Sunday Favorites/ Kitchen re-do on a bitty budget.

Welcome to Sunday Favorites with my dear friend and our lovely hostess Chari! Please visit her lovely blog by clicking on the logo above. Thank-you Chari for hostessing this neat blog party and for being such a gracious hostess! My post is a Met Monday re-do with a twist! Since posting this much has changed but the biggest change is the lovely Armoire built by my handy hubby! I added the pic of the armoire below, also a previous Met Monday post.

When we moved into our present home 18 months ago we knew we couldn't spend much on our kitchen but could do a mini-makeover. Below shows a before pic. The armoire is sitting in the far end back wall .

Another view, the appliances,flooring and counter tops were only year old and the cupboards were still in pretty good shape. Some of the pics are a little dark, sorry about that.

First order was the curtains and paint. We painted the walls a combo of cotswold green and a soft patina from the Laura Ashley/cotswold stone collection. The curtains I ordered from J.C. Penneys.

I painted the old bench off white and made a cushion and some pillows.

We changed out the light over the dining area and added a more old fashioned looking one. Another big project was getting rid of the ugly faucet and replacing it with a rubbed bronze one. I'm lucky that hubby can do electrical and plumbing work too. In the 11 years we've been married, we've never had to call one.

We changed the other light in the kitchen area, it had been a big ugly fluorescent one. We found some white knobs and pulls for the cupboards which were fairly inexpensive but seemed to add a lot.

A closer view of the paint color.

One of my favorite things was the back splash my hubby did behind the stove, and on this side of the kitchen. Its a copper color and I really like the vintage look it adds. They are panels that you buy at Home Depot etc. but then they need to be cut and placed together in a match up pattern, kind of like hanging wallpaper.

Another view of the back splash and knobs and pulls.

Just recently we painted the other back splash with a tea leaf color and hubby added a few of the strips he had left from the other side.

I wanted this part to stand out a little more but keep the expense low. Because we do all the work ourselves we only spent about $500.00 for everything which includes paint, curtains, new light fixtures, new faucet, new knobs and pulls, and the copper back splash.

Thank-you for stopping by and don't forget to check out more Sunday Favorites with our hostess Chari. Cindy


  1. Cindy, your kitchen is charming. I like it that you are do-it-yourselfers, like us! A lot of satisfaction with that. The faucet, backsplash and fixture look so pretty - and the armoire - wow! Linda

  2. Hi Cindy
    Your kitchen is cottage cozy!!!! I love the backsplash. It was something I was considering using for my kitchen backsplash but I was worried about how the heat from my cooktop would affect it. The wainscotting and curtains really warm things up and the color you chose for the bench was perfect. Everything is just beautiful. I would love to come and share a cup of coffee there with you. Hey I can bring my mug! Have a blessed Sunday! Hugs, Loreta

  3. This is such a wonderful makeover! If you didn't tell anyone that you spent less than $500, they would never believe it! I love the colors you chose. And I really like the backsplash, that's what we are planning on using when we do Mom's kitchen makeover. Kathy

  4. Wow, This is beautiful! You muxt love spending time in there...it is so restful looking. Nice job and you are lucky to have a very handy hubby!

  5. I love everything about your kitchen! I've looked at those curtains many times at Penney's but don't have the right room/decor for them until I re-do something. Drawer pulls and knobs can make a big difference and yours look great. Good job!

  6. That is a great redo. I really need to do something to mine. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh Cindy I am sorry to tell you that the rooster on your window sill by the sink really doesn't go there.Lol.

    Tell you what, I will take it off your hands for you so you don't have to try to find a place for it. No, no I insist. I don't mind a bit. Listen lady send me the darned rooster! I love it.

    You guys have really made great changes in this area. Pats on the back and high fives all around.

  8. Just beautiful, warm, welcoming, inviting country kitchen! All it needs now is you sitting there, enjoying a delicious cup of tea! (or coffee, of course!)It's so nice to know what you can do with a small amount of money and some creative imagination. Thanks for sharing your lovely kitchen!

  9. Love the tin back splash! The apples are wonderful! I take the bench! lol Love cozy kitchen! Armoire be still my heart!

  10. Hey Cindy, I loved this post the first time 'round, and love it just as much -- maybe more! -- the second. LOVE the wall color --it's a real COLOR -- but it "reads" like a neutral. I think you could put anything with it.

