Kitchen Journey Part III: Free or Discounted!

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Thank you for sharing my Kitchen Journey with me! If you missed Part I or Part II, you might want to take a peek before you continue with this post.

Have I told you how much we appreciate Home Depot? And did I tell you how much we are thankful for my Dad? A retired builder, my Dad designed our kitchen, guided us along (we’d send pix through email when he was out of town), built our pantry, and put up all of our trim, pantry doors, and hung all of our doors. And then there’s my husband, who is MY hero. Who’s learned so much and can do so much. Who loved me enough (and recognized my passions) to sacrifice and give me this incredible kitchen!

Home Depot Plans

I was thrilled when we bought our American Woodmark cabinets through Home Depot, by an August date, because the dark glaze on the cabinets came FREE. It added a touch to our kitchen that went with the design of our 1978 house, built by our friend Fred, with big, dark beams throughout. You could say it’s got a “northwest” feel to the home.

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I was also ready (and dreading the cost, if you know how quickly those knobs and pulls add up!) to pay for the stainless, brushed-nickel pulls on the cabinets, when Kandace, from Home Depot, told me they came FREE with the cabinets!

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And then the countertop we chose, Staron, had 3 choices of colors 1/2 OFF (another summer promotion). The counter color we chose (Sanded Mocha) went perfectly with our colors. And I love the way the counters shine and how they wipe off! (You’ll notice on HD’s page a button that says “This Week’s Specials”)

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My husband found our pendant lights on sale for $25 a piece. What a bargain!

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We decided to use our current dining light and spray paint it black.

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I LOVE black spray paint!

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We bought a USED, new to us refrigerator. And we used our existing stove top and dishwasher (all 3 of these appliances were black, but we couldn’t afford stainless brand new ones!). We decided the combination of black and stainless went well together.

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We bought our Glidden paint from Home Depot, too. Couldn’t have been more happy with the product. Love how the colors change in the kitchen, according to the light and the time of day. Even though the paint was not discounted, we had heard really good things about the product.

Glidden Paint colors

Even though our kitchen was a huge project, we were able to keep this remodel modest, in our price-range. We were constantly thinking of ways to make it affordable and not over-the-top. We borrowed a ton of tools from my Dad, and did most of the work during weekends, early morning, or late evenings. It was a sacrifice, I’d say. We worked with Home Depot, and they worked with us by letting us know about the incredible promotions available. I can see why Home Depot is the world’s largest retailer!

Now’s the time to remodel because there are some great deals out there!

So here’s a big CHEER to all the great workers involved in our kitchen. Doug & Randy (plumbers), Duane (cabinet installer), Cory (dry-waller), Kandace (Home Depot), Keith, Victor (Precision Door), Steve (Precision Countertops), Ginny (my Dad’s helper and wife), my kids who gave up a part of their summer (Elliot, Garrett, Abby), and again, the BEST husband in the world who has gotten so good at remodel projects. He can basically do anything now. My Dad has been a great teacher for Paul, and Paul really enjoys working alongside my Dad (learning all of his little shortcuts and secrets).

The process was an awesome experience – but one I don’t want to revisit any time soon! (Anyone who’s done any remodeling in their home must know what I mean! Last house we lived in, we gutted and redesigned the whole kitchen!)

Here’s one last thought I want to share. I told myself from the beginning that I was not interested in a new kitchen that was flashy or showy. My desire was to share it with others, to let hospitality flow in my home, and to use it for the right reasons. I know of many beautiful kitchens that just sit there. And what a shame that the meaning and purpose of those kitchens can’t be shared with the world.

When my friend, Faye recently visited with me, we talked about how we just couldn’t afford granite countertops. Then she made a very good point.

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It’s not about the counters, Sandy. Many homes with beautiful granite may entertain 1-2 times a year. And you’re entertaining every weekend!

Her point was made. Our kitchen is all about the people. Period.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on if you wished you entertained more in your home? And does your kitchen get used a lot?

Also feel free to ask any questions and I will use them for future posts. One question already asked was why I chose one deep bowl instead of 2, for my main sink … so fire away! And I will put a pix up from the other side of the room.

This post is linked to Traci’s (Beneath my Heart) DIY Project Day!

39 comments on “Kitchen Journey Part III: Free or Discounted!”

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  4. Sandy…you are so *real* – and in doing so you bless me…and no doubt…many others. :D
    I love that your new kitchen is designed for people….loving people…feeding people…welcoming people. OH…and it’s beautiful too!!

    We once owned our dream home…but, God has us on a different track now and we’re living in a leased 1960’s house…complete with little patterns on the formica countertops and dull, off white cabinets. We do a lot of entertaining. And *never* has anyone ever said anything about the ugly floor, cabinets or countertops. They notice all my lovelies…and they are comfortable…and use the word, peace, to describe sitting in my house. Guess we put too much importance on the latest trends. It’s been a good learning experience for me…and when I get to live in my next dream house….I’m sure my dream will look a little different.

  5. Your kitchen is beautiful and perfect! I am sure that the memories made in that kitchen with the ones you love are way more beautiful than any granite counter top could ever dream of being! Thanks for linking up to my party!
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  6. Love your kitchen! Aren’t you glad to have people in your life like your father. My hubby is one of those people.
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  11. Don’t feel bad about your counter tops. I know you don’t. But we have granite and I will not do it again. It has chipped under the lip of the counter from dishes from the dishwasher and in other places. I never knew the upkeep there would be, especially on lighter colors that need to be protected. We are planning on a kitchen remodel maybe next year. I was also wondering about your double oven. We’d like to have a convection/mirco on the top and an oven on the bottom. Did you consider this option for your micro? And have you used convection ovens? Do you like them?

  12. I love to entertain, but my husband is a more private person. Of our group of friend, our home is the place that the big group comes to. There are some in our group that NEVER have people over.
    My question: you painted your dining room light with black spray paint. Did you use a special metal paint? I am hoping to paint the handles on my kitchen cupboards black. I need encouragement and everybodys knowledge. I really dont want to go to all the trouble and then the black ends up rubbing off.

  13. It’s NOT about the counter tops, or even the rest of the kitchen – it’s about the people, and you have that absolutely mastered. Anyone served a meal in your home would be blessed, no matter the surroundings (which BTW are absolutely lovely!).

  14. I have gone to the Home Depot website and can not find the tab with this weeks specials. Also, what made you decide on that kind of a counter top, Staron, I am looking to replace my counter tops and there are so many choices?

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