DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Installing Kitchen Cabinetry

DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget Before and After Photos

DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget – Installing Kitchen Cabinetry

Well Hello Spring!  I’m guessing everyone was as excited as me with the official First Day of Spring this week, right?  Luckily, it really feels like spring too with almost all of the snow melted, sunny skies, birds singing, flower bulbs starting to push their way through the ground (starting to sound like  Disney movie, right?).

And this morning’s spring rainstorm.  Which means I can take a minute for blogging before heading out for my weekly volunteer session in my son’s classroom and an afternoon of crafting with a friend – yay!  (If you want to see what we’re working on be sure to check my Instagram feed.)

DIY KItchen Remodel Kitchen Cabinetry Installation

Ready for an update on our DIY Kitchen Remodel?  Last time I posted, we had just finished installing the new tile in my parent’s kitchen.

The photo above is what the kitchen looked like at the beginning of Day 9 of the remodel.  This is after:
Stage One:  Demolition
Stage Two: Texturing the Walls and Painting
Stage Three:  Installing Wood-look Tile Floors

Now we get to the part where we really start to see some progress…

Installing the Kitchen Cabinetry!

DIY Kitchen Update Reusing Kitchen Cabinets

One of the main reasons we tackled this kitchen remodel for my parents (in addition to reason #1 – they needed it!) was because they already had new-to-them cabinets so we wouldn’t have to spend a lot of the budget on the cabinetry.

The “new” cabinets came from a friend’s house.  She had moved into a new house and had the kitchen cabinets refinished only to decide soon after they were refinished that they wanted to reconfigure the entire main floor of the house.  So my mom purchased the newly refinished cabinets from her friend.  And they have been sitting in my parents’ garage ever since.

We’re talking years here people.  Like more than 5.  Possibly 10?  Multiple years storing cabinets in the garage with no real idea when they would get the chance to install them.

It was about time, right?

Pros and Cons of Using Second Hand Kitchen Cabinetry

Pro:  reusing cabinetry costs a lot less than new cabinetry.  And let’s face it, if you’re a DIY kind of person, budget is definitely a consideration.
Con:  Finding used cabinetry that will exactly fit your space is hard.  Probably into the impossible range of hard.  So you have to make concessions, plan carefully, and figure a few extra things out as you go.  And everything works just a little bit differently in real life than it does on paper.
Kitchen update moving the plumbing to make room for the new dishwasher

Like this.  We started experimenting with the placement of the lower kitchen cabinets and quickly realized that the best fit would require moving the drain for the sink 4″ to the left.  In order to do this we had to cut a hole in the wallboard in order to access the plumbing behind it.  Then we cut the drain pipe, turned the section in the wall sideways and ran it through the stud before bringing it back out of the wall again on the other side.

That brings me to the story of the mouse.  I hate mice.  They freak me out.  And in this house we’d been dealing with more than our share of those creepy little invadors – but that’s another story.

See, we cut the pipe, which not only drains the water from the sink but also has a section that runs up to a vent in the roof.  And when we cut the pipe there was a pile of what I thought was dirt or lint there in the pipe.  So I reached in (wearing my trusty work gloves, thank goodness!) to pull it out only to have the thing MOVE right before I touched it.

Of course I let out a yelp and back-pedalled fast.

The husband – a quicker thinker than myself at the time – grabbed the shop vac and sucked the (poor little?) mouse out of the pipe.  So life could go on.

He later told me that when he emptied the vacuum he found not only the dead mouse (shop vacs kill mice, didja know?  Came in handy later.) but the mouse’s half-petrified buddy which my husband had sawn in half when he cut the pipe.  And that had been the thing I was reaching to remove.

Ew, ew, EW!

Kitchen Remodel on a budget Repurposing cabinets meant we had to move the plumbing

Anyway.

So we moved the drain pipe.  Ta-da!

At this point we also patched the wall (I got really really good at that!) and added an outlet for the microwave in the corner.

