Imagine you’re searching for a new house, and you look around this place. “Not bad,” most people would think. It’s a decent sized kitchen, and it looks as though it would have everything you’d need. Doesn’t it?
Well, for one couple the kitchen wasn’t quite good enough. And so began the mammoth task of redoing the whole thing, from top to bottom. According to the husband, Nate Mitchell, the couple wanted to “get rid of the previous owners’ funk.”
So, shortly after moving in they got started tearing the kitchen apart and planning their perfect new one. A big task for any new home owners. Especially as they were going to do it entirely by themselves.
But how did they do it? Indeed, where do you start with such a major undertaking? Well, with the cabinets, of course. Mitchell said the originals weren’t bad, but the couple had better ideas. They removed them and painted them this lovely shade of cream.
The repainting procedure was quite a painstaking job according to Mitchell. He used an oiled based paint, which meant he could only do one coat per day. The man has the patience of a saint! Here’s what the cabinets looked like without any doors…
Next was the fridge panel. Now, most people would have no idea where to begin with this. But once again, this brave couple employed no one but themselves for the task. Instead, Mitchell cut some MDF to size and secured it all himself.
Now, no modern kitchen is complete without a butcher block-style counter. Even Mitchell himself admitted that this was very hard work. Indeed, he even went as far as saying he “regretted the decision” halfway through. In fact, it took him a whole day just to do this part.
However, determination is key. Having cut the wood into strips, he lined them up closely like this and then superglued them all together. “This process was stressful!” Mitchell admitted, as the glue dried very quickly. Once that was done he sanded them down to perfection.
And here’s the end result – a perfectly finished butcher block counter, complete with kitchen accessories! It’s hard to believe this was a DIY job, rather than one done by professionals. Kudos to Mitchell!
What’s more, Mitchell uploaded some photographs to imgur to show off his work, step by step. Some visitors to his page have even left him congratulatory comments on his work. For example, one impressed viewer wrote, “Nice job, never thought of using solid wood as a kitchen countertop before.”
With the countertops a resounding triumph, it was time to address the kitchen sink conundrum. Mitchell had to cut a hole in the countertop, which was 2 inches thick. Not an easy feat, but the blade seen in the photograph above managed it in the end.
And here it is in situ! With the countertop oiled and finished with butcher block wax, he fitted in the sink and, tah-dah! All done and looking very snazzy. But there was more work to be undertaken before the kitchen was finally complete…
For this ambitious couple, a wood-only kitchen simply wouldn’t suffice. Instead, for the centerpiece of the kitchen – the island – the couple decided they wanted a granite top. But finding it wasn’t as straightforward as they’d hoped…
However, sometimes these things happen for a reason, and in the end they got a fantastic deal. They couldn’t find the exact color they were looking for, but they came across some of this beautiful granite in the “remnant section” in their local store. It wasn’t on the shop’s books, so they managed to buy it, already cut, for $300. Bargain!
Mitchell’s DIY skills aren’t limited to countertops by any means. He also decided to install some shelves to go above the coffee station area in one corner of the kitchen. First came the brackets, as seen in this photograph.
And from that, came this! Two beautifully level shelves made of reclaimed oak now sit on the wall above the coffee machine. Here they are topped off with a stylish arrangement of kitchen accessories. And it’s almost time for the big reveal of the completed kitchen…
Nearly there! Here we can see the beautiful granite island, wooden countertops and enviable hardwood floor. Mitchell has received plenty of compliments for his decision to combine materials. For instance, one imgur reader commented, “Awesome work! I really like the butcher block countertops with the granite island.”
And here we have it – the finished product! Finally, all the hard work paid off. Now the couple are proud owners of a fresh and modern kitchen. What’s more, they did it all by themselves! However, we haven’t even told you the best part yet…
The words “kitchen renovation” have an expensive ring to them, right? Think of all the materials it requires, and the tools. Not to mention all the bits and bobs you forgot you even needed. Indeed, just thinking about it gives most people a headache.
But this couple have somehow defied all the odds. In fact, they revealed that all the renovations seen in these photographs cost them a mere $2,000. Incredible! And no, it didn’t take the thrifty couple months of work. It was a mere two weeks before the entire transformation was complete! Impressive work, Mitchell.