It took almost 6 months.
6 long months of living in a broken down kitchen, but we are so excited to share with you the final reveal of our Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel! We were able to create a new kitchen, including appliances, for just over $5000, and raise our home’s value by TENS of THOUSANDS!
In Part One, we showed the demoing process and our plan to brighten our dull, dark kitchen. Part Two talked about how we opened up a load bearing wall to bring in more light from our gorgeous bay window in the Dining Room. You’ve already seen the teaser of our Coffee Bar that we created using left over flooring for the countertop, but I know you’re ready to see how it all came together as well as the bottom line for costs.
Looking at this makes my OCD go crazy, but the reality of it all is that our kitchen looked like this for a LONG time.
(Too long, like 6 months too long – wait, have I said that?)
The biggest part of the money saving process is doing the work yourself, just as we did with our Hardwood Floors. But by doing it yourself, it takes much longer than you would hope. Patience is needed to see you through as well as the final vision to keep you motivated, but with time it turns out so pretty!
Here is a side by side Before and After.
With opening this wall with a Pass Through, look how that light now spills in!
No more darkness!
The kitchen seems larger with the cabinets raised allowing the light from the window over the sink to come in. We painted all the trim from peachy cream to bright white and it gives it a cleaner look.
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.
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!
Now, 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 Oil on hand for easy clean up.
The pros: It flattens out nicely and is VERY durable. A must in my house full of boys!
As I showed in Part One, we primed the cabinets since they were in a high traffic area coupled with lots of cooking residue and smells. The insides of the cabinets were painted the same color as the wall color.
The cabinet doors were sanded before priming, but that’s it. Now, there are tons of tutorials on how to get a smooth, factory finish to your cabinets by sanding in between coats. We tried that with one door, but, honestly, it didn’t make much difference.
And, I actually preferred the paint lines.
I know! That is so opposite my OCD tendencies, but this house isn’t factory finish house.
When we had our brand spanking new house in Vegas, everything was pristine and perfect, but also boring. I LOVE vintage, chippy, rusty and old and didn’t think a smooth cabinet finish would match that worn, weathered feel I was trying to achieve. I wanted it look as if it had been painted and repainted again and again as if it had been there for years.
The painting process was EXTREMELY slow. One hard lesson we learned is when you are painting with oil in the damp, cold winter –it isn’t a fast process. We planned to knock out the painting in a week, but it took the doors days, if not weeks, to fully cure and dry and be rehung.
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!
In Part One, we talk about raising the cabinets and adding corbels underneath. The corbels help tie the Farmhouse Kitchen feel all together as well as break up the space from raising the cabinets.
One of my favorite additions, besides the coffee bar, is the little shelf over the kitchen window. I can use that space to change out my decor or add pops of color without changing the entire room or repainting.
We also replaced the old florescent lights and added the schoolhouse light directly over the sink as well as this vintage enamel light over the Pallet Kitchen Island.
Here is the tutorial on how we switched out the old florescent light with this beautiful enamel light.
The picture above is what we lived with for almost 18 months. Initially, we made a slight change to our Pallet Kitchen Island. Originally, it had a front made of pallet wood to hide the unsightly, extra storage we needed while we were living in our rental where we built it. Since light was the issue in this house, and not storage, we took off the front panels and allow the light to pass through.
Then, I reached my breaking point over the floors. Our first budget didn’t fit replacing the flooring, so we had to save. 18 long months I lived with this floor. It was dated, stained, impossible to clean or refresh, and textured so I couldn’t even paint it without it looking like a cover up job. Finally a few months ago, we were able to install Luxury Vinyl Tile on top of this floor and we are over-the-moon pleased with our results!
While I loved my enamel light, it wasn’t working, especially at night. Unfortunately, the light cast too many shadows. We also updated our kitchen island, so we used the leftover pallet wood from to a DIY Pallet Light Box for our Kitchen Island and we love it!
Reusing and upcycling old pieces is an awesome way to save money!
Here’s what it looks like now!
Now, for the numbers!
(Trent should do a drumroll here.)
$5840 – including new appliances!
- Appliances – $2915
- Countertops, sink and faucet – $1950
- Lights, Paint and supplies – $330
- Pass Thru – $150
- Flooring – $380
- Updating the Pallet Kitchen Island – $115
If you take out the appliances and countertops, the cost would have been $975 – less than $1000!
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! We recently refinanced our home and the appraiser increased our home by $30000 for the kitchen alone!
This is a very doable task that I think anyone could accomplish if you plan and have patience.
We’re finally done with this room, and are extremely pleased with this AWESOME transformation!
I’ll be sharing updates on my blog on these projects:
Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring
Built in Kitchen Island
Click Here for more details on kitchen shelving and a new sign for my pantry from leftover Pallet wood. If you have any questions, comment below and I’ll be sure to give any details I missed! I would love you hear what you think!
For more details about our Kitchen Remodel, check out these posts: