Yes, you read the title correctly. Everything but the kitchen sink.
As I type this, my new, beautiful apron front sink is in my city.
In fact, it may be on a delivery truck ready to come my way.
But I won’t receive it until Thursday according to the delivery company. They only deliver to my area on certain days and my day is Thursday – the big reveal day!
The day this kitchen remodel should have been completed.
But that’s not going to stop me from sharing all the progress we’ve made so far!
Last week, when I got word that the sink was on backorder, I mentioned in my Instagram stories that making over a room is like baking a cake.
All the finishing touches are the icing on the cake.
Well, this kitchen sink is going to be the celebratory candle that we will sing and cheer and light before the week is out.
Until then, I can’t wait to share all the amazing things we’ve done to this kitchen – everything but the kitchen sink!
Let’s recap with a look at our before – our starting point!
Popcorn ceilings, dated cabinet color and backsplash, mismatched appliances.
And a giant kitchen island that took up space and light from those gorgeous windows!
But look at her now!!!
First, we started by removing all the old tile and dated trim around the doors and windows.
We also removed our microwave from above the stove and built this DIY vent hood cover.
After we scraped the ceilings, we began the task of painting all the existing cabinets.
We opted for a mineral paint for our cabinets and love the look of the chalky finish in a nice greige.
The main issue for me was my countertops.
They are granite and are in excellent shape, but the darker color isn’t my thing, and I didn’t have a budget to replace them.
So I chose a color that would compliment them and bring out the lighter colors in the stone.
To save on costs, we kept the same door knobs and hardware, but I wanted to update the look with gorgeous drawer pulls.
I found these at D. Lawless Hardware and they are so affordable!
I ordered the pewter cups to match my existing door knobs and I think the match is spot on!
And I love how they pop against that greige cabinet color.
So for just $25 – it’s a super simple, yet stunning way to update your cabinets on a budget.
Our plan is to eventually replace the counters one day.
Since I know that’s coming, I opted to install a temporary backsplash.
We had lots of scraps from our shiplap install we did in our Master Bathroom renovation.
Trent cut them down to 3 1/4 inches and we hung them on the vertical.
So when it’s time to install the new counters – it won’t be crushing to replace this backsplash with tile.
And even though right now, it’s everything but the kitchen sink, I can’t wait to see how it will look when that gets installed!
Since it’s behind the sink and the stove, I wanted there to be a quick and easy way to clean, so I painted it with satin trim paint leftover from the previous owner!
Free shiplap and paint!! Who could ask for me! And FREE always makes me happy!
We covered our mismatched appliances with EZ Faux Steel, made by EZ Faux Decor – and I love how it updated our old appliances!
You can read the full tutorial on how easy this is to apply in this post!
We even had enough left over to cover the side of our refrigerator.
I didn’t like that the gray factory side was exposed, so we built a faux panel to hide that area using leftover luan from a previous project.
We added some trim, painted it the cabinet color and called it done!
No more ugly gray!
And speaking of ugly – we removed the white support post and covered it with rough cut lumber.
I found a local small business on Facebook Marketplace and was able to get all four pieces for just $25!
We sanded them down and installed them with some gorgeous fat head screws.
She even gave me this small piece of cedar and look what I made!
This small shelf is perfect for my eat in kitchen – and I’ll be sharing a tutorial on how to age these corbels soon!
And speaking of eat-in kitchen, I LOVE mine now!
Once the huge island was gone, I started by updating the trim around the bay window.
These blinds from Affordable Blinds are the perfect touch to soften the look of the windows.
You can read the full tutorial on how to install the trim and woven wood blinds in this post.
And no more uncomfortable stools! These parsons chairs from Home Pop are the perfect match to my table.
The nailhead trim is a wonderful compliment to the rough cut support post.
This vintage table was a steal from the Marketplace as well.
A true vintage table that I restored the top and added some casters to.
It was calling for a timeless touch, so I created a casual place setting with tarnished silver, jadeite plates and burlap chargers.
I hung these galvanized Olive bucket planters I had next to the window.
I added some vintage rolling pins I had as well as these primitive rolling pins I found at Antique Farmhouse.
Casual, welcoming, and most importantly cozy – those were the words I wanted to illicit with this timeless farmhouse kitchen renovation.
Where friends and family could gather and share a cup, a meal and laughter.
Now for my favorite part!
Let’s break down the numbers, friends!
Timeless Farmhouse Kitchen
Renovation on a Budget Cost Breakdown
- Remove Kitchen Island (Sold for $75 – so instant gain!)
- Remove Dated Trim (FREE)
- Demo Travertine Tile Backsplash (FREE)
- Scrape Popcorn Ceilings (FREE)
- Replace Microwave with Vent Hood ($80 from Amazon Warehouse)
- Frame Around Vent Hood (FREE using left over luan)
- Frame in Refrigerator (FREE using left over luan)
- Updated Farmhouse Trim and Support Beam ($25 for rough cut lumber and $235 in trim)
- Add EZ Faux Decor Stainless Steel to Stove and Dishwasher fronts (Sponsored, but retails for $65 for a 36″ x 72″ sheet)
- Remove Dated Sink and Replace with Apronfront Sink (Sponsored through Sinkology – All-in-One Kit Retails for approx $500-$600)
- Paint Kitchen Cabinets (Sponsored by Romabio)
- Paint Walls (FREE using left over paint on hand)
- Install Shiplap Backsplash (FREE using leftover shiplap from Master Bath Remodel)
- Add Woven Blinds (Sponsored by Affordable Blinds, retails for $152)
- Replace Light Fixture (Hobby Lobby 50% off – $35)
- Replace Drawer Hardware (Sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware, retails for $4.15 each pull – $25 total)
- Create an eat-in nook with table and chairs (Chairs Sponsored by Home Pop, retails for $290. Found the table on Facebook Marketplace for $50 and added casters, $15)
- Decor (Jadeite plates – $20, White Elle Decor Amelie Plates $20 – the rest I used from home decor I had) Rug from WellWoven $35
Total Cost for this Renovation: $1472
I can’t even believe it!
This dated kitchen went from meh to amazing in six short weeks.
So by reusing and repurposing items, we were able to create a Timeless Farmhouse Kitchen renovation for under $1500!
But we aren’t done!
Remember the title, everything but the kitchen sink?
The one element I was looking forward to most – the thing I built my design plan around – hasn’t arrived to the party yet.
Of course – it’s everything but the kitchen sink, which is due to arrive Thursday. So we will have it installed in the next few days and will share all the details in a new blog post asap!
I cannot wait to see it in place! And neither will you – it’s beautiful!
And now that this kitchen is almost finished – we can’t wait to move down the hallway with an update to our butler’s pantry and to create a custom built food pantry.
Thank you for cheering me on these past 6 weeks! Your support makes this such an enjoyable process! Come back for more renovations in the next few days.
And of course – head over to the One Room Challenge to see all the other participants. There are some stunning reveals that you don’t want to miss!
We finally have the kitchen sink installed! Head over to see all the details of how to add an apron front sink to existing granite counters.
You can catch up on all the details of this renovation from previous weeks here:
Thank you to all my sponsors (linked below) for helping me create a kitchen that I love!
Thank you to our Hosts!
Of course a huge thank you again to Linda from Calling it Home and Better Homes and Gardens for hosting another fabulous One Room Challenge! It is always a joy to participate each season, find tons of inspiration, and most importantly – find new friends!