Budget White Kitchen Makeover – Part 3




The cabinets and walls are painted. The laminate counters and knobs are attached. The stove/cook range delivered and placed.

kit-stove left




The electrical work was the greatest expense, but very necessary. The kitchen needed three-pronged and grounded outlets. Our nephew, Josh put up the backsplash tile and it’s looking goood! Now we can get the electrical finished up.

kit-backsplash stove


Josh suggested tearing out the wood apron molding under the window. I really like how the tall faucet is now showcased. Glad we listened.  



This past weekend we pulled up the linoleum in preparation for the laminate flooring. We had to scrape, and scrape, and scrape (get the picture?) glue off the plywood subfloor. We have the nicks and cuts to prove it. ;) 



Annnnd, while we were tearing up the linoleum, why not detour and pull up the hallway wall-to-wall carpeting which was covering up hardwood floors?



Since the dining room, family room and hallway hardwood floors all abut the kitchen entrance; we figured that the new floor would look much nicer without the detraction of the wall-to-wall carpet. So out with the diamond black and white linoleum!  



I am gathering receipts and hope to soon have a final reveal and the breakdown of expenses, savings and helpful tips. Thanks for visiting!

Have a good week! – - Joanne

Budget White Kitchen Makeover Part 1, Part 2


F-0 Tornado! What?


It’s been muggy, hot, with afternoon thunderstorms and lightening. Last Thursday, my little school by the sea was caught in a mini-tornado that lasted all of a minute, was only an F-0 and was contained in a small 5-block area. It was gone as soon as it appeared.


tornado14-front house

school gymnasium to the right of white house

Tornadoes aren’t the norm for our area. (Hurricanes? Yep.) F-0. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Tell that to the house next to our school gymnasium. They lost their top floor. Other homes lost roof shingles and windows.


back of home, roof ripped away, no top floor


school gymnasium, back entrance  - – boarded windows on side

The school gymnasium lost part of the back roof and had many windows blown out. The light pole (bottom of above photo) was ripped right out of its base – - onto parked cars.


boarded up windows, broken fencing



parked cars, recipients of gym building debris



a light pole in another life time


Across the street, an old beach cottage lost windows and part of its slate roof. Next door, a surf shop’s windows blew out.



Beach goers use the gym parking lot during the summer. The two lot attendants’ hut was hurdled across the lot and thrown down into the street. They were hurt, but are mending. Many of the vehicles lost windows.



Many thoughts: Grateful our parking lot friends are going to be okay. Thankful that school is out for the summer. Humbled.

It’s been six days since. These photos were taken with my iPhone and do not convey the damage adequately. The images show the “cleaned up” after version. We are used to wind and rain, edge of hurricane storms. NOT tornadoes. Crazy weather.

w.o.w. – - Joanne



Easy #DIY Key Rack


I was all set to create a key rack for my sister’s new kitchen (Budget White Kitchen Makeover).



I scrubbed the salvage pieces, gathered the supplies, was ready to start . . .



But, wait. This is HER kitchen. So, the box of supplies went to her house. After fiddling with color and arrangement, she screwed the hooks into a salvage piece.



With a saw tooth picture hanger on the back it was hung in a high traffic area, next to the back door.



Don’t you just love the layers of paint and patina of the wood? My niece got swept up in the ‘creating’ mood and made one for her room.




This was an easy, fun project. The best part was that everyone could take part. When you design and construct anything yourself, it has more value. :)


Happy Hayden

Happy Hayden


*any old piece of wood (we used salvaged ‘bull’s eye’ pieces)
*hooks (we used World Market ceramic hooks)
*screws (usually come with the hooks)
*saw tooth picture hanger



We’re still working on the kitchen makeover. The lights are installed, window treatments sewn. The tile backsplash goes up this weekend. The flooring is next. There is a light at the end of the tunnel! I hope you’ll check back next week for an update. Thanks for stopping by!

Budget White Kitchen Makeover - Part 1, Part 2


'Hook' by Hayden

‘Hook’ by Hayden


Have a good week! — Joanne

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Budget White Kitchen Makeover – Part 2


My sister has narrowed down the idea choices for her budget white kitchen makeover. Sort of farmhouse modern.

inspiration board

With consideration to salvaging what we could and adding extra storage, we drew up a basic plan (amateurs).  ;) 

blue print 2


She chose Behr ‘Bleached Linen’ for the cabinets and ‘Salt Glaze’ for the walls, white subway tile for the backsplash, Mohawk laminate flooring and Wilsonart ‘Typhoon Ice’ premium laminate counters. These choices are moderate – but it all adds up very quickly!

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Budget White Kitchen Makeover – Part 1


We have a houseful at the moment, haven’t completed our family room or bedroom . . . Annnnd I’ve this brilliant idea to makeover a kitchen. My sister’s 1960 home needs a budget-friendly small kitchen makeover. I think I must work best under pressure. ;) 



brown drop in stove top & copper tile - gotta go!

brown drop in stove top & copper tile – gotta go!


brown wall oven - gone!

brown wall oven – gone!

portable dishwasher - gotta go!

portable dishwasher – gotta go!

The plan is to keep the original solid pine cabinets, extend counter space, add additional storage, add a new range and to brighten up the area. In other words: improve function, modernize and make it aesthetically pleasing to the eye – and keep costs to the barest minimum.  We’ve browsed Pinterest, Houzz, DIY blogs and online stores for ideas and inspiration. My sister settled on a modern farmhouse white kitchen. Here are some of our inspiration ideas:

Modern Farmhouse White Kitchen Inspiration:


source: bhg.com

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Simple Muslin Tie-Up Shade


Desiring something very simple for our bedroom windows, I found my inspiration from the pages of Beach Cottages magazine. I can’t find this magazine online, but it lists Harris Publications, Inc. in the editor credits. 


After scrutinizing the magazine images, I designed a pattern which consisted of two basic sections with tie ups.

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