Megan’s Kitchen Reno Reveal!

Hey guys! Megan here, comin’ at you with our kitchen reveal! As you may or may not know, Joe and I bought our first house back in January and we have been renovating it since then. Our “big” project among many was the kitchen. Joe totally designed and built this kitchen as such a labor of love for me! He really planned through and thought out every detail of the process, props to my guy!


I have alllllllllllmost everything we used exactly linked below, from tile for the floor all the way to my recipe box! If I missed anything or if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask! Joe and I are very open and transparent about our budget/how much we work/what we make etc with anyone who asks us or wants help with their budget…. So we wanted to share exactly what we spent on our kitchen reno to help others plan too!  Just as a disclaimer Joe did every little bit of the labor himself, which is why you don’t see that in the budget, I didn’t pay him 😉

Decor details all linked below with pictures as well

-Dry Wall $100
Tile floor $1300 (Joe laid this gorgeous for himself, but we had to use an expensive sub floor called dietra to level it which unexpectedly cost us about $500 more than what we had planned 🙁 )
-Cabinets $2500 which includes the price of wood/hardware/paint (Joe built our cabinets via Ana White’s plans here —-> he only slightly modified this exact plan. Thanks Andy for helping and inspiring us to build our cabinets!!)
-Sink $70 (bought on a bidding website!!! Amazing find!!!) Exact one here
-Faucet $175 (on sale from Costco)
-Appliances $1150 range/fridge, from Lowes//GE brand …. Over the range hood from a bidding website for $150, also an amazing find, exact one linked though!!!! (Joe built one of the cabinets to hold our dishwasher but we don’t have one currently! One day!)
-Countertops $500 (Butcher block slabs from Menards finished with organic beeswax and refined coconut oil finish that we made ourselves. It is 1 part beeswax to 3 parts oil heated up until melted and mixed. Allow to cool, make sure you don’t put it onto the boards hot!!!! Once cool, place a generous amount on the board and rub in with your hands, and allow to sit on boards for 1-24 hours then wipe excess off with a rag! We did this process 2-3 times to get the color we wanted on our butcher block.)
-Wall Paint $50 (Behr Falling Snow)
-Trim $150
-Barn door $175 (Joe and my brother Ryan built!)
Barn door hardware $70
Open shelving hardware brackets $150
-Back splash $450 (Went with a more expensive option from Lowes but this was my original pick and would have been about half the cost)
-Misc.  $400

$7500 very close rough estimate*

*I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to our budget/finances/etc and I keep track of everything. We managed every receipt & transaction for this reno and as far as I can tell this is a very, very close estimate of our exact cost for the entire kitchen renovation!

Still needed in the kitchen renovation is to paint the radiator heater and re-install it in the corner where we will also install a butcher block counter top over for more counter space, finish painting the trim, find stools for our breakfast bar, finish the backsplash around the window and down the wall a bit more, caulk in along all edges, and install crown molding to cover the rougher edges of the backsplash up top.

Here are the before//during pictures:
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And here are the after pictures!!!!
Decor details all linked below as well


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Decor details: Rug in front of oven and fridge-DishesRecipe box —Recipe cards— Kitchen AidVitamix Blender (BEST BLENDER EVER HIGHLY RECOMMEND!) —Motion Sensor Trash Can — Tea KettleCook Books Plants — Gold Flat WareGlass Jars — Cutting Boards, one, two, three, some exact, some similar– Bread Boards from Elm & Iron in OTR, similar hereSpoon rest (similar from anthro!)

So there you have it! I am really just in love with how every single detail turned out! Again, major props to my sweet guy! Thank you for a gorgeous kitchen Joe, for working 80 hour weeks, and spending lonnnnng nights and weekends to make this room beautiful for me!

Please feel free to ask any questions! I’ll be continuing through each room of our house renovation reveals in the upcoming weeks! If you missed our foyer tour find it here! Or you can browse our previous House Reno updates here, here, and here!