Inspiration Photo numbered

Today I’d like to share an inspiration photo with you that is one of those completely out of reach dream kitchens.  It comes from Better Homes & Gardens, and I’ve been seeing it all over Pinterest lately.  When I say out of reach, I should probably clarify that it looks completely out of reach for someone doing a kitchen design on a budget like mine.  All those gorgeous custom elements can come with a pretty hefty price tag, as anyone who’s spent time pricing out a kitchen remodel can verify.  But, guess what?  Kitchens like this can provide excellent guidelines for figuring out your style.  

Better Homes and Gardens white dream kitchen inspiration

So what are some of the things that make this kitchen so appealing and Pin-able?  Well, for starters, that tiled area around the range and the accompanying hood are a total focal point–gorgeous!   The planked ceiling and wide planked wood floors give this kitchen a rustic, farmhouse feel.  Can you see all that cabinet space?  And really, who doesn’t love a big island?  These are the things that kitchen dreams are made of.

Inspiration Photo numbered

Well, I’m here to say that there are plenty of elements in this kitchen that can be DIYed.  You might not have the floor space for a kitchen this size or the budget for amazing custom cabinetry or gourmet appliances, but you can still get a kitchen that looks and feels a lot like this one.  I’ve found 5 tutorials for elements of this kitchen that you can use in your own.  Enjoy!

Dreamy Kitchen Get The Look Collage

1.  Planked Ceiling

The Idea Room how to diy a planked ceiling

Amy from The Idea Room changed her boring builder grade kitchen ceiling to a planked one, and she has a tutorial to prove it.

2.  Cabinets with Molding

My DIY Habits molding on cabinets

Cabinets with trim and crown molding instantly add a custom feel to a kitchen, even if you have stock cabinetry.  Check out how My DIY Habits added molding to theirs.

3.  Butcher Block Island

Infarrantly Creative butcherblock island

I added butcher block to my kitchen island a while back, and I love the warm feel it gives to the room.  This is a totally do-able project, and thanks to Ikea, it’s fairly low-cost.

4.  Subway Tiled Wall

Southern Hospitality putting subway tile on wall

Current design trends have subway tile extending beyond the kitchen backsplash, and this tall wall of it behind the range in my inspiration photo is a lovely example.  Check out Southern Hospitality‘s tips for getting a similar look.

5.  Cabinetry Paneled Refrigerator

Amazing Grays diy paneled fridge

Custom kitchens often like this one often have refrigerators that don’t stand out, thanks to the use of custom panels that match the cabinetry in the kitchen.  Did you know you can DIY that look?  Visit Amazing Grays to get a tutorial.

Are you inspired to find a way to DIY a more custom kitchen?  Have you found a way to get a high-end look for less in your own cooking space?  Tell me all about it in the comments!


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  1. Kitchens like this are on most everyones “dream” list. You have done it again Beckie! Thanks so much for finding some great tutorials for us to use! We “upgraded” our oak builder grade cabinets in a home we had 10 years ago. Paint, stain, and hardware on the cupboards and island. Molding added to the top of the cabinets and my favorite quick fix to add some character—beadboard on the sides of each “end” of the row of cabinets and on the island. The board fits perfect into the space with the lip at the edge of each cabinet end finishing it off.

  2. Thanks so much for the help to get this look. Next year we are moving our kitchen to first floor of our house. (The current kitchen area will be turned into my craft studio ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be starting with a blank slate. I will be bookmarking this article for when we need it.

  3. Hi Beckie. I have just read your blog story and want to say thank you. I have only just started writing a blog using Blogger and there are already a number of aspects of Blogger which I am not completely happy with. So, tomorrow I will have a close look at Word Press. I really enjoy reading your blog. I have made some of the credit card wallets I found on your sewing section. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Great ideas! I was looking at your butcher block link and noticed your family command center in the right of the picture. Have you done a post on this? I am trying to get organized and create one of these. I have been all over Pintrest and blog land trying to find one that will work for us and it is a little overwhelming!! It looks like you just have yours on a blank wall and that is what I am also working with. If you have a link to your project that you could share that would be great ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Thanks for sharing, Libby. I am so glad you found my site and have been inspired. Take care and best of luck with your blog!

  6. Ooooh, thank you for doing this! I’ve always wanted butcher block counters, but now I really want to install a plank ceiling. It would truly complete the kitchen for me.

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