I re-used the cupboard we took out. On the wall where the fridge is there was nothing else. Look bare and just plain horrible! So I used on that wall. Did the wood counter for the top and used legs to extend it. Perfect spot for the trash can.
For all the counter tops I stained with minwax provincial and used a satin polyurethane…..seven coats!!! I didn’t want to crowd this space with top cabinets so i went with shelves. I stained them with minwax Jacobean. ( My favorite go to stain for most of my projects)
On the opposite wall of the fridge where the stove is was another empty space. We did by a small cabinet to fit and again made the counter top. I thought it would be a perfect space for my coffee! The two shelves were already there but it actually had a cubby that went into the wall. No. So we filled that in and now you can’t even tell!
I used white subway tile with black grout. Love that look! I absolutely love what we were able to do with some hard work and trying to be as frugal as possible!!
The counter was made out of craft board/pine board I found at Lowe’s. We used two pieces, each being 72 inches long, then smaller pieces for where the fridge is and other side of the stove. We needed 26 in wide counter top…the width of the board we got was only 24 in. So we added a 1 in piece of trim to the front and back of the board. On each side of the board we added a 2 in piece of trim wood. We pre-drilled where we were going to screw it together then screwed it. Any screw holes or gaps were filled in with stainable wood filler. I then stained with Minwax Provincial (one coat) and used Minxwax water based poly in satin. I did seven coats of poly letting each coat dry approx 3 hrs and sanded lightly between coats. We attached the counter to the cabinets using liquid nails and also screwing it on where we could. The counters cost only about $200.
The wood used to trim out the cabinet doors was also purchased at Lowes. It is poplar. They have all different lengths and widths. The cost of that was about $200 as well…..still cheaper than new cabinets though! Add about $50 in paint.
I already had the hardware I bought a couple of years ago but that cost around $45.
The table legs I used for the counter by the fridge were about $15 each.
Subway tile was purchased at Lowes for $24. Grout was purchased from Ace Hardware—for $90!!! But thank god I had a gift card. It was really good grout though. It was an epoxy grout so I didn’t have to seal it. Mortar was only about $10.
We got a great Memorial Day sale on our range, fridge and dishwasher. We spent a little over $2,000.
The sink was ordered off of Amazon for $200, (Lowes had it for $300) as well as the faucet for $60.
Lowes has all different sizes of this craft/pine board. I have used it to put new tops on my end tables, I have also made a coffee table out of it and a bunch of other things!I love it!