To save money, Kim did some bargain hunting. The barn light over the sink was $20 at Lowe's. The cabinets in the kitchen are from U-Save Cabinets and were discounted because they were floor samples. She painted them gray, then glazed them brown and added Pottery Barn hardware for a look that complements the rustic decor. On eBay she found a copper farm sink for $300—"a steal," she says. The refrigerator ($900) and dishwasher ($300) were a fraction of their retail cost at an estate sale. Even the 2-foot-square travertine-marble slabs for the kitchen floor—a luxe touch—were found at The Home Depot, a bargain at just $1.88 per square foot. The rest of the house still has the original oak floors, but Kim chose to use the marble as a way to set off her kitchen as a distinct space.
Shown: Found on eBay for $300, the rustic copper farm sink works well with the brick wall and live-oak countertops.