Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Visit my DIY Kitchen...


We have completely remodeled our entire kitchen on a tight budget and schedule completely on our own!  Talk about DIY and being creative to make it work!  We started with purchasing hardwood to install throughout the entire first floor.  We took out the previous cabinetry only to find pieces that they were rotten and we could not reinstall them... So, we had to replace cabinets quick and cheap!  These are ARMSTRONG line and we installed ourselves, I wanted to create some height in the room as well as character so we staggered the cabinets.
The countertops are temporary and  laminate, I will have beautiful honed granite or marble one day!  I wanted the farmhouse look without the cost, so we purchased the ceramic sink from Home Depot and installed a farmhouse look for the faucet (MOEN).
The (faux roman shades) I made myself with an indoor/outdoor fabric from Waverly.  I love the pop of green in this room, and the PURE HONEY sign has significance too.  My husband keeps bees!
The tumbled travertine subway tiles for my backsplash are my favorite.  We decided no grout, and to just stack the tiles for the natural rough cut look.  It turned out great!
I love to collect vintage tea towels, these are my "Days of the Week" towels.
Notice the little blue pig cutting board, a recent antique shop purchase!! We also installed above cabinet lighting using rope lighting.  We have under mount cabinet lights run on a switch, I love that.  However, I do not like showcasing our cheap stove, but we are saving for a new one!!
This picture doesn't show our chalk board wall too well.  It has seen better days and needs to be repainted.  But it is fun to have guests sign and leave notes for each other on the wall!
The kitchen opens to our family room.  Previously, there was a half wall that we removed when we replaced the floor.  The flow of the rooms work much better this way! I also love being able to see the fireplace from the kitchen now!
The hutch was originally a natural pine piece made by a local furniture maker, I painted this black years ago, and over time has earned a very worn and tattered finish, it works for me.  I love all white dishes, I have several sets, and no matter how many I have at a table the different sets work together because they are all white!
This is a fabulous find, the antique dough bowl.  I purchased on a trip to the Country Living Fair a few years ago and love the imperfections, I display different collections for different seasons.  The large pinecones shown here are from along Old Seagrove Beach, Florida, along Hwy 30A, a favorite vacation spot for our family!
Well, that is a tour of my kitchen. It is not glamorous, gourmet or even spacious, but it works for us! Thanks for viewing!  I hope to share more with you soon! 



  1. Hi Jeanne, I love your kitchen and I am nominating you for the liebster award!! Check more info here: http://prettyelements.blogspot.com.es/2013/04/liebster-award-nomination.html

    Enjoy and Good Luck!!

  2. Kitchen looks great! Blessings to the cook.