Our DIY Kitchen Design

If you follow me on Instagram, you know the DIY kitchen renovation has been in the works for a while now. Here’s a full look at my inspiration, plans, and our current progress.

This is a view of the kitchen the day from the listing when we bought the house.

When designing this space, there’s a few things I needed to take into consideration:

1. Budget

We are planning on staying in this house for 3-5 years. Which means this isn’t a property we plan on dropping tons of money on for our dream kitchen. We want to make things happen, we want to do them (mostly) ourselves, and we don’t want to have to wait several years to save up.

2. Current Design

To stay within budget and to keep the work DIY-friendly, we chose not to change the layout of the kitchen and to keep the current cabinets. This posed a bit of a challenge since the upper cabinets don’t go all the way to the ceiling–which bugs me to no end. (I utilized some shelf-styling to try and hide this a bit).

So the first step I take whenever designing a space, is to create a Pinterest board and start pinning allll the inspiration. Eventually I start noticing trends whether it be colors, vibes, lighting etc. that helps me narrow it down. Here’s a link to my “Kitchen” board if you want to check out what inspired me.

This is the gorgeous, modern/neutral cottage kitchen from The Identité Collective
This is the DREAMIEST view of @_forthehome modern, green kitchen.
And this dark butcher-blocked penthouse kitchen space.

I immediately fell in love with soft green cabinets and the more I looked into kitchen designs, the more I decided that a vertical shiplap backsplash was the most budget-friendly option that still fit my design “aesthetic.” So with all that in mind, I created this mood board/design plan—-

So based on these plans, I chose to paint the lower cabinets sage/neutral green, dark butcher block countertops, white vertical shiplap backsplash and gold hardware! Here’s a picture of our current kitchen progress–

I’d love to hear what you think about our plans and how we’ve executed them so far! We built a kitchen island, painted the lower cabinets and changed out the hardware. Our projected completion date is early April 2020. Check back here for an update!

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