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DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover for $5000 - Including Appliances!

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It took almost 6 months, off and on, to create our Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel and we are so excited to share with you the final reveal! We were able to create a new kitchen, including appliances, for just over $5000, and raise our home's value by TENS of THOUSANDS!
Time: 6 Months Cost: $5345 Difficulty: Medium
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
When we purchased our Tennessee home, I knew two things had to be changed immediately -- the pink carpet, and the kitchen. However, overhauling a complete kitchen on a tight budget was going to be tricky. Our goal was to completely renovate the kitchen for less than $6000, including the appliances! The house has good bones and the cabinets were made of real wood and in great shape. The counter tops were laminate butcher block that needed to be replaced and the floors are in fair shape, however, not my favorite. The top kitchen cabinets were really low--so low, that I couldn't fit my coffee maker under the cabinet! Those are fightin' words in my world! The cabinets would have to be raised. A typical height for cabinets over the counters are 16 -18 inches. These were set at 14 inches above the counter. The soffit was made of wood, so we knew we could remove it and raise the cabinets. There is one, tiny window in the kitchen which makes it one of the darkest rooms in the house. The kitchen was the only room in the house that had been painted from the builders original paint and it was a dark, chocolate-y mauve. We needed it brightened right away.
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
Next to the refrigerator is a small little desk niche. It's tiny. Like "too small to sit there unless you are a child" tiny. You can see that the previous homeowners used it to house their microwave. It was dark and uncomfortable sitting next to the fridge like that! I can't imagine it being an effective desk area in it's original plan. We wanted to open up the wall and add a pass through to bring in the light from a bay window in the dining room to brighten up this dark kitchen.
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
Here are the Before and Afters! We wish we could tackle the floors for this reveal, but that project will be put off until later this summer! (UPDATE!!!: Click the link below to see the new floors!!) By opening up the soffit and raising the cabinets, light can now come in from the window over the sink.
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
The oven hood was replaced with an over the range microwave. In keeping with our budget, we spray painted the existing hinges with Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze, as well as the door and window hardware instead of replacing them. Our knobs I had on hand for a few years. I stumbled across them at a sidewalk sale at Lowe's. They were 38 cents each, so I snatched them up and have been hanging on to them for just this type of project!
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
We painted the bottom cabinets in gray and the top cabinets and trim in white. The Painting Process: So I went with oil paint. Now before you balk at oil, let me explain. Our entire trim, doors, moulding, dentil moulding, etc. was painted in peach oil. The whole house! There would have been so much prep just to paint over the old oil with latex, the rep at Sherwin Williams strongly suggested repainting with oil AND I got a killer deal to boot! Painting with oil is a bear if you're not used to it. The cons: It drags differently with the brush than latex and is extremely messy. Be sure to have LOW ODOR Mineral Spirits on hand for easy clean up. The pros: It flattens out nicely and is VERY durable.
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
We replaced the counters with granite and raised the cabinets. All lighting was florescent lighting, which we replaced with pendant lighting and under cabinet lighting.
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
The former desk niche was tiny, dark, and next to the refrigerator, so we opted to create a look that made the niche look more like a stand alone hutch than a built in cabinet. By the addition of a shelf under the drawer, we added more storage to place another coffee maker.
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
With leftover Hardwood flooring, we made the countertop for our Coffee Bar. It mimics the look of pallet wood which matches our Pallet Kitchen Island.
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
The wall was opened up with a Pass Through to allow that light that spills in to the Dining room to fill up the dark kitchen. The Pass through was topped with the same granite used for our countertops.
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
Now our kitchen is much brighter!
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
To complete the Farmhouse feel, I added corbels under the cabinets and used beadboard as our backsplash. Little touches of farmhouse whimsy are scattered throughout, like that cute, red piggy!
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
Additional shelves were added in one cabinet as well as under the former desk niche turned coffee bar. We painted the interior of the cabinets the same color as our walls, Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice.
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
Now, for the numbers: $5345 - including new appliances! Appliances - $2915 Countertops, sink and faucet - $1950 Lights, Paint and supplies - $330 Pass Thru - $150 If you take out the appliances and countertops, the cost would have been $480 - less than $500!
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
This type of renovation subcontracted out could have cost us twice as much, if not more. Sticking with a budget and tackling this ourselves, not only saved us a bundle, but we also added value to our home! This is a very doable task that I think anyone could accomplish if you plan and have patience.
  • diy farmhouse kitchen makeover for 5000 including appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
Be sure to head over to my blog to see all 3 parts of this renovation series where I share more details of the makeover process. ****UPDATE: Be sure to click the link below to see the new floors and kitchen island!!

