kitchen breakdown: sources and prices

04 January 2012

I promised we’d talk about price and what we did in the kitchen, so here we go!

I loved the open-ness of the kitchen right into the family room. The cabinets were in great shape and had some nice features, they were just orange oak. Painting was the least expensive route. Do you remember how I got some quotes to have a professional paint it? They came in for around $2500, so with our budget right now we decided to DIY.


Here are the price breakdowns:

Cabinet hardware: Martha Stewart Bedford Dowel Cabinet Pull and Martha Stewart Bedford Canopy Pull. Total: $200 We spray painted the hinges with a brushed nickel. Who cares about hinges? I guess I don’t.

Now, you could save a lot of money on pulls for your cabinets by purchasing them on Ebay, but I LOVED these and figured since we were painting ourselves, I was totally justified in the hardware…right??

That sweet topiary was a fun surprise from my friend, Robyn! The paint and primer for the cabinets was about $100 ~ the tutorial for painting kitchen cabinets can be found by clicking here.



You can read more about the kitchen shelf here with the beadboard wallpaper backing. The containers are from Target, but I scored one at a yard sale. The silver platter was a wedding gift, the plates and crock are also old Target purchases. Total: $22



We kept the sink, and you can read more about the faucet here. $100december-2011-138-1_thumb


The milk glass and white glassware are mostly from Goodwill (that white pitcher is from Target), total about $20.

DIY schoolhouse light here $35

Curtain fabric info here about $15

the baskets were from my cut up coffee table turned bench! (free), the dishwasher was a crazy deal last year, a kitchen aid marked down from $1589 to $589 (remember?)



That fridge came with us from Texas, so I’m not including it. I would love a different style, but we’re waiting on that one. The microwave ($149) and stove ($598) were black Friday deals last year.

The green chair at the desk was about $15, the diy roman shades were about $20december-2011-076-1_thumb

The subway tile is the good old .24 cent tile in store at Home Depot – $20 total.  I don’t think you can get more bang for your buck if you need a classic update in your kitchen or bath. The tutorial for the subway tile backsplash can be found here.

The corbels are from Home Depot, $8 each = $24 they are hot glued on there….shhhhhhh.

The bowl is TJMaxx $17december-2011-101-1_thumb


Glass in cabinet doors (see tutorial here) $18

Penny tile cabinet back -- click here for tutorial $150

I saw the idea for this in PB magazine and pinned it, then copied it. The hooks are from summer garden clearance at Lowes $3 each = $6

The pitcher is from TJ Maxx $9, and the lantern is from Real Deals in Missoula, Montana when I was there visiting. $20


The table refinish -- click here for the full tutorial was about $50, the chairs from Craigslist were $100, the diy drum lights were $120 – tutorial here.



We kept the laminate counters, because we’re trying to meet some financial goals and new solid surface isn’t in the budget right now. But at least they are nice and neutral.


Neither are hardwood floors…but, someday? I hope. The previous owners put brand, spanking new linoleum in right before we saw the house for the first time. I saw the bill for it on the counter (I ain’t  nosy) and they paid $2800. Gulp. Of course I think of what that could have gone towards flooring wise, but can’t really change that now, can I? It’s not bad at all though.


And there you have it.


TOTAL: $2397 for EVERYTHING including the appliances we purchased. It feels like a new kitchen! I love that we would have paid a painter more than that just to paint the cabinets. Awesome.

So…NOW it feels good, now that the work is all over, but I’m not gonna lie, it’s not a fun process.december-2011-121-1_thumb1


Let’s look at the before one more time:

and the after:

I know I probably missed something~let me know if you have ???



  1. It looks amazing! Thanks for all the info. I love the fresh clean look.

  2. What is the color you chose for the walls? I love it!

  3. Linda@Nina's Nest1/7/14, 10:52 PM

    Wow - your kitchen looks fabulous!  I think the before and after should be in a magazine.  What a beautiful job!  Linda

  4. melissa*320 sycamore1/7/14, 10:52 PM

    Thanks, Richella. It is a high quality linoleum (the the texture, etc.) but we have ALOT of it~it extends to the entryway as well. I think that is why it was so expensive. I want to do something with the thresholds (didn't even know that is what they were called~thank you!) I may just stain them or paint them?

  5. melissa*320 sycamore1/7/14, 10:52 PM

    Thanks, Linda! That is so kind.

  6. Michelle Grass1/7/14, 10:52 PM

    Love your blog! Was it much trouble getting the old florescent light down and replacing it? 

