DIY Vintage Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

Kristy Robb
by Kristy Robb
3 Weeks
If there ever was a room that totally and completely defined this eclectic style of ours, it's this one. We know our style isn't for everyone, but it fits us and our addiction to flea market vintage. So, here goes.
Here's a look at the before... I can't even. :-/ And we let it look this way for years.
And the after. So, to summarize... in the 5+ years we worked on this kitchen remodel, we removed the old soffit and all of the upper cabinets. We replaced the old lazy susan in the corner and the cabinet next to it with new cabinets and painted all of them gray to match. We repurposed one of the upper cabinets in the little wall space just above the island and used reclaimed wood to create our farmhouse style backsplash... whew... oh, and removed wallpaper, painted, decorated... etc. - all while working day jobs and raising two little boys!
We love our open shelves! It's both eclectic and practical. Plus, it adds a bright splash of color to all the neutral grays.
Open shelves look pretty with colorful dishes.
These are actually metal garden shelves. :)
We found eclectic glass knobs and printer handles to use as cabinet hardware.
Old boxes make nice storage and fit the theme.
We found fun accessories to sprinkle in.
We lowered the microwave and added new upper cabinets, replaced the countertops with granite, and added an under-mount sink. I did keep a little cabinet storage around the microwave to hide spices and baking goods.
We kept the peninsula but extended the countertop so chairs would fit underneath.
We also tackled this little kitchen nook in the remodel. We added white beadboard to the walls and a painted them a bright retro-inspired aqua color.
And, here's a glimpse of our kitchen decorated for the holidays. See our entire eclectic holiday home tour here.
If you thought this vintage farmhouse kitchen makeover was a treat, see how I transformed my son's bedroom into a vintage camping retreat.
Kristy Robb
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  • Linda P Linda P on Dec 12, 2016
    Question: how did you treat the reclaimed backsplash? Is it stained or was it naturally gray? Does it have a sealer on it? Thanks. I love the look of it.

  • Ann Roller Ann Roller on Jan 24, 2018
    You said you spent $2000.00, how much was the granite counter top?

  • Gwen Gwen on Oct 22, 2022

    What color is the grey paint

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  • Daisy@TX Daisy@TX on Feb 03, 2020

    Absolutely beautiful

  • Joanie Joanie on May 08, 2020

    You GOT my attention.........the background wood, the galvanized shelves and the cupboards ALL blend so well. I LOVE it!!! It is so different from the Trendy look out there!!