty as possible, but I am SO grateful to have a more durable kitchen in a layout that works so much better.
I am glad we waited. It took having a pandemic and never leaving home for me to realize exactly what the layout should be. And I love how it’s situated now! With less cabinets that are more efficient and a big table that’s designed for gathering. It seems right.
And still- it was so expensive. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- I could only do this project because of The One Room Challenge. My out of pocket cost was just shy of $10k. And that’s still a lot of money. I’m honestly feeling the pinch. But kitchens are expensive and I’m so happy we have an upgraded one.
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Glass Windows (salvaged)
Well, in July, I’ll be focusing on smaller updates that I can do on a budget. My wallet needs a break. And I need to slow down a bit after a huge remodel. I’m craving to have some quality time with my son before he’s off to school SO SOON.
I was just brainstorming projects I can do and am really looking forward to creating little beautiful things without spending a lot of money. There will be some fun projects coming! Especially ones for our backyard space.
I hope you enjoy both types of content- the big ones like this kitchen renovation where we spend weeks and weeks creating something that is high quality and will be the backdrop to so many beautiful memories. And smaller projects that anyone can do, no matter their budget.
Thanks for reading and following along with this renovation. The support has been so kind and I felt you all lift me up when it was hard. And this project was so hard. So thank you!
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