While My Wallet Gently Weeps

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So I’ve been crunching the numbers and I think I’m finally getting a handle on why the budget for the home renovation project has come off the rails…

Bathroom lighting:  $175

Basement heating:  $400

Basement doors:  $150

Miscellaneous door knobs:  $120

Exterior lighting:  $165

Kitchen update:  $750

Laminate flooring /stair treads/pad:  $980

Interior doors:  $750

Garage firedoor:  $290

Front storm door:  $280

Closet doors:  $410

Trim/molding/transitions:  $550

Floor registers:  $45

Paint:  $375

Painting (labor, front room, stairs, landing):  $575

Toilets:  $430

Gas Fireplace:  $3800

Fireplace stone/adhesive:  $225

Patio Door:  $850

Master bath tile/adhesive/grout:  $140

Upstairs carpet:  $3000

Tools:  $295 (tile cutter, miter saw blade, finish nailer)

Tool rental:  $40

Gas (17 gozillion trips to Lowe’s and Home Depot):  $37,950



18 thoughts on “While My Wallet Gently Weeps

  1. Yes, what you said.
    Clearly it’s the fuel costs!

    We’re about to start a large bookshelf, built-in type project. It would be much cheaper to stack the books in piles and put pretty things on top of them, but then if one pulls out the wrong book…

  2. Oh, yes, when you do a home improvement project, the hardware store becomes your second home. And really, you should just give Home Depot direct access to your bank account and let them have what they want. Sooner or later, all your money is going to be theirs anyway!

  3. Mother of god.

    My main recreation in life is driving a big-ass truck to remote hiking trails, so I get it. Then again, I don’t have to deal with Home Depot clientele, so I win. Neener, neener.

  4. Pingback: While My Wallet Gently Weeps — Lies Jack Kerouac told Me - Building Dreams Together

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