I've mentioned a few times that I redid my kitchen for only $8000.00. Here is my breakdown of costs:
Other stuff (faucets, knobs): $600.00
I am blissfully happy with the kitchen. It is just what I wanted and just like my old house: somewhat unconventional. Bear in mind that most people wouldn't like my kitchen. When I showed my very conventional sister-in-law a picture of my kitchen, she asked where the "after" photo was.
As is my wont, I over-researched the possibilities to the extent that I told my contractor a thing or two or three. He was happy to learn some of my budget tips, since, like many contractors, he does his own house on the cheap. I got so confused that at one point I considered hiring a friend who is a designer to consult. Then I realized that designers are interested in "looks," not in a look on a budget. I also spoke to "designers" in Home Depot, Lowes, or, a truly horrible experience, a local chain called Singer Kitchens. These "designers" are, in truth, cabinet salespeople who work on commission: their interests and your interests are not the same.
If you know anything about kitchens and appliances, you can see that I went low-end on the appliances. You can also see that I did not list a counter top. That is because I re-used a funky wood countertop. i also did not list a back splash. That is because I hate them.
So I will post occasionally on aspect of the remodel of summer 2008. Maybe I'll even post pictures. Then all of you can ask, with my sister-in-law, Where's the after picture?