Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress – Before and After!

NOTE: Be sure to check out the updated kitchen tour!
Happy Wednesday everyone!
The weather is just beautiful here in the village. This morning I picked some apples from our trees and decided to clean the kitchen! I figured while it was clean I would do a post on our kitchen progress. :)
Our kitchen still has a little way to go. We want to put down flooring before Christmas and a few other tweaks, but it sure has come a long way since we first moved in.
Here she is before, in all her wallpaper, navy and burgundy glory:
Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!

That fridge has got to go elsewhere!

Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!

It’s a design crime-scene!

Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!

Phewf… glad that’s over! Now here’s our progress today!
Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!

Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!
The first project we completed (after moving that fridge!) was covering up that pinkish faux granite with faux granite spray paint. This project was so cheap and we are so happy we did it!

Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!

We plan to add a backsplash and install light coloured flooring before Christmas to help brighten the space (that and because we reeeeally dislike our floor).

Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!

Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!
We gave our cabinets a makeover for aesthetics as well as added security! They were constantly falling off of the hinges. (I can’t tell you how annoying that was! Haha!)

Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!
We removed the cabinet doors on some of the cabinets for an open country feel. We added trim on the top for a little bit of added interest.

Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!
See that bit of corner cabinet peeking out? We moved that from the other side of the room! We want to add a few wood shelves above that to hold my white dishes and decor (like the beautiful plate on the island my wonderful aunt and uncle gave us!)

Mason Ball Jar Light - Nest of Bliss
Jeff and I created this mason jar chandelier, which was inspired by all of the amazing blue ball jar lights on Pinterest! As you can see we still need to cover up that hole in the ceiling, which we will probably do this weekend. :)

Mason Ball Jar Light - Nest of Bliss

Mason Ball Jar Light and Rustic Island - Nest of Bliss
We built a large rustic eat-in kitchen island, which has really come in handy for entertaining as well as cooking. Underneath has two shelves for extra storage.

Subway Sign - Nest of Bliss
Gotta have a good subway sign!

Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!

Mason Ball Jar Light and Rustic Island - Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!

Mason Ball Jar Light and Rustic Island - Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After!

Mason Ball Jar Light and Rustic Island - Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After! - Nest of Bliss
A project isn’t complete until Sawyer approves. :)

Starfish Windowsill - Kitchen Renovation Makeover Progress - Before and After! Nest of bliss

DIY Budget Kitchen Makeover
Thank you so much for stopping by our kitchen renovation makeover tour! I hope to have another update as we complete those extra little projects I mentioned! :) Until then, be sure to check out how I created faux reclaimed wood for the island, and our fireplace makeover!
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  1. Oh my GOD. I just envy anyone who can look at that “before” and turn it into such a fabulous “after”. It takes a fabulous eye, great artistic talent, and such an incredible imagination. You quite obviously have all of that. Great job. Can’t wait to see more.

  2. This looks lovely! What a transformation! The like is great and my favorite thing is that table / island… had to pin!!!

  3. Be still my heart! This is GORGEOUS! This is an amazing transformation. That island is a stunner. New follower over here :)

  4. I LOVE it!!! Beautiul job! I love the ceiling, the cabinets, the lighting, EVERYTHING!!!

    I’m a new follower now! :)

  5. Wow what a big transformation, I love the island and the fabulous light fixture. The space feels so warm and welcoming ~ Lisa

  6. Beautiful work! Your space is so fresh and inviting! Love love your light fixture!

  7. Totally Impressed!!!!
    Love the changes and the budget fixes.
    It’s flipping awesome.

  8. You did an awesome job! So proud of you!

  9. WOW!!!!!!What an amazing re-do. Lots of inspiration!!!

  10. Such an awesome transformation! Dont lie, you miss those blue and red tiles!!

    Do you like the amount of light your mason jar light fixture gives off? I have been looking for pendant lighting for our dining room and they are so $$$$$ that I was thinking of making my own. I have a TON of mason jars leftover from my wedding that may need to be repurposed

    • Oh gosh, the only reason I miss those tiles is because we painted over them! Now it’s deep brown with bits of blue and red showing through as the floor gets scuffed up. You can also see every single particle or crumb that hits the floor! The day we lay flooring will be a glorious day indeed.

      Our kitchen doesn’t get a lot of natural lighting whatsoever so is usually very dark, so a bright light was essential. With the amount of jars hanging we used I believe 40 watt (don’t quote me on that though!) and it casts the perfect amount of lighting and really brightens up the space. When these photos were taken it was late morning and the lights were on, to give you an idea. :)

  11. Amazing Brandi!

    One of my favourite aspects of this kitchen is how well the “old” textured ceiling looks so amazing and modern with your changes. Somehow it just works so well!

