Kitchen
Aug 21, 2015

Kitchen design: Builder-basic meets DIY

By: Jennifer Hughes
Kitchen design: Builder-basic meets DIY

A builder-basic kitchen is personalized with DIY touches Author: Robin Stubbert

Kitchen
Aug 21, 2015

Kitchen design: Builder-basic meets DIY

By: Jennifer Hughes

Transforming a builder-basic kitchen with clever DIY touches is no sweat for this skilled homeowner.

 

Three years ago, when Christie Kauffman moved into this new-build Oshawa, Ont., house with her husband, Todd, and two teenaged daughters, she already had big plans for it. The aspiring designer, blogger and skilled DIYer had plenty of her own ideas to take the interior from builder basic to dream home – and she did almost all the work herself.

The 240-square-foot kitchen is the perfect example. Because the couple bought the house at just the right time, Christie was able to specify the kitchen’s layout. She also got creative with the limited selection of finishes offered by the builder. “I chose extra-tall dark wood cabinets with doors in a classic profile I preferred, knowing I would paint them a soft grey shade,” she explains. For the countertops, Christie let her friend pick a laminate she liked: “Laminate countertops were included in the home’s price, so once they were in place, I immediately gave them away to my friend.” Shortly afterward, honed Carrara marble counters were installed.

See what other crafty transformations Christie made throughout this space.

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Kitchen design: Builder-basic meets DIY

Kitchen island

Homeowner Christie Kauffman used newel posts to form columns on one side of the expanded kitchen island, then painted the whole thing a deeper shade than the rest of the cabinetry.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Builder-basic meets DIY

Open shelving

Where there was once an upper cabinet, Christie hung open shelves for displaying her everyday dishes and collection of pitchers.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Builder-basic meets DIY

Backsplash

For the kitchen backsplash, Christie selected basic subway tile, but used grey grout for contrast. Off-the-shelf brackets applied to the underside of the upper-cabinets add old-fashioned appeal.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Builder-basic meets DIY

Dining table

A hand-me-down dining table was updated with black paint. The chairs were a splurge, while the pendant light is off the shelf from a big-box store.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Builder-basic meets DIY

Baking station

Along with her impressive carpentry skills, Christie also bakes, so she created a special station in one area of the kitchen to house her considerable collection of baking ingredients.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Builder-basic meets DIY

DIY chalkboard

Moe the Boston terrier peruses the shopping list on the section of wall Christie covered with chalkboard paint. A DIY frame finishes it off.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

 

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