Before and After DIY Kitchen Remodel on a Budget: Arizona Fixer Upper shares the transformation of the kitchen in a second home we bought in Arizona. While it wasn’t a neglected house like our Chicagland fixer, it definitely needed updates and cosmetic help. We did it all ourselves, and smart swap-outs in the kitchen meant no dust and no demo!
Two DIY remodel projects at the same time?
Were we out of our minds?
I continue to ask myself that, and I have
said it before, but we’re too old for this!
Here in Chicagoland, we finished every project
we planned to tackle (while working full-time jobs)
and our now considering
whether to add a bathroom and give the
finished basement some love…and I have
to control my ache to begin another project
and should probably focus on the last few
projects at this Arizona getaway.
(Yet wouldn’t designing and building a French
Farmhouse or European inspired stone cottage
on a piece of rural acreage with privacy and trees
be a natural NEXT for us?
Hopelessly Loony Von Loony, truly.)
If you have been following along on IG,
you know I just returned from a few weeks in Arizona
where I had the chance to tackle a few more little
DIY projects done at our house there…today
I’m sharing DIY kitchen remodel progress.
We bought the place a year ago and have
been making improvements each time
we travel to Arizona from Chicagoland.
My husband’s passion is golf,
and mine is creating art, so this
is our sunny place to escape,
unplug and create.
There’s a catch with this DIY renovation though…
teeny tiny budget and limited work time!
That means Ms. Frugal has been on
her game, schlepping to thrift stores,
garage sales, and Craigslist.
And the Mr. has to squeeze in
remodel and renovation projects
between golf games.
Before I dish, let me just add
it has been a very long day, wrought with
disappointments and real problems you
can’t throw money at to resolve.
This old DIYer is weary…so I’ll be rocking
out this post stream of consciousness style,
like it’s 2010, and it’s just me and you
chatting in my kitchen.
Our kitchen looked sad when we took possession.
What I liked?
The view out the window and the linen
color of the porcelain floor tile.
Angry red faux backsplash and
black appliances? Had to go.
Cabinets? Cost-prohibitive to replace.
Hallelujah, the loveliest sponsors
helped us complete the rest!
Smudge-proof stainless appliances,
Viatera quartz countertops and backsplash,
and Behr “Classic Silver” paint to the rescue.
A couple details to note:
We tore off the small crown
molding on upper cabinets and replaced it with
a riser and larger crown…they are short
cabinets, and I hoped to make them appear
We kept the existing sink and faucet.
I fell in love with a natural stone from
The Builder Depot, and SCORE, they
sponsored our statement wall so I was able
to replace a glossy red faux painted backsplash edged
in vinyl molding with a uniquely natural stone,
Here’s my miracle-working husband (above) tiling the back wall.
The marble’s tones are white, blue-grey, light grey, and caramel.
Not even David can stop staring.
Painting the cabinets rather than demoing and
buying new was a risk that paid off.
Cost: $16 of paint from Home Depot.
When those mottled tan laminate countertops
went buh-bye, the cabinets looked even better!
The new countertops are Viatera quartz in a color
called Soprano…they’re creamy with a warm
grey and caramel veining.
(We put a different quart color in our main home.)
I continued the quartz on the backsplash
as well for a calm look and to save
a lot of tiling labor.
We nailed beadboard horizontally to the back
of the breakfast bar, and I may
add simple corbels eventually.
My limber, energetic father graciously finished
painting the crown molding!
Can you see the huge difference the full-size
quartz backsplash behind the sink makes now?
Way too busy and choppy before.
You can also appreciate the difference the
beautiful Top Knobs hardware makes.
All the sudden, the cabinets feel more
vintage chic and charming.
Wall Paint Color: Valspar Salute (7006-12).
Here’s the refrigerator wall, and my eye was not
lovin’ the contrasts going on with the tomato,
honey, mottled tan, black, and olive walls.
It all needed to calm down.
I still need something interesting or
architectural to go above the pantry door.
And I’ll upgrade these blinds that
came with the property soon
with something pretty.
I’ll also add a rug or two since the
kitchen definitely needs more texture.
Not too shabby for low budget DIYers
who just had a few vacation days!
The framed art on the counters
(by Loretta Lux)
may not be practical in a working kitchen
but since we’ll do very little cooking
using the place as a getaway, I can getaway
with it (see what I did there?).
Notice the difference the cup pulls
and egg knobs made on cabinetry?
Lots of progress!
Lots of evidence you can do amazing
things with a builder’s grade space
to customize it with no demo or dust.
I’m just not sure why I can’t bring
myself to call this the reveal…
I suppose because I’m still tweaking,
need rugs, window treatments, and life in there!
When is a house ever finished anyway?
I’ll share more shots of the dining room
soon…I found this pretty Frenchy
vintage set on Craigslist,
reinvented it with paint and recovered the
round seats with three different gorgeous
linen fabrics by Rachel Ashwell
Shabby Chic Couture.
Thanks for journeying with me, friends!
I have lots more images to share of other
rooms here at the Arizona makeover!
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step of the way, and I love hearing from
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