  7. AWESOME JOB. I think we're a lot alike in that I really get a rush out of getting a deal, especially a big one. You did an amazing job and I love all the details like the brackets undre cabinets, penny tile in the cabinets, DIY drum shade chandeliers, retro chairs - LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  8. Domesticallyspeaking1/7/14, 10:56 PM

    GORGEOUS Melissa!  I'm having a bit of cream'ification envy. :)  Love all the details and your shade fabric (got the same in our master)... can't wait to read all the tutorials!!!

  9. I couldn't love it more if I tried!  YOU ARE SIMPLY AMAZING!!

  10. Karla@myserendipityhome1/7/14, 10:57 PM

    I'm hopeing to do my cabinets sometime this year and update my kitchen. Hope it looks as beautiful as ours.

  11. It looks gorgeous! Fabulous, fabulous job :)

  12. modern_jane1/7/14, 10:57 PM

    Awesome! It is all so beautiful!

  13. Melissa your kitchen is gorgeous! I can't wait to paint my kitchen (or have it painted) ... My favorite part is the corbels under the cabinets... I also have 2 corbels that are under my counter top and yes... they are hot glued too and have been there for almost a year... Thanks for the tour!

  14. Really, a great transformation. You did a really great job with such a small budget. The painted cabinets alone made such a big difference. Thank for giving your time to create this blog.
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  15. Holly Fronk1/7/14, 10:57 PM

    Love, love, love it!  Now, I have a HUGE question:  I have been both online and in store at both my Lowe's and Home Depot.  I've barely found ANY subway tile in stock, much less .24 cent subway tile.  Where/how do you find it?  I will look online again because I must be missing something big.  Also, are you the blogger that had sheets of sticky stuff that could be used to stick tile to the wall?  I'd also love info or a link for that too, if it doesn't take too much of your time.  Thank you so much.

  16. Susan @ Some Kind of Wonderful1/8/14, 7:56 AM

    Your kitchen looks so wonderful!  You did a really great job with such a small budget.  The frugal in me is drooling ;o)  BTW  I think your floor looks very nice...especially since it is something you have to live with.  Again, great job!

  17. Kathleen Haisten1/8/14, 8:08 AM

    That looks fantastic!  I just started our kitchen update, so thank you for your help.  We used the Giani Granite paint for our counter top and it looks great!  Planning to post about it this week.

  18. I just picked up the same corbels in Home Depot today!!  I'm going to use them for our island, but now that I've seen them in your kitchen - I'm inspired!  Can't wait to get them painted and installed.  Thanks so much.

  19. melissa*320 sycamore1/8/14, 1:23 PM

    Hello Beth~
    Yes, it is just mounted on a mesh background and you just cut around the circles to fit the space.

  20. melissa*320 sycamore1/8/14, 1:24 PM

    Thank you, Angela!

  21. melissa*320 sycamore1/8/14, 1:24 PM

    Hi Megan~
    I didn't because I HAULED them all the way from Texas. Oh, please don't remind my husband about that one. I had perfectly good grout and mastic from projects there and by golly I wasn't just going to leave it! But even if you had to buy the supplies, you would still be under $100, well except for a tile cutter...

  22. melissa*320 sycamore1/8/14, 1:24 PM

    Thanks, Cindy! Good luck with yours :)

  23. Melissa, what is the name of the color and brand of the paint you used to paint the cabinets? 

  24. melissa*320 sycamore1/8/14, 1:28 PM

    I painted the bottom of the trim part because it comes down farther, but you can't see the under, under side of it sitting on the sofa, so NO I didn't. I *think* I hot-glued them to both? I cannot remember, sorry. The HINGES! I knew I forgot something. We spray painted them with brushed nickel. To be honest, I was reading John & Sherry's poston spray painting theirs and they showed the wear, and I went and checked mine and the cabinet we use the very most had the wear on them, but I had never even noticed. We did them in our last home as well and they were great. If any wear would bother you, I would buy new ones. But..they are hinges. and nobody looks at them. I'll try to take a picture for a follow up post!

  25. melissa*320 sycamore1/8/14, 1:28 PM

    You are hilarious. Come rip my carpet and linoleum out for me!! You can have it!

  26. Betweenblueandyellow1/8/14, 1:31 PM

    That looks fantastic!  I just started our kitchen update, so thank you for your help.  We used the Giani Granite paint for our counter top and it looks great!  Planning to post about it this week.

  27. Lakesforum1/8/14, 2:21 PM

    did you enlarge the window over the sink?

