Oh my gosh individuals, today is the freakin’ day! I’m so thrilled to reveal you the entire DIY kitchen area remodel. You recognize what else? Today, marks the 40th time I have actually posted regarding our kitchen area.

There are 39 posts linked at the end of this article that assemble all the Dos it yourself and also style boards that entered into this little kitchen remodelling. So, if you want several of the nitty gritty how-to’s for the space, stay tuned and click below.


The backstory of our spending plan kitchen improvement in a nutshell is this … We determined that we were mosting likely to gently update the cooking area concerning 3 years back. “Lightly” significance, take down wallpaper, paint, include new lights … you know, that sort of thing. Well, we did a few of those things and afterwards started tacking on a few even more.

Then, every one of abrupt, Luke got home from job eventually and I had actually taken the kitchen cabinets bizarre. I felt in one’s bones that I wanted kitchen racks instead of cabinets! BUT, to be totally sincere, we had actually not saved for a cooking area restoration because we weren’t intending on doing a cooking area improvement. As we maintained doing or dreaming concerning tasks, we realized that we can have a rather amazing (it could not be my desire cooking area, but it’s close) kitchen area if we took it slow and also just paid for products as we had the cash money for them.

So, that’s why this task has been the lengthiest job ever. I assume the next time around (as an example, our cellar remodel) we will have an extra clear photo of what we intend to do ahead of time as well as just how much it’s mosting likely to cost. I can absolutely endure a one year project but I do not want an additional task to cover over the course of a couple of years. Live as well as learn, right?


A small kitchen sits inside that upright cupboard however it had a splitting up between the two sides which made it uncomfortable to store things in. The desk was simply a mess catch for us. There was a tiny entrance in between the kitchen and also the formal eating with two mini doors. The doors appeared to add to an already uncomfortable space and also made the official dining appear much too official for us.

We made a decision to remove the desk, move the oven to where the desk was and reconfigure the wall that would house the oven. That would allow us to open up the wall in between the official dining as well as the cooking area.


Like I stated previously, we didn’t understand we were going to do the whole kitchen remodel up until we were in it. So, we really needed to do one thing at a time as well as make one decision at a time.

The first thing that we did was take down all the upper cabinets and also get rid of the bunkhead. As soon as the closets were down and also the bunkhead eliminated, we recognized that our cooking area can feel a lot a lot more inviting if the home window over the sink was bigger. Increasing the size of a window is a respectable investment however actually transformed the feel and look of our cooking area.

We opted to put in a 5 foot home window. It’s so wonderful to see more of the backyard as well as appreciate the yummy light that streams with the window.

Before the remodelling started, we understood that we had asbestos in the popcorn ceiling. When we removed the top closets, we needed to put in new drywall because there wasn’t any type of drywall above the closets. We love the appearance of a smooth ceilings yet didn’t want to fork over the cash to have the asbestos abated.

My grandfather had a snacks sprayer (from the old days when he was a residence building contractor). We splashed popcorn and tried to match the shade that existed but it simply wasn’t working. So, a few months passed and we had the ability to manage the asbestos abatement as well as drywall set up. It was a quite huge financial investment, but completely worth it.


We kept the initial cupboards (in the peninsula) along with the granite kitchen counter. Neither one would certainly be my selection, but we were attempting to save where we could. I obtain lots of concerns on what kitchen area shades deal with dark closets as well as, really, I seem like cozy tones and also cool tones both work. We have cooler tones on our ceiling and wall surface tile as well as warmer tones with the timber shelving as well as the counter top color.

For the base closets, we painted them Cracked Pepper by Behr but color-matched that to Benjamin Moore Advance. The BM breakthrough line is superb on wood. If you wish to hear in-depth concerning cupboard painting, I did a whole podcast episode about how to paint cabinets and every little thing I would certainly recommend.

My grandfather and I constructed the base closets that flank the oven, the fridge room and also the cupboard. It was rather the job. I found out so much via the procedure and also am so thankful that I reached do that with my grandfather. During the process we went back and forth on the cupboard doors. We lastly chose to get them from a cupboard store around as well as it made good sense to acquire them for the whole kitchen area as well as not just the new pieces. If you intend to listen to even more about half custom/half Do It Yourself cupboard doors, after that most definitely have a look at that message.

We conserved the leftover item of granite from the old desk that remained in the kitchen as well as had a granite store sufficed in half. We used that measurement for the base cabinets that flank the stove. We conserved a ton of money by making the measurements of the cupboards fit the precise measurement of the granite piece that we had from the desk. I believe it cost us regarding $100 at the stone producer to have the granite countertop cut to size and polished when it was all said and done.

We saved a ton of money using the old kitchen cabinets that were in the peninsula. They aren’t fancy with pull-out drawers but they work. Adding the new doors and cabinet hardware really changed the look of the cabinets. The new doors allowed us to change to hidden hinges which instantly make a kitchen (or bathroom) feel fresher.

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