These DIY kitchens were transformed by smart shopping, salvaged materials, and a little elbow grease.
Ready-to-assemble cabinets, including a closet repurposed as a pantry, saved thousands of dollars in this kitchen renovation. In-cabinet puck lights dress up frosted-glass doors, a trick that really brightens the room and maximizes lighting flexibility. Walls, windows, and plumbing lines stayed in their pre-renovation places which kept the budget on track.
To create the custom-look island, two standard cabinets were joined by a two-shelf stainless-steel unit, creating cookbook storage. By making smart choices like the island, the couple saved money and were able to splurge on more expensive granite countertops.
They got the look they wanted for a fraction of the budget by using honed-granite tiles instead of the pricier slab granite for the countertops.
A stainless-steel smooth-top range surrounded by butcher-block countertop creates a spot for serving buffet-style dinners.
A classic work triangle makes meal prep a breeze in this kitchen, while an adjoining dining area allows guests to congregate out of the cook's way.
Black paint came to the rescue in this kitchen by giving the old cabinets a totally different look without breaking the budget. Glass pendants over the sink provide a playful dash of color in the high contrast kitchen.
The adjoining dining area's pale gray walls and white trim are perfect companions to the kitchen's black-and-white scheme. Pale walls also help emphasize the amount of natural light in the space.
This industrial-style faucet was found online as part of a set with the stainless-steel sink. The homeowners were flexible and saved money by finding similar options online, rather than committing to a specific product.