Dulce Delight’s DIY Kitchen

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A couple of weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of getting to work with the incredibly talented Raiza Costa of Dulce Delight. You may recognize her from her very popular YouTube channel, or from competing on “Master Chef”, or from Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube Channel. Or perhaps you don’t know her yet, in which case you should familiarize yourself right now with all her amazing-ness. Raiza is a total boss in the kitchen and in front of the camera, which makes all of her videos so entertaining to watch. She’s working on a new, super exciting project right now, which she invited me to be a part of for a day. I won’t spill the beans on what it is just yet since I don’t think she’s announced it, but in the meantime I wanted to show off some photos of her adorable kitchen. While I was over at her place filming, I kept on grilling her about all the DIY elements she’s added to the space. I was just in awe at how she completely remodeled without making any permanent changes (she too is a renter). Since I know I’m not the only one with renting decor woes in the kitchen, I’ve included a little breakdown below of what she did in hopes of providing some of you with inspiration, because I certainly was inspired (and a little jealous too).

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Dulce Delight’s DIY Kitchen:

BTW – Keep in mind there was a lot of tropical decor added to the space for the purpose of our shoot.

Cabinets: She covered the majority of her white cabinets in a colorful teal vinyl and added on adorable pink hardware. She removed what she referred to as a bulky microwave that was above the oven and added a faux white cabinet to conceal the blank space. Somewhat similar to what I did in my kitchen, Raiza turned the bottom cabinets into display pieces and even added lighting inside them to highlight her adorable kitchenware.

Stenciled Back Wall: If you’ve seen Raiza’s videos you know she is all about fun, and her kitchen is a true reflection of her fun, vintage-loving, colorful self.  For additional personalization to the space she stenciled the back wall with a pop of gold pineapples, which she added with a pineapple stencil and paint.

The Fridge: She transformed her stainless steel fridge into another bold pop of color – simply by adding on some of the teal vinyl she used on the cabinets. I am obsessed with her colorful fridge and will most likely follow her lead (totally copy her) on my fridge at some point in the future.  Again, just to note – those philo and fern leaves aren’t always there, they were just added for our shoot. 

The Countertops: Believe it or not, those pretty wood countertops didn’t come with the original kitchen. So how did she change the countertops without removing the preexisting ones?! Raiza had butcher block cut to size at IKEA and then hired a contractor to install them ON TOP of the other countertops. Another move I will probably copy if I end up in another rental kitchen with countertops I don’t like (and know that I’ll be there for a year or two to justify the expense).

And there you have it – some serious DIY rental decor. Thank you for having me over, Raiza! You are such an inspiration! And readers – get ready to hear a lot more about this talented woman in the future!

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  1. Lindsey

    November 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    What kind of vinyl was used on the fridge? I have got to do that!!

    1. alanajonesmann

      November 11, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      just a regular vinyl adhesive will do!

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