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Our Kitchen Renovation (cost breakdown, before/after, etc)

January 20, 2022

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OUR KITCHEN RENOVATION IS FINALLY DONE. *cue the obnoxious screaming* I have never cooked and cleaned more in my entire life. My new favorite hobby is finding an excuse to walk in the kitchen. I stare at it constantly, spend the majority of my time in it, and if it wasn’t frowned upon, I would probably sleep in there every night (sorry baby). And I can’t confirm this, but I’m pretty sure birds sing every time I walk in there. Ok, you get it, I love my kitchen. But once upon a time before our kitchen renovation, I did not.

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Why did you do a kitchen renovation in the first place?

Our kitchen wasn’t exactly a nightmare story, and the previous owners did do quite a few updates. However, there were several reasons (besides cosmetic) why we decided to embark on a major kitchen renovation about 2.5 years after we moved in. First of all, it was so tight. We could barely fit two people in it comfortably.

Before picture of the kitchen (before the kitchen renovation)

Second, our cabinets were so tiny and impractical that we could barely fit anything in them. They were not in good condition, and we barely had any storage space. We couldn’t even fit a tray in our cabinets, that’s how tight they were.

Before picture of the kitchen cabinets (before the kitchen renovation

Lastly, we had this entire space right next to the kitchen with nothing in it. It was screaming for a kitchen island.

Before picture of the kitchen (before the kitchen renovation

Where did you start for the kitchen renovation? And who designed it?

Before I reached out to a contractor to start the kitchen renovation, I wanted to have solid grasp of what exactly I wanted done. Meaning, big picture stuff–think layout, cabinetry, flooring. I had never designed something of this magnitude before, so I was a bit overwhelmed. If you’re a newbie like me, I highly recommend using the Ikea kitchen planner tool. I’m sure there are many programs out there, this is just one that I found to be incredibly user friendly (and free!). It was instrumental in the design of my kitchen renovation, and really helped me solidify many of my layout decisions. What’s great is it allows you to enter the measurements of the room, add in windows, walls, and other features…etc. I played around with the space for weeks! Here’s an example of a version of the room I designed for the kitchen renovation

Ikea planning tool of kitchen renovation
Ikea planning tool of kitchen renovation

What about the design elements and finishes for the kitchen renovation?

I knew I wanted my kitchen to feel like a Nancy Meyers movie (I’m so cliche I know). I also knew that I wanted a good mix of modern and vintage. I wanted it to feel aged and lived in. I’d say one of the best decisions I made to balance out the new and modern finishes, was utilizing tiles (both on my floor and my walls) that gave it that nice balance. And of course all those thrifted pieces and art that I ended up bringing in to give the kitchen some soul. I used the Canva app to map out my mood board for the kitchen, and to really test out a lot of the elements I was thinking about. It took a ton of trial and error, here’s an example of one below (this wasn’t the final):

mood board for the kitchen renovation

I put a lot of thought into how all the elements went together. I’d highly recommend keeping samples of everything in your purse! I always had a sample of my wall tiles, slab, paint samples, and really anything I had so that it was easier to make decisions when I went to the store shopping for other elements.

How did you pick a contractor for your kitchen renovation?

I searched on Google for several general contractors. I looked at their work online, and requested a meeting and a quote. Thankfully, one of the contractors was a recommendation from a friend. I met with a few, asked them questions about timeline, staffing, past projects…etc. I ended up picking the contractor I felt like was looking for solutions, was being honest with me, and overall had a good gut feeling about them.

Ok, let’s get to the good stuff. Before and Afters of the kitchen renovation..

