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Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 | 4 comments

Marcy and Jason’s DIY Kitchen Reno Part II

Marcy and Jason’s DIY Kitchen Reno Part II

Yesterday, we introduced you to Marcy and Jason who spent six months designing and rebuilding the kitchen in their classic Del Ray rowhouse.

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Here’s where we left off — the original kitchen when they purchased the home…

kitchen before

The gutted kitchen…


The new kitchen on the home stretch…


And now, the finished kitchen!

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You can tell Marcy and Jason put their heart and souls into this project — they beamed while they gave us the tour — and their hard work definitely paid off. Aesthetically, they wanted to make the kitchen more their style. But they also wanted to make it more efficient and increase storage.

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They were committed to making this a green renovation. They donated the old cabinets to the local Restore, they sold the fridge on Craig’s list and they recycled the old stove with the city’s hazardous waste department, as it had a history of gas leaks.

But let’s just look around and ooh and ahh at all the cool features like the mosaic-tiled backsplash. The various hues of green, white, beige and black tie into the other colors throughout the room.

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Under-cabinet lights brighten dark corners to help with food prep and display.

diy kitchen renovation

The Richlite countertops are made from recycled paper and resin, purchased from local business R Bratti. Their matte finish is a nice contrast to the shiny white cabinets. The sustainable product is stain, water, scratch and heat-resistant.

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The dual compartment undermount sink has a chic modern faucet.


A new triple-glazed casement window provides plenty of natural light. It’s also energy-efficient and a huge improvement over the previous basement-sized window which wouldn’t open properly and would constantly fill with moisture due to improper installation. It’s one of Marcy’s favorite elements in the room.


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The cork floor purchased from Lumber Liquidators is another sustainable, eco-friendly product. It’s also softer on your feet than tile or wood. They had to tear out the old floor and spend some time leveling the surface to get the cork and the hardwoods in the dining room to line up evenly. The cork comes in tiles which adhere to the subfloor.

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Shiny white kitchen cabinets come from IKEA. The glossy finish is easy to clean. One of the best features is this space-saving and user-friendly pull-out pantry that has plenty of room for all their groceries.


To make room for the pantry, they removed the wall that separated the kitchen and dining room. In the process, they had to reroute a duct, now located underneath the cabinet.


We love how they used a decorative floor register to cover the vent instead of a standard wall one.

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There’s also ample space on the other side of the fridge to go down to the basement.


A special feature they added was this built-in wine rack. It takes advantage of a bump out covering the ducts and water pipes and fits neatly into the room. Jason designed and built this himself.

wine storage diy

diy kitchen renovation

diy kitchen renovation

As we mentioned yesterday, Marcy and Jason are both architects, so designing and conceptualizing the space was a no-brainer. Doing the actual work and maintaining their standard of perfectionism, however, was a little trickier. But they welcomed the challenge, all for the joy of DIY. Marcy and Jason’s advice to anyone considering a reno: Spend time researching products, and find the best ones for your project and budget.

With DIY determination and the help of a few friends, Marcy and Jason turned a dated drab room into a modern green masterpiece to enjoy for many years. Here’s one more look at how far they’ve come:


Do you have any questions for Marcy and Jason about their project? What is your favorite part of their new kitchen? Tell us in the comment section below. If you have recently completely a kitchen or home reno and would like to share your story, please contact us at info[at]


  1. That kitchen was drab. Now it’s beautiful!! My favorite is the window too

  2. Marcy it is beautiful!
    <3 Dannelle

  3. I love the back splash! The kitchen looks great now, though I have to say the before kitchen really wasn’t THAT bad for what an old Del Ray home could be.

  4. It is wonderful! So clever and classy looking now!

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