August 17, 2016

How to upgrade your off rack kitchen

Hello dear friends,

our main goal for our kitchen was to save as much money as possible without missing any of the comforts.  With that being said we knew that we wouldn’t be able to afford a custom design kitchen.  At the same time though we didn’t want to buy a cheap kitchen either and compromise on amenities.  So we decided to go with a higher medium quality kitchen from Lowes and added upgrades to it.

Higher Medium Quality?

Well you might want to know what higher medium quality means.  That’s a pretty good question.  We decided to go with Diamond which is one category below KraftMaid so medium quality.  However we added more value to it by going with all plywood cabinets instead of particleboard – higher quality.  Does that make sense?  I think it does.  So the plywood was the first upgrade we did which were offered by the manufacture.  We did two more “manufacturing” upgrades by going with a lazy Susan instead of a blind corner and by adding two sliding drawers to the pantry.  We left it at that because we were sure we could find better deals online.

How to upgrade your off rack kitchen – Where to buy?

Which we totally did.  When we designed the kitchen we knew we wanted certain features.  At the same we knew that we might not be able to afford those if we bought them from the manufacturer.  So what did we do?  We went online shopping, one of our most favorite activities.  We took it to amazon to find everything we needed.  And man, did find everything and way cheaper than if we had bought it with the manufacture.

How to upgrade an off rack kitchen?

So one of the upgrades we did was adding a tip out tray under the sink where we could store our sponges and brushes.  Both Hubby and I loved that feature which wasn’t actually offered by Diamond.  Hubby found the Front Tip-Out Tray Hinges {affiliate link} which were super easy to install {affiliate link}.  Another feature we both loved was a Pull-Out Trash Can {affiliate link}.  We went ahead and got a plane base cabinet in our island which Hubby then easy converted into the pull out trash can.  I can’t tell you how happy I am with my trash cans.  Hubby actually went a little bit crazy with the upgrades and got us a bakeware and tray divider {affiliate link} as well as a spice rack {affiliate link}.  I am telling you if you don’t watch out with that man ?.

How does it look?

So these are all the upgrades we did.  Below are some pictures of our kitchen with the upgrades.  As I mentioned above we did save quite some money by buying the features online rather than going with what the manufacture offers.  Also, this way we were able to get exactly what we wanted and didn’t have to go with limited options that some manufactures carry.  All in all I am really happy how our kitchen turned out, what do you guys think?


Do you like the way our kitchen looks like?  Then check out my post on how to design your kitchen and how to stain your kitchen counter tops!

As always thank you guys so much for stopping by and happy renovating!


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  • Reply Natalie @ Milk & Honey Faith August 19, 2016 at 2:08 am

    I just love the way your kitchen turned out! I’ve been wanting to paint my cabinets white since we purchased our home 6 years ago. One day…sigh. I can’t wait to see more of your reno! Great blog!

    • Reply Sabrina August 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you Natalie, that is so sweet of you to say! Awe I know, renovating your kitchen is such a huge project but it does make a big difference. Thank you 🙂

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