Our farmhouse kitchen makeover is finally finished, well almost. We still have to lay new floor and find some more nic-nacs, but other than that we can finally dust our hands off and relax a little.
I’ll give you a little background info to catch you up on the DiMaio adventures. We bought our new home in Augusta in January and have been renovating it ever since. It was built in 1942 and is such a charming older home. Everything from the glass door knobs, phone nook and crown molding make this a special place to live.
Welcome to Our Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover | On a budget
Scott and I did most of this farmhouse kitchen makeover ourselves. The only thing we did not do ourselves was install the cabinets (which we found for a steal at lowes) and pantry door. The cabinets are the Concord Collection at Lowes. They are just the baseline cabinet, but I love them. They feel and look high quality and are very sturdy. If you keep an eye out, a few times a year Lowes and Home Depot has 20% off all kitchen cabinets. We were able to get ours for less than $1000!
Our backsplash was fairly easy to install. We both had never installed a backsplash before so there was a bit of trial and error. However, I am thrilled with how it turned out. We used the white glossy subway time that has a mesh backing. These are our exact ones. For the grout we used warm grey unsanded. We used the unsanded because the spacing between the tiles was tight. The warm grey pairs perfectly with our fossil grey quartz countertops. We choose quartz because of the durability. With quartz you don’t have to worry about staining or setting hot pans on them. I’m all about the least amount of maintenance. Especially since this home will become a rental when we move.
How amazing is this sink? I have wanted a single basin sink for a while now, and I finally got one! I would have loved an apron sink, but good googely, do you know how much those are?! What I really love about this sink is the depth and material of this sink. I was a little worried at first about the granite composite material. But I am so glad I chose it! This is our exact sink. If you are in the market for a new sink I would not hesitate to recommend this one!
No farmhouse kitchen makeover is complete without farmhouse window trim. When we were ripping everything off the walls along came the window trim with it. This window trim was actually an after thought. I didn’t even think to do it this way until the last minute and I am so glad we did. We got our plans from Love Grows Wild and they are insanely simple and inexpensive!
One of my favorite parts about my farmhouse kitchen makeover are the open shelves. I wanted them from the beginning and everyone tried to talk me out of them, but I’m so glad I didn’t listen. I wouldn’t go back to cabinets if you paid me. Now, let me tell you I probably wouldn’t do all open shelving. At first, I didn’t want any cabinets. I wanted the top part of the kitchen open shelving. However, I’m glad I did have a few cabinets installed. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have anywhere to put my “ugly” cups and plates. Ok, they aren’t ugly, they just don’t match and no one wants to see plastic Mickey Mouse cups on beautiful floating shelves. That would be an eye sore!
The open shelves were very easy to build, just a little time-consuming. The stain on the shelves are Special Walnut by Minwax then wiped down with a Minwax Pickling Stain. We got our floating shelf plan from Shanty 2 Chic. She has so many great tutorials and a lot of them are perfect for beginners.
I see shiplap in just about every farmhouse makeover. So there was no way we could not throw a little shiplap on the walls. Otherwise, I don’t think we could call it farmhouse style! The shiplap was very easy to install. We bought 1/4″ plywood and had Lowes cut it into 6″ strips. We nailed them into the wall using our brad nailer. This is our exact brad nailer and compressor. I love this one because it comes with three different nail guns and the compressor is small and light enough I can tote it around. I highly recommend it. In fact, don’t put shiplap up without one. Otherwise, you will be kicking yourself.
When nailing them into the wall be sure to hit studs. You don’t want your boards popping off! Once the boards were on the wall I primed them with Kilz primer and then painted them Dove White by Benjamin Moore.
I found this table and bench at Mema Had One, an antique store here in Augusta. In fact I’ve gotten a lot of my so-called “junk” as my dad calls it from there. It’s one of my favorite places to find farmhouse/rustic style decor. I didn’t do anything to the bench other than seal it. I just sanded it smooth and sealed it with a clear sealer. The table was a tan color which I stripped off the top and then stained Special Walnut by Minwax. I just painted over the tan on the bottom and chairs.
I can’t wait to fill my kitchen with more farmhouse/rustic style “junk.” There is a large empty wall that needs some love and I’m still trying to figure out what kind of window treatment I should use for the window by the table. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!
Below I’m going to link everything in my kitchen. If I bought it at an antique store I’ll link something similar. Also, if you don’t see something linked and would like to know where it’s from just ask. Don’t stop scrolling now… the before picture is at the end!
Rooster Welcome Sign Like THIS one too!
Rooster Drinking Glasses and HERE
Farmhouse Single Basin Sink
Moen Faucet (We have it in chrome)
Kitchen Scale (Similar) and obsessed with THIS one!
Egg Wreath (Similar. It was my moms. I believe she got it from Brass Exchange locations in Blowing Rock, NC and Charlotte, NC.)
Cafe Sign (Mine is from HomeGoods. I couldn’t find anything similar But the metal letters I have linked are super cute! And would be cute hanging or behind the stove!
Large Dairy Milk Jugs (Again from HomeGoods, but this one is similar!)
Small colored Milk Glasses (From Ross, but I found some I like even more! I’m linking them all) HERE and HERE
Dairy Cooler (Similar)
Grey and White Pillow Cover (Ikea and only $6)
Throw (Ikea $10!!)
Wood Animal Signs (From TJMaxx but don’t have the same one.. here is a similar one)
How about this vanilla kitchen!! It definitely could have been worse, but I’m so glad it’s gone!! What is your favorite part of the farmhouse kitchen makeover?
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