We lived with the kitchen as is for 7 months before we decided to get going on our DIY kitchen remodel.
We had the remodel priced out through two well-known companies and the bids came in at around $50,000 – 60,000. Nope. Just. NOPE. We decided to save about $46,000 and do it ourselves. 🙂
Here are some photos of it being lived in. Note the gross countertop tile—the grout was painted black to cover the dinginess. The bricks on the wall in the bump out were faux, the cabinets were hanging by a string in most areas, the oven was original to the house, and there were 4 layers of different flooring. A real beaut!
We did find a Thermador dishwasher on clearance and added that to the ugly mix. The fridge came with us from our previous house and did a great job closing off the already closed off room.