I haven’t posted much in a while, because my husband and I have been taking on the largest project of our lives. For the last eight weeks we have been remodeling our kitchen entirely ourselves. Working around our kid’s nap schedule and my husband’s work schedule has made this project much longer than we thought, but our hard work was well worth it. I now have the kitchen of my dreams on the budget of my husband’s dreams. Introducing my FANCY FARM kitchen.
Our ten yr old kitchen (but new to us) was dark, tiny, and unattractive. Dust would settle on the eves and required me to get on a ladder to clean them (which never happened) and our cabinets were very small allowing for minimal storage. I had 2 drawers in the entire kitchen!
I wanted the subtle look of a farm kitchen, and I didn’t want it to feel theme like. I wanted it to be pretty, bright, full of storage and have ample counter space. I love to cook and bake and needed my kitchen to be my happy place.
So after careful planning, researching, and price checking we got to work.
The first thing to go was that horrible light/ceiling/eve thing…? whatever it is called–IT’S HORRIBLE. We also got rid of our poorly laid out pantry to allow for more cabinet and counter space.
My husband spent an entire weekend in the ceiling rewiring the electrical to allow for canister lighting and three pendent lights to hand over the sink. The pendent lights were purchased at Lowes.
I designed the kitchen lay out and ordered new white cabinets from Home Depot. They are Home Depot’s basic in-store white cabinets. We opted for 36 inch high cabinet for more storage. This required them to be special ordered however. These took up about half of our budget. The hardware I found at Lowes.
We wanted the warmth, look and design of butcher block counter tops. We ended up buying them through Lumber Liquidators. Lumber Liquidators (and Ikea) seemed to be the favorites on various blogs. They were also the cheapest. Lumber Liquidators was a better option for us, because they are in our town, we could pick them up, and not pay delivery fees, and their wood was suppose to be a higher quality. I ended up returning one slab because it was cracked in several places. I had heard that happened to some other people as well. The ones we ended up with are solid and we didn’t experience any other problems.
After lots of research on various blogs, wood working forums, and Pinterest, we decided to treat our oak butcher block naturally with mineral oil and beeswax. The treatment allows for the natural color of the wood to come through. Oil is cheap, easy to use, and has zero fumes. It requires re-application every 1-2 months.
We loved the idea that we could cut and install the butcher block counters ourselves–which would save us money. Cutting them was fairly easy until it came to the sink hole. The sink hole cut was challenging…
After some trial and error, broken blades and lots of prayers, we ended up renting a router. The router helped cut the sink hole and cut the curved edges. Since our sink is undercount we wanted the cut to be as close to perfect as possible. We used a jig saw the first go around, but the blade bent and we ended up with a sink hole that wasn’t straight. Thankfully we had enough butcher block to try again.
Here is the stainless steel undercount sink, and chrome faucet. Both were purchased from Amazon.
What does a farm kitchen require? Subway tile! I know it’s being done a lot right now, but it’s classic, clean and perfect for my design. You can’t go wrong with white subway tile.
We used 12″ X12″ white subway tile sheets from Home Depot. They were the most inexpensive option that Home Depot had for subway tile. They also carry it in stores so it was easy to pick up with we were ready to start tiling. I opted for gray grout.
We bought a hand held tile cutter, but learned very quickly that we needed something better. We rented a tile cutter and were able to get the backsplash up and grouted over a weekend. I think we still would be cutting tile days later if we had used our hand held cutter. Do yourself a favor and rent one.
We still will be redoing our floors, but they most likely won’t be done for another month or so. The floors are the only thing we plan on hiring out. I’m wanting to put tile in that look like wood…When the floors are finished, I will add another “after” picture. Our fridge looks TINY now with the tall cabinets. Appliances will come in phase 2….
(EDIT) We put in the new floors and the “after” shots now include the flooring. We chose a vinyl that looked like wood. I chose a flooring that was durable, cheap, easy to install and had gray tones to it so it would contrast nicely with the butcher block counter tops. The floors took my husband less than a day to instal. The vinyl wood floors were purchased at Home Depot.
Now here are the official AFTER shots!!! It feels so good to be done.
I love adding pops of green with low maitanance air plants.
Here’s the dining area. The new floors look great with our rug and dinning set.
These prints are some of my favorite art in the house. My camera couldn’t get a good shot of them because of the lighting reflecting against the glass. These adorable kitchen themed prints are painted on dictionary pages. I purchased them off of ETSY.
Shout out to my husband for basically doing all of this. He made my kitchen dreams a reality! I was able to help with the backsplash, and countertop, but really the magic happened all because of him. My job was keeping the kids entertained or out of the way. We are ready to have our weekends back and are excited to enjoy our newly completed kitchen. Time for some cake baking!!!