Hi Everyone!! Well, I can’t believe it but we’re done!! 6 weeks has flown by and I have to say I’m exhausted, excited and thankful for all the helping hands I had. I can’t wait to show you our kitchen makeover…on a budget!
In case you’re just joining me, here’s the recap. I jumped in head first as a Guest Participant in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. The challenge is to makeover a room within 6 weeks. Thanks for the opportunity! I’ve held a lot back over the last 5 updates because I wanted an element of surprise at the end. So this post will reveal it all. Let’s start with some good old “not so pretty before” shots.
I knew I wanted a white kitchen because we get great light in this room and I wanted it bright and light and airy. I started researching, pinning inspirational photos, sketching out ideas. For me, it’s best to sleep on it, think about things for a bit and then move forward.
I finally had my plan and having a 6-week timeline meant we needed to get busy quick. Once we decided what paint to go with for the cabinets the plan was in action. We went with Benjamin Moore Advance (Chantilly Lace OC-65 Satin). I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out and I will do a detailed blog on that process alone in a couple of weeks. I have lots to tell you about what to do and not do, why I chose Benjamin Moore and what to expect during this process!! Believe me, you’ll want to know to save a lot of time.
Before we could start painting, I had asked my husband to remove a couple of cabinets off of the wall. My first thought was to do some open shelving. I looked through Pinterest and nothing was really striking me and I wanted to do something a little different. I have some great open shelving systems in my kitchen that are full of goodies. I didn’t see the need to add a few more shelves. Instead, I opted for opening up the space completely. I asked my husband to remove the two cabinets next to the window over the sink. My family gave me that look…you know the one where they think you’re crazy? Yeah, that one. I told them, trust me. 🙂
So after they were removed and you could see the beautiful cornflower blue paint that the original owners had all over the kitchen, it really felt like a makeover was underway. I have to say even with the blue paint blinding me, the space felt so much bigger.
Next was tiling. I wanted to run the white subway tile we already had and go as far up the wall as possible. Again, I got that look. Just trust me, I said. A good friend of ours came and tiled the wall, including wrapping the window as well and by the time he was done, my husband said: “Want to do more?” It looked so good, we were both considering tiling the entire wall, but we decided to stop there. We can save that for mini reno #3. 🙂
My husband then asked about the open shelving. I told him, we aren’t going to do any shelving. Again, came the look. 🙂 The more I looked at the space, the more I liked the open look. I’m not a minimalist by any means, but I do like a clean and simple look when I can get it. After looking online I noticed I wasn’t the only one who didn’t have cabinets or shelves…sometimes there was just plain wall space.
So cabinets removed, tiling and painting done. Now it was time for lighting. Mr. Beesnburlap was a champ with the lighting. He had pretty much told me that he would not be installing any more lights after the last “chandelier in the stairwell incident.” But he’s such a great guy, so he not only did 1 new light but 5 total!! He installed a new chandelier over the kitchen island, you can read about that in my previous ORC post HERE.
I then told him about crazy idea #3…wall sconces mounted to the cabinets. Yes, I got the look again, but after seeing the ones I liked and some inspiration pictures he was on board. We just needed to figure out the logistics of how to make it work because we weren’t hooking up to an existing light source. In his words, “You design, I’ll engineer.” I’m good with that. Needless to say, he put up these awesome wall sconces for me. I purchased them through Amazon and couldn’t be happier.
Last but not least, were the beautiful Industrial Style Pendants from Lamps Plus. I went back and forth as to what to get and when these arrived, I knew they were absolutely perfect. They were the right size, beautiful with a touch of industrial which is exactly what I wanted. I wasn’t looking for ordinary…I wanted extraordinary! 🙂 The light they give off is perfect for sitting around the table. The best part is that they matched the wall sconce lights perfectly.
When we started this project, I was looking to create a more Industrial Vintage Farmhouse style kitchen. I feel like we did that. I didn’t want our space to look like everyone else’s but in the same breath I was inspired by so many great spaces out there…blending the two was my goal.
Some of the things I did to make it my own was mix up the hardware a bit and add a pop of color on the inside of the cabinets. I DIY’d a vintage cart and added accessories and “pretty things.” I shopped my house first, some of my favorite stores, and hit the local thrift shops.
All in all, I’m very pleased with how our kitchen turned out. It’s light and bright and has a touch of all the styles I like. It’s more of a reflection of me. With the help of my family, thrifty shopping and lots of good old-fashioned work it was done on a small budget.
I hope you like it and I hope I’ve inspired you to tackle a space in your home. I’m sure I’ll think of more things to tell you, but if you have a specific question, please let me know in the comment section. You can also see all my previous ORC Posts here, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5.
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Have a good one!
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