  28. Laura @ The Turquoise Home1/8/14, 2:53 PM

    I know I'm a year late to this party, but I just wanted to say that I love, love, love your kitchen! I have similar plans and really love your cabinet painting tutorial. You make it sound so much less complicated than some of the other tutorials out there. I hope that this time next year I can have a similar kitchen reveal. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  29. I'm new here so my question is how long did it actually take you start to finish to do all of that?  I'm notorious for taking forever to do any projects at my house because I am horribly indecisive!

  30. Your kitchen looks awesome and has inspired me to paint my own and freshen it up.  Not sure if you are looking for a "quick fix" for your counter tops but have you ever heard or "giani" granite paint? It is paint you paint on your counter tops that make it look like marble.  Just a thought, not sure what you are looking for but I thought I'd throw that out there.  Otherwise IKEA has some great looking wood counter tops as well :)

  31. Sue Erneta1/8/14, 5:36 PM

    I love your kitchen! You totally inspired me. I too had a yuck kitchen in the house I bought a year ago and I've been wanting to give it a little makeover. (Not a full facelift yet!) We have creamy/beige floors, creamy/beige cabinets, creamy/beige formica counters and creamy/beige WALLPAPER. (Thankfully the former home-owners left great stainless appliances.) I've been thinking about taking it slow - floor and countertops will have to wait - and just painting the cabinets white and fixing/painting the walls. Problem: I wasn't sure how the countertops would look with the white cabinets but your pics gave me the push I needed. They also helped to convince my husband that I wasn't crazy. But maybe I am crazy because minutes after seeing the pics of your lovely kitchen, I started ripping the wallpaper down and finished it less than an hour later!!! Seriously, I've seen a million pics of great kitchens and nothing inspired me to make it happen like yours did. So, thank you. I have no plan, very little budget, and almost less time so it'll be awhile before I do anything else but at least it's a start! Thanks for the inspiration! (Note: I don't have a home blog but I did take a lot of before pictures that I'll share with you when I'm done. ) Best, Sue

  32. melissa*320 sycamore1/8/14, 5:52 PM

    you can do it! when you are in the thick of it and wondering why you read dumb blogs that tell you to paint your cabinets, just remember, it will be worth it. Don't rush through it or take'll make it!

  33. Laura @ The Turquoise Home1/8/14, 5:55 PM

    I know I'm a year late to this party, but I just wanted to say that I love, love, love your kitchen! I have similar plans and really love your cabinet painting tutorial. You make it sound so much less complicated than some of the other tutorials out there. I hope that this time next year I can have a similar kitchen reveal. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  34. Donya Grant1/8/14, 5:58 PM

    Holy Smokes!  Awesome!  Lovin' it!  Great Job!

  35. Beth Miller1/8/14, 5:58 PM

    Absolutely beautiful! I have a question about your corbels. I just painted my upper cabinets white and hadn't even thought about adding corbels! Do your cabinets have that little lip underneath them where there is about an inch or so that hangs down so the bottom of the upper cabinets are not solid? Do you have any idea what I'm talking about?! If so, did you have to make a notch in the back of your corbels so they would fit? I'm afraid that if I put the corbel up against that lip that you would be able to tell it wasn't installed properly or it would look funny. Never mind that I'll use hot glue too! Enjoy your "new" kitchen!

  36. Wow! This is completely stunning!! I love what you've done in here....I kinda gulped over the price they paid for linoleum too.....I've got to try that pendant light!! Sounds easy...looks WONDERFUL!! 

  37. Your kitchen turned out so lovely.  So much of it is in the details.  Gotta say my fave is the school house pendant (hey, I work for schools), but I'm sure I'm not alone on that pick.  Thanks for sharing the sources.


  38. Love love love all the well thought out details!!  My husband and I are endeavoring to put up a similar backsplash this weekend - cross your fingers for us :)  Just out of curiosity, did you use regular white grout?  We are toying with either an "antique white" or mushroom color...  Thanks so much for sharing all your projects!!

  39. What a wonderful, new kitchen! thanks so much for sharing with us. Ya did good! :)

  40. melissa*320 sycamore1/8/14, 6:29 PM

    Nope, we just painted.

  41. Wow, I am in love.  The colors, the hanging lantern (I may steal that idea, hope you don't mind), the corbels, the subway tile.  Please, please post a tutorial on the tile because I need some motivation.  We just painted our oak cabinets white and upgraded to granite.  It looks beautiful but somethings still lacking.  I think it's the backsplash.  I just created a home blog and posted about a buffet makeover.  You're one of my favorite google reads and you've inspired me!  Thanks so much!

  42. We recently bought a new house and as I consider a corner kitchen sink, the first thing I thought of was yours. I have followed your blog for years and remembered your kitchen reveal from years ago (that means it left quite an impression on this challenged mommy-memory.) Well done and thank you for the inspiration!


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