Well, it’s official, my DIY Kitchen is finally complete! What was once a weird layout, without much storage, and not quite my style is now functional and beautiful! Every corner of this kitchen got an upgrade, and it was 100% DIY. Wonder how much it cost me? Keep reading to find out!
[A Reminder of the Before]
Phase 1 of the DIY Kitchen: New Cabinets
Still one of the biggest impacts of this kitchen was building new cabinets on what was once a basically blank wall! Our old refrigerator went, so buying a new one was basically the catalyst for this makeover! I just knew that there could be more form and function to this wall, and then it occurred to me. We need new cabinets!
But, the space was really quirky and there were a lot of obstacles to work around. Really the only way to get around them was to order custom size cabinets ($$$$$), or build my own. I’d never built cabinets before, but I figured, why not!? Let’s give it a try.
- How I Designed My Custom DIY Kitchen Cabinets
- Making Cabinet Boxes for my Kitchen
- Four Ways to Make Shaker Cabinet Doors
- 8 Steps to Build Drawers
- How I Took my DIY Cabinets from Basic to Custom
Phase 2: Upgrading the Existing Cabinets
Once the new cabinets were complete, it was very obvious that my existing cabinets also needed a facelift! I decided to keep the original boxes and structure, but basically get rid of everything else!
I started with the upper cabinets and replaced the shelves, redistributing them so I had an extra shelf! I gained so much additional storage space by doing this. Then, I also replaced the doors, and it was such a quick but significant impact.
Now, I absolutely hate lower cabinets. Things get lost in them, and they are just organizational nightmares in my opinion. So, I decided to add drawers instead! I had to add a few supports along the way to attach the drawer slides too, but this was also pretty straightforward and I wouldn’t change it for anything!
Phase 3: Making it Beautiful!
OK, so now my kitchen is much more functional, but it wasn’t exactly my style. I waited a full year before I got to this phase, and honestly, I’m so glad I did. From new paint, floors, and trim, to an epoxy countertop and backsplash, plus a couple of small builds, this kitchen really shines now and I absolutely love it.
I also added a couple of DIY accessories, like a mail holder, an organizer, a DIY picture frame, and a shelf with faux brass rails.
There was so much intention and sweat put into this project, that when I stand back I’m still in awe that I can say “I did that”.
- The Paint I Used in My Coastal Kitchen
- Installing my Kitchen Flooring
- Updating my Kitchen Window and Door Trim
- Picture Frame Moulding in the Kitchen
- A Faux Marble Epoxy Backsplash and Countertop
- A DIY Shoe Bench that Converts with the Seasons
- Building a Console Table from Scrap Wood
How much did my DIY Kitchen cost?
A quick Google search just told me an average kitchen renovation costs between $12-35k. Well, this came nowhere close to that. Would you believe me if I told you it came in right around $5k?!
- Phase 1: New Cabinets = $1427
- Phase 2: Old Cabinets = $643
- Phase 3: Design = $2957
- Paint = $138
- Floors = $777
- Trim = $441
- Counters + Backsplash = $496
- Builds = $36
- Accessories (Faucet, Lights, Mirror, Door Knobs, etc.) = $1069
- Total: $5027
So, how did I save money? I searched for the best price on EVERYTHING, my counters and backsplash were obviously a huge cost-saving, I used scrap wood for most of my later projects, and I was intentional and thoughtful for the items I purchased.
I’m so happy to put a stamp on this project and start looking forward to my new projects for the new year. First, we’re going to focus on the holidays and getting the house ready for that, then I have 4 spaces I want to makeover in 2023. Are you ready? Because I sure am!