Post Script to 2015

As I’ve noted before, I’m trying hard not to spend any unnecessary monies on renovations always keeping my eye on the “master plan.” But, I also want to be comfortable in my home until I have the resources to actually implement the “master plan.” That being said, some (what I’m calling) intermediate updates are occurring. Most of what I did in 2015 included these intermediate updates. I tallied up the receipts and can share what the 2015 aesthetic renovations cost….

Kitchen/Dining – $3,066*

*Some of that total includes the appliances which may or may not be reused in the “master plan” depending on their condition by the time I’m able to do that work. Plus, the dishwasher necessitated being changed since the existing one was non-functional. And, the existing range was so filthy that even after a full day of scrubbing, it didn’t come clean; I wouldn’t have prepared my dogs’ food with it. So, if I take those costs out of the total since they were really more need than want, the kitchen/dining update cost $1,166. Here’s the breakdown:

Subfloor Leveling……………………………$30

Flooring………………………………………$393 (also includes the half bath and entry area)

Floor Transition Trim……………………….$16

Cabinet Paint…………………………………$30

Wall Paint……………………………………..$30

Spray Paint for Cabinet Hardware…………$8

Beadboard Backsplash……………………..$20

Countertop………………………………….$200

Island & Microwave Cabinet Countertop…$0 (barter item)

Island Top Stain………………………………$12

Soffit Molding………………………………..$80

Dining Light Fixture…………………………$79

Island Light Fixture………………………….$85

Floor Heat Registers (Cast Iron)…………..$63

Trash/Recycling Center…………………….$120

Refrigerator……………………………………..$0 (hand-me-down from parents)

Range…………………………………………$1,100

Hood……………………………………………$200

Dishwasher……………………………………$600

Parlor/Library – $381

Paint……………………………………………..$30

Bookshelves……………………………………$90

Light Fixture………………………………….$250

Entry Flooring………………………….w/kitchen

Floor Transition Trim………………………….$11

Half Bath – $401

Paint………………………………………………$12

Drywall for Ceiling………………………………$0 (picked up scraps from another project)

Ceiling Molding…………………………………$25

Flooring…………………………………..w/kitchen

Toilet……………………………………………….$7 (used existing main bath toilet but needed a new wax ring)

Faucet…………………………………………….$90

Cabinet Hardware……………………………….$13

Light Fixture……………………………………..$93

Exhaust Fan………………………………………$48

Accessories………………………………………..$99 (includes TP holder, towel ring, towel tray, trash can, tissue box cover, toilet brush, and soap dish)

My boyfriend, brother, sister-in-law, and I did the labor so the dollar value for labor was $0. All in, that totals just under $4,000 to update four rooms including the kitchen. And, if I take the costs of the appliances out the equation because of their need rather than want, the total comes down to $1,948. Not too bad!