Don't Make The #1 Kitchen Remodeling Mistake

Leah discusses how to avoid a costly kitchen remodeling mistake, by focusing on the See Jane Drill “4 Pillars of Kitchen Design”….cabinets, counter tops, backsplash & flooring.

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50 Comments

  1. Patty Hernandez on September 14, 2020 at 6:37 am

    Leah…the Mr. Rogers of DIY!!❤❤😂😂

  2. jenn s. on September 14, 2020 at 6:37 am

    those 4 samples together are gorgeous. that grouping would definitely make for a beautiful kitchen.

  3. Fish R Relaxing on September 14, 2020 at 6:37 am

    I disagree here slightly.. start with the counter tops… it’s the most expensive piece with the least amount of options in terms of design and color. From there look to cabinets, then pair the backsplash to bring them together… as for the flooring.. that’s a 50/50 depending on the other three you may need to soften or darken the room for balance and no better place to do that then flooring and paints.. also best way it use same flooring in several rooms in which case it will by default be a more natural and neutral color in which case is simply ties rooms together not pieces within the room itself..

    But you are 100% right in needing to combine the big three at once.. the backsplash is generally the cheapest piece.. many times you can skimp a little on the counters simply refinish old cabinet doors.. and go big on backsplash and tie everything together nicely on a budget. I personally save the backsplash for last… this way I can pickup anything missed in the rest or make an oddball selection blend together better.. eye level items like a backsplash naturally draw color from above and below which can help blend two horrible color choices between cabinets, floor or countertops and make them work.. mismatching bottom cabinet vs top cabinet colors can help to blend differences in the same way..

    For example.. white floor, white cabinets dark counters.. too much white.. but simply using black bottom cabinets can really bring everything together as well as a dark backsplash between white counter and white cabinets. You simply need a contrasting buffer to make horrible pleasing to the eye.. most times the backsplash is where you can accomplish this for cheap if you save it for last and realize all those color selections you choose in the store don’t really work well at home..

  4. Barry Johnson on September 14, 2020 at 6:39 am

    Leah, I thank you for giving a good explanation of the major items in a kitchen remodel. One thing that I have learned is that the backsplash can make a huge difference in a remodel’s usefulness. The tiny tiles that you showed can be a real pain in the backside to keep clean if you cook (especially fry) quite a bit. I ran solid granite up to the upper cabinets and as a result, I never need to paint below the cabinets and it’s a snap to clean. They do match the counter tops and go with the wall paint and floors.

  5. SKEETERBURNS on September 14, 2020 at 6:40 am

    If I had a dollar every time a homeowner changed their mind on cabinets and expected it to be the same price I’d be a rich man!

  6. Simon on September 14, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Very informative video! Thanks a lot

  7. Stover Home Services LLC on September 14, 2020 at 6:42 am

    Had a homeowner change the countertop color mid construction. Horrible…and did not match…anything.

  8. Thunder Up 405 on September 14, 2020 at 6:43 am

    Great video!!!

  9. Dawn Slater on September 14, 2020 at 6:44 am

    I did my backsplash using the half bricks. Matches any color cabinet.

  10. Sabiha heart on September 14, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Can u plz share ur view on aluminium kitchen cabinets..

  11. GrandShoreIndices on September 14, 2020 at 6:47 am

    what type/brand of LPF? oops LVP.. where can I get that flooring? really like the large size and design and haven’t seen it locally. great video! thanks!

  12. K Bryant on September 14, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Leah = genius 🤗
    Thank you so much! I’m getting ready to remodel my kitchen! I feel much less anxiety now that I have a template!

  13. Susan on September 14, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Wow Leah, I gotta say, I really liked finding this video. Not only were you very informative, but, your encouragement is outstanding. I am right at the start line of redoing my kitchen & everything you said was so spot on. This is the second time around for me, so, I know firsthand how hard it can be, because I’ve went through it once already. You are extremely right about NOT changing your mind. Best thing you can do, like you said, is have a very defined plan. Learn what you like, in colors, in textures, in door styles, flooring, everything BEFORE you even start, do your research, go online & look at cabinet door styles, that’s where you start IMO, then, from there, like Leah said, build your other 3 pillars with samples, as many as you can get, clip pictures or go on Pintrest, build a folder, a wish board, take pictures. This is ALL before you start, then set a budget & stick to it like glue, seriously, because kitchens will ALWAYS cost more than you think or plan for, they always do, but, this video is going to save many A penny, so thank you so much for it. Thumbs up!

