I’m excited to share the kitchen makeover at the DIY Duplex! This is my favorite space in the downstairs unit. We were on a tight budget for this DIY renovation, and found a bunch of cost savings ways to make a fun and functional kitchen for our Airbnb guests!
During the process of picking out supplies for this kitchen (see more on the “DUPLEX KITCHEN” highlight on @ISPYDIY Instagram) you all were most interested in the cabinets. We designed kitchens at both Ikea and Menards using their online kitchen design programs – check out the Menards Kitchen Designer here and the Ikea one here. You can also go into the store and work with a designer (which can be a lot quicker then learning the program). The price was pretty comparable between the two, with Menards being a little better of a deal if you order during Menards 11% rebate event, which amounted to a couple hundred dollars in store credit back. The big reason we went with the Menards kitchen is that the cabinet bases come already assembled, whereas the Ikea ones come in flat boxes and need to be built from scratch. Having the cabinets delivered already put together is a HUGE time saver. Mr. Yolo could just set them in place, and then just add the doors and base. Unfortunately, Menards stores are not everywhere in the US, but I asked if they would deliver, and they said to contact the nearest store and ask for shipping options. We are really happy with the quality! I picked the KLËARVŪE Cabinetry in Varsta Canyon, which is a wood laminate finish. They have not got a ton of use yet (the real test will be after the Summer season of Airbnb guests), but they seem solid so we feel confident they will withstand heavy use.
COST Cabinets/trim = $1400 and then took advantage of the 11% rebate at Menards.
I bought this antique table awhile back, and when we were looking for an island for this kitchen, this ended up being the exact size needed to fit the space! Just had to do a couple clear coats on the top to seal it, and add casters on the bottom of each leg. Now guests can roll it around the space and use it as a table or prep space for cooking. Best thing is that we repurposed things we already had so the cost was minimal!
Durning demo, we uncovered a stairway to nowhere behind the kitchen wall! We turned the unused space into a pantry and put a stacked washer/dryer on the back wall. We installed shelves for all the cleaning supplies, plus another peg rail for coat storage. Bonus space well used!
We saved a bunch of money by not doing upper cabinets which works great for an Airbnb because short-term guests do not need the storage. Stay tuned, because later this week I will have a tutorial for the peg rail!
When I got a sneak peek at this tile by Annie Selke for The Tile Shop, I knew I wanted to use it in my next project! You all know that I have put The Tile Shop tile in all my home renovations, so I was so excited when they agreed to sponsor the tile in this kitchen. I love putting statement tile in our houses, because they stand out to potential renters on Airbnb. This tile is not “budget”, but as a designer I love the opportunity to show you all how it looks in a space, so you know if a statement tile is right for you! I am so in love with the floor tile, and can see it in a mudroom or laundry room if it is too bold for a kitchen. And this subway tile has a handmade look, with aging around the edges and a crackle finish, giving it a softer feel than traditional subway tile. I love it so much that we used it in the bathroom and the upstairs kitchen, and have plans to use it for the backsplash in another house.
To save money on countertops, we chose butcher block, and only spent $220! In general, you sacrifice durability for the low cost, and add some routine maintenance that the higher cost countertops, like Quartz, do not require. But, we have butcher block countertops in another house where the kitchen gets used a ton, and have not had any major problems. For any stains, scuffs, or water marks we buff out with 220 grit sandpaper and recoat with butcher block oil. Since the cabinets are wood color in this kitchen, we tried something new, and perhaps a little risky, and white washed the countertops with 3 coats of Antique White stain and then used a Butcher Block Oil & Finish to seal them. So far, this combo has repelled stains, but we have not done any major cooking (or wine pouring) in the kitchen. The nice thing is, we can always sand them down and re-stain darker if the upkeep of the white is too tough. I’ll do a follow-up on these countertops once we have more guests cooking in the kitchen!
We made sure to shop for appliances during the Labor Day sales at Home Depot, and got great deals on Frigidaire! (Fun tip: If Menards is running their 11% rebate, Home Depot also honors it. So use that as a time to shop the prices of each store, knowing that you’ll get 11% store credit with whichever one you choose. With a Home Depot receipt in hand, go to homdepotrebates11percent.com. One caveat is that we are not sure the geographical restrictions that Home Depot, since they are national and Menards is midwest.)
