Before & After: Alex's Farmhouse Kitchen DIY Makeover

Before & After: Alex's Farmhouse Kitchen DIY Makeover

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Cincinnati, OH
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
We bought our house in 2013, and loved absolutely everything except the kitchen. The house was an old farmhouse, with tons of great charm and a really open first floor. However, the kitchen was very impractical-- I hated the sink being in the corner, everything felt dark and dingy compared to the openness of the rest of the house. And the fridge was in the dining room, which was odd and inconvenient. We had two weeks total, and around $1,500 saved up for the rehab. We were really lucky to find cabinets that we got basically for free, and the biggest expenses were the subway tile, sink, and butcher block for the counters! We were able to navigate everything from cutting the counters to moving electric and plumbing to laying the tile ourselves, which obviously really cut down on the costs!
My makeover advice::
Youtube is your friend. Before this project, we had never moved plumbing or electric, never cut butcher block, never worked with tile. It's amazing what watching someone else can help you do!

Also, we saved a ton by using old cabinets from a family member as the base for our island and the rest of the kitchen. They are just basic builder grade cabinets, but they've worked out great so far! You can find these kind of basic cabinets used all the time on Craigslist or at salvage stores.

Another thing that helped us mentally along the way was just to HAVE FUN. We created a hashtag (#larrikitchen) to go along with our project and shared photos on instagram. This really helped because it brought our friends and family into the project, and allowed us to just laugh about some aspects of this often isolating and grueling project.
What I love most about my new space::
I just love how open and light it feels and that we were able to create another conversation space in our house. We love to host friends and have parties, so the island is perfect because people can sit/stand around it and the sink is in a central and convenient place. I also love that we were able to keep the chicken wire cabinet, which is original to the house and so awesome for storage. We were also able to stick with the vibe of the house by using traditional subway tile and white cabinets and a salvage schoolroom light for the main fixture.
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