You know, I have shared the 'before' of our kitchen several times on my blog... and I always have to pause and wonder why in the world I thought that THIS house was THE ONE.
You know the story... it was full of issues- one room after another.
It was vandalized. It was neglected.
It had no ceiling at all in places.
It was simply put... broken.
But, that story that showed all the issues and flaws and what you saw right in front of you
brought to mind another story about seeing something not for what it is...
but what it could be.
And that is definitely where we were with this house and with the kitchen when we decided to jump in and give it a go.
We needed to find a way to make all that cottage kitchen potential shine.
So after the obvious clean up and quick refreshes-
and those lofty dreams of kitchen reminiscent of one that belongs in a castle...
we started to focus on updates
that we could do and that wouldn't cost a fortune.
Because, when you have an entire house to fix or refresh- budget is key.
And in the process of learning all about diy updates,
what to do with broken pipes,
how to close up missing ceilings, get rid of critters and that fun stuff-
we found a second home.
And it was filled with people who understood me and commiserated those broken pipes with me
and who helped me scheme up ideas for renovations.
It was called Lowe's Home Improvement.
And today, I am sharing 5 simple updates that you can make in your kitchen that will warm it up, give you a ton of cottage style and charm and that won't break the bank.
Of course fresh paint is always a good idea- but here are a few others.
#1. New Cabinet Hardware
Sounds simple enough right?
Hardware is like jewelry- pick the right one to go with that pretty new outfit and it finishes it perfectly. Pick the wrong one... and well, it just doesn't work well.
I love a brassy finish on the hardware- but you can choose any that you speak to you and your style. Choose all knobs- or a mix of knobs and pulls for a custom look.
#2. Add a Kitchen Island
We didn't have an island when we moved in- but we did have a very long, large kitchen with not enough working area or counter space.
We needed somewhere to chop veggies, work on homework while cooking and just enjoy a spot for the kids to sit for breakfast.
A farmhouse island was perfect.
Building an island would be a little involved- but finding a freestanding island
with style and charm- was an easy fix.
You can custom paint it- add your own matching hardware
and even change the island top down the road if you want and it will look like it always belonged.
#3. Update your backsplash
Such a simple update but one that makes a huge difference.
We had beaded board panels that we had cut to use as the backsplash to cover old gaps in boards and old damaged areas. But that bead board just wasn't the look we were going for.
Tile is a simple and easy way to make your kitchen feel completely different-and there are so many choices out there. We kept it classic cottage with small subway tile in ours- but there might be a change coming there...
#4. A new faucet
Your kitchen faucet is another thing like the hardware. It has a job to do of course- and it is a pretty important one- but it also can be pretty while doing it. Whether you have an older home and classic style- or prefer something sleek and modern- a faucet can make a huge difference.
This one has a touch sensor- which is pretty awesome for walking over and tapping with your arm if your hands are dirty.
#5. A farmhouse sink
I had dreamed of one of those luscious farmhouse sinks in the kitchen for awhile... you know the ones- with the extra deep basins, the pretty front and old nostalgic style and charm. So pretty. And farmhouse style sinks aren't just for farmhouse kitchens.
Changing from a regular sink to a farmhouse style sink when we updated made a huge difference in not only how the sink functioned- but also in the overall style.
All of these elements can be found right at Lowe's-
and you can click this photo below to shop the look for some of the products I used.( each number links directly)
Some of these updates do require some knowledge of construction or plumbing- but another thing you can find at Lowe's while shopping for cabinets or the next big renovation? The right person for the job to help you out. They do have a team of professionals that they can connect you with to make your renovation dreams come true.
We have a couple more updates planned for our kitchen- and I will be sharing them along the way.
Shop the image for links to the products I love for the kitchen refresh- and right now- Lowe's has a Kitchen and Bath event with up to 40% off running through March 23rd.
And that is a good reason to get moving on those projects, right?
I am off to get busy on a couple upcoming posts and photos-
see you soon for more kitchen inspiration next week
and all the details on that pretty bouquet.
and all the details on that pretty bouquet.
Happy Wednesday everyone.
I partnered with Lowe's to share a few easy affordable updates for your kitchen
but all opinions and love of my Lowe's family are my own.