To see more: http://notinggrace.com/our-amazing-5000-farmhouse-kitchen-remodel/

Got a question about this project?

  • Christine S
    Christine S Jonesboro, GA

    What a great job. Inspires me to do more with my kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

  • Heidi Smith
    Heidi Smith Leander, TX

    It looks amazing. Good job!!

  • Karen Bailey

    Great transformation.although,if u were saving, the white appliances were fine just remove good.

  • Ana@carpe_diem

    Love it! I do believe that this transformation took 6 months of your life, but it is soooo worth it!

  • Not a Trophy Wife

    We recently finished taking out a 1/2 wall between dining an kitchen. Our costs to do it ourselves were a 1/3 of estimate. We did hire electrician to update code. Love your project!

    • Noting Grace
      Noting Grace Columbia, TN

      Just read your post! What an amazing transformation! So much more light!

  • Theduke1234

    I love your whole makeover. Great Job to you both!! You got it country, even nicer than back in the day. I see a lot of memories.

  • Kathfz

    Super nice job!

  • Heather Bauer

    This looks so nice, great job!

  • HPILCHER1

    I love the coffee bar in particular. So welcoming. Beautiful improvements.

  • Toni Johnson
    Toni Johnson Bethel, MN

    Stunning, what a difference, just beautiful!

  • Seth Carnett

    Oh my you did such a wonderfull job. I totally love it. Me and my girflriend or thinking about renovating our like 70ies kitchen ourselves! This inspired me!Oh my you did such a wonderfull job. I totally love it. Me and my girflriend or thinking

  • Juli Capo
    Juli Capo Summerville, SC

    What a nice result. I sympathize completely with all the work, sweat, tears, lack of sleep and inconveniences involved in a kitchen remodel.. If you can make it through all of that with your sanity still intact, you can do anything. I checked out

  • Noting Grace
    Noting Grace Columbia, TN

    Thank you so much Juli! We are so pleased with the finished results! Thanks for taking the time to comment. It means so much.

  • Becky Wright

    Love your kitchen remodel with the open shelves. I only have one question. How do you keep all the open shelves clean. We have 2 dogs and a cat so I can see fur everywhere. I am retired but do not want to be in kitchen cleaning all the time.

    • Noting Grace
      Noting Grace Columbia, TN

      I have a heavy shedding dog as well and I haven't had hair issues on my shelves, but one suggestion is to put your everyday plates on the shelves. That way, they are always getting use and you could be mindful if any hair shows up?

  • Sharon
    Sharon Florence, OR

    Love it, you did a beautiful job. Only one thing I think I would change would be to get a stainless front for your dishwasher to match the stove and would blend with the beautiful gray better. Congrats.

  • Katherine
    Katherine Charlotte, NC

    That is a phenomenal transformation! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jo Anna Kloster

    Gorgeous make over. Love the beadboard. Your ideas are understandable and inspiring to someone not too handy on this type of work. Thanks you so much for sharing this makeover!

  • Leighx

    Beautiful job. Love your design choices. Really lightens up the room. The pass through is a brilliant addition. Congrats!

  • Lisa Erickson Fauerbach

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Liliana Lejos De México

    Wonderful job and love the antique phone hanging on the wall

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