Friday, February 12, 2016

Stacked Cabinet Kitchen Makeover

Gorgeous white kitchen with DIY stacked upper cabinets and stainless steel accents

Finally!!! I can show you part of my house remodel. We spent the largest amount of time and money on updating the kitchen, but I think it was worth all of it! The kitchen is the heart of the home right? And supposedly kitchens and bathrooms give the best return on investment. 


Without further ado, here's the before:


And after two months of DIY remodeling:


Major kitchen remodeling inspiration! I can't believe this makeover was DIY

Here's a list of what got done:


  • Building and stacking a second row of upper cabinets -DIY
  • Cut and installed glass cabinet panels and hung new doors - DIY
  • Extended the existing island and peninsula -DIY
  • Lowered raised bar on the peninsula - DIY
  • Built custom fridge surround -DIY
  • Built custom range hood -DIY
  • Added crown and base moulding -DIY
  • Installed stainless steel tile backsplash - DIY
  • Retrofit cabinet and installed apron front sink - DIY
  • Painted cabinets - DIY
  • Installed cabinet hardware - DIY
  • Framed, ran electric, hung drywall, and painted new pantry - DIY
  • Installed "wood look" tile floors - Contractor
  • Installed granite countertops - Contractor

I absolutely love the added depth I gave the center island. This area serves as my main work surface, as well as the perfect place for my boys to eat breakfast.





I chose simple adjustable stools from Target as to not take away from the island itself.



I knew I wanted to create a custom built range hood. Of course I had to pick one of the hardest designs possible! I really owe it to my husband for this one! Without his help, I don't think I would have been able to master the slopes and compound angles.



Hands down, one of my favorite features in my new kitchen is my stainless steel apron sink.

(*To learn how to modify a stock cabinet to accommodate an apron sink, click here!)


 I love this thing! With the granite on top, it's over 10" deep. I can wash my biggest pots and pans with no trouble.



One of the first things people notice when they walk in is our stainless steel backsplash. It catches the light beautifully. I was afraid all this stainless steel would be difficult to keep. Fortunately, its a piece of cake with a little stainless steel polish. 




When we first waked into this house, we knew we definitely needed to build a proper pantry. We are food people and needed more space than the double cabinet that was serving as a pantry previously. 

Opposite from the stove wall was a decorative wing wall and the door to our master bedroom. We left the archway intact and ripped out the rest. 


This was my first real framing, electrical and drywall experience. I'd wired a few light fixtures and patched some holes before, but with this pantry, I did the whole shebang.



I really wanted a home with an area for a large dining table. We are close with our extended family, so having plenty of butt space for big dinners was a must.



The cabinet hardware pretty much sums up my style goals. Modern, with a little traditional mixed in.


Here's my sources:
  • Grout: Polyblend - Natural gray

  • Cabinet pulls and hinges: D. Lawless - Stainless steel bar pulls

  • Granite countertops: Arizona Tile - "Mesquite"

  • Appliances: Craigslist

  • Chandelier: Craigslist


Major kitchen remodeling inspiration! I can't believe this makeover was DIY

So what do you think? We estimated that we spent around $9,000 and hundreds of hours of labor. It wasn't a piece of cake, but if we were to pay someone to do all these renovations, it would be have been closer to $17,000 or more. Totally worth it to us! I absolutely love my kitchen and our realtor has told us we have added significant resale value. 

If you are thinking of undertaking your own kitchen remodel, that's awesome! I will start sharing some DIY tutorials starting next week, so stay tuned. In the meantime, please feel free to ask any questions you may have. I would love to help! 


If you like what you see, feel free to pin the image below and save the ideas for later!

Gorgeous white kitchen with DIY stacked upper cabinets and stainless steel accents


*Some of this content has been sponsored. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced. 

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39 comments:

  1. Your kitchen looks amazing, love what you did!

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  2. This looks amazing! What a HUGE difference! I love how you modified your cabinets! Great job :)

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  3. You did a fantastic job, I love everything. Just goes to show what DIY can accomplish!

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  4. Gorgeous! And I love that you did it so quickly, too! (I say as we're currently actively finishing our DIY kitchen remodel...4 years after it started)

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  5. Oh my goodness, it is amazing and gorgeous. I kept scrolling back and forth between the before and after. I cannot believe that is the same space!! You should be VERY proud of yourself!! It looks like it belongs in a magazine!

