We all love a good makeover right? Well, AJ and I decided to try something new with our makeover in the kitchen at the three family we purchased in Gloucester. We decided to go dark. You all know I’m a fan of bright white kitchens but I wanted to expand my horizons. But, here’s the thing with planning this kitchen. Everything needs to be done fast. It’s going to be a rental which means if we don’t get it done by our set date of July 1 we are losing rental income. Here are some ways we planned out a complete kitchen renovation to be done in a month time period.
We ordered these cabinets from Home Depot. It’s their “in stock” cabinets that aren’t really in stock, they are able to be shipped to the store in one to two weeks (to give you a frame of reference, the cabinets we ordered through the Thomasville line at Home Depot took about two months to arrive).
The wood material of these cabinets is so much nicer, and feels so much more quality, than the fake coating that is put over their white in stock cabinets. We got the look of higher end cabinets without spending much more money… and, as an added bonus, we didn’t have to put them together like we did with IKEA’s cabinets when we used them in a past rental kitchen.
The next thing we did to save time was order appliances from Lowe’s that were already in stock at the store (you can have that be one of your search requirements on their website). I’ve found Lowe’s to be cheaper than Home Depot for the appliances we are looking for and typically you can get stainless appliances that aren’t that much much their white ones.
Typically it takes a long time to get counters through a place like Home Depot or Lowe’s. We have had great experience with a granite place near us. The turn around can be as quick as two weeks from when they do the template. I am going to call around to a few granite places and find out what light colored granite remnants they have in stock. This will save us some money if we can find a great remnant!
The Kashmir White granite I’m hoping for…
We figure that if you spend a little more on the granite, verses a countertop you have to wait a little longer for, you will make up for it in rental income if you can get a person into the unit more quickly.
Because the kitchen will be in just a rental, not anyone’s forever home, we are putting a vinyl floor in that is in stock at Home Depot. It’s has been our experience that tenants are typically rough on surfaces and we may need to replace it so we don’t want to put anything too precious on the floors and AJ isn’t up for tiling the entire kitchen floor. Armstrong’s vinyl floor was made for easy installation which will save a bunch of time over tiling or laying hardwood.
And for those of you wondering how we are doing it with a new baby and Drew… it’s simple… we take turns going up there after AJ finishes work for the day… getting out at 2:30 is one of the benefits of being a teacher. 🙂 And I’m able to carve out a good chunk of time to be up there by feeding Elle before leaving and then leaving from milk in the freezer (I pump in the middle of the night) and then feeding right when I get home. It’s really nice to have the peace and quiet to just paint… 🙂