Farmhouse Charm

Farmhouse Charm

Lauren’s kitchen was nice. Sensible. Practical. A fine kitchen indeed.

But Lauren didn’t want a kitchen that fit the same description as a sturdy pair of shoes. She wanted more. A little style, a little sparkle. She wanted the kitchen version of those light-up shoes that everyone is getting for Christmas this year. OK, I have taken this shoe analogy too far, but you get it.

Let’s see how she transformed her simple space into the modern farmhouse kitchen of her dreams.



modern farmhouse kitchen makeover with reclaimed wood

She painted the cabinets white, a no-brainer she says since there are no windows in the kitchen and the dark cabinets were sucking the life-force right out of it. The power of paint never fails to inspire me. Even more inspiring: the total budget was $2,500! For such a drastic change, that’s absolutely remarkable. How did she do it? Magic? Witchcraft? Sorcery?

No silly, just the sorcery of DIY. Or REsourcery, I should say. Ahaha. 

Rather than ripping out her counters and backsplash and starting from scratch, she stuck to her budget by layering concrete over her existing formica, and applying faux brick paneling on top of the old tile backsplash.


modern farmhouse kitchen makeover

Did you notice that the flooring stayed the same? There wasn’t room in the budget to replace it just yet, but it fades into the background now that the eye is drawn to all the other good things happening in here.

What’s your favorite part? I love how she replaced her teensy sink with a huge new farmhouse sink, which required some nerve-wracking work of cutting into the countertops. But it all worked out, and was definitely worth the extra effort. It really takes it that much further away from basic-y-buildertown.

See all the fun details and get the whole budget breakdown from Lauren at Bless’er House.



  1. Abby S
    December 15, 2016 / 12:38 PM

    Well now I want to know what these shoes are…. Feel like I’m missing out on a fabulous fad.

  2. Heather M
    December 15, 2016 / 3:23 PM

    I love it all, but I especially love the wood paneling on the side by the bar stools! Such a fun idea! It all looks really great!

  3. Jenna
    December 25, 2016 / 9:14 PM

    I think you should trademark the word “resourcery.” Best word.

  4. January 5, 2017 / 6:37 PM

    I totally love all of the updates and changes that were made to the kitchen, it looks great. Thanks for sharing!

  5. October 1, 2017 / 8:30 AM

    Thank you for sharing this. Such an inspiration in doing renovations.

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