A Farmhouse Kitchen for $468
A little paint and a few handmade touches take a space from dreary to charming
BEFORE | Dated DIY Design
Even after removing the dated wallpaper, garish blue paint on the cabinets and a bold checkered floor detracted from the kitchen's gracious size and lovely tin ceiling.
AFTER | On-trend Makeover
Shown: A rustic island and a homemade mason-jar pendant become stunning focal points, lending the right amount of vintage-inspired charm.
They say the kitchen is what sells a home. Not so for Brandi Milligan and her fiancé, Jeff Singer, who loved their early-1900s farmhouse, in New Brunswick, Canada, but loathed the kitchen that came with it. While the space had great bones and a stunning original tin ceiling, it also had dingy wallpaper, dark cabinets, and a red-and-blue-checkered floor. First to go was the wallpaper, replaced by creamy white paint.
What They Did
Next, Brandi removed the blue upper-cabinet doors to create open shelves, and Jeff helped move isolated corner cabinet units to the other side of the room. Brandi added crown molding to the tops of the cabinets, then refaced the lower doors with white beadboard wallpaper and trim attached with wood glue. A spray-paint treatment gave the counters the look of granite for minimal cost. Brown epoxy paint on the floor provides a neutral look short-term until the couple can afford a new floor. For the focal point, Jeff built a handsome island using stock pine; Brandi distressed it with a hammer and a chain before staining it. The finishing touch? They built a mason-jar light inspired by projects they saw online. The centerpiece is by far Brandi's favorite part: "It helped turn a plain kitchen into something really special," she says.
• Stripped the wallpaper, then skim-coated the plaster walls before repainting $48
• Removed upper-cabinet doors to create open shelves, then added crown molding $20
• Finished the lower doors with beadboard wallpaper and ¼-inch plywood; painted the plywood white and added new hardware $152
• Used stone-look spray paint on countertops, and sealed them with on-handpolyurethane $29
• Covered the floor with brown epoxy garage-floor paint $49
• Built an island from pine planks, then applied a dark walnut stain $70
• Made a mason-jar pendant with 4x4s, curtain-rod extensions, and candelabra light sockets $100