DIY Kitchen Before & After Reveal

by Sabrina

Hello! Today’s the day I finally share my kitchen makeover! It’s been a long time in the making (2 years to be exact) and what a huge transformation its been. This kitchen remodel contains a lot of DIY projects, an updated colour palette and a new use of our space.

Since our kitchen is small, we decided to do everything ourselves. This is the first time we actually gutted a kitchen and started from scratch (check blog post).

As you may recall, the doorway between the dining room and kitchen was enlarged to achieve an open concept main floor, the fridge was relocated and the kitchen island was reconfigured.

We did purchase our cabinets during the IKEA Kitchen Event. Although I love getting money back, we did experience a lot of out of stock pieces which meant we had to wait before starting anything.

We used base cabinets to create the kitchen island which also doubles as the home to our sink and dishwasher. At the time, it was nearly impossible to find any instructions on how to create a free standing  IKEA kitchen island, which is why I put together this one. Let’s just say, it’s definitely not a beginner’s project!

Since our kitchen is small, we decided to do everything ourselves. This is the first time we actually gutted a kitchen and started from scratch (check blog post).

We were able to assemble the cabinets in one night and it took us another two nights to install everything in place. I will admit, if we had a bigger kitchen to deal with, I probably would have hired someone to deal with the nitty gritty. There’s a lot of boxes.

The breakfast nook which was the last project completed in the kitchen has to be my favourite. The  Dagfinn Modern Trellis wallpaper and built-in bench make this space finally feel like a cozy home. We’ve really been enjoying family gatherings around this table!

The floating shelves are a great solution to add more storage to our kitchen. It’s also a fun way to display my favourite items which I can easily change up from time to time. Check out Pink Little Notebook's blog post for more images and info.

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
3 of 11 questions
  • Kristen Lofgren Brink Kristen Lofgren Brink on Jul 01, 2017
    If this was done in stages, did you do the floor when cabinets were put? I am going to do a major project soon but the logistics of this-before-that make me think it all has to be done at once.

  • Bar23195509 Bar23195509 on Jul 01, 2017
    Where did you get the fabulous chairs?

  • Chris Roman Chris Roman on Aug 15, 2017
    Beautiful result! My kitchen is very similar to your old layout. Do you have storage space in your bench seat? I also want to straighten my curved island but am scared of all the problems that may occur. That is also where our sink and dishwasher are located.

Join the conversation
3 of 18 comments
  • Rebecca Vigil Rebecca Vigil on May 01, 2017
    Beautiful! Do you miss the cabinet space that was lost from moving the fridge? I'm having that dilemma right now.

    • Sabrina Sabrina on May 04, 2017
      Nope! It was nice to reorganize our stuff and just keep what we use and get rid of the extra stuff we haven't touched in years.

  • Virginia R Virginia R on May 17, 2017
    FANTASTIC TRANSFORMATION. This definitely qualifies to be published in a beautiful homes magazine. Great job! Love it. (can you tell? lol)