April 14, 2019

DIY Kitchen Makeover, Part 4: The Final Before and After Photos

DIY Kitchen Makeover, Part 4

This post is continued from:

DIY Kitchen Makeover, Part 3
DIY Kitchen Makeover, Part 2
DIY Kitchen Makeover, Part 1

Finally... simple before and after pictures of the whole kitchen/living room/dining room combination.

I didn't have any proper "before" photos. I'm so bummed I didn't think to do that! So, I just went through the photos I had on my computer and chose some where you can see the kitchen. Just ignore the people in the photos. ;)

A brief description of before:

- brown oak-color everywhere (cupboards, trim, sheet linoleum floor, crown molding, doors... so much oak color!)
- a sort of burgundy and brown colored laminate countertop (with oak trim!)
- textured ceiling ("stomped"--kind of like a popcorn ceiling)
- a skylight (again, with oak trim)
- deep red/burgundy walls
- lots of cupboards--a few unnecessary
- unusable snack bar (the cupboards overhead were too low to sit there)
- a tiny wall next to the snack bar that held up cupboards over the bar top
- a small countertop and cupboards next to refrigerator, held up by another tiny wall
- one end of kitchen completely open to dining room and living room
- shallow double-basin sink
- standard "trailer" doors, one leading to pantry and one leading to laundry room
- sliding glass door that leads to our deck outside

Some pictures from before:

before the remodel



kitchen before remodel

before the remodel

before the remodel


Not very good "before" photos, but you get the idea. And here are the "after" photos. (I used Brian's camera with a wide angle lens, so if they looked slightly warped, that's thanks to my stellar photography skills).

Also, no--my house is never this clean! Haha, I just cleaned it this much to take the "after" photos.

kitchen after DIY makeover

kitchen after DIY makeover


kitchen after DIY makeover

kitchen after DIY makeover

kitchen after DIY makeover

kitchen after DIY makeover

kitchen after DIY makeover

kitchen after DIY makeover


The final result:

kitchen, living room, dining room after remodel

kitchen and dining room after remodel

kitchen and dining room after remodel

kitchen, living room, and dining room after remodel


Needless to say, I am super proud of all the work I put into this. I love the result!

my finished project


For the DIY makeover "before and after" photos of other parts of the house:

Dining Room Makeover - final before and after photos
Living Room Makeover - final before and after photos
Bathroom Makeover - a four-day project
Kids' Bedroom Makeovers - a surprise project over spring break


19 comments:

  1. Wow! Looks so much better, good work :)

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  2. The kitchen looks fantastic! I love the whites with the pops of orange!!!! What a huge difference!!!!!! Great job!!!

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  3. The kitchen looks much more streamlined and easy to use and enjoy---you made the right call pulling down those cabinets! The countertops look great, much more modern, and I am impressed that you built those open shelves all by yourself! Well done!

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  4. Looks so clean and fresh, nice and bright!

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  5. Wow wow wow! I am so impressed! Your kitchen looks HUGE! And so light and open!! Those colors really compliment each other so well. You should be so proud! There is so much hard work and dedication put in to this entire project!

    Also, I love that I get to see know where you put your pet feeding station. I really love that and was wondering where it ended up going! It's such a great idea! Great job all around!

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  6. This is amazing! I'm so impressed you did this all yourself. The difference is phenomenal. I bet you love walking into your new kitchen each day.

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  7. It looks SOOOO good, and I want those floors!

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  8. Love all of it. It looks so good. But honestly, I am so impressed that the majority of the remodel was done by you and I love how alot of times you would tackle something you had never done before and everything turned out so awesome. You must be so proud. All I can say is WOW! Now with that being said I do have one question... WHERE DID YOU GET THE ENERGY TO DO IT ALL? lol Seriously, I haven't been this impressed about a remodel in like forever. Lol you have left me speechless! Great job and a beautiful job...I can't say it enough!

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  9. WOW! AMAZING! Congratulations!

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  10. I absolutely love it! you did a fantastic job!

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  11. Everything looks so amazing. I wonder if you would consider doing a post where you detail out how much everything costs? As we contemplate some home renovations, I'm really curious how affordable an overhaul would be.

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  12. That looks awesome. I'm impressed you did it all yourself (with some help on the floors)! :-) I'm also impressed that you learned as you went. Good job!

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  13. Love everything about it!! Great job!

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  14. That looks so great! Your hard work paid off a 100 times over!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  15. It looks soooo good!! I'm such a chicken when it comes to home renovations - it's so cool that you did it all on your own. Great job!

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  16. Wow! So impressed and your kitchen looks like one of those fancy magazine remodels. Kudos, Katie!

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  17. You are a badass! It looks amazing, HUGE kudos for all the work you did. You should be very very proud :)

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