COST Fridge = $998 Dishwasher = $298 Range = $300 (purchased from a friend)
We were so excited when we found the original chimney behind the drywall. It’s Cream City Brick, which is native to Milwaukee. To clean the brick we sprayed it with diluted vinegar and scrubbed with a firm bristle brush, cleaned off with a sponge, and repeat. We thought about sealing it, but were super happy with how it cleaned up!
A little over a year ago I posted the kitchen before/after on the site (when we were still mid-renovation!), but I wanted to update the post, because we made some changes and I am just so happy with how much more homey the space is now. A couple updates like staining the wood and adding salvaged barnwood to the peninsula, really warmed up the kitchen making it the inviting space I wanted it to be!
A little reminder at what I was working with! One thing that drew me too the 1875 built home were the tall ceilings and the layout, which I was able to keep the same during the renovation! Things that needed to go: Carpets in the kitchen, yuck! The bulky radiators were removed and forced-air was added throughout the house. And the doorway in the kitchen to the bathroom had to go!
I wanted to open up the kitchen to the rest of the house so we tore down this wall of closets separating the dining room from the kitchen. As the closet was getting demoed we uncovered a chimney right in the middle of where the peninsula would go. As much as I LOVE exposed brick in a home (especially Cream City brick, which is made in Milwaukee) I did not like it blocking the view of the kitchen, so it had to come down!
The walls came down, but the window and door placement all stayed the same.
The After! This kitchen is the heart of our home, everyone gathers around the peninsula, which makes me SO happy! We call this house the Barnhouse because of the red board & batten exterior, so I kept that in mind when designing the space. I was really drawn to black cabinets for this kitchen, but I did not want it to feel too heavy, so stuck with just dark lowers, and skipped the uppers. Besides the cabinets and the tile, there is a TON of DIY in this kitchen. Keep reading to find out all the projects I did myself!
One of my FAVORITE DIY projects in the kitchen is ledge with the pot hanging rack, I made a DIY video for it on IGTV! It was super simple, and the racks were from IKEA making it a super affordable project that functions great and has a high visual impact! I thrifted the floral art in Austin, and when I set it on the shelf, I loved how it tied together ALL the colors in the kitchen. I was meant to be 🙂
The door on the left lead to a bedroom and the one on the right lead to a bathroom…very strange placement to be in the middle of the kitchen. So the bathroom became the pantry, and the other door was closed up to create the wall for the range, hood, refrigerator and pantry.
All the rich wood makes me so happy! The beam and the wood on the front of the peninsula are pieces that we salvaged from a 100+ year old barn that was being torn down. Fun fact: it was 98 degrees on the day we were scrapping this wood, and I thought my hub was insane when he wanted to load this huge beam into the truck, but he persisted and I am SO GLAD he did because it fit perfectly here. It’s a great natural way to separate the kitchen from the rest of the house. I stained the barn wood on the front of the peninsula by watering down some black paint I had and applying it with a brush, it feels just the right amount of modern and rustic. The hood is also a DIY project that I kinda winged one night, it’s built over a regular hood, because I wanted a back up plan if it did not turn out (you can read all about the appliances here) I have a few iPhone photos of the process, so let me know if you want a tutorial!
Behind this door used to be a bathroom, it’s now a pantry! I’ll be sharing the pics of that next week 🙂
This kitchen was honestly a dream to design, and although cooking is my weakness, I love this space and spend a ton of time in the kitchen. I love that it’s where everyone gathers, eats, chats, and plays games. Truly the heart of the home! Please let me know if you have any additional questions in the comments! Sources after the break! (more…)
I have been a little quiet over here on the blog because I have been working on my latest renovation The BayView Barnhouse, and I’m SUPER excited to show you the amazing progress we’ve made on the kitchen!! The rest of the house is not done yet, actually if you would pan around, the reverse view is still a construction site, ha! But I wanted to photograph the kitchen so I could start showing you all the DIY projects we’ve been working on (like the hood cover! And the utility rack shelves! The pantry door!) so I sweep up the saw dust, styled it up, and snapped some photos. If you want to see the nitty gritty of the decision making, make sure to head over to the Barnhouse highlights on @ISPYDIY Instagram, where I chronical the entire process! I am sure I will make tweaks as we finish up the house, but I wanted to check in with you all, and give you sources for everything I picked out (at the end of the post) so here we go!
