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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!
  • 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://sixseeds.patheos.com/notinggrace/2015/01/our-amazing-5000-farmhouse-kitchen-remodel.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Janice Williams

    This is the best renovation EVER! Your kitchen is beautiful!

  • RhondaForsyth
    RhondaForsyth Center Line, MI

    Hard work paid off loveit

  • Ashley Spearman
    Ashley Spearman Decatur, GA

    this is amazing!

  • S. Ulmen F
    S. Ulmen F Clermont, FL

    Really beautiful great job.

  • Nancy A. Creese
    Nancy A. Creese Baltimore, MD

    beautiful....

  • Mildred Colburn
    Mildred Colburn Fayette, AL

    beautiful

  • Audrey Capstick

    very nice

  • While I Linger
    While I Linger Mendon, MA

    Fantastic job! So impressed on the accomplishment on such a tight budget. Congratulations.

  • Dswhite1955

    I love everything you did. And the pass thru was a brilliant idea. You made excellent use of your money. Good job!!

  • Lydia.acchione

    absolutely gorgeous, we are updating our 2 kitchens and will be using these ideas. Beautiful...

  • Lena Jocelyn Lawrence Arkell

    Beautiful kitchen but had to ? your adamant remarks about the cabinets being too low for your coffee maker (I notice there was a coffee maker in the before photos) and yet... after raising the cabinets you never placed the coffee maker under the

    • Noting Grace
      Noting Grace Columbia, TN

      The previous coffee maker was an 8 cup and I'm a gallon a day coffee drinker - lol. My big coffee maker didn't fit and neither did my kitchenaid mixer. I made a coffee bar and placed my coffee pot over there next to the fridge.

  • Donna P Moses

    The bead board you used as a backsplash what type of paint did you use on it ?

    • Noting Grace
      Noting Grace Columbia, TN

      We used oil grade paint and it has held up beautifully!

  • Renata
    Renata Hermiston, OR

    Absolutely gorgeous !

  • Susan Smith
    Susan Smith Wittmann, AZ

    I would have loved to find a house with kitchen cabinets that were lower. I'm 5'1" and have a really hard time reaching things :)

    • Noting Grace
      Noting Grace Columbia, TN

      That's what my mom said! She's 5'2", but my husband and I are both really tall, so, we adjusted the cabinets for us.

  • Julie Lee

    Looks fantastic! Did you make the island out of pallets and if so, do you have some directions for the project?

    • Noting Grace
      Noting Grace Columbia, TN

      Hi Julie! We did make our island. Check my account for my pallet wood kitchen island. I'll be sharing our updated kitchen island with the white beadboard in a few weeks!

  • BillandJudy Bryan

    I think it would look, even better, if you had put knobs on the facade of the kitchen sink.

  • Mary
    Mary New Gloucester, ME

    /Beautiful. Love it.

  • Marta Danuta Sklorz

    Very good job! I was wondering what you gonna do with the floor and it's turned out great!

  • S. Ulmen F
    S. Ulmen F Clermont, FL

    Just beautiful!

  • Terie Krov Ongna
    Terie Krov Ongna Oak Harbor, WA

    How do you do the granite countertops yourself?

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