Kitchen Remodel DIY Guide For Absolute Beginners

By Design Home Inspire

Kitchen Remodel DIY: The heart of any home is the kitchen, where the family gathers and holiday meals can be prepared. It’s also the most important room to keep in top shape during a sale. Are you thinking of a DIY kitchen renovation to update your space? These best-practice recommendations and tips will help you keep your budget in check, no matter what your remodeling budget is.

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Step By Step Instructions On How To Remodel Your Kitchen

Step 1: Find Inspiration And Make A-List

Painting walls is a quick and easy way to update your kitchen, but a kitchen remodel will take more time. Even if you do your own DIY, it is important to plan the layout and style you will love for many years. Are you more drawn to rustic farmhouse designs or clean lines? Pinterest offers great kitchen remodeling ideas and before-and-after results. To help you focus on your new kitchen vision, make a list.

Step 2: Set Your Budget

It’s not a good idea to run out of cash midway through your kitchen remodel. Your priority list should be determined if your budget is $10,000. You can get a clear idea of your budget and where it will go by properly pricing and comparing the various components of a kitchen remodel DIY to a professional one.

Home Depot suggests using the 1/3 rule for dividing your costs into equal parts. 1/3 for cabinets, 1/3 for countertops and backsplashes, flooring, and appliances. If you are having professional help with your remodel, budget 1/3 to cover labor and installation.

Step 3: Find Ways To Save

There are many ways to save money on kitchen renovations, whether you do it yourself or hire professionals. To save labor costs, ask your family and friends for help with the demolition or installation. You can find product rebates for everything, flooring included.

Hardware and lighting can be found at a fraction of the cost. You can find used kitchen cabinets for a fraction of what they cost on offer up, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace. You can skip the high-end custom cabinet option and opt for in-stock cabinets.

Step 4: Collect Quotes

For certain parts of your kitchen remodel DIY, you may need to hire a professional, particularly electricians or plumbers to attach the faucet. At least three estimates are required. Make sure to get at least three quotes.

Step 5: Woodworking Hacks

We used some creative, DIY carpentry to add character to our kitchen and elevate some design details.

Our Modern Farmhouse pantry door was actually the first tutorial I shared on my blog. To read the entire tutorial, click here. We gave the space a lot of character for less than $100.

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My husband came up with a clever way for us to frame our fridge. You can find the tutorial here. We added crown molding and MDF to our cabinets’ tops to give the illusion of taller, more grand cabinets.

Save These Key Items During A Kitchen Remodel:


The cabinet style can help define and set the tone for your kitchen.

  • Paint your cabinets for a quick DIY update on a tight budget.
  • Reface, don’t replace. Reface your cabinets if they are salvageable. The average price for minor cabinetry refacing is $7,700 to $14,900
  • If you are going for a full kitchen reno, the cost of a new cabinet can vary depending on whether you go with in-stock (most affordable), semi-custom, or fully customized — the most expensive option.


Consider who will be using the flooring (humans and fur babies) as well as how often they are used.

  • Are your hardwood floors in good condition? You can save lots of money by refinishing your hardwood floors yourself.
  • The tile is durable and easy to maintain. It can be difficult to grout and lay tile evenly, and it can be laborious. For a 200-square foot kitchen, the average cost of tile installation and labor ranges between $500 and $3500. To hire professional costs around $500 to $3,500. However, this cost can vary depending on the materials and square footage.
  • Laminate flooring is easy to install and looks just like tile, hardwood, or stone. Laminate is a great choice for kitchen remodeling DIY because it has interlocking pieces that “click and lock”.


There are many options when it comes to kitchen countertops. It is important to know not only what style will work with your kitchen, but also the cost of each type. It is best to visit the showroom in person so that you can see and feel all of your options (marble, granite, Corian, and wood).

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You can reduce your costs if your appliances are in good shape and work well in your kitchen remodel. If they do need to be replaced, you can get a package that includes a fridge, stove, microwave, dishwasher, and washer/dryer. It costs as low as $2,500.

Consider These Things When You Remodel Your Kitchen

  1. Learn how to navigate. The kitchen should be both functional and visually appealing. Is your kitchen functional? Or are the appliances pushed to each other in order to reach the fridge? You need to ensure that your kitchen renovation is well-planned.
  2. Are you sure that there is enough prep space? Do not skimp on counter space. It is crucial to have enough space for cooking.
  3. Are you ensuring the safety of your home? It can be messy to remodel a kitchen. Seal the kitchen with a tarp and/or plastic sheeting. This will help keep debris and dust contained.
  4. Are you sticking to your budget? You may have a dream of owning a $10,000 gourmet stove but is it feasible to fit into your kitchen remodel DIY budget? To stay on track, set a budget and be flexible.

The Bottom Line

Kitchen renovations are a lasting way to bring new life to your home. You can achieve amazing results by setting a budget and taking the time to select the style that best suits your family.

Remodeling your kitchen can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re willing to do some of the work yourself, you can save a lot of money. Be patient. It may take a little longer to do things yourself, but the end result will be worth it.

Get creative! There are a million ways to remodel your kitchen on a budget. Be imaginative and have fun with it.

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