Give your kitchen a total transformation in just two days with three high-impact projects. Elevate the look of a builder basic kitchen with easy projects like installing custom pantry shelving, building a custom vent hood, and tiling your backsplash. You won’t believe how these budget-friendly DIY projects will make your kitchen a room you love.
Build a Custom Vent Hood
While an over-the-range microwave is handy, we knew a built-in vent hood would make the kitchen feel custom and high-end. To elevate the look of the space, we removed the microwave from above the cooktop and installed a vent hood in its place. A simple vent hood—which can be found at your local hardware store—circulates the air while cooking, reducing food odors and minimizing airborne grease and moisture from spreading. The functionality of a vent hood was a top priority, but so was aesthetics. To marry the two, we built a custom wood box around a vent hood and painted the box to match the cabinetry. This clever solution hides the vent hood while blending seamlessly into the existing cabinetry.
Add Backsplash Tile
An entry-level DIY project, installing backsplash tile is a relatively quick project that can be done in as little as a few hours. We opted for a super-classic white subway tile backsplash that does more than look good. Tile backsplashes serve a functional role, protecting the wall between the countertop and upper cabinets. This is especially important around the sink where lots of splashes happen, as well as behind the cooktop where there are food and grease splatters. In a couple of hours, you can install the tiles, then wait overnight and grout the second day. It’s so easy, you may find yourself looking for excuses to start up another tile project.
Store More with Functional Pantry Shelving
Before, this pantry was cramped—there wasn’t a whole lot of wiggle room between shelves, and the four shelves weren’t making the most of the walk-in pantry’s vertical storage potential. We designed the new pantry to better accommodate the items stored in the space and installed sturdy and stylish laminated wood shelves we found at the local hardware store. To make it easier to grab items up high, we designed the top four shelves to be shallower (11 inches deep) and tighter together (between 10 and 12 inches apart) than the lower shelves. Kitchen storage shouldn’t be an issue thanks to this DIY pantry update.