    I love everything about this. Everything. <3

    • Thank you Allison!! Tin ceilings are starting to come back (not that they ever really went away) in homes and can now be found at home building centers! Ours of course is original, but if we ever moved to a newer home it’s something I would consider installing for sure. :)

  12. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful transformation (in progress). Your island is just amazing and the DIY light fixture is so perfect! You are doing a lovely job.

  13. wow- that is truly awesome~!

  14. Omigosh this is amazing!! LOVE your kitchen island!

    • Thank you so much! I hope to have a tutorial on how we built it soon. :) It sure does come in handy for extra workspace and storage!

      • Did you ever get the tutorial done?? This is exactly what i am looking to do for my kitchen!!! I would love to have a tutorial or blue prints lol

        • Sorry Emily, I do not have a tutorial as of yet. I no longer live at the farmhouse and I am trying to make arrangments to get measurements. When I have them I definitely will be doing an turtorial, not sure when that will be though.

  15. Saw you on Kim’s site and I couldn’t believe this transformation!! It looks amazing and your tutorial was great! I’m pinning that light fixture for sure! Love love love :)

  16. I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you’ll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on ALL weekend.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

  17. That light fixture is exactly what I’ve been envisioning for our own kitchen/dining area! The whole renovation is amazing!

  18. You have such great ideas…such a beautiful transformation

  19. I love the transformation! Great cabinets, island and colors. The light fixture is amazing. I love it.

    Visiting from That DIY Party.
    Have a great day.

  20. So pretty! Wow, that was an awful before…you’ve really made the space so much lighter, brighter, and just plain happier!
    That ceiling is amazing and it fits so much better with your “new” cabinets. Wonderful!

  21. It looks awesome. so much to love about this space, and I pinned a few!

  22. Oh my goodness, it is totally amazing. I love your cabinets and that island is to die for. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will go live tomorrow afternoon. Hugs, Marty

  23. That is just amazing!!! Wow!!! Can you come do that to my kitchen? lol I love everything about it. :)

  24. Wow what a transformation! Great job!

  25. Wow what a transformation! Great job!

  26. Love your kitchen makeover! Popping by from DIY showoff! Love your blog and am following you on Facebook! Heather

  27. Wow you have made so many changes what a stunning after – that light fitting is incredible and goes perfectly with the wooden bench. Great styling. I know how long kitchens can take Iv just come out of a 6 month renovation myself and so happy to have my weekends back and no more renovating (well until the next project!). Iv just done a dining room reveal on my blog today, will be doing the kitchen next. Would love for you to check it out :)

    • Thank you so much Michelle! Wooden bench? The island?
      Kitchens certainly can take forever! Especially when you DIY and are on a budget! It is all worth it in the end, though. :)

  28. Amazing transformation! Truly, I love it tons!! Great job, my favorite is the island the wood is BEAUTIFUL!!! And I love your light too!

  29. WOW, Brandi! That’s quite an awesome unbelievable before and after! It’s a dream kitchen now! I love every single detail! Beautiful work!

  30. Ps. I’m writing up That DIY Party highlights for next week and will feature your stunning kitchen. :) Thanks for linking up and sharing!

    • Thank you so much Roeshel! It’s an improvement, that’s for sure! I can’t wait to finish it. :)
      I appreciate the feature, thank you!
      Have a great evening!

  31. Love love love that island!!! Do you have a tutorial written to make it? If not, you should ;-)

  32. I would square up the fridge in the corner and either put a small table or cart next to it. Then you have somewhere to stage items coming in and out of the fridge and still able to open the doors all the way. Some day I will post my before pictures… my kitchen is 10 times worse than yours. I have to pull my frig out 6 inches to get the freezer drawers to open. My whole house is worse. We bought the property for our business, and it came with a nasty little house. NO pantry. No linen closet, No coat closet, No Utility Closet, No entry way, and all the walls have the ugliest texture that creates cob webs faster than you can clean them away. Not to mention our windows that don’t keep out NOISE DUST CRITTERS DRAFTS or HEAT.
    Good job on your project!

    • Thank you for your comment Debi! We have plenty of room for our fridge and prefer it in the corner. We had it squared off at first but it didn’t look great.
      Sounds like you had a lot of work on your home, too! We completed a lot of projects to get the kitchen to this point and it’s still in progress! :)

  33. That light is absolutely amazing! Cannot believe this is the same space… I love that you kept the textured ceiling too- adds so much character!

    • Thank you so much! I’m going to have a tutorial on how we built the light at some point in the future – It really makes the space special. :) The tin ceiling was original to the farmhouse, it’s truly beautiful!

  34. Oh my goodness, this is an amazing transformation! I love that you kept the original tin ceiling and everything you added around it looks like it fits the period of the house! What talent you have. I love that the dog even blends into the kitchen! So happy I found you over at the DIY party.

