How can you update an entire dated kitchen when your budget is next to nothing? That’s the situation we’re in and I can’t wait to share our plans for a Timeless Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation on a Budget.
It’s Spring – the trees are budding, the birds are singing and there’s renewal scattered everywhere you look.
It also means that it’s time for another One Room Challenge and I am so excited to be joining for my sixth room renovation!
What’s the One Room Challenge?
It’s a bi-annual event hosted by Linda from One Room Challenge, and Better Homes and Gardens, where 20 featured designers and hundreds of guest bloggers transform a space over a six week period. We each document our progress, sharing tips along the way. It’s a great source of support and inspiration.
It’s hard work with a strict deadline looming ahead, but each season, I enjoy the challenge!
Are you ready to see the before of the space we are making over?
Meet my kitchen.
Our home was built in 1985 and from the style chosen, it looks to have been updated in the late 1990s.
Tuscan green cabinets with glaze, travertine backsplash, and granite counters all topped off with a hexagonal kitchen island/eat-in space.
Now here’s the big issue.
Our budget is….
There really isn’t a budget to speak of. This is penny pinching at it’s finest, so that means I need to be really creative with how I can transform this space.
Thankfully, working with a few sponsors will help complete this space. But when all is said and done, I promise to list out the bottom line as far as expenses go.
The first thing to go will be the island. We plan to sell it so that will help fund some other purchases.
Our hope is that the hardwood floors run underneath, but we shall see this week!
The big items are staying like the countertops and the appliances.
The counters are not my favorite. But that is too big of a cost to replace at this time, so we will save up for that down the road.
We plan to frame in the refrigerator so that the ugly gray side isn’t staring at us.
And since the appliances don’t match, we will be using a stainless steel film to cover the fronts of the appliances to create a cohesive look.
The microwave is going bye-bye as well.
We plan to get a vent hood and build a box around it to make it hidden and part of the existing cabinetry.
Just around the corner, we have this cute little butler’s pantry that we plan to update later this year. UPDATE: See the Butler’s Pantry Now!
So this microwave will be moved to our kitchenette in the basement, and we are currently hunting for a countertop microwave that’s not too expensive for the butler’s pantry.
I wish this were part of the kitchen update, but I think we would be pushing it to get everything completed.
So for the cabinetry – this will be getting a fresh coat of paint.
I plan to pull a lighter color from the granite in the hopes that it will lighten them a bit.
The inside cabinets will need to be refreshed as well. This eggplant color has got to go.
I’m really on the fence about our backsplash. The tile is in great shape, but it’s that thick grout line that keeps it looking dated.
We have some leftover shiplap from our Master Bathroom Makeover and I’m toying with the idea of using those pieces hung vertically as a temporary backsplash.
Then when we can afford to replace the counters, I will install a tile backsplash at that time.
One item that will definitely be gone will be this black sink.
It’s enamel coated cast iron that has taken a beating from the renter’s that lived here before us. The coating is gone and rust is starting to seep through, so it always looks dingy.
We will be putting in an apron front sink – which means we will be cutting the granite and cabinet base to make that fit. That sort of scares me a bit!
But if we cut a hole into a vintage marble top for our bathroom – we can do this!
Another thing that we can’t wait to do is get rid of the popcorn ceiling!
I have never DIYed a popcorn removal before, but I’ve heard it’s really easy.
Finally, the last thing will be to tie up all the loose ends that keep it dated. This support beam will get a new look as well as all the trim in the room.
We are keeping some of the hardware, but plan to replace the drawer pulls with some beautiful pewter cups.
We plan to replace the light fixture and to get a vintage table and chairs for the eat-in nook.
Timeless Farmhouse Kitchen
Renovation on a Budget Plans
- Remove Kitchen Island
- Remove Dated Trim
- Demo Travertine Tile Backsplash
- Scrape Popcorn Ceilings
- Replace Microwave with Vent Hood
- Frame Around Vent Hood
- Frame in Refrigerator
- Updated Farmhouse Trim and Support Beam
- Add Faux Stainless Steel to Stove and Dishwasher fronts
- Remove Dated Sink and Replace with Apronfront Sink
- Paint Kitchen Cabinets
- Install Shiplap Backsplash
- Add Woven Blinds
- Replace Light Fixture
- Replace Hardware
- Create an eat-in nook with table, chairs, blinds, curtains.
The next six weeks will be full of progress shots, so be sure to follow along so you don’t miss a thing! I’ll be sharing lot’s of behind the scenes on my instagram page as well.
And head over to the One Room Challenge to see all the other participants. That’s my favorite part!