Before & After: DIY Moxie (& YouTube Videos!) Help an Outdated Kitchen Get a Much Needed Upgrade

Before & After: DIY Moxie (& YouTube Videos!) Help an Outdated Kitchen Get a Much Needed Upgrade

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Chrissie's kitchen in her historic Victorian home was dark, cramped and sans-dishwasher. After living with the kitchen for a bit Chrissie, her husband, and her helpful brother revamped the space almost entirely themselves.

(Image credit: Submitted by Chrissie )
(Image credit: Submitted by Chrissie )

From Chrissie: We bought our 1870 Victorian in Salem, Massachusetts in October, 2010. We purchased it from a lovely family who had owned the house for more than 40 years. It hadn't been updated in many years so we spent a month updating it.

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The kitchen was extremely dark (wood paneling!!) and there was a wall separating it from an enclosed, heated porch. It also had one of those floating dishwashers which sort of acted like an island when not in use. The most important things to me were having a dishwasher installed and adding an island. We kept the cabinets and painted them white per the advice or our realtor who said they looked like antique quaker cabinets. During the month of renovations, my husband and my brother would go directly from work to the house while I watched our small kids. (That was a crappy month) While my brother is handy, my husband learned how to do a lot from YouTube! They installed new ceramic flooring in the kitchen, hardwood floors in the porch, took down walls, added lighting from Schoolhouse Electric Company, almost everything themselves. (Except the IKEA island- I built that!!)
(Image credit: Submitted by Chrissie )
(Image credit: Submitted by Chrissie )
After about a year living with the new kitchen we hired a contractor to take down the wall between the kitchen and the enclosed porch. (There are a lot of things you can learn to do from YouTube. Taking down a load bearing wall probably isn't one of those things.) We now use the porch as a dining room where we eat with our kids every night. My husband and I also installed benches from IKEA for seating for the dining room table which have drawers for storage. Taking down the wall was a huge game changer and the room is now a much brighter, happier spot.


Thank you, Chrissie!

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