    • Thank you so much Patti! The house is over 100 years old, so we try to keep the character of the home as we renovate. Funny about Sawyer (our dog) he does seem to blend right in, doesn’t he? ;)

  35. I am in love with your table and mason jar chandelier!! It looks amazing and magical! Great job!! =)
    Where did you get the wires with the bulbs?

    • Hi Rocio. So glad you like the island! :)
      We made the chandelier, and will have a tutorial on it this weekend. We bought the wire from Home Depot.

  36. In LOVE with that kitchen!! Do you happen to have a tutorial on that island?? It is killer!

  37. You,ve done and amazing job, island and light fixture are just fabulous. Do you have a tutorial for the pendant light? It’s just what I need for my dining room. Thanks for sharing !!!!

  38. Thank you so very much !!!!

  39. I am in love with your island! I can’t wait for the tutorial :) or at least details. The whole kitchen looks beautiful! Great job!!

  40. I love the jar-bell lamp cases! Their absolutely stunning. You are full of creativity!

    -Rocko Barbieri

  41. hi love love love!! could u pls tell me what type of timber you used for the bench? awesome job!!

    • If you mean the kitchen island, we used pine. :) I have a tutorial on the website (should be linked within this post) on how I created the look. Glad you enjoy!

  42. Looks fantastic! My wife and I are building a rustic desk kinda in the same style. I’m interested, how much did it cost to make the island?

  43. I just love the idea! especially the island in wood, I adore it!

  44. Your kitchen looks fab.u.ous! I was wondering… have you done tutorials for your mason jar light and your island…. or did I just miss them? I searched but was unable to find them. I know you mentioned that you were planning to do them.

    I would really LOVE to have them both! Great job on your whole kitchen!

    • Hi Karen! The mason jar chandelier link is within the post, but you can also find it in the ‘projects’ section along with how we created the faux barnwood finish to the island- but we have yet to make a tutorial on how we built it.
      This is actually our older kitchen tour – be sure to check out the updates version in the ‘our nest’ section. :)

  45. Lovely kitchen Brandi, I love the openness you achieved with the colors and clean lines. Can I ask what color paint you used?? I too have white cabinets and gray counters and am looking for a good clean paint color to open up the space! Thanks and beautiful job!

    • Hi Andrea,
      Thank you so much for your kind comment! The colour used is Chocolate Froth by Behr – it’s a very warm light, light gray tone. :)

  46. I love your house crazy similar to mine! I love the statement the large island makes but every time I try something large it seems too cramped…my kitchen is 9 ft wide. Built in 1915. It’s long but I can’t seem to fit anything grand and walk around it. How much space do you have between it and your wall?

    • Thank you Nancy. :) Our kitchen is very small, and our island is indeed large. What we did to determine the size was created markers to use (We used our cabinet doors that we had removed) to get an idea of the size that would be appropriate. We made sure we could easily navigate around it, with room to walk behind the island chairs when someone was seated, and made sure that the fridge and stove could easily be opened with someone walking behind it. Basically anything that would cause an issue with flow! :)

      • I love the idea of large island but I keep thinking 9feet minus 2 feet for counter doesn’t leave me much space. Do you mind if I email you a pic and see what your thoughts are?

        • That’s true, and we were in a similar situation which is why using markers to help determine the ideal amount of space for you is a great idea! Feel free to e-mail me some photos at
          I would be happy to help! :)

  47. I love your style! Out of all the kitchen makeovers on a budget I have seen, yours is my favorite! I love everything you have done. You inspired me to do my kitchen cabinets. I am re-doing my pickled oak colored cabinets in white cotton and the vinyl breadboard on the fronts and in the back inside on the ones I will leave open. I added a bold color to my walls though because that was already done before seeing yours and my hubs would not be happy with me if I changed it after he helped painting them. Not sure what it will all look like after all of it is completed completed, but I hope it will look as good as yours does. The mason jar lighting is beautiful too! and so is the island. There is nothing I do not like! Moving the fridge was a good idea and looks better in that corner where you had extra space. Great job! Bye the way your website is appealing as well. Will visit often.
    Working on my website, it is just getting started, so I hope when I am done people come and visit.

    • Thank you Michelle! You may want to check out the updated kitchen tour & summer house tour for more photos! I would LOVE to see your finished product of your kitchen so be sure to give me a shout when you finish – renovations are so exciting. :) xo

  48. I tip my hat to you! What a change! Love it, especially since it was such a dramatic change with little money! Well done!

  49. That island is incredible!!! Do uou have a plan that you followed?

    • Nope! We just went with it as we went along and looked up ideal heights for islands, and took into consideration how much space we needed in our kitchen.

  50. Found you on Pinterest. LOVE the island.


  51. Would love to have some specs on the rustic island building!

    • It’s very large! I don’t have measurements, but I would recommend looking up island heights to find the best height to suit your needs and stools you may buy.

