Reader Reno


A few weeks ago, we received an awesome Reader Reno submission from Amanda. She and her husband started with a dated kitchen and ended up with something much more modern, yet cozy. The transformation is amazing by itself, but there’s a sucker punch coming at the end of her email…

Hello Ashley and Greg!

I’ve been reading your blog for the past few months and love what you’ve been doing!  You kitchen is fantastic.  And, I’ve got a kitchen to share with you.  We remodeled our kitchen around the same time you started yours.  Shortly after finishing it we accidentally found another fixer upper and sold our first house.

This kitchen as complete DIY.  My husband built the cabinets from scratch, installed flooring, cut wood for our counter tops, tore down walls, installed lighting, etc.  I’d love for you to check it out.  If you like it enough, I’d be honored if you featured it.



Did you catch that? … The entire kitchen was a DIY project. At times, I feel like I’m reasonably handy around the house at this point, but I’m no cabinetmaker. Apparently, Ben (Amanda’s husband) is that, and then some!

Here’s what they had to work with…

After months of hard work, here’s their stunning transformation…

So much more airy and open. It looks like a different house! The first obvious note, aside from it being awesome, is that some walls were torn down. It makes the kitchen look SO much larger. Don’t you love a good wall tear-down project?

The wainscoting across the kitchen adds some great visual interest and ties in nicely with the cabinetry. The blue wall color brings in some color and brightens everything up even more.

I like how Amanda and Ben continued the back splash up over the window. This tricks the eye into thinking the kitchen is even loftier than it is. The recessed lighting is also a nice touch!

The wood countertops were a DIY project, too. Is their handiness making you sick yet? Just kidding, of course. Those countertops are awesome.

Since we’re on the hunt for barstools right now, they seem to be in the forefront of our minds – we notice them anywhere and everywhere. My side of my and Ash’s style equation is industrial, so it’s no question that I’m really digging these wood and metal barstools.

Like most of our Reader Renovations, it’s so hard to choose, but Ashley said her favorite part of the kitchen is the painted lower cabinets and the glass upper cabinets. Mine would have to be the fact that the cabinets were a DIY project. That’s crazy! How about you?

For more information about this kitchen renovation, including a budget breakdown, visit Amanda’s blog here. If you’re looking for the entire kit and caboodle, check out all of her posts about their kitchen renovation here.

Do you have a home project, house tour, or DIY project you’d like to have featured? Email your submission to [email protected] Along with your photos, include a description and important details (paint colors, materials needed, instructions, budget, etc.). By sending us your submission, you are giving us permission to post it on the blog. Don’t worry, we won’t post your email address or any personal information. Please Note: Not every submission will be published. If we decide to publish your submission, we will send you an email letting you know when it will be on the blog.

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    Ammy Belle
    June 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    How beautiful! Wonderful job!

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    June 21, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Beautiful…what talented people! One question, because I struggle with upper cabinets, are the only uppers there by the sink and above the fridge? WOW~!

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    Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d
    June 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Hey Karen! We had three upper cabinets in the kitchen, the two by the sink and another big one over the fridge. By taking the cabinets to the ceiling and the sink ones to the counter, there was actually a lot of storage. And, the new owner of the house loves it too and was pleasantly surprised with how much space was there. It doesn’t look like a lot, but we tried to maximize every inch. 🙂


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