• The DIY Kitchen Master Plan

    by  • March 26, 2014 • Featured, Home & Family, Kitchen Renovation • 8 Comments

    I asked on Facebook about what parts of our DIY kitchen renovation you want to hear about and people commented that they want it all. Ok, here we go: The master plan.

    Overall Vision

    We plan to create a highly functional cooking space by updating to more powerful appliances and adding much more storage. We’re aiming for a clean farmhouse look with stained white cabinets and warm, earthy accents.

    kitchen renovation plan

    From The Bottom Up

    After the old cabinets are re-purposed in other areas of our home and the old flooring is sent to the dump (sadly, we can’t think of anything to do with cracked tile and worn vinyl), we’ll lay in new wood or bamboo flooring. Unlike last kitchen when we spent big bucks for cork, this go-round we will choose something within our budget from whatever’s in stock at a local flooring company.

    Leonard Krashoc, mastermind behind the mudroom and children’s book author (go buy his books!), will help us out with the kitchen. He’s a whiz with drywall, so he’s going to expand a doorway to allow easier flow through the house. He’ll also help extend the gas line, fix the goofy wiring, and troubleshoot any unexpected projects we might uncover. Everyone cross your fingers that we don’t find too much trouble behind the walls.

    child sleeping in ikea

    We went to IKEA today to order cabinets during their 20% off kitchen sale. It’s not as boring as Lil makes it out to be – if you’ve done your homework with the 3D kitchen planner like we did, staff just does a double check, prints the list of every individual part, and collects payment. We opted for $149 delivery to our house which could have come as soon as this Sunday! (But we pushed them off a week because we aren’t quite ready for stacks of cabinet boxes.)

    All the base cabinets we ordered, including those in the island, are full of drawers. We miss drawers! Because we despise corner cabinets, we arranged for straight runs of cabinet only. Straight lines will make counter construction easier too.

    We’re going to make our own countertops again – this time with zinc over a plywood base. Zinc is food safe, easy to work, and will patina over time to add to the farmhouse feel. Catch up with how we made wooden countertops at our previous houseĀ in 2009.

    The next big purchase to be made is the gas range top, double ovens, and outside vent hood. We’re going with large, semi-professional grade cooking appliances in brushed stainless finish. We are not replacing the dishwasher and refrigerator right now because they’re still working fine and we’re wanting to stay within our budget of cash saved.

    Lighting, paint, and decor will be simple and comprised of some pieces we already have.

    Our plans sound straightforward when I write them out and perhaps that’s why I only have ten days set aside for the project. I’ll share our schedule and why I think we can remodel a kitchen in this timeline soon.

    What do you think of the master plan? Will our third IKEA kitchen be our last?

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    8 Responses to The DIY Kitchen Master Plan

    1. Rachell
      March 26, 2014 at 11:07 am

      We had good luck with flooring at Lumber Liquidators. We went with teak and I love it after we agonized over the many floor choices. We also love our Kitchen Aid gas range with double electric ovens.

      • March 31, 2014 at 5:02 pm

        We have also had good luck at Lumber Liquidators. We found some awesome deals and eventually got something on clearance. It saved us a several hundred dollars!
        Good Luck, Rachel!

    2. Meredith
      March 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Congratulations on the conception of your new project. I hope delivery and birth are painless! Looking forward to seeing more! Lil seems to have become a giant overnight from the outside view of the internet!

    3. March 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Seems like a nice plan. I need to come up with the $$$ for our kitchen, it needs a complete overhaul except for appliances but the counters, cabinets, and double hung pantry all need refurbishing or replacement.

    4. March 28, 2014 at 11:34 am

      I love the way you’re going about your kitchen project. Although ours took about 9 months (!) to complete due to my husband’s job change and lack of available time/vacation, ultimately I am still thrilled and content with our IKEA kitchen a year and a half later.

      It can be so challenging to balance budget with quality/efficiency with environmental responsibility, but you guys are making similar choices to ours and I look forward to seeing your pictures!

      I’ve only done one kitchen, and I learned a ton in the process, so I’m excited to see how you’re building on your experience.

      It’s interesting that homesteaders – since they actually use every square inch of their kitchen for production – are much more serious about efficiency, flow, storage space, and counter space, with style & aesthetics built into that common core. On the flip side, the typical homeowner will take a stock layout and add the aesthetic characteristics that interest them, picking some components for function if they happen to fit into the “look” of it.

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