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The Kitchen Budget

The Kitchen Budget - Remember last July when I was breaking down the kitchen budget? Well… here we are one year later and I’m sharing our new kitchen budget for you. Two kitchens in one year. Whew! I’m going to say the same thing I said last year- if you’re not into budgeting or think the numbers behind a renovation is a boring topic (I totally understand just showing up for the pretty stuff!), consider this your cue to skip this post! No hard feelings, because I know it’s not for everyone, but this post was requested numerous times, so I thought it was worth sharing. Click through for the itemized budget list. If you missed the kitchen reveal, click here to check it out!

Hopefully budgeting posts are helpful and shed light on how much certain things cost if you’re considering renovating. Of course costs vary depending on your location and home, but this is what our kitchen renovation budget ended up looking like. We live in Salt Lake City and our kitchen is pretty large- about 190 square feet, to give you a reference for size. We also took the space down to the studs, so a big part of the budget went to rebuilding, plumbing, electrical, and the boring (non cosmetic) things. You can see the before images in this post.

The Kitchen Budget - Here is the breakdown / number crunching…


  • Range – $5,604
  • Refrigerator – $6,800
  • Dishwasher – $1,200
  • Microwave – $335
  • Espresso Maker – $599

Plumbing Fixtures:

  • Faucet – $954
  • Sink – $1,475
  • Garbage Disposal – $229
  • Pot Filler – $248


  • Soapstone Slabs (3) – $1,600 / per slab
  • Fabrication – $3,000


  • Cabinetry + Millwork – $48,500
  • Hardware – $2,500

Building Materials:

  • Lumber, Drywall, Insulation, Nails, etc. – $1,500
  • Paint + Primer -$200
  • Electrical & Plumbing Materials – $3,000


  • Sconces (3) – $250
  • Cabinetry Lighting – included in cabinetry & millwork quote
  • Recessed Can Lights -$300


  • Hardwood Flooring – $600
  • Backsplash Tile – $740
  • Other Items (grout, mortar, sealant, etc) – $300


  • New Windows (2), Plus Installation – $6,200


  • Obviously we did all the labor ourselves, so that cost was basically our time spent working on the kitchen- rather than a dollar amount.

TOTAL= $89,334

The Kitchen Budget - Just for comparison purposes, we spent just over $65k on our previous kitchen. This time around, we were able to invest more in the space. Our current home is in a nicer neighborhood (thinking in terms of resale), it’s a higher-end home, we had more space to renovate (in terms of square footage), we opted for better appliances, and we went all out with the cabinetry & millwork. The budget definitely reflects all of those things. We also saved a LOT of money aligning our purchases with sales and promotions at Lowe’s.

Although part of my job is working with brands I love, we still pay for lots of kitchen items out of pocket (to get exactly what we want). We always go into a renovation expecting to pay for the entire thing ourselves, that way we budget accordingly… therefore- the prices shown above are retail costs (no promotions or discounts are reflected, etc). After that, any contracts I sign for promotional content is an added bonus… it essentially goes toward my salary for living expenses, etc.

The Kitchen Budget - I also want to say, finance and budgeting posts are a very personal thing to share, BUT- I know that numbers are incredibly helpful in planning a realistic renovation and setting expectations, so I’m happy to share. With that in mind, I’d appreciate if comments are kept friendly, positive, and constructive. You guys know I’m always happy to answer any questions and I try to be an open book!

Interested to see how our kitchen budget compares to a similar kitchen? My friend Erin just shared how much her recent kitchen renovation cost. I feel like these type of honest budgeting conversations are very helpful in renovation planning.

Now that the biz stuff is shared and taken care of, I’m going to go back to enjoying Phoenix and friend time with Laurie Anne! Have you guys been following our stories on Instagram? I can’t wait to share the master bedroom makeover with all of you! We’re having way too much fun.

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    August 2, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Huh. That’s a bit more than I expected, but doesn’t seem in any way unreasonable for what you ended up with! I so appreciate this type of post, though, even just as a reference point. It’s super helpful to be able to look at something like this to determine how long I might need to save for something or if I need to go in a different direction based on my budget, so I applaud you for sharing and I hope you continue to do so!

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      August 6, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Absolutely happy to share, Stacy! I definitely feel like we got an amazing deal for the price, quality, outcome :)

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    August 2, 2019 at 6:58 am

    It is SO helpful to know this Sarah! I really appreciate you sharing! As someone who will most likely be embarking on a major kitchen renovation in the next year or so it is good to have an idea of what to expect. I absolutely adore your kitchen – it is stunning!

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      August 6, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Thank you, Allie! Good luck with your renovation :) so exciting!!

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    August 2, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I SO appreciate that you are willing to share this information with us! It is incredibly helpful.

    Would you be able to share a rough breakdown of price/ft of custom vs Lowe’s cabinetry? I saw that you spent about twice as much on cabinetry this time around, but it’s hard to know if that’s a little less, the same, or a little more than the custom cabinetry was in your previous kitchen. (We would like to keep one original bank of cabinets in our kitchen and have the rest replaced with a very similar look. I am really trying to figure out if finding a similar-ish ready made option or finding a custom cabinetry place would end up being the better choice, and it’s so hard to find real numbers!)

