Reader Kitchen Remodel

Before & After: A Novice DIY-er Tackles a Family Kitchen

updated May 1, 2019
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(Image credit: Kristen Bryant)

Similar to our other kitchen remodel this week, reader Kristen writes in about moving into the apartment where her husband grew up. The kitchen held lots of memories, but was a little dated and in need of an update.

Kristen decided to tackle the renovation herself and document it on her blog Casa Dolce Casa. Check out the updated kitchen — it’s a gorgeous change!

(Image credit: Kristen Bryant)

We love the fresh take on the space, and would never have guessed that Kristen was a beginning DIY-er.

One of the biggest challenges of the kitchen is the brick chimney that goes right through the middle of it.

(Image credit: Kristen Bryant)

Kristen wanted to expand the space, but couldn’t remove the chimney. So instead she opted to put an island counter around it.

(Image credit: Kristen Bryant)

In the old kitchen the far side of the chimney was a solid wall with cabinets. This layout creates more of a pass through, and makes the space seem just a little bit larger.

(Image credit: Kristen Bryant)

We love how much more counter space and light this remodel lets into the kitchen.

Kristen also writes that the remodel was especially meaningful for her and her husband since her husband’s mother passed away just as they started the update of what had been her kitchen.

(Image credit: Kristen Bryant)

You can read more about the remodel and get details on the cabinets, fixtures, paint and more on Kristen’s blog Casa Dolce Casa.

Thanks for sharing your remodel with us, Kristen!

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