One of the spaces I spent the most time thinking about for the kitchen renovation, was this space below. A few things: 1) I love the windows below, and they were original to the house. However, I also love symmetry. And building something on both sides while making the windows look intentional was a struggle. Getting new windows was definitely out of the budget. 2) Since we moved in, this was such a dead space. The kitchen was on the far left, and the dining table was on the far right. It never felt connected or cohesive. 3) That hearth on the fireplace was bugging the crap out of me, and I was unsure how it would look with cabinetry on both sides. But, we didn’t have it in the budget to remove it for the kitchen renovation

Before picture of the fireplace view of kitchen (before the kitchen renovation

I decided to keep the cabinetry the same depth on both sides of the fireplace, but designed a bookshelf to go all the way up on the right, so the windows looked intentional. I also pushed the island so that the seating was in front of the fireplace, and the two spaces looked connected. I am so happy with how this turned out, and the hearth actually ended up looking great.

After picture of the kitchen fireplace view (after the kitchen renovation), wide pendants, builtin, library in kitchen, fireplace in kitchen, 1950's beach cottage, wooden woven shades, brick fireplace, limewashed fireplace, vintage art in kitchen, quartz countertops, kitchen island, benjamin moore winds breath paint, styling book shelves, backwards books, shiplap walls, wooden counter stools

If you move to the right, we used to have our dining table there. It was a cute corner, but that table felt heavy and bulky. I’ve also always wanted a dining banquette. So when we planned the kitchen, I just knew we had to put one in.

Before picture of the dining nook  (before the kitchen renovation)

And with the bookcase, it all feels so intentional now.

After picture of the dining nook  (after the kitchen renovation), farmhouse sconces, industrial sconces, low vaulted ceiling, shiplap walls, wooden woven shades, 1950's beach cottae, modern traditional home, dining banquette, breakfast nook, dining nook, white tulip table, built in library with banquette, builtin shelves in kitchen renovation, benjamin moore winds breath paint, art hanging on book shelf, art in unexpected places
After picture of the dining nook  (after the kitchen renovation), farmhouse sconces, industrial sconces, low vaulted ceiling, shiplap walls, wooden woven shades, 1950's beach cottae, modern traditional home, dining banquette, breakfast nook, dining nook, white tulip table, built in library with banquette, builtin shelves in kitchen renovation, benjamin moore winds breath paint, art hanging on book shelf, art in unexpected places

We also have a ton of storage in that dining bench, and it’s now our favorite spot to sit! I opted for a top storage (versus drawers that pull out) because I wanted to maximize all the storage space. I also didn’t want to constantly move the table if I wanted to get something out. I had the seat cushion made separate, and it actually just sits on top unattached. It has a removable cover that I can send to the dry cleaners if I need to. If you do decide to attach your cushion, I would recommend attaching it in the back and not the bottom. This way you can flip the cushions every now and then to keep it from sinking or getting too flat.

After picture of the dining nook  (after the kitchen renovation), farmhouse sconces, industrial sconces, low vaulted ceiling, shiplap walls, wooden woven shades, 1950's beach cottae, modern traditional home, dining banquette, breakfast nook, dining nook, white tulip table, built in library with banquette, builtin shelves in kitchen renovation, benjamin moore winds breath paint, art hanging on book shelf, art in unexpected places
After picture of the dining nook  (after the kitchen renovation), farmhouse sconces, industrial sconces, low vaulted ceiling, shiplap walls, wooden woven shades, 1950's beach cottae, modern traditional home, dining banquette, breakfast nook, dining nook, white tulip table, built in library with banquette, builtin shelves in kitchen renovation, benjamin moore winds breath paint, art hanging on book shelf, art in unexpected places

At one point we even tried doing a living room in that spot.

before of the dining nook  (before the kitchen renovation)

But now it feels more cohesive, and intentional.

After picture of the dining nook  (after the kitchen renovation) checkered floors, wood tile transition, ikea kitchen, semihandmade fronts, gold hardware, quartz countertops, dining banquette, library in kitchen windows in kitchen, fireplace in kitchen, 1950's beach cottage,  modern traditional home, wooden woven shades,

And that bookcase double serves as a sneaky booth.

