Hi all, Jamie here! So, when my husband and I purchased our current home — a Log Home — the FIRST thing I wanted to take on as our big DIY project was rehabbing the tired kitchen. With the log walls, wood floors, and wood cabinets, I was torn between exactly WHAT I wanted to do with that kitchen, and HOW I could do this on a budget? We decided it was time to give our Kitchen a Face Lift for Less.
Cabinet Face Lift
Needless to say, I always wanted green kitchen cabinets — yep, green. My husband and I decided that we could easily use the current oak cabinets and just refinish those ourselves with some primer and paint, the reno began! We used a de-greaser on the surface of the cabinets to get off anything that would keep the paint from adhering. Then, started painting….and I am talking A LOT of painting. In the end, though, I was pleased with the result 🙂
After the cabinets were painted, I had to do something with the awful cream colored laminated counters. They were definitely showing years of wear and tear. Of course, I was set on solid surface stone counter tops…..I was determined that I was getting granite and that was that. Now mind you, the back splash at this point was non-existent. It had log walls all around the kitchen. I felt the only option was doing a tile back splash, but I was having a difficult time finding a granite that would coordinate with mosaic tile that didn’t look so “busy.” Then, my husband had a brilliant idea…….how about wood counter tops? I said NO WAY!!! Needless to say, he finally won.
We went to the local sawmill and purchased some planks of Ash (we opted for Ash because I figured, Hey, if baseball bats are made from this stuff then is has to be strong, right???). We loaded the truck and went home to start the crafting process. I was still very skeptical, but after we planed and joined the boards and glued them down to our MDF base, I started to become a believer! The finished product is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Don’t Forget the Backsplash
To finish of the kitchen face lift, we opted for a mosaic backsplash to complement those painted green cabinets, along with a deep sink and new faucet. I absolutely love how it turned out, and it really brightens up the space from being wood overload to WOW. Oh, and the “island” in the kitchen was actually an old potting bench that I upcycled by sanding/staining and bringing it indoors. It fit the motif perfectly.
To recap an approximate cost of our kitchen face lift on a budget, here is roughly what we spent: paint/cabinet hardware ($400), mosaic backsplash/grout etc. ($500), wood for counters/MDF/stain/poly ($500), sink/faucet ($400), light fixtures ($200), island (FREE), and the appliances were a splurge (not necessary, but since I didn’t get my granite LOL $3000) = $5000 WITH appliances. Just for comparison, the granite counter tops were coming in at $5500 alone. With a little imagination and some “elbow grease,” you, too, can turn your kitchen from drab to fab without breaking the bank!