What Our Kitchen Renovation Really Cost — The FULL Renovation Estimate

Wow, I am still sifting through all of the amazing responses and questions we’ve received about our newly renovation kitchen! I am so honored by your encouragement along the way and all of the inquiries we received about the ins and outs of this project. One of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received has been how much the total renovation actually cost. So today, I’m holding nothing back. Here is the FULL kitchen renovation cost estimate!

Our Renovation Estimate, aka What Our Kitchen Renovation Cost

I want to start this off with some good ole fashioned transparency. The kitchen renovation itself was sponsored. This means that many brands provided product free of charge in exchange for product placement on the blog, photography, and social media mentions. As always, I only feature products that I trust, love, and 100% believe in. So, as I break down our full kitchen renovation cost, I will list whether something was gifted (aka free) and what it would cost to buy.


Without a doubt, our new cabinetry made a world of difference in the new kitchen. The quality of each component is so amazing and I love that they are made in America. Keep in mind that when ordering MasterBrand Cabinets, it is sold by dealers all over the country which can impact the overall cost. Also, door style, color, organizational additions and a few other elements can impact the overall price as well.

Total cost estimate: $15,000 (gifted)

Countertops & Backsplash

The cost of each White Cherokee slab from Polycor is about $1925. This is the cost of the stone if a fabricator were to buy from a local distributor. My kitchen had 3 slabs to cover the countertops, waterfall, and backsplashes.

Total cost: $5,775 (gifted)


Total cost: $11,745 (gifted)

Tile floor

Oh our tile floor… I don’t have words for how much I love the Chaine Homme from Fireclay Tile that we chose. It is just SO special. They were also nice enough to give us enough tile to use in the bathroom when we finally renovate it. The Chaine Home tile is $50/sqft — but keep in mind that Fireclay also offers way more affordable options started at $15/sqft!

Total cost (including bathroom tile): $8,200 (gifted)

Farmhouse sink

Our Bradstreet II Fireclay sink from Sinkology came with accessories, but we chose a different faucet to bring in matte black elements.

Total cost: $499 (gifted)


Total cost: $494 (gifted)


A last-minute addition to our renovation was the new Trinsic Casement Window from Milgard Windows & Doors. I’m so glad we added it! I was also really surprised by how affordable it was to replace a window. I definitely thought it would be way more.

Total cost: $284.91

Faucet & potfiller

The Trinsic Touch Faucet costs $723.35 and the Wall Mount Pot Filler costs $682.25.

Total cost: $1405.60 (gifted)

Everything else: lighting, decor, etc

I literally have no way of pricing out how much all of our trips to the various hardware stores cost, so that isn’t factored into any of these numbers. There were literally too many to count… and most happened late at night, 5 minutes before the stores closed.

Total cost: $1565

But what about labor?

Estimating the cost of labor on this project was really tricky. Sean and I did a ton of the work ourselves, but we also dealt with a very complicated situation with our first contractor. We are still in negotiations with him about what we actually feel is an appropriate amount of compensation, so I haven’t factor that into this post.

We ended up hiring a second contractor and, all told, we paid him $10,452.88 to finish the project.

Then we had some subcontractors come in:

  • Stone fabricator – $3777.75
  • Tile installation – $2,657.04
  • Gas line extension – $1200

Drum roll, please… the approximate kitchen renovation cost was: $63,056.10.

Looking at that number makes me feel really nauseous, but every time I cook in the kitchen (aka multiple times a day), it all feels worth it. Keep in mind that our house is really, really old and crooked. Each renovation and house is different, so make sure to keep that in mind when you look at this and consider your own renovations!

Photography & styling by Jojotastic.

Behind The Blog

Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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