After picture of the dining nook  (after the kitchen renovation), farmhouse sconces, industrial sconces, low vaulted ceiling, shiplap walls, wooden woven shades, 1950's beach cottae, modern traditional home, dining banquette, breakfast nook, dining nook, white tulip table, built in library with banquette, builtin shelves in kitchen renovation, benjamin moore winds breath paint, art hanging on book shelf, art in unexpected places, wood tile transition, checkered floors, ikea kitchen, semihandmade fronts, gold hardware, cozy breakfast nook, dining banquette, fireplace in kitchen

You can often find me hiding behind it.

After picture of the dining nook booth  (after the kitchen renovation)

Moving on to the main view of the kitchen.

before picture of the kitchen (before the kitchen renovation)

We definitely got rid of that dead space!

After picture of the kitchen renovation,  (after the kitchen renovation), zellige tiles, floating shelves, quartz counters, wide pendants, bejamin moore winds breath, checkered floors, craftsman window, 1950's beach cottage, modern traditional, wood tile transition, ikea kitchen, semihandmade fronts, shelf styling, art on shelves in kitchen, plaster hood, kitchen island, 9 foot kitchen island

And those checkers? They were such a happy accident. I’ve always dreamt of having checkered floors. When our contractor removed the peninsula in our original kitchen, there was no hardwood underneath. I could’ve tried to find a matching floor, but instead decided that having a mix of wood and tile would be such a fun surprise.

The next decision I needed to make was where to end the tiles. Do they go to the fireplace? Past the fireplace? Then I thought why not do the tiles on the “working area” of the kitchen? And then a follower on Instagram sent me this image below.

layout of kitchen

I was like THAT IS THE ONE. It was so controversial (both having a mix of tiles/wood AND doing the slant). People said it would look dated, but I couldn’t love it more.

After picture of the kitchen renovation,  (after the kitchen renovation), zellige tiles, floating shelves, quartz counters, wide pendants, bejamin moore winds breath, ikea kitchen, semihandmade kitchen fronts, shaker kitchen cabinets, plaster hood, faux plants in kitchen, kitchen shelf styling,

Because we had so much storage space now with the expansion, I really wanted the space to feel wider. I decided to opt out of upper cabinets. See how tight it was below?

before kitchen renovation

Just feels so much wider and airy now.

After picture of the kitchen renovation,  (after the kitchen renovation), zellige tiles, floating shelves, quartz counters, wide pendants, bejamin moore winds breath, checkered floors, ikea kitchen, semihandmade fronts, wooden kitchen stools, kitchen shelf styling, plaster hood, 9 foot island, kitchen island, faux plants in kitchen, art in kitchen

And did you notice the window? We didn’t have it in the budget to replace it with a larger one, so I designed a window frame that would give the illusion it was larger.

before kitchen renovation

So much better right?

after kitchen renovation window, ikea kitchen, semihandmade kitchen cabinets, quartz countertops, zellige wall tiles in natural white, benjamin moore winds breath paint, faux plants in kitchen

I HATED this corner. The fridge didn’t fit, and those upper cabinets were so cramped in that corner.

before kitchen

So in love with it now.

after kitchen renovation, zellige tiles, built in fridge, checkered floors, ikea kitchen, semihandmade front kitchen cabinets, benjamin moore winds breath

And the view from the hallway before.

before view of kitchen

Just feels so much bigger! And that peninsula no longer blocks the view.

after kitchen renovation, floating shelves, zellige tiles natural white, quartz countertops, ikea kitchen, semihande made fronts, benjamin moore winds breath paint, shelf styling, shaker fronts kitchen cabinets, checkered floors, gold hardware, 1950's beach cottage, modern traditional home

Another angle..

before view of kitchen renovation

I can’t even believe it’s the same space.

after kitchen renovation, fireplace in kitchen, 9 foot kitchen island, wide kitchen pendants, quartz countertops, ikea kitchen, semihandmade kitchen cabinet fronts, benjamin moore windsbreath paint, shiplap walls, wooden woven shades, library shelf in kitchen, modern traditional kitchen, vintage art in kitchen, art in unexpected places

The oven was so cramped, and that hood was squished in between those upper cabinets.

