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This DIY Kitchen Remodel is SO Inspiring

Carlo Pelandini was never satisfied with the design of his kitchen. So he naively started a six-month renovation that resulted in a beautiful modern kitchen.

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Original kitchenCourtesy of Carlo Pelandini

Before: Dark and Dusty

“The original kitchen never looked right to me, and open soffits just collected layers of dust and grime. After many weeks of coming up with a design, (and still needing a functioning kitchen during the remodel!), I naively started. And six months later I finally decided the kitchen and I were done.”  — Carlo

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SoffitsCourtesy of Carlo Pelandini

Step 1: Enclose the Soffits

The first project was to enclose the soffits. They were finished off with crown molding.

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Enclosed soffitsCourtesy of Carlo Pelandini

Step 2: Add More Lighting

To brighten the kitchen, recessed lighting was installed. Next a farmhouse sink and a wood vent hood were added.

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Island in progressCourtesy of Carlo Pelandini

Step 3: Enlarge the Island

A larger work space was needed, so the size of the island was increased from 4×4 feet to 4×9 feet. Then, a built-in drawer for the microwave was added to the island for better workflow. Finally, quartz countertops finished the look.

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Finished islandCourtesy of Carlo Pelandini

Step 4: Revitalize the Cabinets

Glass inserts in the upper cabinets gave an airer feel, while new solid cabinet doors were added throughout the rest of the kitchen. The look was finished with quartz countertops and backsplash.

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Finishing details on kitchenCourtesy of Carlo Pelandini

Step 5: Add the Finishing Details

Finally, all new wider appliances were purchased, pendent lighting was added over the island, and new hardwood floors were installed.

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Finished kitchenCourtesy of Carlo Pelandini

After: Bright and Beautiful

“The kitchen has been featured in our local “Your Town” magazine as an advertisement for the local cabinet shop I used. Would I do it again? I think not….” — Carlo

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Originally Published on The Family Handyman

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