Source List & Budget


Happy Monday!

I was pretty excited to have my kitchen featured on Design*Sponge last week. If you are dropping by because of the post, I just want to say hi, and thanks for visiting. And if you are dropping by for any other reason—welcome to you as well. This is a very new blog, so it is fun to have visitors :)

I think best thing about the whole ordeal with D*S might have been the fact that it forced me to get my source list and budget breakdown together in a hurry. I have been meaning to do it for a number of weeks, but this was a kick in the pants. A note on the budget—it's a pretty accurate estimate. There was some overlap with other categories from our monthly budget, and I lost track of a few receipts, but it should be pretty close.

And finally—as an incentive to get through this long, boring post—if you keep reading to the end of the post, I will show you a really weird photo. How's that for motivation?



Countertop & Stainless Steel Undermount Sink  

  • Allen + Roth Solid Surface in White from Lowe's


Tile, Supplies & Installation 

  • Imperial Bianco Gloss White 3" x 6" Subway Tile from The Tile Shop
  • Grout (custom mix of Whisper Gray & White) & additive from The Tile Shop


Garbage Disposal 

Electrical Work & Materials

  • Professional installation of two pendant kits over peninsula, a light over sink, two recessed lights in kitchen, and re-positioning chandelier over dining table, with dimmer. Also replacement of all outlets in dining room and kitchen.  I hung the actual fixtures myself. Work done by Wall's Electrical—highly rated on Angie's List

Light Fixtures & Supplies

  • 5-Jar Chandelier from West Elm         
  • 3-Jar Chandelier from West Elm (I cut this one apart and hung the jars as single pendants over the peninsula, using West Elm's conversion kits. I spray painted the kits to match the fixtures with some Rustoleum dark metallic spray paint from Walmart)

Open Shelving

  • 12" pine shelves from Home Depot, cut to size 
  • White brackets from Home Depot
  • Drywall Strap Toggle Anchors

Hardware & Hinges

  • Satin nickel utility pulls from Home Depot $3/each
  • Satin nickel self-closing hinges from Ace Hardware $6/each 

Paint, Primer & Supplies

  • Walls: Sherwin Williams Emerald in Satin, un-tinted. Dining room wall,        "Repose Gray"
  • Upper Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Advance in Satin, "Super White"
  • Lower Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Advance in Satin, matched to Martha Stewart "Seal"
  • Cabinet Primer: Kilz oil-based for bases, Kilz low-odor spray primer & Zinsser low-odor spray primer for doors.
  • Supplies: 3/8" roller and 3-inch brushes for walls, various foam rollers & brushes for cabinets. Frog tape, drop cloths, tack cloth, de-greaser, sandpaper of various grit, scrapers, etc. 

Front Panel for Peninsula

  • Piece of composite outdoor siding from Home Depot, cut to size

Decor & Storage

  • Mirror was a thrift store find that came as a set with a mid-century dresser
  • Chalkboard made from plywood and chalkboard spray paint
  • Metal towel basket on counter from Target
  • Ikea Aina Gray Linen Curtains 

Dining Table 

  • IKEA Numerar Butcherblock in Beech, 73 x 39
  • General Finishes water-based stain in "Pecan" from my local Woodcraft store
  • General Finishes EnduroVar Polyurethane from my local Woodcraft store
  • Raw iron hairpin legs from
  • Rustoleum Clear Coat for sealing hairpin legs from Walmart

Dining Chairs & Stools



  • Countertop & Stainless Steel Undermount Sink   $1550  
  • Faucet $210
  • Tile & Supplies (40 sq. ft.) $235
  • Professional installation & Drywall repair (40 sq. ft.) $795
  • Dishwasher & Installation $575
  • Garbage Disposal  $120
  • Electrical Work & Materials $975
  • Light Fixtures & Supplies $350                                                                                    West Elm had a 20% off sale, and I also used $150 worth of credit card points, so I saved a ton off of the regular price.
  • Open Shelving $70
  • Hardware & Hinges $143
  • Paint, Primer & Supplies $375
  • Front Panel for Peninsula $30
  • Decor & Storage $160                                                                                                     This includes lots of cabinet organization stuff, so it isn't all stuff you can see in the photos...
  • Miscellaneous Supplies $120
  • DIY Dining Table, 6 Chairs, & 4 Stools $250                                                                  We sold our previous dining set for $530, and I used $200 worth of gift cards toward it as well, so technically, all of the furniture would have been $980.




As promised, here is the weird photo. Strange, huh? It is one of the few tomatoes I saved from the crazy squirrels in my garden. I can see why they left it for me. I kind of like it, though, tumor and all...


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