More Pros and Cons of Repurposing Kitchen Cabinetry

Pro:  No lead time waiting for cabinets to be built or delivered.  You buy it, you take it home, and it’s ready to install.  No waiting
Con: You are likely to see some wear and tear on the cabinetry even before it’s installed.  In our case, we had to add an extra brace or two to the cabinet for the sink as they hadn’t been careful when removing it from the other kitchen.  There were also some holes in random places. In more extreme cases you may have to refinish the cabinetry yourself.

Every project has its own puzzles and frustrations.  One of the biggest ones for installing the repurposed kitchen cabinetry was the fact that the original kitchen had been L-shaped with an island.  My parents’ kitchen is U-shaped and my my mom likes open space (not islands).

DIY Kitchen Remodel included building our own corner cabinet

We knew before we began the project that we would have to customize something for the second corner of the kitchen.

My orginal idea had been to put the microwave above the stove.  It had previously been in residence on the countertop in the corner and I wanted to free up as much counter space as possible.  However, I just couldn’t come up with an open shelf design that would look right for it.  And my mom is only 5′ tall so there was concern about her being able to reach it.

Eventually, I landed on the solution of building a space for the microwave into the lower cabinetry in the corner.  Perfect solution.

My handy husband had no problem building an open shelving unit for the corner, taking care to match the toe kick on the existing cabinetry.  He also lined the wall in the corner with 1/4″ plywood which I later stained to match the rest of the cabinetry.

DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget the Pros and Cons of second hand cabinetry

The final result – at least to this point.

All in all, installing the kitchen cabinetry took a total of two full days.  In that time we:

-laid out the final plan for the cabinetry installation
-installed the lower cabinetry
-moved some plumbing
-added outlets
-fed the water tubing for the dishwasher and refrigerator through the cabinetry between the appliances and the plumbing under the sink.  The dishwasher had orignally been located over on the wall to the left.  That was a later addition to the original kitchen.
-built a brand new shelving unit for the corner.
-added a temporary countertop
-came up with a final plan for the upper cabinetry.  The actual installation of the upper cabinetry took place the morning of Day 12.  More on what we did with those empty spaces next week – stay tuned!
-installed the dishwasher.  Well, technically the husband did this on (what are we up to now?) Day 11 while also taking care of our sick little guy.  My mom and I went to the city to select the countertops.

DIY Kitchen Remodel How to Install Kitchen Cabinets

Phew!  At almost 2 weeks without a functional kitchen we were very glad to hit this point.  With the temporary countertops in, we were able to put the stove and fridge back in place and partially use the space for meal prep while waiting for the countertops to arrive.

Next up – the big reveal on how we filled those blank spaces between the upper cabinets.  And be sure to check out the earlier stages of the remodel – demolition, wall treatments, and floors.

 

Linking to:  Home Matters Party, Creativity Unleashed Party,  Remodelaholics Anonymous, BFF Open House, Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make, Pretty Pintastic Party, Saturday Sharefest, DIY Party, Made By You Monday,

4 COMMENTS

  1. Angie Scheie | 24th Mar 17

    Wow! It looks great! I’m so impressed that you guys did this yourself. How rewarding! Neither my husband or myself are very handy.

    • alaynascreations@hotmail.com | 26th Mar 17

      Thanks! I’m lucky in that the husband is both capable and willing to help out, especially on projects like these. I have a theory though that almost anyone can be handy – it just takes a little practice and learning a few tips and techniques.

  2. Kusum | 24th Mar 17

    Oh my, that looks like a lot of work and two weeks without a functional kitchen would drive me nuts for sure! Amazing I must say.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • alaynascreations@hotmail.com | 26th Mar 17

      Thanks! We were all going a little crazy with the kitchen out of service that long, though we did plan for it as best we could. We had the fridge and the microwave still accessible and even did a few meals in the crockpot. We did a lot of sandwiches and take out and went to my brother’s house a couple of times. The hardest part was having to use the laundry room sink. But we survived and probably are so much more thankful for the new kitchen now that it’s done after having to rough it for a while 😉

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