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  1. The kitchen reno turned out great! We bounce back and forth on renovating either the kitchen or the bathrooms and I find excuses not to because, honestly, THE MESS. But, it’s so worth it. When we upgraded our fridge and dishwasher, we spent a bit more out of our budget because we are foodies (really, who isn’t nowadays?) and needed those appliances to handle our grocery shopping and clean up. We went with a 2 drawer Fisher Paykal dishwasher and a gorgeous Liebherr fridge.
    Whatever you choose, I’m sure it will be great.

    • Thanks so much, Elys! I agree that renovating major rooms is a headache because of the mess, but it’s worth it, in the end, to “get it over with”. Appliances definitely shouldn’t be taken lightly. I’m going to look into the ones that you got. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  2. Love Love LOVE!!!
    I literally thought your after pictures were out of a magazine!!
    Also, are those little pots and pans on the island Will’s play toys? SO CUTE!

    • Aw that is so so sweet! Thank you for the kind words. It’s definitely a work in progress and labor of love! And the pots weren’t technically his, but he plays with them now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This renovation speaks so true to your style and I think it is absolutely breathtaking!! It looks very inviting also; I believe anyone could walk into the space and feel the exuding warmth. The stages of your renovation are well thought out and your future plans are something you can dream about and look forward to. I live in a century farmhouse so I understand the time and effort put into any type of renovation. Youโ€™ve inspired me to get a grip on my own kitchen redo; a galley kitchen with ugly cabinet pulls, a nondescript sink, nasty Formica countertops, and no charm. Some of its bones are good though: original pine hardwood floors, an amazing barn beam we hung to mimic a support beam, and a collection of antiques from the 18th and early 19th century Iโ€™ve collected. I will definitely glean from your after pictures!! Thank you for sharing.
    ps~when I moved into my house 25 years ago,, the kitchen was โ€œGood & Plentyโ€ candy colors, pink, white, and black – horrible look in a farmhouse!!! haha

    • Aw thanks, Cindy! That is so sweet of you to say! We’re really happy with how it’s shaping up so far. I think it’s so cool you live in a farmhouse. That’s been a dream of mine but sadly, my area doesn’t have a ton! It sounds like you have amazing charm to work with in your kitchen. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. Send pics! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

  4. Youโ€™ve done such a beautiful job! Truly lovely. Would you mind sharing where your shelving brackets came from? Iโ€™m looking for something similar. I was going to go with the typical farmhouse ones, but love the feminine curve these have sooo much more.

    • Thanks so much, Jessica! We got them from Menards and if I remember correctly, they were around $5 a bracket. Good luck with your project. So exciting!!

  5. So beautiful and absolutely looks like it belongs in a French cottage. You nailed it!! The dresser as the island is pure genius!!! Where can we see the entire room??

  6. I love seeing your pictures as you made progress in your kitchen. I am so glad that you also had links to the products you use. I have already ordered 3 of them. Thank you so much!

  7. I just came across this kitchen reno on Pinterest and Iโ€™m obsessed! I love how you just made your dreams work on a budget and to me itโ€™s a timeless style! I love the cottage/old world look and this is so cute! Iโ€™m gathering ideas for a new home that will have us on a tight budget but seeing these updates makes me realize I can still make it my own. Also I love the mixture of upper cabinets with the open shelving..itโ€™s a look I want to do.

    • Thanks, Carli! So much is possible with a little bit of hard work…even on a little budget! Good luck with your own updates! Mixing upper cabinets with open shelving is a great idea. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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