You Can Do it Yourself: Reinventing the Kitchen

You Can Do it Yourself: Reinventing the Kitchen

Janel Laban
Mar 9, 2011

Not everyone starts out as a confident DIYer, but all of us can get there if we just give it a go. One of my favorite parts of our House Tour survey is the "Proudest DIY" section. The expression of pride in a job that someone really helped made happen is always great to see. To up our collective bravery and know-how, I pulled projects from our House Tours featuring a room that many of us don't dare DIY - the kitchen. Read on and get inspired!

Check out these smart and stylish kitchen projects that our House Tour participants are most proud of and then click through to view their whole home:

House Tour: Anna & Luby's Home Meets Showroom
Proudest DIY: Kitchen cabinets. When we moved in we knew we wanted to keep the original Geneva cabinets, but because they were too far gone from smoke damage they needed to be repainted or replaced. The top cabinets were mustard yellow and the bottom were brown. We took all the doors and drawers off, as well as the oven face and door and took them to Maaco. We were able to have them all painted for about $300. We painted the original cabinets in place ourselves. It really made the original orange boomerang Formica countertop pop.

House Tour: Albie Design's Family Home
Proudest DIY: The kitchen table, a team effort (as many of the DIY projects in my house are). My husband spotted the table at a construction site that was about to be demo'd. The table was originally a commercial butcher block, so he removed the legs and racks & sanded the top. Together we designed legs to be made be a welder. I love the way it turned out!!! Rustic meets modern.

House Tour: Mandy & Michael's Crafty Charm
Proudest DIY: I painted the cabinets and installed the floor in the kitchen. I was pretty proud of the floor because I'd never done anything like that before.

House Tour: Caitlin and Levi's Youthful Loft with His and Hers Offices
Proudest DIY: My kitchen was painted a really bright yellow when I moved in that I didn't like. Instead of trying to paint over it, I decided to attach cardboard wall tiles from Mio Culture using a removable tacky. When we move out, cleanup will be a cinch.

House Tour: Bernard's Time Traveller's Life
Proudest DIY: Having the balls to put up the kitchen walls, and using the paint color specified by my designer friend.

House Tour: Mike's Masculine Vintage
Proudest DIY: Have you seen my kitchen?

Have you got a kitchen-based DIY project to share with the Apartment Therapy community? Send me an email with pictures and info - I'd love to hear from you!

Images: Apartment Therapy/as linked in each House Tour above

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