Updated the oven, added a plaster hood, and kept some spacing from the hood to widen the space.

after kitchen renovation, gas range, plaster hood, floating shelves, ikea kitchen, semihandmade kitchen cabinets, shaker kitchen cabinets, quartz countertops, zellige natural white tiles, winds breath benjamin moore paint, kitchen styling, floating shelves, checkered floors

And the decision to do the tiles all the way up the ceiling made such an impact on the kitchen. I love the warmth and grit these Zellige tiles brought in to the space. Everything felt so new, and these tiles felt aged and old in the most wonderful way.

zellige tile in natural white after kitchen renovation, floating shelves, styling kitchen shelves

Another angle..

before kitchen renovation

God I love it now.

after kitchen renovation, gallery wall in kitchen, wooden counter stools, kitchen island, quartz countertops, checkered floors, wood tile transition on floor, 9 foot kitchen island, ikea kitchen, semihandmade kitchen cabinet fronts, benjamin moore winds breath paint, wide kitchen pendants, low kitchen ceiling, 8 foot ceiling kitchen, shiplap wainscotting, 1950 beach cottage, modern traditional home, built in fridge, floating shelves
gallery wall in kitchen renovation, quartz countertops, modern traditional, 1950s beach cottage, shiplap wainscotting

This gallery wall may be my fav wall in the house. And it added so much SOUL to this kitchen.

gallery wall in kitchen renovation, quartz countertops, modern traditional, 1950s beach cottage, shiplap wainscotting, vintage art

Another before..

before kitchen renovation

And those pendants may not look large in the photo, but they are two feet wide. I was told over and over again to get glass pendants because my ceilings are low (8′ and dip to 7.5′ in the center), but I knew the key was to get wide but not tall pendants. And they look so good!

After picture of the kitchen renovation,  (after the kitchen renovation), zellige tiles, floating shelves, quartz counters, wide pendants, bejamin moore winds breath, checkered floors, ikea kitchen, semihandmade fronts, wooden kitchen stools, kitchen shelf styling, plaster hood, 9 foot island, kitchen island, faux plants in kitchen, art in kitchen, wooden woven shades, shiplap walls, modern traditional home, 1950s beach cottage

Another before..

before kitchen renovation

And after.

After picture of the kitchen renovation,  (after the kitchen renovation), zellige tiles, floating shelves, quartz counters, wide pendants, bejamin moore winds breath, checkered floors, ikea kitchen, semihandmade fronts, wooden kitchen stools, kitchen shelf styling, plaster hood, 9 foot island, kitchen island, faux plants in kitchen, art in kitchen, plaster hood, modern traditional home, 1950s beach cottage, wooden woven shades

And so many other storage details I’m happy about. Look where our trash was before (below).

before kitchen renovation

Ikea has so many storage solutions like this. We now have our trashcans inside of a cabinet.

after kitchen renovation, semihandmade fronts, shaker fronts, ikea kitchen trash can storage, zellige natural white wall tiles, benjamin moore paint winds breath

Before our pantry was a nightmare. We always had to reach in the cabinet and couldn’t see what was behind anything.

before kitchen renovation

And now everything has a drawer that pulls out.

after kitchen renovation, semihandmade fronts, shaker fronts, ikea kitchen trash can storage, zellige natural white wall tiles, benjamin moore paint winds breath, drawers inside pantry cabinets, floating shelves

Our drawers were so tiny and impractical before.

before pics of kitchen cabinets before kitchen renovation

And now we have drawers inside of drawers! Ikea has so many storage solutions its amazing.

after kitchen renovationikea storage hidden drawers after kitchen renovation, quartz counters calacatta laza, benjamin moore paint winds breath

And look at that spice rack.

after kitchen renovationikea storage hidden drawers after kitchen renovation, quartz counters calacatta laza, benjamin moore paint winds breath

I just can’t believe how everything looked before.

before kitchen renovation

And how it looks now.

