DIY Kitchen Remodel

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The thought of a kitchen remodel can be overbearing and scary, but exciting at the same time. Your current kitchen is aggravating you because it's too small, it's from the '70's, or for whatever reason, it just isn't you. You thought about it, and you just don't know if you can afford to hire the help you need to design your perfect kitchen, especially if you are keeping the same floor plan. Here are some DIY kitchen remodel steps for you:

DIY Kitchen Remodel Step #1

Do a lot of research to get ideas of what style you would like your kitchen and home to be. Is it modern? Is it contemporary? Is it Mediterranean? Maybe you like a more eclectic idea of rustic mixed with modern. Use Houzz and/or Pinterest to get an idea of what style you think you are.

Most cities want you to permit any changes you will be doing, even if it is just a cosmetic upgrade. This is because, some times, the electrical and plumbing can be so old, that for your safety, it needs to be updated properly. If you don't know how to create these documents for the city, hire a designer or other professional to take care of this step for you.

This is also a great time to decide if you will be doing the labor yourself, or if you will be hiring a contractor to do this for you.

DIY Kitchen Remodel Step #2

Start researching materials! Research, research, research! What materials are the best quality, or the best look for your style? What colors do you want to use? What order do you find things?

What I do, is come up with the whole design at once, that way everything will definitely go together. This means that it's a fun puzzle! Did you find the perfect backsplash? Now, let's work around that perfect backsplash for the cabinet colors, counter top, fixture material, cabinet hardware, paint colors, and flooring.

Color can be a hard area of design to conquer. If you have a piece of artwork that is going in the space, use the colors in that to link everything together. If you are using a colorful backsplash, use another color or 2 from that for the rest of the space. If you are doing a monochromatic color scheme, use a light pop of color as an accent somewhere.

DIY Kitchen Remodel Step #3

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You now have your plans, ideas for materials, and a color scheme. Next step?! Where do you get the materials? This is where you get to do even more research! Take field trips to different show rooms that sell to the general public. I suggest to make a specification book of some kind that doubles as a checklist to make sure you get everything you need for your new kitchen, and figure out what you will be buying and where to get it. Here is an example of a list of items you may need:

  • lighting
    • under cabinet
    • accent
    • recessed
  • flooring
  • cabinets
    • style of cabinets
    • cabinet material
    • paint or stain
    • soft close, hard close
    • organization techniques
  • countertops
  • cabinet hardware
  • appliances
  • paint
  • backsplash
  • molding
  • sink
  • faucet
  • etc.

DIY Kitchen Remodel Step #4

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You have all the materials selected! If you decided to do the labor yourself, then you should be all ready to start that! If you hired a contractor, well, now that you are organized, have everything selected and picked out, the contractor can get straight to work and help you create the kitchen you have been wanting!

There you have it! You are now ready to start your DIY kitchen remodel! This is an exciting process, and the end result will keep you happy for years to come!