Hi friends! Welcome to week 2 of the One Room Challenge!
This week we are trying to finish up a few things before having our hardwood refinished next week.
We have to get everything moved out of the house to be ready. I really didn’t think we had moved that many things in until I started trying to box it all up to move it back out!😂
Every time I open a closet I see more stuff! It all has to go somewhere for the next week!🤦🏻♀️
In other news… I finished installing most all of the cabinet hardware!
I am still trying to decide on the upper cabinets. I think I’m going to go with the latches. I taped the ones on the doors over the refrigerator to see how I liked them. What do you think?
I was considering using the matching knobs on the top doors of the pantry to match the bottom. There will also be a new countertop here to replace this temporary one. In the space in between will be a shelf to hold cookbooks.
We got the refrigerator and freezer combo installed. I forgot to show you all that last week! The bottom will be wrapped in stainless steel to make the entire unit look larger. This was a budget saving trick to make it look more like a Subzero (which was not in our budget!😂)
We found these units at American freight in Marietta.
I ordered the surround kit to join them together through Home Depot.
We ended up spending $1,333.00 on each one of the units and $426.72 on the surround kit. We also had to rent a truck to go pick them up. All total we still only had about $3500 plus tax invested. In my book that’s much better than 8,000 to 10,000 dollars for the Subzero.
It took me a minute (several weeks😉) to make the decision to purchase these units. I had to ask myself these questions. Would I love to have a Subzero? Absolutely! Was it in my budget? Absolutely Not 😂 Decision made!
Originally I had considered a panel ready refrigerator that was normal size. Then we decided to change the placement of the refrigerator to the former pantry wall. We had more space to deal with over there so this worked out so much better.
A few pieces of advice I would give to anyone else doing a budget kitchen makeover.
-Sit down and literally write out your budget.
-Start out with your highest priority and go from there. (If appliances are more important to you than name brand cabinets then put more money there and go with less expensive cabinets.) Same goes with every item in your kitchen.
-Decide before you start demoing the first thing what your budget is for each area. Are there any of your cabinets that could be salvaged to create an island or a coffee bar? (We used our previous cabinets in several areas)
-Is this something you’re doing all at once or are you going to do it in stages?
When you have a list of priorities in front of you it’s easier to stay focused and not stray far from your budget.
I hope this information was helpful.
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I will be posting weekly updates. I hope you will follow along with me on this journey!
With much love,