After kitchen renovation, quartz countertops calacatta laza, wide kitchen pendants, shiplap walls, 1950 beach cottage, wainscoting, dining nook, breakfast nook, low vaulted ceiling, swiss coffee wall paint, benjamin moore winds breath cabinet paint, fireplace in kitchen, library and builtin shelves in kitchen, wooden woven shades, farmhouse light sconces, industrial sconces, white tulip table
After kitchen renovation, quartz countertops calacatta laza, wide kitchen pendants, shiplap walls, 1950 beach cottage, wainscoting, dining nook, breakfast nook, low vaulted ceiling, swiss coffee wall paint, benjamin moore winds breath cabinet paint, fireplace in kitchen, library and builtin shelves in kitchen, wooden woven shades, farmhouse light sconces, industrial sconces, white tulip table

And I love the view from the living room..

after kitchen renovation, gallery wall, dining nook, dining banquette

I want sources and links!

Cabinet boxes/drawers: Ikea

Cabinet fronts: Unfinished shaker from Semihandmade

Floor tiles: Palazzo 12×12″ Decorative tile in Castle Graphite Villa from Bedrosians

Hardwood floor: (from previous owner, I don’t have details)

Wall tiles: Zellige tile in Natural White from Riad Tile 2″x6″ (I used frost all-in-one sanded grout)

Cabinet paint color: Wind’s Breath from Benjamin Moore

Wall paint color: Swiss Coffee from Dunn Edwards

Hardware: From Wayfair (Knobs) (Drawer pulls)

Slab: It’s Quartz, it’s the “new” Calacatta Laza from MSI Surfaces

Floating Shelves: Custom made, stain is Weathered Oak

Bookcase and Dining banquette: Custom made (same paint color as kitchen cabinets)

Island pendants: 24″ Capri Pendants from Lamps.com

Gas range: 30 inch” 3.9 cu ft w/ 4 Italian Burners from Cosmo Appliances

Fridge: LG Counter-Depth fridge (take advantage of the financing at Best Buy!)

Kitchen stools: From Amazon

Blinds: Wooden Woven Shades in Tibet Oak from Blinds.com

Lights in Dining nook: Amazon

Light above sink: Amazon (I got the 24″)

Dining Table: 47″ tulip table

Dining Chairs: Wayfair

Favorite plates: I LOVE this line. I have their plates, dessert bowls, pasta bowls and so much more from that brand.

Favorite glasses: I love these!

Measurements

Overall space: The entire renovated space is 36.5 feet (L) x 13.3 feet (W) including the dining nook/library area. The kitchen alone is 20 feet (L) x 13.3 (W). My ceilings are 8 feet high, however, they dip to about 7.5 feet in the middle.

Island: 8’10” (L) X 3’10 (W) 2’11 (H)

Walkway (both sides of island): 3’10”

Floating Shelves: 12″ (Depth) 3″ (thick)

Banquette: 22″ (depth) x 16″ (H) (w/ seat cushion: 19″)

How much did all of this cost?

If you follow me on Instagram, you know we ran into some hiccups. Specifically, we discovered a crack in the slab under the hardwood and had to pause the renovation. I’ve included the cost of that too. If you don’t see something mentioned, it’s because we had it before the renovation (I.E. Blinds, stove, dishwasher..etc)

KITCHEN AREA 
Demo$875
Electrical (Pendant/switches)$925
Drywall and patch$575
Kitchen cabinet Assembly/install$4,699.54
Finish painted panels$650
Cabinet door finish panels painting$4,175
Quartz and Fabrication$7,492
Wall tile Installation$1,656
Plastered vent hood install$2,120
Window Casing$1,130
Floating shelves$3,925
Tiling floor $2,336.67
Remov/install existing floor$675
Add 3 outlets$250
Painting ceiling$150
Adding lighting + outlet in nook$465
Patching ceiling$485
Custom pantry closet$625
Semihandmade doors$4,442.69
Hardware (for cabinetry) $266.71
Light above sink$71.53
Hood insert$234.82
Pendants$981.92
Extra paint $100
Fridge$2,381.39
Wall tiles (gifted)($3,343.75)
Floor tiles$1,442.54
Ikea cabinet bases$4,795.83
Total$44,582.89
  
