Do It Yourself: Kitchens: Stunning Spaces on a Shoestring Budget (Better Homes and Gardens)


Ideas and instruction for sprucing up your kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the space in which everyone seems to end up gathering. This book, from the editors of the popular Do It Yourself magazine, gives a wide variety of ideas for spicing up a kitchen, from tiling a backsplash to adding window treatments to increasing storage and functionality.

You'll get the know-how to improve your cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and ...

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Ideas and instruction for sprucing up your kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the space in which everyone seems to end up gathering. This book, from the editors of the popular Do It Yourself magazine, gives a wide variety of ideas for spicing up a kitchen, from tiling a backsplash to adding window treatments to increasing storage and functionality.

You'll get the know-how to improve your cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and more, with clear, concise instructions and photos guiding you every step of the way. Plus, you can browse through do-it-yourself kitchen makeovers with before-and-after photos to inspire your own ideas and projects.

  • Presents an array of inspiring kitchen makeovers for $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000 budgets
  • Real-life before-and-after kitchen makeovers include budget breakdowns, solutions to common problems, and space-planning tips

If you're a confident DIYer who isn't afraid to roll up your sleeves and bring new life to your tired kitchen, grab Do It Yourself Kitchens before you head to the home center.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Ranked by budget, from $1000 up to $10,000, sample kitchen makeovers showcased here illustrate a range of possibilities. With spending breakdowns, stunning before-and-after shots, and lots of tips that make big differences, this book has wide appeal. For each makeover there are detailed instructions for selected projects, such as installing fixtures, resurfacing, and tiling. This is not in-depth how-to, but ideas and inspiration. Each sample kitchen is brimming with creativity and innovation. It's time to update your kitchen renovation section with this book. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118031629
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Series: Better Homes and Gardens Home Series , #35
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,253,490
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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The iconic BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS brand is one of America's most trusted sources for information on cooking, gardening, home improvement, home design, decorating, and crafting. Today, the brand encompasses books, magazines, and digital media.

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Table of Contents

A $1,000 BUDGET

8 A Miracle Makeover
It took only two weekends and $500 to transform this bachelor pad kitchen into a gathering spot.

14 White and Bright
Oak cabinets stand for quality. But after two decades of brown, this family wanted to lighten up.

18 Salvage Fresh Style
Don't let a tight budget cramp your style. Shop salvage stores to save money and fl ex creativity.

24 Creativity over Cash
In three weeks and for $1,000, one inventive woman whips up a cool kitchen.

30 Little Ideas, Big Results
Update your kitchen without picking up a power tool.

A $2,500 BUDGET

42 Dowdy to Party-Ready
Facing a modest budget and a kitchen with one foot in the '80s only inspired this creative couple.

48 Black Is the New Black
By keeping most of their 1950s ranch kitchen intact, this couple came up with a fresh, new style.

54 A Cosmetic Cover-Up
By tackling its humdrum surfaces, this style expert gave her kitchen a sparkling new personality.

62 Old Stuff, New Style
Clever recycling and hands-on ideas give this kitchen a fresh and natural outlook.

68 White Warms Up
Clever do-it-yourself upgrades give a basic kitchen more personality and effi ciency.

A $5,000 BUDGET

82 Big Savings, Big Style
In the wake of a hurricane, a new style emerged in this coastal kitchen.

88 Color It Refreshing
A healthy dose of bright hues puts a fresh face on a tiny space.

94 Sweet and Creamy
Resourceful redos and a simple layout re-create farmhouse chic.

100 Beyond the Woods
This 30-year-old kitchen had oak fl oors and cabinets. Then it stepped into the light.

108 It's All About the Blue
This galley kitchen was once a black hole, until new lighting and clean color brightened its style.

114 Style with a Purpose
A sunshine palette woke up this tiny lake house kitchen.

A $10,000 BUDGET

128 Country Cleans Up
With clean, retro lines, this country kitchen goes a little bit rock 'n' roll.

134 An Instant Classic
DIY skills take this kitchen from builder bland to custom elegant.

140 Break Out of the Box
This small, square kitchen was top-heavy until easy ideas put it back in balance.

146 So Chic, So Simple
This cost-conscious kitchen is efficient enough for serious cooking and elegant enough for entertaining.

154 Make Your Best Move
Moving one door made room for more fun and function in this space.

160 Pouring On the Charm
This Cape Cod house now has a kitchen as charming as its exterior.

166 Look on the Bright Side
This suburban kitchen gets a one-of-a kind personality.


34 How to Choose Your Hues
Looking for fresh color in your kitchen? We serve up a few of our favorite kitchen paint palettes to toss into the mix.

72 How to Make a Splash
Replacing a kitchen backsplash is a big deal. But dressing it up a bit? That's no trouble at all.

118 How to Create Savvy Storage
The secret to an effi cient kitchen is storage. But there's no reason not to store your tools in style.

174 How to Reinvent Your Cabinets
When you need big impact on a small budget, these cabinet makeovers are a perfect fit.



Watch for our DIY 101 projects for step-by-step instructions on the following kitchen facelifts:

Install a Pendant Light 72

Install Open Shelves 47

Install Pullout Shelves 144

Sew a Roman Shade 29

Plan the Perfect Layout 99

Laminate a Countertop 12

Tile a Backsplash 60

Make a Concrete Counter 66

Install Laminate Plank Flooring 86

Install Laminate Tile Flooring 133

Paint Cabinets 172

Find the Right Contractor 113

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