Do you ever feel like you are drawn to really expensive items? I swear I have the most expensive taste. I’m not bragging either 😦
What I mean by that is… normally the things I fall in love with are very expensive. I’m not referring to small home accessories, such as picture frames, I’m mainly talking about bigger items, like furniture. It’s hard sometimes to walk away from something that you know you would love for your home, but I’m here to tell you that you don’t always have to walk away.
If you find something that you love that is pricey, then you can have it… IF and only if you save on something else. Below is our original kitchen mood board. The only thing that has changed is the paint color. We are going with Agreeable Gray instead of Eider White. And in case you missed the original kitchen post, click here. We’re saving AND splurging in that room and I’ll go over how and why!
In our kitchen we decided to keep the custom kitchen cabinets, even if they were built in the 70s. By keeping the cabinets that are already there, we are saving ourselves thousands of dollars. And when I say thousands, I ain’t playin wit ya. Have your priced brand new kitchen cabinets? I digress.
Since we are saving money by keeping the cabinets, that allows us to spend a little more money in the kitchen in different ways. We’ve splurged on two things: new cabinet doors and a very nice farmhouse sink. Here’s our sink and new facuet.
(For pricing, sizes, etc., just click on the photos.)
Were those things that were a little more expensive “must haves?” Well… no! But, we didn’t feel bad spending a little more on some of the furnishings since we saved by keeping the cabinets in tact. Make sense? Plus if you think about it, sinks and cabinet doors aren’t items that people change out every week or two. They aren’t throw pillows, they are fixed furnishings.
To save a little money, we are going with a timeless subway tile back splash and very inexpensive (but totally fabulous) cabinet hardware. And our butcherblock countertops… well, they seemed a little expensive but were still SO much cheaper than your typical granite, caesarstone, corian, etc.
So, in the kitchen we had two splurges: the sink and new cabinet doors. On the other hand, we have a LOT of saves: tile, hardware, faucet, and lighting.
If there’s one thing to take away from this post, it’s this: splurge on items, furnishings, “things” that are going to be around for a while. Every time I walk into the kitchen, I know I will smile when I see that farmhouse sink. It will “make” the kitchen. And, if we take care of it, the sink might even outlive us.
Do you buy everything really inexpensive, just to keep costs down? Normally when you do that, you end up with items that are just enough to get you buy, but items you don’t really love. Do any of you have expensive taste? Is everything you lay your eyes on like a gazillion dollars? Leave me a comment below to tell me what you save vs. splurge on!