NOOK/LIBRARY AREA 
Custom Banquette Seating$2,500
Custom Bookcase$1,125
Custom Banquette Cushion$1,175
Sconces above banquette$99.21
Total$4,899
  
FOUNDATION REPAIR 
Soil Engineer$2,500
Crack Repair$4,900
Total$7,400
  
FURNITURE 
Dining Chairs$463.04
Counter Stools$317.12
Dining Table$644.30
Total$1,424.46

Timeline

The Kitchen + Dining/Library area (because keep in mind it was two spaces), was about 6-7 weeks. And this was one man doing the entire kitchen himself. However, the entire process including the repairs, quotes, analysis of our slab, (and the long a** waiting period) took 5 months.

Favorite things about the kitchen?

It’s tough to pick a favorite design element, but I’d say those Zellige tiles on the walls really gave the kitchen that aged look I was looking for. But beyond design, deciding to have only drawers (no cabinets) was the best decision I made. It’s just so much more practical now. Everything pulls out and it’s so much more convenient. Even the few cabinets I have (pantry, over fridge, under sink), all have pull out drawers inside of them. So no matter your design style, I’d highly recommend going with drawers I promise you won’t regret it!

I still have questions!

I have way more documented on my instagram (I have several highlights on my page), however, feel free to drop me a line below, or send me a DM on Instagram. Happy to answer anything else!

Best,

Deema

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  1. Anne says:

    It is perfect. I had a hard time imagining the angled tile and it is outstanding! I will put this in my bag of tricks for future use.

  2. Maisah says:

    It looks sooo good!!! Congratulations!!!!

  3. Ami says:

    Oh what a long and winding road it’s been! 😂 But it was worth the wait, I’m sure. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It turned out beautifully.

  4. Lindsey says:

    Absolutely stunning!! I love every inch and every choice, even if I might have questioned some at the time 😉 Thank you so much for the cost breakdown, that is incredibly helpful. Beautifully done

  5. Jillian says:

    Hi Deema,

    Thanks for documenting and sharing the whole process including sources and costs. Also including the good/ugly times. The before and afters! Your kitchen turned out beautiful, enjoy.

  6. Libby says:

    It’s beautiful Deema. You make this feel so accessible for those of us who just want an updated, nice, functional kitchen!! Thank you!

  7. Jocelyn says:

    I followed this kitchen reno so intensely, your style and mine are so different, but yet I love this so much! I’m calling it early but for me this is my favourite kitchen of 2022 (I reserve the right to change my mind of course) but there is nothing cookie cutter about this, your style shines through and it is good. So good. 🙂

  8. Deema it’s incredible, you truly did an amazing job !

  9. Helen says:

    It looks awesome Deema! I’m so glad that angle worked for you! Also, you are the actual queen of gallery walls.

  10. Michele says:

    Thank you for sharing all the deets! I think you did an amazing job. Love love love the wall tile and cabinet color! Timeless and cozy. Enjoy your new space!

  11. Erin Zubot says:

    It turned out so beautifully Deema, you really brought your vision to life!

  12. Peggy says:

    It’s gorgeous, Deema! Love all the details and I agree with you, my favorite element is the wall tile. Perfect! Just wish I was closer and able to enjoy all the yummy food you’ve been making, haha.

  13. Sara says:

    Congrats. This is a beautiful, collected space. I have been considering the same cabinets/fronts. Did your contractor assemble all of the cabinets himself? What is the difference between these two expenses: Finish painted panels $650
    Cabinet door finish panels painting $4,175. Thanks so much!

    • Deema Lopez says:

      I asked him when I saw the invoice and he couldn’t remember. I’m assuming they were both for painting!

  14. Gabby says:

    It turned out SO amazing! You did great mixing elements and textures.

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