  14. Gayle W on September 14, 2020 at 6:47 am

    I have learned so much from you, thank you so much.

  15. Stefanie Mauk on September 14, 2020 at 6:49 am

    Keep the great kitchen tutorials coming. It’s helping us greatly. Thank you!!!

  16. B Rod on September 14, 2020 at 6:50 am

    5:10

  17. A New Era TAS on September 14, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Love your channel!💙☺

  18. Paul Wharton on September 14, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Very helpful – Many thanks !

  19. Darlene Hopper on September 14, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Thanks you so much for sharing this awesome Jane

  20. Steven Lambert on September 14, 2020 at 6:55 am

    I absolutely think you are my #1 learning resource…next to my brother-in-law (who’s been in construction/maintenance and remodeling for 40 years). Thing is…I can learn more from you. You teach me things, in this episode, that most men don’t think about! A color/pattern palette. What do we do? Well honey, what color cabinets do you want, what color tile do you want…or worse yet, we only consult her on one item and get the rest, on sale, to complete the job and the result is very much less than spectacular.
    Keep up the great work with your very basic approach. I love it…because what the heck do I know…I’ve been a cook all my life! LOL! But my wife and very best friend still needs me to do stuff for her around the house and you are keeping me from doing things "stupid"! LOL! THANKS!!!

  21. words last on September 14, 2020 at 6:56 am

    Finally a home owner and having to do a lot of work. Your videos have helped out so much.

  22. deemail100 on September 14, 2020 at 6:57 am

    thank you so much…. lots of info.

  23. Laura Ruiz on September 14, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Thank you for all your advice. I have a question I would love to add recessed lighting to my bedroom at the moment I have a ceiling fan but I need some ideas on how to install thank you love you videos

  24. R Taylor on September 14, 2020 at 6:59 am

    My uppers are antique white, the lowers are Cherry wood stained medium Walnut

  25. Denise D Rivers on September 14, 2020 at 7:01 am

    🌸Awesome Leah🌸

  26. ggin nj on September 14, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Leah, here is something that happened to us when we redid our kitchen. We decided to get a deeper sink than what we had, but what never occurred to us…when we transferred over the disposal unit, because the sink was deeper, now the drain pipe didn’t line up with pipe coming out of the wall!!! That was extra cost we didn’t intend on. It all worked out in the end…….

  27. Linda Boyce on September 14, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Thank You Leah….This is HUGE INFORMATION for people !
    Have a Great Day All!

  28. JAYJAYJAY53 on September 14, 2020 at 7:03 am

    When I used to work residential construction what always seem like a waste is picking the current rage in styles and colors. Not much of issue for those with big money . My thoughts if you cannot afford to keep doing makeovers every five to ten years to keep up with the latest architectural digest pick neutral colors .Think of those baby blue or pink bathroom fixtures. Myself I go white than I can change paint , wallpaper, and towels .

  29. Danica Mila KetoCarnivore on September 14, 2020 at 7:04 am

    I love your videos. I am new to diy. I was absolutely clueless about tools and construction. I find myself in a situation such that if I want to finish the interior of my house, I have to go it alone as I can barely afford materials, let alone pay someone. It is very slow going, and my skills are improving. This has been the most satisfying (and oftentimes frustrating) experience. Your videos have been instrumental in my learning. This one is quite timely because I am going to start in the kitchen next. Thank you so much! You are a life saver.

  30. LT Godwin on September 14, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Thank you

  31. R Taylor on September 14, 2020 at 7:05 am

    I’m choosing the backsplash last. There are so many options that I can do it one year later and be able to find something that works well. I actually chose my wall color first, because I knew that was the color I wanted my kitchen. I then chose the cabinets, and at the same time looked back and forth at options for floor and counters. My flooring is wood look tile, and my counters are quartz that resembles marble. All classic choices, so easy to decorate and change wall colors etc 🙂

  32. Beto on September 14, 2020 at 7:06 am

    Leah you do a great job at explaining. Great work. Thank you.

  33. Stw on September 14, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Your videos actually give me the confidence to try this stuff myself. Thank you!

  34. T Bails on September 14, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Can this brush be ordered?

  35. QueenSheba27 on September 14, 2020 at 7:08 am

    I can’t understand why Leah isn’t on HGTV or OWN or the Halmark Family! You are amazing!!

  36. K.B. Woodworker on September 14, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Great advice! I’d add a 5th pillar and that is upkeep! An older friend got a white kitchen floor. She was never ever happy with it once it was in because it never looked clean. She didn’t have kids or pets, just two retired people. I have a light-colored formica counter top. It’s old and shows coffee and other stains that can’t be removed without a lot of work. If it at least had darker swirls. . .

