Budget Friendly Farmhouse Kitchen

Welcome to my Farmhouse Kitchen Above!


BELOW is my Inspiration Photo! Our kitchen makeover started when we went to the Stone Shop to pick out a remnant for our new Laundry Room cabinet. We had renovated our Laundry room earlier this past summer and chose all new white cabinets. We found this gray leather textured granite remnant. We liked it so much that we decided to replace the laminate counter top in our kitchen. We decided not to replace our oak cabinets for now, but wanted to take down the blue tile backsplash. We had looked at several tile samples to replace the blue tile that would have coordinated beautifully with the oak cabinets. Then, we decided that is was too expensive and not in our budget right now, being that we had not planned on doing a kitchen makeover so soon. We went with shiplap for the backsplash instead. I always loved the idea of shiplap. It took some convincing, but my husband liked the inspiration photos I found online of beautiful kitchens with shiplap. 

So thats what us Do-It Yourselfers did! Shiplap! I even googled how to build a farmhouse window frame and I think my husband got it right! Yay! We had taken out our 3 tier shelf that was attached to the corner cabinet you see in the photo below on the left. This would make room for the new window frame.

BELOW: New farmhouse faucet! We didn’t plan to replace our faucet when we purchased the granite. When the stone company came out to measure our countertop, we told them our faucet was only a couple of years old, so they measured 4 holes to accommodate what we already had. (You can see the old faucet in the 1st BEFORE photo above.) After the new countertop and new under mount sink were installed, we had put the original faucets back in, only to find that there was a leak coming from the hot & cold fixture that could not be repaired. I really wasn’t planning to buy new fixtures. Fortunately, we were able to special order these beautiful farmhouse fixtures that would accommodate 4 precut holes! A little pricy for our budget, so much so that after my husband and I left the shop from ordering them, I started to cry. But my husband reassured me that it was okay and these would probably last forever! ?

I love our rustic Kitchen Island! I actually had purchased this last winter, a few months after our floors were installed. I think this was my first inspirational piece that would eventually lead us to this!

I have some thoughts for more changes:

1. Keep the oak cabinets and eventually Sand & Refinish them. Then replace the chrome hardware with black rustic hardware.

2. Paint lower cabinets medium gray, with lighter gray cabinets above.

3. Paint top & bottom cabinets white.

What do you think?

Thank you for taking the time to stop by during this busy Holiday Season.:)

Wishing you all very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

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  1. 1

    Color me impressed Maria! I love it! Isn’t it always the way…you start one small project and it becomes a major reno in no time! You really were smart to have the inspirational photo to work from…all your choices are just right. I like all your ideas for a future treatment of the cabinets. Can’t wait to see what you decide. 🙂
    Wishing a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2017! Hugs!

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    Thank you Nancy! By the way, I Love your expressions! lol! Even though this kitchen project was so unexpected, we are so glad we did it! It was a little bit of a challenge with the color scheme, but I was happy to find that “Inspiration Photo”. I think it works for now and I was surprised that my family and friends were so impressed with our new make over. I like the fact that I can still make more changes in the future without breaking the bank. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by during this busy Holiday Season. I apologize for not replying sooner. This week was just crazy busy! Of course, I’m sure for you and many others too! 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! And wishing you a very Healthy & Happy New Year! Hugs!! 🙂

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    Happy New Year, Maria. I love the changes you’ve made so far. It’s really a lovely faucet and that island!! Oh my goodness, its so amazing! You must love it. Thank you for sharing your home with us.!!

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      Thank you Melissa! Happy New Year too! I do love my Kitchen Island! I guess, because it is a bit unique and I wanted something out of the ordinary. This piece has led me into a totally different direction of decorating on my main floor. I still have more ideas for both my Kitchen & Living Room. It has been a slow process, but that’s what makes Decorating a Fun Hobby for me. I never seem to be completely done! lol! I can’t wait to see your New Kitchen Reveal! I know it will be MY Dream Kitchen too! I am curious about what you have chosen for a backsplash! From one of your Christmas Eve photos, I thought I noticed unpainted Shiplap through the entrance into your kitchen. I can’t wait! And I am looking forward to find more Inspiration from you, throughout the New Year. Did you happen to noticed I have the same blue buffalo checked towels hanging from the bar on my Kitchen Island? Inspired by you! 🙂 Hugs!! 🙂

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    Happy New Year 2017 to you, Maria. I am envious of your kitchen. I love the clean lines but still very cozy and lived-in vibe of your kitchen. To me it looks a bit industrial with the faucet but still very personal. Did you have a good Christmas?

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    Aww! Thank you so much Hanh! 🙂 I just hope I made the right choices with my color scheme on my budget! I appreciate any input! Happy New Year to you too! I had a bitter sweet Christmas! I hope this is the right expression to use. . . My son proposed to his girlfriend (whom we Love dearly!) on Christmas Day! We are so excited for them!! And I had a house full of family on Christmas Day which was very nice! But my Mom. (who is 72 years old) has a fracture in her back and is now on her3rd week in a Rehabilitation Center after being in the hospital twice over the past couple of Months. It has been a very emotional and exhausting couple of Months for my brother, my sister & myself. We don’t know if she will have a full recovery. She is trying so hard with her daily therapy, but is still not walking on her own. And our hearts break for her, with all the pain she in enduring. . . Only time will tell. Just Praying!
    I want to Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment on my posts throughout the year! I hope to see more of your home decorating ideas in 2017! You are so creative! I look forward to all your postings! Hugs!! 🙂

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