Another Nice Kitchen and Half Bath Renovation


The reader writes:

“Here are some shots of our modest kitchen and half-bath remodel – I think we got a lot done (complete gut and remodel of a kitchen and bath) for what we spent ($18K). We are fond of the galley kitchen (and had a small budget), so we never intended to tear down any walls. We ripped up 4 layers of flooring (which incidentally gave us about 3″ of extra ceiling height), stripped many layers of wallpaper [4] and trim paint [9!], and upgraded the electrical; replaced the cabinets, the countertops, all the appliances, sinks, faucets, and added undercabinet lights. We did find an old window that had been tiled over, so opening that up gave us nice light; and we refinished the original pine floor. I have included shots of the half-bath, which was added in the pantry years ago (and covered in the same beige tile that was used throughout our entire house – foyer and all). We had to gut the bathroom as well because there wasn’t a lick of insulation in the walls and it would drop to 40 degrees in the winter. It is an odd place for a bathroom, but I have grown to love being able to sit on the toilet and watch my pots boiling over on the stove. We also don’t normally leave the bathroom door hanging open like that, doesn’t seem sanitary.”

I think it looks great. Send photos of your renovations to [email protected] Lots more photos including before after the jump.






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  • Well done, looks great!

    “but I have grown to love being able to sit on the toilet and watch my pots boiling over on the stove. We also don’t normally leave the bathroom door hanging open like that, doesn’t seem sanitary.”

    Hmm.. is there a contradiction between the former and latter sentense? 😉

  • looks great! I’m wondering though:
    did the reader do this all themselves? or there a contractor recommendation available?

  • Do I understand that you did all of the work yourself for $18k? Where are those cabinets from?

  • The cabinets are Kraftmaid, we did all of the measuring and figured out what we wanted and then got them ordered through Bray & Scarff (along with the countertops). We had a handyman dude do the installation of the cabinets/sink once they arrived. He was also able to do the electrical outlets and undercabinet lights & ceiling light and the light plumbing. We also paid someone to refinish the floors. I got the sinks & faucets on ebay. All the sweaty labor (demo, stripping, painting, planning) we did ourselves.

  • It’s beautiful! Can I say how happy I am to see something other than stainless steel appliances? I too, would love contractor recommendations or any other details you’d like to share.

  • nice job! Even though the kitchen is small, with the lighting from that window and the colors you chose it really opens it up and makes it much brighter and more airy!

  • Yay pine floors! I have the same and was so happy when I had them refinished. They look so nice, but of course scratch easily.

  • Well Cory you definitely win for most affordable kitchen redesign!

    My neighbors spent $75k on theirs and that thought was killing me, but even $25k I would do in a heartbeat. You did the countertop too?

  • Nice job! Perhaps PoP could start a renovations source forum for people to post materials sources. EBay is a good one – so is

    suggest that you add a skirt – easily done with a piece of material and some sticky velcro – to the bathroom sink to hide the plumbing

  • My last contractor told me, after doing my kitchen, that the next kitchen he did had one cabinet that was more expensive than my entire kitchen 🙂

  • I’d like to know how wide the space is between the counter on the left and the one on the right. It looks like a very, very narrow kitchen walkway. Is it possible for one person to get to the bathroom while another is cooking on the stove top or washing dishes?

  • Oh, that just made me laugh out loud. There is about two feet of space, it’s really narrow. Two people can pass if they both face the opposite countertop and slide their arses past each other. If said arses are too wide, it’s a no-go. Also, we can’t open the oven and the fridge at the same time. Or the dishwasher and the opposite cabinet. But, these are all things that one can get used to.

    The countertop was ordered with the cabinets, we used a local company that Bray & Scarff work with and the cost was just wrapped into our cabinetry bill – definitely the priciest part of the process (~$10K). I just didn’t want crappy cabinets and since we didn’t have a ton of square footage for the counters I figured we could splurge a little on that. And the glass cabinets are pricey, but worth it.

    And I had a skirt made for the sink and attached it with doublestick velcro (same toucan fabric as the window curtain) but I got so damn sick of the toucans I took it down a few weeks ago. I might make a new one with a more neutral fabric – or at least one that doesn’t have a jungle scene on it.

  • Fantastic job – it’s really beautiful! The house I am buying on Farragut appears to have the exact same floorplan, and I’ve been busy sketching different ideas. My house has a bath on the other side of the enclosed porch, so that former pantry space will be incorporated into my kitchen. Can’t wait to move in and get started – and meet my new Petworthian neighbours, as well!

  • my last kitchen had a narrow walkway – my realtor called it a one-butt kitchen 😉 It’s fine as long as you know what you’re going into. Another option would be to have all the cabinets on one side be 12-inch deep wall cabinets, but then you couldn’t have any appliances on that side of course. Re: the bathroom locale, well I was wondering where you can add a half-bath in these houses anyway – if it’s not off the kitchen it’s probably off the dining room, at least in my place there is no other option.

    Great job with choice of cabinets and hardware, and all the smart ways to save money, I’m impressed.

  • This is hands down my favorite redo on PoP so far.

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