When we stumbled upon our current home in Paducah we had looked at 40+ homes in a 2 month time period and our old house already had a closing date. To say we were stressed and losing hope would be an understatement. I stalked every new house within my price range and specifications posted to Zillow. Then this beauty popped up. Every square inch of the house was painted 3 colors – tan, cream and off white. Friends and family couldn’t see the potential, but we did! Here is 1 of 3 pictures from the listing of the kitchen.
We’ve lived in the house a year now and the kitchen has always been an eye sore for us. We initially painted the walls and the cabinets. We then removed all the upper cabinets, but the soffit remained and we couldn’t wait any longer!
We had agreed to do the majority of it now and wait to do countertops and flooring later. Little did we know we would end up falling in love with a subway tile and doing a tile backsplash!
I’ve always wanted a tile backsplash and open shelving in my kitchen to display my much loved Fiesta ware, but never thought we could accomplish it on a budget. Boy, was I wrong! One thing led to another and we now LOVE our kitchen.
When we started this endeavor we planned to get the soffit removed, drywall fixed and install open shelving. Our original bid to do the drywall from a local guy was $800. After we found subway tile - that we couldn’t live without – on clearance, we contacted our friend to help with drywall and another friend to help with the tile. Austin stained the shelves and we installed them ourselves. Altogether the project cost not much beyond the original drywall estimate. Let’s see the breakdown before we hit another “before & after” photo below.
Total cost for the kitchen update:
- Tile & Supplies $315
- Drywall & Supplies $35
- Pendant Light $20
- Shelving $60
- Labor $700
Total estimated cost is right around $1130 for this project. It helped that all of the tiles were on clearance and Lowe’s was doing 10% off for card members that weekend. Of course there were additional costs I didn’t factor in such as a new dishwasher, fridge and the piece of furniture we settled in where the fridge used to be. If you haven’t already thought about it, you may be wondering where the fridge did end up. Haha. See below in the right hand side of the photo. We still plan to build a custom cabinet around it, but haven’t had the time yet.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the world. I hope this has inspired you to spruce up a space of your own and realize you can always change a space on any budget. If you have any questions or comments feel free to shoot me a message.