Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover


In my last post I chatted about our kitchen counter tops and how I painted them to better fit the farmhouse style I'm striving to achieve for our home.  Today I thought I would share the current state of our kitchen even though I still have a few more projects to tackle before I can say it's completely done.  Then again, are we ever truly done with a space? Probably not.

My goal is to create a kitchen that is casual, comfortable, and inviting.  Nothing too stuffy just cheery, simple, and functional.  Finally after many months of working a little at time I feel like I am on my way to achieving that goal!

As you know I'm choosing very budget friendly options for fixing up our home.  Thankfully one of the projects that really changed this space was removing several bulky cabinets which didn't cost a dime! 

 These cabinets were just a disaster waiting to happen because they were the perfect height to hit your head on plus they blocked so much natural light.  Our kitchen instantly felt brighter and more open after we removed them.  For several months we lived here with no lights over the island so we could save up and find the ones I really wanted, but the wait was worth it!  The lights I chose are from Lowe's.  The wooden board was hung originally to hide the damage to the ceiling that was caused from removing the cabinets, but it turned out to be one of my favorite features of the room!  I love when that happens.  I think it adds so much warmth and character. I still need to add trim around the board but I'll get to that one of these days.

I also chose to remove the three small cabinets above the kitchen sink.  I replaced them with open shelves instead.  I love the look plus the wooden shelves add to the warmth of the space by breaking up all the white!

As for the actual cabinets I decided to paint them and update the hardware for a fresh look.  You can check out this post for more details on that project.  I chose white paint for the uppers because I just love love love a white kitchen.  I chose a darker gray for the lowers for the sake of cleaning, but also because I just love the look.  I painted the cabinets in our first home like this and loved it, so I did the same thing here!

  Our back splash was another eye sore in our kitchen that just had to be addressed, but while staying on budget of course.  My solution was a $20 roll of bead board wall paper, painted glossy white, and I couldn't be happier with it!

We had just bought a new dishwasher, stove, & range hood for our last house so when we decided to buy the farm I decided to bring them with me.  I waited so long to get them so there was no way I was leaving them behind!  The refrigerator here was just a regular white fridge, nothing fancy, but it was clean and it worked well so it only made sense to keep it.  To help tie it in with our space and add a little farmhouse feel I painted the front of it with chalkboard paint and glued on some trim for a nice clean look.  My children love it!  It has become the place where my daughter writes her weekly spelling words.  Since school is almost over and they no longer have weekly spelling words, she wrote this message instead.  I have laughed so much because I have no clue where this came from!  It was too cute so I had to leave it for the photos!

I wrote Be Still as a subtle reminder of one of my favorite Bible verses.  It's a gentle reminder that I truly need on a daily basis.  A reminder that God has a plan and we need not worry for He is so good!

The decor in our kitchen is very simple and timeless. I hung this bucket and towel on the side of our island for a little splash of texture.  The towel was a gift from my mom and it reads "Please pardon the mess, my children are making memories".  I love it and it couldn't be more true!  If you were to walk in my house on a normal day you would see how those words truly apply here!

This time of year I love to decorate with fresh picked flowers in vases all throughout my house.  My children love to pick them too so we have them everywhere!  

I keep this small plant on my sink for a nice splash of green! I have no clue what kind it is but I found it at Lowe's for $2 and potted it in this cute little pot from the Target dollar aisle. It's been thriving for months now!  I think that's a record for me.  It makes doing the dishes a little more fun. :)

Here's a glimpse into our dining area in our kitchen.  I'll do a separate more detailed post of this space some day soon, but for now here is how it looks.  Again, very simple and neutral.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!  I hope this makeover will be an inspiration to  anyone who wants to change up their space but they want to do so on a budget!  It IS possible!  

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Have a BLESSED day!

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