Budget White Kitchen Makeover – Part 4

Ever the procrastinator, I’m finally posting the long-overdue cost breakdown for this project.  We really do mean BUDGET white kitchen makeover. 😉 I helped my sister make a wish list through browsing home magazines, bookmarked online sources and drawing amateur plans.  Then, we weeded it down to a realistic list.  Sweat equity from family and friends and ingenuity kept costs down to under $2,000.  I thought I’d break down some of the savings, expenses and share a few tips.

So here goes . . .

Inspiration: Both teachers, this was going to be our summer project. For months, my sister and I browsed home magazines and online sites. We saved inspiration to a Pinterest account. We gathered free or low-cost supply samples and viewed them in the morning/noon/evening lighting.  (You might change your mind after seeing your paint chips in a different light). Each paycheck, we purchased and stored supplies.  


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Farmhouse Dining Table

George has an awesome gift: he can look at a photo (“I want it to look just like this”) and in turn, build whatever piece of furniture requested.  This gift came in handy as we helped our son-in-law and daughter paint and decorate their first new home these past few weeks. The one thing our daughter requested was for her dad to build a keepsake farmhouse dining table. 

The table was built from supplies left over from my craft table project, in addition to four traditional maple wood turned legs from Lowe’s and a lot of braces.  🙂  


Brianne and I painted the apron and legs a white chalk paint wash. Later, she applied Minwax Red Mahogany stain and a satin Minwax clear coat to the top.

rough draft

Wouldn’t this table look great paired with these half painted chairs? 😉

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Weekend Finds and A Little R& R

This summer, we have been very busy (see Budget White Kitchen Makeover or Bedroom Revamp). We’ve worked straight through June and July, throughout most week nights and on weekends. While my sister and I have the summer off, George does not. He even took his summer vacay week off to work on the kitchen. What a guy! 

Then, August was upon us before we knew it!  And, you know the saying, “All work and no play . . .” So-o-o, we decided it was definitely  time for a little R&R break. 🙂

A few restorative days at the beach were in order . . .

Hmmm, think I need a pedi!
Hmmm, think I need a pedi!


My Ah-Mazing Mom
My Ah-Mazing Mom ^ and Sistah >

Certainly needed to work in a little sight-seeing thrift-ing . . .

Quick! Know anyone who needs a leather topped mahogany table for only $49?

1940's mahogany table
1940-50’s mahogany table


Who couldn’t use a vintage wood ladder (or two)? 


Glass jars speak to me. Even vintage pickle jars. I envision a seashell collection inside. 

Ever since we started our bedroom revamp, I have fallen for vintage cotton linens.


And a nostalgic trip down memory lane . . .
Digging through loose photos packed in shoe boxes, I found two fuzzy photographs: my daughter and niece playing dress-up in my ruffled, stained 1980’s wedding gown. Got to love those 1980’s fashion mistakes.  

Ha! I certainly don’t remember being THAT thin. What ever happened? 😉  


Well, I feel rested and ready to complete that kitchen makeover tomorrow morning. Hope those who are now experiencing summer are able to take a little R&R break. If you’ve the time, please check back in a week or two to see our progress. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

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, Part 4


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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