Learn the money-saving tricks to turn an old kitchen into a Farmhouse Chic kitchen for under 6K, and some elbow grease! You will:
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As a first-time homebuyer I was hoping to find my dream home off the bat. I quickly realized that was not going to happen. I had dreams of lavish open concept homes with kitchen islands that could look into the living room and dining area. I always wanted bedrooms with vaulted ceilings, and an enclosed backyard, along with a garden, craft, and work center.
When I took all of my “must-have” items to my real estate agent, I quickly realized that my first home was not going to be my dream home.
I had a picturesque view of what a home should be. All of the home renovation shows I watched made me believe that I could magically update a house. However, I quickly realized that I did not have the money or resources to outright buy a perfect designer house. And I definitely did not have the resources to completely flip a house.
Instead, I took my budget and looked at homes within my price range. And, it didn’t take long for me to see that I was going to need to make compromises.
I knew that I was not willing to give up on buying a home, even if it that meant having to compromise on my expectations. For me, buying a home meant major steps forward for my long-term financial health, so I was determined to make it happen.
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"For me, buying a home meant major steps forward for my long-term financial health, so I was determined to make it happen."
Sometimes getting to own a place requires making sacrifices. However, buying a home is exciting, so even the sacrifices you make will be worth the investment. Start by making a list of non-negotiables, so you know exactly where you should invest first.
For me– I knew I was not going to get an open-concept home, or central air conditioning. I also wasn’t going to get a house with a brand new roof. However, I was absolutely not willing to compromise on a farmhouse kitchen, or an open-concept cooking space!
I mean, hindsight is 20/20, and I probably did not “need” a farmhouse kitchen in the moment, but I was just so committed to having one, that I set a budget, made a plan, and committed to a farmhouse chic look even with a very humble budget of $5,500.
For me, I defined Farmhouse chic as a modern minimalistic style that blended cool whites with rustic elements to create a refined country-feel.
For some homebuyers, farmhouse kitchen decor includes a variety of items. Your farmhouse might have white-washed shiplap, rustic signs, white countertops, or open-shelving.
However, my “farmhouse kitchen toolkit” which included white subway tile, white cabinets, an overhang sink, a quartz countertop, and some wood elements (like open shelving).
After creating my tool-kit, I realized that my current kitchen was far from anything that I wanted. My kitchen had old appliances, cabinets that were falling off their hinges, a plastic counter, dingy old tiles, an a lack of overall cohesion.
I knew I could not afford to add a quartz kitchen island, as it increased my price substantially, so I opted for a handmade wooden island, and it definitely did not disappoint! Farmhouse kitchen decor requires a wood element and bright colors, so while I did not have quartz everything, I believe the wood shelves and island adding a warmth to my space.
For $5500 I turned my old kitchen into my new farmhouse chic kitchen. I think the total cost was actually $5,700 (so $200 over-budget), but overall, I got what I wanted without breaking the bank!
Have you remodeled a kitchen before? Do you love the farmhouse chic look? If so, comment below & share your experience!