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Rental Kitchen Renovation with IKEA Cupboards and Formica Counters


We fell in love with our house for its roomy, pre-war format and for the sunshine; on a sunny fall day, the Sixth-floor house was flooded with solar and troublesome to say no to. What we didn’t love a lot was the galley kitchen. It was roomy sufficient, certain, however the restricted cupboards and counter house left so much to be desired for 2 avid house cooks. Nonetheless, the pass-through window from the kitchen to the eating room received us considering — earlier than we knew it we had been signing the lease, arranging for movers, and planning our very personal rental kitchen renovation.

How We Determined to Replace Our Rental Kitchen

As ill-advised as a rental kitchen renovation sounds, we determined it was value it for a couple of causes. First, the maths labored. By transferring in collectively, my associate and I might be saving $900 per 30 days. We reasoned that was cash we may earmark for house enhancements — together with an up to date kitchen.

As a result of we conferred with our landlord earlier than making any adjustments, we additionally felt assured that we wouldn’t should undo our renovations once we ultimately moved out. Probably most significantly, although, we knew that cooking was such an necessary a part of our house lives that we couldn’t think about not upgrading our kitchen.

So, we began trying into our choices.

Our Rental Kitchen Renovation: IKEA Cupboards and Formica Counter tops

We knew right away that we wished IKEA cupboards. Reasonably priced, versatile, and easy-to-install, IKEA cupboards are the way in which to go for thus many kitchen remodels. We selected the SEKTION line and, as a result of our current storage was largely cupboards, we went with all drawers, a choice I might make time and again (and over) once more.

We additionally knew that we wished to create a breakfast bar on the opposite aspect of the pass-through window. There was a small countertop already there, however we wished one thing extra substantial.

What we didn’t know was what sort of countertop we wished. We thought of butcher block, we checked out marble and quartz remnants, after which we determined to go along with formica. If it hadn’t been a rental kitchen, we wouldn’t have even thought-about formica. But it surely had a couple of issues going for it.

For starters, it was cheaper and sooner than the opposite choices on the market — by so much. For a earlier kitchen, I had rescued an oblong piece of marble for round $600, chopping and set up included, so I assumed we would be capable to discover a salvage yard in Brooklyn that may do all of it for round $1000. I used to be unsuitable. Our estimates had been within the $1500 to $2500 vary for remnants and butcher block, and the wait, whereas not offensively lengthy, wasn’t insignificant.

Our formica counter tops value $700 all in and we may get them put in in per week. After all, formica is a less expensive materials, however another excuse the formica counter tops had been low-cost and quick was as a result of our landlord had a prepared provide of formica readily available and a go-to crew able to measure and set up.

We additionally favored the thought of our counter tops matching, even when they wouldn’t have been our first selection, and we favored that our landlord was a part of the method.

The ultimate contact was including knobs and pulls (to match the brand new knobs and pulls) to the outdated cupboards to attempt to tie every part collectively much more.

In the end, we doubled our counter house and our cupboard house for round $1500 (a little bit bit much less if my calculations are proper). A 12 months later, after many breakfasts eaten, cocktails served, meals prepped, and kitchen necessities saved, we’d 100% do it once more.



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