Before & After: Alyse's Retro Industrial Kitchen

Before & After: Alyse's Retro Industrial Kitchen

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Canby, OR
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
When we moved into the house in Sept 2014, the 8'x'10' kitchen was the first project we wanted to tackle because of it's condition - the laminate floors were damaged, the cabinets had years of water damage, the ceiling was low with 1980s lighting, and the counters and backsplash were purple. We decided to go DIY to save money and to get exactly what we wanted - a retro kitchen with industrial accents. It was a lot of work - demo, termite treatments, rewiring, framing, drywalling, counter construction, cabinet building, tiling, plumbing, wood working, electrical, and painting. We went with IKEA cabinets ($1,500), laminate counters with metal trim ($420), reclaimed wood shelves with steel brackets made by us ($350), backsplash tiles from a rebuilding center including Ann Sacks tiles ($60), vintage appliances ($450), cabinet pulls from Rejuvenation ($150) and sealed concrete flooring. We spent approx. $5,500 in all. The project began on 11/1/14 and was completed on 3/1/15.
My makeover advice::
You can do it! It is a scary proposition to tackle a whole kitchen reno on your own, but you can Google anything and find awesome YouTube videos on just about anything. You can put your touch on everything when you do it yourself. Just know your limitations though and call in the pros if you aren't comfortable with electricity and plumbing.
What I love most about my new space::
Truly I love everything about the kitchen! I love the red countertops. I love the wood shelves and the brackets we made. I love the tile backsplash and cabinet pulls. I love that we did it all ourselves. It might not be perfect for everyone, but it's our vision come true.
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