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The kitchen is one of the most commonly remodeled spaces in a home. It's a room that serves as a gathering space and often as a home's heart and soul. In a sluggish economy, fewer people are moving to trade up on houses or hiring contractors to remodel their spaces, but homeowners still want to add and function to their kitchens. This book gives DIYers the know-how they need to improve their cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and more, with clear, concise instructions and photos guiding them every step of the way....
The kitchen is one of the most commonly remodeled spaces in a home. It's a room that serves as a gathering space and often as a home's heart and soul. In a sluggish economy, fewer people are moving to trade up on houses or hiring contractors to remodel their spaces, but homeowners still want to add and function to their kitchens. This book gives DIYers the know-how they need to improve their cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and more, with clear, concise instructions and photos guiding them every step of the way. DIY kitchen makeovers with before-and-after photos will inspire readers' own ideas and projects.
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.
IDEAS TO INSPIRE
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.
181 DIY KITCHEN PLANNING GUIDE
191 EDITORS' FAVORITE RESOURCES
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