For those new to the renovation, the Milwaukee house was built in 1885 and had been converted into a duplex when I saw it. There had not been a ton of upkeep on the house, and let’s just say the former owners were “collectors”…but looking past all the stuff, I saw tall ceilings and a great layout, and immediately fell in love with the house, and knew it needed to my new renovation project! There is some beautiful original character in the house, but the kitchen was not one of those places, and it need to be gutted asap..kitchen carpet…YUCK!
Sadly the original hardwood did not extend to the kitchen so the floors and interior walls were all torn out, and the radiator heat was removed and upgraded. The closet wall was taken out to create an open concept kitchen. A little surprise: the original chimney was hidden in the closet, blocking the view of the kitchen. It ran through all three floors in pretty inconvienict spots, so we decided to tear it down, and keep the bricks to use for another project in the house.
I mentioned the great layout before, which was a huge selling factor because we did not have to spend a ton of money reconfiguring walls. Once all the guts of the house were upgraded (electrical/plumbing/HVAC) the walls were closed back up and I had a squared off space to design the kitchen.
When designing the kitchen, budget played a big factor. Even I would have loved all new windows (like in my dream mockup above), the ones that were already there had been replaced recently, so it did not make sense to spend money on new ones. So I had to design within those parameters. I know, I know, the layout is similar to the kitchen in my last renovation, but the peninsula set up honestly works so well for hosting, and I just worked in the space. This original mockup was a bit more industial loft, which ended up changing as I starting finding decor items at antique shops (lights, stools, decor), and the look softened up a bit to fit the “Barnhouse” vibe.
And here is the after!! As I mentioned above, the vibe changed as the process moved along, lighter, softer, warmer…and I am pretty darn happy!! One big change I made was instead of doing a brick back wall, I used a porcelain brick tile on the floor, and went with handmade looking tile backspash, with a DIY shelf and pot rack, which felt different from the opening shelving I’ve done in the past.
I am IN LOVE with this sink and faucet above and the pot filler below from Kohler. It’s been so amazing working with Wisconsin companies, and their support of me and my renovations has been so wonderful! I worked with Kohler on the bathrooms in the Barnhouse too, so stay tuned for future posts with more details. Also I’ll have a DIY post on the utility/pot rack shelf and the DIY hood cover soon!
I’ll also be posting about ALL the appliances I chose for the house, and why I picked each. The black dishwasher was a last minute switch from stainless steel, and I am so happy with how seamless it looks with the black cabinets. Speaking of, I really love how the black cabinets look! It was a bit different for me, they were budget friendly from Cabinets.com, and look way more luxe with the brass hardware.
This corner was reworked, and what was once was a door to a bathroom is now a door to a pantry! I asked on Instagram what people thought of a bathroom off the kitchen, and I got a strong reaction against them, so we moved it. The pantry door was vintage door that I refinished, stay tuned for the DIY! And I still need to design the pantry, so many projects to still share with you all!
In “The Plan” I went with a darker walnut stain on the butcher block, but we ended up adding a lot more wood accents then planned. My guy and I pulled some beams out of a barn that was being demoed. We secured it to the wall to separate the kitchen from the dining room, then wrapped the butcher block around it. Then I got a great deal on a wood door, AND when the original floors were sanded down and refinished, it was A LOT of the same color wood, so I am going to sit with it as is for a bit and then decide if I should stain/paint any of the wood. What do you all think?!
I am sure there is things that I missed, so if you have anymore questions, let me know in the comments. I can’t want to share more of the renovation with you! SOURCES AFTER THE BREAK! (more…)