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  6. Gorgeous transformation. I love it. Great job....and I love the fact that you did it all DIY.
    Samantha

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  7. Great job--you must feel so proud of your accomplishment!
    Yeah~compound cuts are hard to master, you go girl!
    applause-applause-applause!
    Catherine

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  8. I love your kitchen! any tips on painting the cabinets we are currently redoing ours and the previous owners did a crappy job of painting them.

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  9. Incredible!!! I can't wait to see the tutorials! Truly amazing.

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  10. Beautiful job on the kitchen....seriously...AMAZING. I'm curious about the hardware. The link goes to normal bar hardware, but yours show a thicker center piece? I'd love the link for those if possible.

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    1. Any update on where to find your hardware?

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  11. Beautiful job on the kitchen....seriously...AMAZING! I'm curious about your hardware. You link goes to a plan bar pull, but yours show a thick center piece. Any way you can send a direct link for those?

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  12. It's fantastic! I'm in awe you did it in two months. I can't even get all my laundry done in that amount of time.

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  13. Hi there where is the flooring from and color?

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    1. Thank you! Its called Legacy 8" x 36" Porcelain Tile, in the color "Bacall". We bought it from a wholesaler, but they sourced it from Bedrosians. http://www.wayfair.com/8x36-Legacy-Bacall-Wood-Look-TCRWL29B-BEDR3285.html?ds=25377

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  14. Wow! You are incredible! The range hood is awesome! What a talented lady!

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  15. It is beautiful! Where did you put your microwave?

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    1. Thanks Kay! We actually bought a smaller, counter-top model and built it into the cabinet next to the fridge.

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  16. Wow absolutely gorgeous!! I can't wait to gain skills like that!! You teach any classes :)
    Those are new door fronts on the existing cabinets or did you just paint them? I tried painting my mom's laminate kitchen cabinets an the white turned out with a hint of pink :( Needless to say she didn't let me try again.

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  17. OMG What a gorgeous space you've created! I love the stacked cabinets, the island, the floors... Well, I love it all! Awesome job!

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  18. Wow! Having done a little DIY work myself, I have an inkling of the enormous amount of hard work that goes in to transforming a space this significantly. Really, really, really well done! I love it! You should be so proud. Enjoy!

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  19. Love your remodel! Starting ours in April. On the refrigerator surround, did you custom build the cabinet to extend and use orig doors?

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  20. Holy smokes Elisha! I haven't been over to visit in quite some time and I stumbled on your post on Hometalk. WOW! You did an absolutely amazing job on this kitchen! As always, I'm completely impressed with your work. :)

    -andi

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  21. Love it all, do you plan on making tutorial and details for each of the modifications? I am most interested in the above, stacked cabinets. And did you make or purchase the doors? You did a GREAT Job!

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    1. Thank you!!! I've shared a tutorial for installing an apron front sink, you can find it here http://www.pneumaticaddict.com/2016/02/how-to-install-apron-sink-in-stock.html. I ordered the doors from fastcabinetdoors.com and was really happy with them. WAY easier than making them myself.

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  22. How did you manage to get no brush marks on the painted cabinets?

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    1. I used a paint sprayer. I used the FinishMax Pro from Homeright and I LOVE it!

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  23. This is amazing. It's super inspiring how small changes can make such an impact. kitchen feels so bright and airy. Such a fantastic result, I love the your dining table and chairs!

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  24. is there a tutorial on building the top level cabinets and can you share which door fronts you ordered from the site you referenced? Thanks!

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  25. This is an outstanding makeover. I loved the white color of the kitchen and the beautiful marble counter top.

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  26. Wow! Amazing design. Finally great thanks for giving this valuable list.

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  27. WOW, you really are talented and your ideas are amazing. Such an inspiration!
    Could you please tell me how you designed the island. I love it, so unique.

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  28. I am in AWE! What did you do for countertops? Love the color.

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  29. I have been searching for a diy island that size - do you have a tutorial -it's absolutely gorgeous!!!

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    1. I just added to my existing island, but my friend Jenn from Build-Basic has an awesome tutorial for something very similar, built from scratch http://build-basic.com/build-a-diy-kitchen-island-2/#.WDn9gvkrLIU Good luck!

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  30. It's beautiful! This is exactly what I want to do to my kitchen. Can you tell me how you made or custom made the glass cabinet doors on top of the cabinets. Would it make sense to do this if my free space is only 12". thanks

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