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DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover for $5000 - Including Appliances!

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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now our kitchen is much brighter!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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/

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  • Lori
    Lori Canada
    on Feb 2, 2015

    It's a beautiful kitchen now. I can't believe the difference in light. Well done to both of you.

  • Ginger Robinson
    Ginger Robinson
    on Feb 2, 2015

    You made it very bright and nice. Good job

  • Wanda sinnema
    Wanda sinnema Seattle, WA
    on Feb 2, 2015

    Love the casual feel..... wonderful redo, love it all,, Details on the island ,,,I'm guessing that was a project also..

    • Noting Grace
      Noting Grace Columbia, TN
      on Feb 3, 2015

      @Wanda sinnema You are so right! If you check out my posts, I've given a tutorial on how we built our Pallet Kitchen Island.

  • Leigh Anne @ Houseologie
    Leigh Anne @ Houseologie Charleston, WV
    on Feb 2, 2015

    Wow, great job! It looks so much better!

  • Wendy G
    Wendy G Lewes, DE
    on Feb 3, 2015

    It looks fabulous! Great job!!!!

  • Bev
    Bev Dandridge, TN
    on Feb 3, 2015

    Love, love, love. I really like the two tone. I live in a log home and my cabinets blend right into the walls. I so want to paint them...they are solid wood. Everyone's freaking out with the thought of me painting them. But, they will stand out from the wall and be nice and crisp. Great job!

    • Noting Grace
      Noting Grace Columbia, TN
      on Sep 26, 2016

      Hey Bev, I say go for it if you want! I agree it would be a nice contrast from the wood tones I'm sure you have in your log home. If you do, be sure to share a pic. I'd love to see it!

  • Three Crazy Crows
    Three Crazy Crows Potomac, IL
    on Feb 3, 2015

    Gorgeous! Totally different room!

  • Pam
    Pam Nashville, TN
    on Feb 3, 2015

    Love, Love, Love....so much brighter and prettier! Great job.

  • Lisa Aragon Gabrielson
    Lisa Aragon Gabrielson Stockton, CA
    on Feb 3, 2015

    So light and airy compared to before; you must really be enjoying your new kitchen! I've pinned what you've done for some ideas for my own kitchen. Simply delightful!!!

  • Lisa Hess Sauce
    Lisa Hess Sauce Franklin, LA
    on Feb 3, 2015

    Wow, what a huge difference!

  • Areda Dailey
    Areda Dailey Grand Rapids, MI
    on Feb 3, 2015

    You beautiful job!

  • Ardi Redig Johnson
    Ardi Redig Johnson Surprise, AZ
    on Feb 3, 2015

    Love the light and bright kitchen.... Love the pig pull... its all beautiful and great! I want that pig..... !!!!

  • Kristine Fiddelke
    Kristine Fiddelke Lakeland, FL
    on Feb 3, 2015

    You need to go into business :) Fantastic Job and is just Beautiful !!!

  • Judy Myers
    Judy Myers Wilson, NY
    on Feb 3, 2015

    Just love your new kitchen!

  • Sheila Powell, Bremen, Ga.
    Sheila Powell, Bremen, Ga. Bremen, GA
    on Feb 3, 2015


  • Cheryl
    Cheryl Pompano Beach, FL
    on Feb 3, 2015

    Love the granite, not of fan of grey, the floor takes away from everything. Not a big fan. I would have refinished the wood not painted it, and updated the décor.

    • Noting Grace
      Noting Grace Columbia, TN
      on Feb 3, 2015

      @Cheryl We ran out of money to complete the floor. That's our plan for this summer. We're going to tile in a muted color that will really make the counters stand out.

  • Dawn Powell Scott Wiley
    Dawn Powell Scott Wiley Harvey, IL
    on Feb 3, 2015

    It's beautiful

  • Alice
    Alice Reidsville, NC
    on Feb 3, 2015

    Love the kitchen remodel, especially the coffee bar. Want to do a coffee bar in our kitchen somehow.

    • Alice
      Alice Reidsville, NC
      on Feb 3, 2015

      @Noting Grace Yeah, we have coffee going almost 24/7. My husband loves his coffee.

  • Christine Furrer Britton
    Christine Furrer Britton Franklin, OH
    on Feb 3, 2015

    WOW! The cabinets look brand new! Great job!

  • Judith Horne
    Judith Horne Lubbock, TX
    on Feb 3, 2015

    What a beautiful job you guys did. That kitchen went from dark and drab to light filled and fab!

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