Before & After: A Kitchen Makeover with Stunning DIY Countertops

updated May 30, 2019
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After living in their house for a little over two years, Amanda, of the blog Simply Maggie, and her husband decided it was time to remodel the kitchen. They’d tried a few stop-gap measures to make the kitchen more to their taste, but it was still in need of a major makeover.

Amanda’s plan had always been to keep the cabinets and just paint them, but they had a lingering mustiness that just wouldn’t go away. So out came the cabinets and the dingy tile, and in came a stunning brand new kitchen.

What a bright update! Amanda and her husband did the demolition and reinstallation of the cabinets themselves, so it took them a little while to get everything completed, but this fabulous kitchen was worth the wait.

Amanda is a big fan of yellow, so she painted the pendant light fixture that she found in the basement of their home when they moved in a light butter yellow.

Then she carried through the yellow theme by painting the paneling an even paler shade. They actually saved the paneling from their original kitchen and just gave it a fresh update.

Now for the best part of the remodel: the countertops.

Instead of spending nearly $4,000 on factory-made butcher block countertops, the couple decided to do it on their own and ended up spending only about $500 for the materials.

It definitely took some work and confidence with power tools, but the result is stunning. You can see the complete remodel on Amanda’s blog, Simply Maggie, and get the step-by-step instructions for the butcher block countertops.

Thanks for letting us share your remodel, Amanda!

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