  52. Danielle says:

    Wow! I absolutely LOVE the island/bar you did! Would you mind sharing how you did that and what you used, please? I went through the comments to make sure no one else asked that already and didn’t see anything, so I apologize if I missed it. My hubs and I are currently renovating our kitchen and are stuck on what type of island to put in… I’m just loving yours! ;-)

    • I don’t have a tutorial on the island unfortunately, but it has two shelves underneath. It’s a fairly simple design from the outside, so it’s just a matter of constructing the inside. You may be able to tweak a tutorial found online to look similar!

  53. Hello! Your kitchen island is beautiful! My husband and I are trying to figure out how to make something similar. Do you happen to have any plans from when you made it??

  54. Oh my that original floor is hilarious! What were they thinking back in those days. Love this transformation and the island bench/table with the over head pendants has to be one of best ones I have seen in a long time. Well done

  55. I know you have stated you didn’t make a tutorial for your island, but is there any way you could tell me how you made the frame and shelving underneath the table/island. I am going to make this but do not have any building skills or knowledge. You really have great talent sand your kitchen makeover is absolutely stunning! Love it!

    • Hi Dawn, I have to say that is one of my biggest regrets is not documenting the details of this island as I get so many requests for it. I no longer live at the farmhouse so I have no way to measure the island to pass that info along. I can tell you that when we decided on the measurements we based it on having flow around the kitchen, in other words making sure you could walk around it without any obstruction, that was very imortant to us. Underneath there are two selves but they only go half way because we needed to have an open space under the counter space for the chairs and when folks were sitting there to ensure would have leg and foot room. It basically is a simple design that is in a rectangle shape with two shelves under it. Maybe search Ana White plans, she has free plans for different projects and they usally are pretty simple. My table in the dining room is based on an Ana White plan. Good luck and sorry I cannot help more.

  56. I see that you no longer live there, but you did an amazing job on that kitchen using the resources that you had. Very well done.

  57. Brandi,

    I am in the middle of redoing my kitchen counter top and I used a Make It Stone type of spray paint. When you coated yours with polycrylic how many coats did you do? And did it smooth out the surface completely or do you still have the texture feel through the poly?

    By the way, I love your light piece and the whole kitchen redo :)

    • Hi Jaime, I put on two or three, it has been awhile since I have completed that project. I would try two and see how it is after it dries and if you feel you need a third coat then do it. Also when it is finished it still has a textured feeling to it. I have to say mine has held up very well. Glad you liked the kitchen reno, and I love the light too! Good Luck!

  58. Do you have a materials list for your Mason Jar Light fixture? I love what you did and would like to recreate it.

  59. Danielle says:

    Hello! Your reno turned out beautifully! Like several others, I am in awe over the island! I have read through the comments, so I know you don’t have dimensions, etc on your island, but can you tell me what you did to create it? What width were the pine boards, and what did you use/do to get the color and rustic feel? Did you seal the top with something to keep it from getting damaged since pine is such a soft wood? Do you have any other pictures of it? Sorry for all the questions! Lol! I’m looking for a way to add the rustic charm from my country roots into my kitchen, and this would work perfectly! Thank you so much in advance! =)

  60. Murrissah says:

    Hey i was just wondering if you did any tutprials on your lighting for the kitchen above the island and for thr island itself. Currently redoing my kitchen and love both ideas. You have done a magnificent job!

  61. Lesa Aiken says:

    Hi Brandi,
    Love the transformation. How did the bead board wallpaper hold up? Did you paint wallpaper and wood? Is there a specific reason you chose wall paper over beadboard sheets? Did you purchase new hinges or keep originals and paint them/strip them? Thank you for posting detailed steps and pictures of the process! Sorry for all of the questions. We hope to do a very similar remodel soon.

  62. Lesa Aiken says:

    So sorry, last question is what type of trim did you use?

    • Hi Lesa,

      So glad you like the makeover. Yes we did paint over the wallpaper and the wood. We just used pine for the trim. The reason we chose the wallpaper was because of our budget. It has held up pretty good, but if you have children or pets especially a cat then I would recommend using the sheets of bead board. Hope that helps! And good luck with your remodel! :)

  63. I just love your island, I love the whole kitchen, but the island just draws me in! What did you seal it with and do you like having that type of wood for a counter? Does it scratch easy? Sorry, but in the process of buying an old house to renovate and this type of island would look perfect! Very nice kitchen you did a great job! I might even use your cabinet process!:)

    • Thank you Beth. It was just sealed with Polycrylic by Minwax. It is just a clear finish. So when I am cooking I used cutting boards to keep my food safe as I am not sure how safe that product would be. No it does not scratch easy and is still going strong.

      Brandi :)

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