DIY Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Looking for ideas to update your kitchen without spending a fortune? Then you are in the right place. Follow along on our DIY kitchen makeover journey to see what’s possible when you’re willing to do it yourself.


DIY Kitchen Makeover and cabinet redesign

When we started the DIY kitchen makeover back in April I knew it wasn’t going to be a fast project. I am by nature impatient when it comes to projects but I had decided ahead of time not to let the kitchen get into a total disarray. Being able to keep the kitchen functional daily was a priority. Except during the cabinet painting process, the kitchen stayed in order.

Raising the cabinets height had been something I wanted to do for a long time. Getting Ray on board was the first obstacle. We are both very practical people when it comes to decor and design but he more so than me. He was having a hard time visualizing if this would make as big of an impact as I was sure it would. Let’s just say, I was right!

Like the champ he is, he worked hard on all of my ideas

While we have a dream for how to completely remodel our kitchen, that was not in our budget. BUT guess what, we have a great new kitchen anyway. You will find all of the shop links at the bottom of this post.

DIY Kitchen Makeover Goals

My goals for our kitchen makeover were:

  • have cooking supplies easily available
  • balance out the kitchen ceiling height with the big window by the table
  • create more usable counter space
  • store my everyday and entertaining items in plain site, double as decor

The goal with our kitchen was to make it more functional and balanced. The counter space couldn’t be changed but I felt like by removing some upper cabinets it would allow us to work more on the counter area where those cabinets were hanging. It worked.

Before and After of cabinet removal

DIY cabinet redesign makeover

DIY Kitchen Makeover Reveal

DIY Kitchen Makeover Projects

Projects we completed: (as the tutorials are created I will link them here)

  • declutter all cabinets and get rid of everything that was duplicate and/or not used
  • demo/remove 4 cabinets (2 corner, 2 regular)
  • repair walls from cabinet removal
  • build cabinets to the ceiling
  • build open shelving
  • caulk and paint cabinets (Antique White By Sherwin Williams)
  • paint backsplash (White Gallery by Olympic)
  • paint the walls (Black Magic by Sherwin Williams)
  • replace big fluorescent light with can lights
  • paint ceiling (standard ceiling white)
  • have gas line installed for new stove (paid a professional)
  • art for black wall
  • Plank wood wall completed previously
  • Chairs recovered in a previous makeover using this post

The open shelving was built the same as our rustic shelves in the living room. For the kitchen shelves I used gel stain with added water to use as a glaze. Instead of the iron brackets we wanted them to appear free floating. One side is screwed in through the cabinets. The other side is hung on a wood cleat.

This post is to reveal the after photos. Each project will get a tutorial post of it’s on. Be sure you have joined my email list. I will send out those emails each day as those post are completed. I will also update the projects list above with those links as well. Also, be sure to pin the photos to your Pinterest boards.

DIY Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Removing upper cabinets to open up the kitchen

DIY kitchen makeover including open wood shelves

Open shelving makes everyday dishes easy to reach

Extended kitchen cabinets to the ceiling

Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Book pages art for kitchen makeover

DIY bookpages art project for kitchen makeover

This post contains affiliate links.

Shop Our Kitchen

If you check this site here, you can see the average cost of room remodels in the area you live. A kitchen remodel is $22,507 up to $131,510 on average. YIKES!

This is why we share what we do. In order for you to create a home that you love without breaking the bank. We spent more because we added in new appliances BUT you can see what DIY work can do without those new items.

DIY cabinet removal and heightened

Before you go…be sure to pin this photo to your kitchen or DIY Pinterest board. It allows me to help others.

Kitchen and Cabinet makeover Pinterest pin


  1. I am going to paint my bathroom vanity, I am wanting farmhouse. Thinking painting creamy white with dark wax. Should I seal first then wax? I am thinking about using decoart.

  2. As always you and Ray(our favorite son) have done a fantastic job. So proud of you handling so many things at one time. Take a rest now. Love you. Dennis & Kathy

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.