Before & After: Shannon's Dreamy DIY Kitchen

Before & After: Shannon's Dreamy DIY Kitchen

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Tempe, AZ
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
When I bought my home I was excited to renovate and decorate each room, especially the kitchen, which felt bland and a little outdated. I started demo in the kitchen the day after I got the keys to the house, but it remained a work in progress for a long time after that. Each part of the renovation took place intermittently over the course of two years and everything was DIY-ed. I found it was less daunting for me to complete various projects over time, rather than save up a large sum to renovate everything all at once. I chose not to replace the cabinetry or the flooring which kept costs down and also left the kitchen usable for most of the two-year long process. I was only unable to cook in the kitchen for a week or two total.

Stainless Steel Appliances - $1,900
Exhaust Hood - IKEA LUFTIG - $400
Butcher Block Countertops - IKEA NUMERÄR in Beech - $600
Subway Tile/Grout Supplies- $150
Wall Shelf - IKEA VÄRDE - $40
Paint Color - Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray
My makeover advice::
I saved a lot of money by doing the labor with the help of friends and family, rather than hiring it out. My sister’s boyfriend was a lifesaver — he is an avid DIY-er and is obsessed with power tools. He says that he learned everything he knows about home improvement from watching a lot of youtube tutorials.
What I love most about my new space::
I think what I love the most is actually what is missing. Removing the dropped soffit raised the ceiling an extra foot, which made a big difference in how open the kitchen feels (I could touch the ceiling before). I’m also glad that most of the upper cabinetry is gone. I love having open shelving, and our small window is more exposed without the bulky cabinets in the way.
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