The past few months have been all about the kitchen. On the blog as well as in real life. Yes, we do have other rooms in the house, I promise! It’s just that when you start seeing the sweet outcomes of your labor, you start getting excited and can’t stop until you are completely satisfied with the whole area.
So, since January, big and small changes were made to our builder-grade, no-character kitchen and, here we are, in April. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that our kitchen makeover is complete!
The kitchen we started with was not half that bad. Some people around us thought we were crazy for working so hard on such a new kitchen. We bought our house new last year so this month actually marks the 1 year anniversary since we moved into our house (oh, how the time flies!). However, I bought the house with a vision for a bright, airy, white kitchen, bursting with modern farmhouse charm, industrial lighting, and cottage elements. On the flipside, the reality was that our original kitchen was so very brown.
There was no character, charm, and all the other things worth blogging about. So, yeah, we just started making changes here and there, updating everything we could get our hands on.
Our Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover – After Pic
So, without further ado, here’s our kitchen now!
Here are the things we did:
- Painted kitchen cabinets
- Created open shelving
- Added (spray painted) oil-rubbed bronze hardware
- Installed white subway tile with gray grout
- Added pendant lights above the kitchen island
Note, we made all of these changes without any professional help.😊 We were complete first-timers, so each small project we did required a lot of research and trial & error. So, I’m glad to say that we are so very, very happy with how everything turned out (no explosions, no permanent damage, no lost thumbs)!
Here are the detailed photos of our new dream kitchen! I’ll have the full source list including paint colors at the bottom of the post!
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Painted Kitchen Cabinets – Two-Toned
The longest and most labor-intensive projects we did for our kitchen was painting our kitchen cabinets. We painted the main cabinets attached to the walls white and the kitchen island cabinets gray. It only took us 4 days and less than $200 thanks to a great cheatsheet I made and you can see how we did it in my detailed tutorial.
If you want to give new life to your kitchen cabinets in only 4 days without sacrificing quality, grab my FREE Cheatsheet by heading over to the tutorial post or signing up using the form below!
Kitchen Island Pendant Lights
These pendant lights were worth the 5 holes it took to install them! I love the modern, industrial feel of these oil-rubbed bronze orbit chandeliers, We got them at Wayfair.com for about $105 each! They also complement our dining room chandelier very well!
Unlike when we installed our dining room chandelier, there weren’t any pre-existing light fixtures above our kitchen island. So, we had to drill holes into our ceiling drywall to install new electrical boxes for the pendant lights. Then, we had to drill additional holes to connect the island lights to the dining room power source. I’m probably not using the right lingo or explaining this right… a friend who’s done a lot of these projects at his own home helped us out.
White Subway Tile and Gray Grout Backsplash
I had initially wanted white subway tile and white grout but decided to go with gray grout at the last minute in hopes of complementing our dark kitchen countertops. And I’m so glad I did!! I couldn’t be happier with the simple, timeless look of these subway tiles. Despite it being our first time ever tiling anything, they look great… and we are hooked! We totally want to subway tile every surface in our house (as always, the limiting factor is time and money😂).
The easiest way to add open shelving EVER!
One small change we made that had a surprisingly large impact was taking away the doors of 2 small upper cabinets. It added a simple cottage element to our kitchen, which I love!
Who would say no to more decorating space, right? By opening up these upper cabinets, we instantly made our kitchen feel more airy and bright. Plus, it was just an easy way to add open shelving.
– Paint Colors:
- Wall: Benjamine Moore Gray Owl (lightened 25%)
- Main cabinets: Sherwin Williams Extra White
- Island cabinets: Sherwin Williams Contemporary Grey
If you want to paint your kitchen cabinets in only 4 days with less than $200, go check out my kitchen cabinet painting tutorial. It also features a free printable cheatsheet that will just simplify the whole mammoth process!
– Major Pieces
- Daltile Subway Tile
- Kitchen Pendant Orbit Lights
- Dining Room Industrial Chandelier
- “eat” kitchen wood galvanized metal sign
- IKEA SKOGTSA Barstools
- IKEA SKOGSTA Chopping Board
- Bamboo Utensil Holder
- White Curtains
- 2 Compartment Salt & Spices Container
- Glass 3 tier platter
- Lodge Cast Iron Cooker
Before and After Picture
This is probably what you’ve clicked on my blog post for anyway, right? Here’s the incredible transformation:
So, what’s next?
This kitchen project was our first big project in our house. And it turned out to be our most proud. There were times where my dream modern farmhouse kitchen seemed unreachable. Weeks of take-out and microwave food certainly contributed to our weight. However, now that we’re here, I’m so glad we bit the bullet and trusted ourselves enough to go for it!
I feel like the success of this series of projects has given a boost in confidence – just enough to move on to our next one. I’m already excited to start working on the other rooms in my house.
But most of all, I’m thankful for y’all, my wonderful readers. Thank you for all the encouragement and advice y’all have given me the past few months. It is truly a blessing to have a platform to share my journey of DIY-ing my way to my dream home! 🙂
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