Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

With a little muscle and a lot of creativity, this couple pulls off a big transformation on a small budget.

Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

Before.The old cabinet doors were hanging on by a thread when Chelsea and Kiel moved into their 1918 bungalow.

Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

Budget Kitchen Makeover Adds Farmhouse Charm

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When Chelsea and Kiel Mohrman bought their home in Clintonville, Ohio, a few years ago, its outdated bungalow kitchen had nothing like the airy farmhouse feel they craved. But the handy homeowners were ready to test their DIY skills.

Kiel is an industrial designer and furniture maker. Chelsea, a nurse, writes a home and lifestyle blog, farmfreshtherapy.com. The design-minded duo spent nine months handcrafting their new kitchen, from the beadboard ceiling to the refinished floors. They installed handmade cabinets, put in a tiled backsplash and built a kitchen island from butcher block and metal pipe. Flea market finds and plenty of colorful dishes lent personality to the small but functional kitchen. Not including appliances, the makeover totaled just $3,500.

“A lot of thought, dedication, blood, sweat and tears went into this space,” Chelsea says. “We are reminded every time we use it what we’re capable of accomplishing together.”

Chelsea’s Quick Decorating Tips

Display your dishes on open shelves. “Believe it or not, having open cabinets is one of the best space-saving storage ideas Kiel has ever had. It keeps us from collecting more than we need and forces us to evaluate the aesthetic of what we have. Don’t love that bowl enough to display it? Then we don’t need it.”

Transform a door into a chalkboard. “The door going into the basement was the perfect place to add a chalkboard to keep grocery lists and write notes to one another—or post reminders to visitors not to let the cats out!”

Recycle materials whenever you can. “If you have something with great potential that isn’t the right color, paint it! Scavenge back alleys for items that people are throwing out, like wood, trim or pipe.”

Hunt for standouts at bargain prices. “Hands down, our $20 cast-iron sink is our favorite part of the kitchen. We bought it on Craigslist before we even bought the house. The huge basin and side drain boards are so convenient when it comes to prepping meals and cleaning up afterward.” n

Farmhouse Kitchen Photography by Coley & Co Photography

Donna Bratcher 1 October 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm

What is the best width between lower cabinet and kitchen island

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