Stuff like that. And we haven't even moved in yet!
But that's because we're kinda crazy. Come on now, we started this blog before we even got the keys to the house! What do you expect?
That said, last weekend we decided to try and tackle what we both think will be the most difficult part of the renovation: the kitchen layout. My wonderful friend Michelle watched the shop so we could make a few very early morning appointments to look at cabinets. It went like this:
My parents told us to look at Lowe's and Home Depot. "The cabinets are too expensive!" we exclaimed. Priced at almost $20,000 it was way over our budget. Hell, it was our ENTIRE initial budget.
Next we went to IKEA in Elizabeth, NJ. We had high hopes! This is where we would find the perfect cabinets! Defeated, we walked out empty handed. "These cabinets are just not right," we said. Although at around $3,000 they fit perfectly into our budget. However we were disappointed in the quality and that the butcher block counter tops were veneered and not solid.
So we drove to Newark, NJ to meet with an independent retailer that we were referred to by our friend Jenna of Good-Good-Things.com. She just started her own kitchen renovation. "These cabinets are better," we said. They were hard wood. And they were priced very fairly at $7500 ... but it was still more than we wanted to spend.
Inside we were surprised to find the EXACT SAME cabinets that we almost bought at the independent retailer. Now, I own a small business. And I am all about shopping local and small. So I was immediately against this idea. UNTIL they told us the price. They were running a special and the option we wanted was 30% off the ticket price. At about $3,500 (including solid wood butcher block counter tops) we looked at each other and said, "Ahhh, these cabinets are just right!"