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DIY Tips For Kitchen Remodeling

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By on May 25, 2017
DIY Tips For Kitchen Remodeling

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A kitchen remodel is quite an undertaking. If you’ve recently made the decision to start this process, you may already be aware of the work that’s about to go into transforming your outdated kitchen into a beautiful space. Maybe you’ve even considered a few projects, or even the entire remodel, as something you can DIY.

While we always recommend a pro for any large remodels, there are some DIY kitchen projects you can tackle yourself to save some money or even create a kitchen you’re proud of. Before you get started on your DIY kitchen remodeling project, here are a few tips you should know.

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Kitchen Remodel Costs

Kitchen Remodeling Costs

While some DIY projects are easy to budget for, kitchen remodeling often can vary based on what you want, the size of the kitchen, and cost of materials. Some homeowners like to cut down on project costs by DIYing certain parts of their kitchen remodel and allowing a contractor to handle areas where specific skills are needed. The average cost of a kitchen remodel is $19,589, with most homeowners spending between $13,504 and $22,463.

DIY Safety Tips

Before beginning any DIY project of any size, it’s important to review and remember basic safety tips, especially since kitchen remodeling may involve specialized tools. Preparation is key for a good kitchen remodel. Here are some important DIY safety tips for your kitchen remodeling project:

  • Have your walls and flooring inspected for lead paint or asbestos before remodeling.
  • Never wear jewelry or loose fitting clothing when working with power tools.
  • Keep a First Aid kit handy just in case any accidents happen.

DIY Kitchen Island

DIY Kitchen Island Tips

A kitchen island is typically included with a cabinet installation. However, if you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen or shave some costs off your remodel, you could build one yourself. A very basic kitchen island can cost under $500 depending on the materials you use. You’ll need some previous construction knowledge and plans so you have an accurate size for your space. Always measure twice, because you’ll only have one cut to make it accurate.

A DIY kitchen island is more than just a simple structure; it will be a part of your kitchen permanently. You’ll need to know how to install baseboards and apply a smooth coat of paint as well. Keep this in mind as you plan your DIY kitchen island.

DIY Cabinets

DIY Kitchen Cabinets

While we recommend leaving kitchen cabinetry to the pros, it’s possible to DIY this project. There are some easy DIY upgrades you can do to your existing cabinetry to make it beautiful, without a completely new installation. Painting your kitchen cabinets can be a great way to upgrade your kitchen without spending a fortune or risking the structure of your cabinetry.

Another idea for your kitchen cabinets is refacing them. This can give you a new look without removing your existing structure. The average cost to reface cabinets is $6,324.

DIY Kitchen Backsplash

A project many homeowners choose to take on during a kitchen remodel, or simply to update their kitchen, is a kitchen backsplash. Depending on how complex you want your backsplash to be, this could be as simple as attaching an adhesive to the wall. Tile backsplashes are more complex are require more planning, but still an achievable DIY kitchen remodeling project. For a tile backsplash, you’ll likely need a tile cutter to fit evenly around outlets and countertop edges. Spacers will help keep tiles even as you adhere them to the wall. Always let tiles sit a full 24 hours before applying grout.

DIY Countertops

DIY Kitchen Countertops

Depending on the complexity of your kitchen countertop project, it might be best to contact a kitchen remodeling contractor for materials like granite or marble. However, laminate, wood or tile countertops are certainly projects that experienced DIYers can handle. While each have a different process, all will need power tools to complete for just the right countertop. Laminate countertops could take as little as a weekend to complete while countertop tiling could take up to a week or more, depending on the size of tiles and surface. The average cost to install countertops is $2,719, with most homeowners spending between $2,032 and $3,131.

When To Call A Contractor

Only you know your DIY experience level. A good rule of thumb is that if you don’t completely understand, leave it to a pro. This is especially true when it comes to any electrical kitchen remodeling project or an appliance installation. Contractors will know best how to make sure a new installation is correct while keeping everyone safe. When it comes to safety, always call a pro.

Additionally, you should call a contractor when you don’t feel experienced enough to take on a project. While the idea of DIY project seems like a nice way to save money, it could end up costing you more if it’s done incorrectly.


Kitchen remodeling is a huge project, but it also has a large ROI. When done correctly, it can increase your home’s value as well as give you a new and beautiful space. See what you can DIY to make it custom to your style or, what you should leave to the pros.

Looking for more DIY kitchen remodeling ideas? Read 7 Easy Kitchen DIY Projects.

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