    Nice color scheme and materials. Seems to make it easy, but there are probably hours spent in the tile shop, cabinet shop, etc. Thanks, Leah!

  37. Elaine D on September 14, 2020 at 7:11 am

    My SIL and BIL built their house doing the majority of finish work themselves. They got their kitchen at a ridiculously low price because someone decided the granite was too dark for their high end kitchen; someone else decided the cabinets they special ordered was too light for their kitchen. She picked up the cabinets first at about 30% of the cost if she had ordered them. They’re a light to medium light cherry. Then after much angst, the perfect counters were sent back to the same store, she picked those up the day the store called for about 25% of the cost. They’re a darker granite. Her kitchen is beautiful!

    On another note, we gave up on a contractor because his other customer had more money then sense. That customer kept changing major things like where the kitchen should be in the structure. Two years later, the guy is still making changes and the contractor can’t get out of the job. Yes, the contractor is being paid for the labor, but what it is costing in customers, can’t be replaced. Folks aren’t going to remember him as the best in town, they’ll remember him as the one who made promises to do work and couldn’t.

  38. Fred Flintstone on September 14, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Or, why you should hire an interior designer. I love Leah, but she says, "know what you like…" Well, most people don’t. And with the millions of options of designs and colors for EACH component, it’s understandable. Not to mention considering at all times the whole. People think this is all so easy. Well, it’s not. Editing, restraint, concept, color theory, historical reference and problem solving for a program are just a few of the things a good architect or interior designer is trained in. And that training can take years. Then there is sourcing the market. The possibilities are endless. So, good intentions, but not so easy.

  39. The McKeever Harmon Group on September 14, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Great advice! As Realtors we see some pretty bad remodel decisions some times. There are lots of people that should see this video!

  40. Dawn Ruhl on September 14, 2020 at 7:19 am

    I am gleaning so much from you. Thank you!

  41. ' Bert on September 14, 2020 at 7:23 am

    Jane always makes sense, and explains things so clearly and compellingly. She needs to be my life coach. 🤣

  42. Manuel Rivas on September 14, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Man!!! ….I love Leah ,I like her when she says "you can do this" the way she encourage me and builds up confidence, very ,very good videos and very helpful too.
    PS ,can you please come by to help me finish my kitchen, my wife will love you too.
    Hahaha GOD bless you.

  43. paul kohler on September 14, 2020 at 7:27 am

    More Good Advice. Think before you act & pay. Thank you.

  44. NE 1 on September 14, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Thanks Leah! Your videos are very helpful!

  45. Thomas Collier on September 14, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Leah this is the best advice ever, as a electrical contractor I can tell you first hand construction cost double when you change your mind.

  46. micaiah middleton on September 14, 2020 at 7:32 am

    You are royalty! TYVM

  47. Thomas C Durham on September 14, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Hi Leah, as a installer of many kitchens you are on point with your four pillars and the cost of changing one minds in the middle of construction is on point. This is a pain for contractors and a killer of our reputations being delayed on a job and missing an on time start of another. How I avoid this, is at the first sitdown, I ask, "what is your budget?" If their budget doesn’t come close to covering their square footage of kitchen, I give them an idea what they would need to spend at the bottom end of the least expensive items to their projected dream kitchen. When they think about a change, I always refer back to THEIR budget. This usually reigns them in and keep things under control with costly change orders. If one were to do this on their own my advice….STAY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET!

    The biggest physical mistake they make is not measuring the access and entry doors to make sure that dream appliance can actually come into the home. This is a major problem for co-op and condo home owners in apartment complexes. And in many kitchens where the appliance might fit it chosen space but did not take in account the swing of doors, utilities and placement of outlets.
    Everytime a client tell me that she has to many outlets, on a revisit, I always find those outlets being utilize. LOL! Here, IS TO KNOW YOUR FUNCTIONAL SPACE!

  48. D. sano on September 14, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Thanks, Leah. Keep those videos coming. I’ve introduced you to my brothers, and the love your vids. Be well!

  49. Bob Morgan on September 14, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Leah you are such a blessing, always enjoy hearing your insights. Thank you

  50. Ciber on September 14, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Do you have advice on cabinets? I recently learned about RTA (Ready to assemble) cabinets and was considering getting those, save a good amount of money, and as long as the specs and wood types are of good quality (some companies seem to cheap out and do MDF door panels, or thin/low quality wood) it seems like a no brainer.

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