The most difficult part about this whole remodeling thing is deciding what… to do… exactly. I knew I wanted to rip out the whole kitchen, but where do I go from there? The most budget-savvy cabinetry option is RTA (ready to assemble, for all you non-renovators). I really wanted white cabinets, but you might be surprised to learn that white cabinets average $500-$1,000 more in total cost than oak. That is, unless you go to Home Depot and get their in-stock, pre-assembled cabinets. They have two beautiful colors to choose from: white and a pretty oak. I chose the white:
So after carefully measuring the kitchen five or six times (let’s be honest, Jeremy had to step in), I bought the cabinets in boxes that are now aligning the walls of my living room. Home Depot had an awesome deal – 20% off in-stock cabinets, 0% interest for 12 months. Sold.
Next: Counter tops. Brace yourself because I’m going very original with this one. I wanted laminate that looked like granite, but I wasn’t overly thrilled about anything I found. This is where I should let you know that I despise Ikea. I can’t stand going there, I can’t stand their products, I always get lost. It’s just like Sam’s Club, only three times bigger and filled with college dorm-like junk. Well… they surprised me on this one.
All the reviews are 5 out of 5. Sealing them properly is what keeps them sanitary. Look it up – they are highly recommended!
The prices are extremely comparable to a tile backsplash, only no grout necessary and so easy. They are available at HD in 18″x 24″ squares.
Finally: wall color. I’m leaning toward a pale/gray aqua dusty-looking color. The walls above and along the sides of the cabinets will be painted. This is the only picture I can find online incorporating all of my ideas, with the exception of the tin backsplash.
Use your imagination and stay tuned for more ideas and pictures.