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      August 6, 2019 at 10:00 am

      So happy it’s helpful, Danielle! With Lowe’s cabinetry and custom cabinetry, there really isn’t a way to break it down by square foot. It truly depends on a multitude of factors: door style, cabinetry inserts for functionality, wood type, etc. Basically everything is line itemed right down to the cabinet hinges. We spent less on cabinets (per cabinet) this time around than our previous kitchen, we have wayyyy more cabinets, and we went all out with inserts / function… unlike last time. Hopefully that helps to answer your question? Lowe’s would be the less expensive route when comparing the two: Emmett’s Work vs. Lowe’s.

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    August 2, 2019 at 7:47 am

    The kitchen turned out so good. Any chance you have a rough estimate of what labor would have cost if you didn’t do it yourself?

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      August 6, 2019 at 10:01 am

      Thank you Felicity! Off the top of my head, I don’t… but I’ll chat with Emmett and see if we can’t get back to your comment with a rough estimate. Xo

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    liz piccione-volger
    August 2, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Your kitchen turned out beautiful. Im so happy for you. Thanks for being so transparent.

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      August 6, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Thanks so much Liz!

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    August 2, 2019 at 10:31 am

    these are my favorite kinds of posts! i love being able to get an idea on things like cabinets for an entire kitchen but it’s SO easy to undershoot the cost in your end!

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      August 6, 2019 at 10:04 am

      It’s definitely easy to undershoot the budget for a renovation of this size! Emmett and I like to keep Excel files of the estimate, track the project process by entering things as it’s happening, and then tally things up as each phase completes. It helps us know where we’re at, exactly what we’ve spent, and how much we have left to work with!

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    August 2, 2019 at 11:12 am

    It turned out beautifully. Nice job.

    How much was the range hood?

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      August 6, 2019 at 10:11 am

      Thank you!! The 42” hood was $2,500 and that price is included within the cabinetry estimate.

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    August 2, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    With sales and gifts what was your oop cost?

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    August 5, 2019 at 7:29 am

    I absolutely love seeing the numbers of a construction project, thank you for sharing!

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      August 6, 2019 at 10:20 am

      Yay!! Happy to share :)

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    August 5, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for this honest post. I think quite frequently readers don’t always get a realistic sense of cost of for renovations. I appreciated this.

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      August 6, 2019 at 10:28 am

      Thanks Bianca! I totally agree. Realistic expectations are so important when going into a renovation

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    August 5, 2019 at 11:55 am

    I love budget breakdowns! I am trying to get an accurate budget for my kitchen so this is very helpful! I also will most likely be shopping at Lowe’s so its nice to see what a lot of creativity can do with big box store items! Are you by chance going to do a budget friendly version or a look for less? This budget is closer to what I purchased my house for then what I will want to spend on my kitchen!

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      August 6, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Great idea! I’ll try to work on a budget friendly version. It’s crazy how real estate prices fluctuate in different parts of the country.

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    August 8, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Thank you so much for sharing! Definitely eye-opening about what these projects costs which is SO IMPORTANT!

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      August 8, 2019 at 11:55 am

      100%- it’s super important!

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    August 13, 2019 at 9:58 am

    thank you for sharing. Your kitchen is stunning (as is your guest bath). We are about to start a kitchen gut job and it is very helpful to a sense of what it will cost. Also knowing its not something you want to renovate more than once!

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      August 13, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Amy! I definitely don’t ever want to renovate a kitchen twice. haha! :) Good luck and enjoy!! xo

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    March 29, 2020 at 8:55 am

    I just discovered you and am now totally obsessed!! Does your fridge have an Ice maker? How does it work with the cabinet fronts?


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      March 30, 2020 at 2:06 pm

      Aw, thank you Gabrielle! So happy you’re here :) Our fridge does have an ice maker- it is inside the freezer. The “cabinet fronts” are just apart of the panel ready fridge to make it look more integrated with the cabinetry. They don’t function in a specific way.. it’s more for aesthetics. Hope this helps! xo

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    Nina Baxter
    August 8, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you for being so generous with sources and costs! Your kitchen is stunning on every level, so well designed and so creative.
    (My next fridge MUST be a 40+” built-in/side by side-Drooooling)

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    February 1, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Hey, Sarah! What’s the brand/model for the fridge and range?

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    Tahtia Jones-Thomas
    September 26, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Hey Sarah!
    I LOOOOVE your kitchen! It inspired me to go to Lowe’s yesterday and purchase it. The rep couldn’t figure out which cabinet was used with the glass inserts, drawer at the bottom. Do you have the style number?

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      September 28, 2021 at 9:39 am

      Hi Tahtia! Thank you so much! Let me find a couple blog post links for you with more information… check out this one for cabinetry, and this one for the complete reveal with all of the source links!

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