DIY Kitchen Remodel

Everyday that I get to work in my completely remodeled kitchen I am thankful.  As I’ve said before, it took 3 long years to complete our DIY home remodel.  Because we wanted to texturize the new walls on the entire 1st floor before we removed the plaster and lathe all at the same time.  Which meant we had to be creative in how we created our temporary kitchen for a long time.  It was all worth it for the finished product though.

I don’t know how I missed it, but I never got a before picture.  So after digging through family photos these are the best representations of before that I have.  The kitchen was pretty much all white.  I scrubbed everything all of the time when the kids were little.  The large eat in kitchen is one of the main reasons we liked our home when we purchased it back in 1998.  Colten wasn’t even a year old yet.  The back door went to a small semi-finished porch.  There was no built in dishwasher so I used a roll-up dishwasher.  We knew we wanted to make some type of change so as our appliances started needing replaced we started purchasing stainless appliances.

We removed the back porch and extended the back of the house by an extra 2 feet.  You can see how we redid our roof-line here.  We removed all of the plaster and lathe inside. We kept the dishwasher and kitchen sink connected through plastic hoses for as long as we could.  I was so excited when the new lights started being installed.  Our home has always seemed a little dark.

As we remodeled, our temporary kitchen took up residency in our dining room, living room, and finally when the attached garage was done being constructed in moved out there.  We just kept moving the old cabinets from room to room.  When we were tired of grilled food we cooked meals on our Pizzazz, in frying pans, and on an electric burner.   Eventually the cabinets took up permanent residency in our garage.

We didn’t let the remodel totally get in the way of doing things with the kids though.  Among other things we decorated pumpkins in the garage.  At the same time you can see the new kitchen cabinets recently constructed behind the old cabinets along with the other building supplies.

The end was getting near when we started painting and installing cabinets.  We were so excited!  At Thanksgiving the floors weren’t installed yet but it was really beginning to look like home.  By Christmas we had carpet and flooring down.  That was the best Christmas gift in a long time.

Kitchen Before & After


Thanks for looking!  Have you done a home remodel of your own or are you hoping to do some remodeling?  I’d love to hear about it:)

I linked up our kitchen remodel at other blogs with DIY projects for you to check out as well:)



  • August 30, 2013 - 8:25 am

    Lisa E - Beautifully done. So nice to see something other than white cabinetry. I do love them, but not all of us are totally into that and I get tired of hearing people make rude comments about stained cabinetry. Why can’t they just say it’s not their taste and be nice about it?! Anyway, congrats on a new and wonderful space.ReplyCancel

    • August 30, 2013 - 10:45 pm - Thanks Lisa! I too love white cabinets, but after so long it was time for a change. So happy there are so many selections on the market for all of us, even if it made it hard to decide what to pick :)ReplyCancel

  • September 2, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl - I know how hard you worked on your kitchen and it shows! Nice job.ReplyCancel

    • September 8, 2013 - 12:22 pm - Thanks Brittany!ReplyCancel

  • September 4, 2013 - 7:06 pm

    Jocie@One Project Closer - looks amazing! i hate when i forget to get “before” pix! lol. :) thanks for linking up with Pretty Handy Girl & OPC to support Habitat!ReplyCancel

    • September 8, 2013 - 12:27 pm - Thanks Jocie! It looks like you’ve got lots of great DIY projects linking up :)ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 7:59 am

    Willie McGraw - I am so amazed at how you guys were able to do the remodelling yourselves. It needs careful planning, knowledge and skills to be able to pull it through. The task is tedious but somehow it turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing this. It inspired me to do things on my own too.ReplyCancel

    • September 9, 2013 - 5:12 pm - Thanks Willie, you are so right it is a lot of work to do a remodel on your own. We learned so many new things along the way. I wish you the best on your project :)ReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 8:19 pm

    Roeshel - Wow! ::applause:: Gorgeous kitchen, great job! Love it!ReplyCancel

    • September 17, 2013 - 10:06 pm - Thank you Roeshel! And thanks hosting the DIY parties, there are always so many awesome ideas for new projects :)ReplyCancel

  • December 16, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    Kitchen Remodeling NJ - Wowzers! The after looks absolutely magnificent!

    -Rocko BarbieriReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2014 - 5:18 pm

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