    LOVE the backsplach -- we used it in our last house, LOVED it, and it held up well, too.


  11. What a difference!
    I love these makeover "Then and Nows"
    Your curtains are too cute! They would look good in my kitchen!
    Love that back splash!
    I'm now wondering how that would look in my kitchen. hummmmmmm

  12. I have been think for a long time about doing this for a back splash. Would love to know what yours is made of and if you are happy with it. It looks great. You did a lot with your budget and a handy husband!

  13. Howdy Cindy
    What a fabulous makeover !!!!
    Everything is simply fantastic.
    Thank you for sharing the amazing photos of all the wonderful details.I love it all :)
    You'll have to have a kitchen housewarming now and invite all your blogging family and friends over to enjoy this new kitchen with you .
    I really do love your kitchen .
    Blessings to you as you enjoy the new place and create a lifetime of warm memories .
    Happy Trails

  14. Cindy,
    What a beautiful kitchen you have, loved everything you did, it has such a warm feel about it. Your husband did an awesome job on your armoire, beautiful just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Hi Cindy, gosh your kitchen is just beautiful, I love what you've done with it!
    If you would to please stop in over at my blog, there's something there waiting for you.
    Have a great evening.

  16. Hi Cindy, WOW!
    Your kitchen is just gorgeous! The plaid curtains, wall color and the backsplash are all so pretty. You really did a remarkable job on every single bit of it. ~Beautifully done!

    Thank you for the sweet B-day wishes and entering my giveaway! What date is yours? Do you mind if I add you to my list of August B-days on the post? Email me.

  17. Hello Dearheart...

    Oh boy...now I'm sounding like you...it's 2:30am and I can't sleep! So here I am! I'll tiptoe so I won't wake you, Girlfriend! hehe!

    Cindy...I just adore your kitchen...I love the layout and the beautiful cabinetry! Girl, you couldn't have picked a prettier wall color...I was noticing that it really pulls out that pretty green in the wall paper border up in your tray ceiling! Really beautiful!!! I love all the changes and updates that you and Mike made! One of my favorite changes was the pretty vintage copper backsplash!!! I was just looking at that yesterday at Home Depot...sure would love to do that in my kitchen when we remodel! Ohhh yes...couldn't help but notice your pretty white dishes on the counter...love those canisters!!! You guys really did a fabulous job with everything...and yes, it's so nice to have a hubby that can do all that! I'm pretty blessed in that area as well...Russell built our entire house...top to bottom...electrical, plumbing, etc! You can do so much more with the amount of money you have when you're cutting out the costs of labor!

    Well my friend, I really, really...enjoyed this post! It's one of my favorites...I just love your kitchen! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us today and for joining in with Sunday Favorites...loved having you!!!

    Love ya,

  18. I LOVE your new back splash. You have a great kitchen and a wonderful home. Laura@the mansion

  19. Hi Cindy,
    Your kitchen makeover is so beautiful. I love the backsplash! You've added so much charm and warmth.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Nola@The Bloom Girls

  20. What a charming kitchen and what a great change. It looks so warm and inviting.

  21. Great job! It looks so warm and cozy. I love the paint color and the backsplash.


  22. Hi Cindy! I remember loving this post! That armoire is gorgeous! Your hubby is so talented! And I love what you have done to your kitchen...lovely! Enjoy your week!And to answer your question, I don't think fairy rings are southern. My family is Irish and that may be where the notion comes from for me....Debbie

  23. Your kitchen is beautiful and you all did a great job.


  24. Great job Cindy. Your kitchen is very inviting. I really love your color choices.

  25. Your kitchen turned out great! We recently re-did ours, too, on a very tight budget. It's fun to see what others are doing. I love all the charm you put into it.

  26. Hello from Kansas!
    Delighted to meet you through Met Monday.
    Thank you for becoming a follower of HomeHaven.
    It will be great to get to know you better through Blogging.

    Your kitchen is darling and I would think it to be very cheery for preparing meals and snacks.

    God bless,

  27. Cindy, I love your kitchen! I cannot believe what a dramatic difference $500 worth of changes and a very handy husband can make. That backsplash is just about the coolest thing I've seen! Those cabinet pulls made a huge difference. The re-done kitchen looks like it belongs in Appelstone Cottage. laurie


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy