$80K DIY Kitchen Remodel for $20K: Learn from My Mistakes, Experiences, & How-To

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I saw a few Videos from Norm Abrahm of the New Yankee Workshop and thought I was ready to build my own Kitchen! I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was quite the experience, and after 8 months of work, I’m in the home stretch.

If you’ve ever wondered about doing something like this, check out this video of all the lessons learned, and what you can expect in terms of time and money, and the different stages involved!

If you have more time than money, this might be just for you!

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Chris & Ricky

43 Comments

  1. johncoruna on September 25, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Congrats!!!

  2. JL on September 25, 2020 at 8:14 am

    impressive. kudos

  3. J Edmond Vásquez on September 25, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Great video! Did you have all the tools required to tackle this job or did you purchase what you needed as your project progressed? Did you factor the purchase of tools into your $20K estimate?

  4. John Klingberg on September 25, 2020 at 8:17 am

    So that means the company would’ve profited around 40-50k assuming the labor costs weren’t massive. After all, one guy can pretty much do this himself.

  5. mefreee2 on September 25, 2020 at 8:17 am

    It’s beautiful

  6. annabodhi38 on September 25, 2020 at 8:18 am

    The most important thing is that you like it. Thanks for the video.

  7. Brian Moore on September 25, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Amazing! Great Job. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Hope on September 25, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Very talented. Beautiful work done on that kitchen

  9. Mustapha Sanyang on September 25, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Man I can really relate pls teach me

  10. Kelly Chase on September 25, 2020 at 8:24 am

    WOW YOU and Your Wife are AMAZING!!! I can’t believe this was Your FIRST big job. The Design, the quality materials and finish work
    far exceed what I see Industry Pros produce. (I am a Residential ReDesigner so I’ve seen a few kitchens.) The only factor is the 8+ months of labor but it looks like YOU were fine with that.
    Just BEAUTIFUL!!!
    So Happy for YOU and Your Family!!!
    [Btw….Have You thought about submitting your Before and After Pics to a DIY Magazine? I am sure one of them would cover This Project.]
    Warmly,
    Kelly

  11. Abdou Tchawder on September 25, 2020 at 8:26 am

    thank you so much sir ! This video was very informative and real , u earned a new subscriber and a fan !

  12. Mo The Crow 🦅 on September 25, 2020 at 8:26 am

    How did you get your cabinet door looking good

  13. Debbie Tuter on September 25, 2020 at 8:27 am

    You have done an amazing job! Beautiful!!

  14. C Zellner on September 25, 2020 at 8:30 am

    That was/is a huge undertaking. I can fully relate man! I did the very same thing decades ago when I was a young man with three little kids. It took me roughly a year. The worst part was living in the house while it was under renovation. I swore I would never do that again.(sheetrock dust, sawdust) I must say that yours turned out much better than mine. I didn’t have a table saw. It was all done with circular, jig and hand saws. I’m still kinda proud of the way it turned out. I live in SC and back then we didn’t have those high end appliances and counter tops. I did save a lot of money as you said. I still don’t understand why a kitchen remodel is SO dang expensive. There’s just no realistic reason for it. But, it is what it is. Thanks for taking us along. I’ll be following. Now, off to find your other channel. Take care.

  15. Michael Hidalgo on September 25, 2020 at 8:31 am

    I wouldn’t try this with my kitchen. However, I would probably start with closets before the kitchen.

  16. jbarres80 on September 25, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Tell ya what you sir are awesome that kitchen is great

  17. Adam on September 25, 2020 at 8:35 am

    I am a carpenter, and to you I say Well Done!! I’m sure many DIYers that have dared to try this have at some point become overwhelmed and hired the pros to finish lol…

  18. Marshall Goldberg on September 25, 2020 at 8:37 am

    That is amazing! It looks absolutely fantastic. Very impressive!

  19. Jess Meagan on September 25, 2020 at 8:37 am

    This is AMAZING!! We’re in san diego & starting this process, so awesome to see this. Thank u!!

  20. merry hunt on September 25, 2020 at 8:38 am

    You are going to have a beautiful kitchen. Good job!

  21. Susan on September 25, 2020 at 8:41 am

    This is the realest video I’ve ever watched about kitchen remodeling/renovations. People don’t realize how much of a task & expense it is to do a kitchen, even a small reno can cost so much more than expected, there are always hidden oopsies & costs that you don’t expect in renovations, my hubby & I learned the hard way at times about that. But it turned out so beautiful, I actually like the open cabinets with the under lighting, it looks nice as is. 🙂

  22. Jodie McCristal on September 25, 2020 at 8:43 am

    This is incredible! it came up as a possible interest and you have done an amazing job and congratulations on the wedding and your son!

  23. jon klause on September 25, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Great Video Thanks for being so honest about the hard work involved. Enjoy your beautiful kitchen.

  24. jbarres80 on September 25, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Man 1st time this man goes down to the studs like a boss ima follow can’t wait to see the rest and also I kinda lik the open cabinets

  25. Cathy Whitley on September 25, 2020 at 8:48 am

    I love all the big drawers

  26. Julianna Styles on September 25, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Great tips!
    I JUST shared my KITCHEN MAKEOVER on a tight BUDGET!
    We literally saved HUNDREDS by DIYing!! 😀

  27. V Nguyen on September 25, 2020 at 8:49 am

    I am halfway through a very similar kitchen remodel right now. Great video thanks for giving me hope LOL

  28. Terry Walker on September 25, 2020 at 8:50 am

    He looks like Kobe Bryant to me.

  29. Joseph Mathew on September 25, 2020 at 8:50 am

    It’s truly great smart and hard work! Beautifully done👍👌

  30. Hiding from you on September 25, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Ha ha. You said you didn’t have a social life. Go to work in the trucking industry or medical like be a nurse or some other truly 24/7/365 industry and see if you have a social life. But nice job on the work.

  31. TaB BlAcK on September 25, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Gosh, my family beats yours. It’s been 3months and our kitchen is still gutted! With the holidays, waiting on the sorry insurance ppl and inspectors, now this corona virus…..no telling when my family will b cooking again! But beautiful kitchen!!!

  32. hawa jane on September 25, 2020 at 8:54 am

    It looks really great!!

  33. torreyintahoe on September 25, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Nice job on the kitchen. Well spoken presentation as well.

  34. Sean on September 25, 2020 at 8:56 am

    This looks amazing, great job!

  35. MissPrissJewels on September 25, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Beautiful!

  36. Her 86m2 on September 25, 2020 at 8:57 am

    I also just madeover our kitchen <3 New Countertop, cabinets painting, new drawer pulls, new pantry, new decoration, new look for the tiles, new kitchen sink… All under 400 Euros!
    Although it’s far from perfect – ours is a rental one so there are a lot of things that we are not allowed to change, but we’re happy with what we have achieved, especially considering the low budget
    ​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG4MekXGDCM

  37. Douglas Wells on September 25, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Really nice job. The thing that really knocks me out is that labor is around 60-70% of the cost to doing these projects. So you can upgrade the hell out of your appliances and finishes and still save a ton. One thing I’m planning on doing is to cut all of my cabinet parts, sides and bottoms/backs and just stack them labeled until it’s time to put them together and in a couple days you can screw them together and get them into place. You’ve inspired me for sure.

  38. David Martinez on September 25, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Hi kobe

  39. Michael Ranellone on September 25, 2020 at 9:00 am

    What paint did you use to paint your cabinet doors and do they chip?

  40. Jeanette Kniebusch on September 25, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Breakfast table you hardly have an overhang for legs could use glass have seen raised by metal to extend overhand then need higher stools

  41. Angel Payne on September 25, 2020 at 9:07 am

    I love the cabinets as is!

  42. CD Andrews on September 25, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Wow that is crazy! It looks amazing.

  43. Derrick Stinoski on September 25, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Sweeeeeeeeeet kitchen and great tips

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