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It has been 4 weeks since we moved out of our home and we are starting to go a little stir crazy! Today we get the keys to our forever home and to say we are excited is a major understatement. Our new home needs a few minor updates which I have been shopping for the past 4 weeks (I might as well put the missing mortgage payment towards something, right?!). There are many projects we want to tackle so, I've been careful not to go broke with the updates we are going to do to the house. Let's face it, daycare is expensive and who wants to spend $400 on a light?! SO, if you're ready I want to share with you my plan and where I purchased the new budget friendly items from.
Starting with the kitchen/dining room...
Now, this kitchen really isn't that bad which is a mega bonus! We are going to be changing the cabinet hardware, the lights, the faucets, adding a built in dishwasher and painting the countertop matte black. Most of the shopping for the kitchen was done on Amazon (DISCLAIMER: I LOVE shopping local, but I am also a completely guilty Amazon shopper).
The hardware I purchased for the cabinets are from Amazon, see below!
I am going for a sleek modern farmhouse look for the kitchen/dining room. So, these cabinet pulls fit the vibe perfectly!
The next update in the kitchen will be the faucets, also purchased on Amazon. We shopped around at Home Depot to try to find the perfect one, but I just couldn't justify spending $300 on one faucet! Check out what I bought below, I purchased both for under $200!
To go with the matte black faucets I am going to be painting the countertops black in Endless from Aspire Mineral Paint (which I carry on my website)! A tutorial for that will be coming after I finish the project!
Surprise! The lights for the kitchen were also purchased on Amazon! I looked everywhere for lights that didn't break the bank and that fit with my modern farmhouse style. Everything I found was $200+, and I just didn't have the budget for that with everything I want to do. So, Amazon came in clutch once again with these lights for under $100 each!
I've lucked out in the husband department once again because mine is an electrician and he is going to be BUSY changing every.single.light in the house! (Believe me, he's ecstatic about it...). I ordered two of these lights, one will go above my new island and one will go above our dining room table.
The house came with a roll up to the sink and attach to the faucet dishwasher which I was just not loving the idea of. So, we splurged a little bit and bought ourselves a brand new dishwasher. We bought it at Gray's Auction and Liquidation in Harriston and paid a whopping $355.95 for it after taxes! I'd say we hit the jackpot!!
One thing I was pretty adamant about when house shopping was needing enough space for an island. Well, this kitchen isn't huge but there is enough room for a 4' island. The island we purchased is from Lucan Architectural and it is BEAUTIFUL! We went with the cream base and red stained top to match the trim in the kitchen. I can't wait to move it into the house and unwrap it.
Now, because I was being a princess and NEEDED to have an island, it meant that the full door fridge that came with the house wouldn't open properly because of the island. So, I went bargain hunting and found a used black split door fridge on Facebook marketplace. We paid $200 for it and picked it up that day.
This is a poor quality picture from marketplace, but you get the point! It was another good deal for sure.
I love having backsplash that creates a pop in the room but I didn't plan on using real tile because 1... it is expensive and 2... I have no idea how to put it up myself! I contemplated doing a stencil backsplash and painting it on myself but figured it would take awhile and I would procrastinate doing it. So, I purchased this black and white peel and stick tile wallpaper from Amazon. The reviews on it are very positive and a lot of people love the product! It was less than $50 and comes with 18 square feet so it should cover the whole backsplash area! I will share a tutorial/review when I get this put up to let you know how it went!
The last update to the kitchen is our new dining table and benches which were also purchased from Lucan Architectural! We went with the cream base and red stained top again to match the island.
UP NEXT: Tucker's Toyroom Update
First things first, this room is getting a FRESH coat of paint! I am going to be using Rona's ECO Recycled Paint in theAtmosphere colour for this room.
I used the ECO paint at our old house and loved the coverage and low VOC. This paint retails for $20 and often goes on sale "Buy One, Get One FREE" (so, $10/can). I didn't get it on sale, but $20 is still a great deal!
We will be switching the 70's fan out for a matte black sputnik light from, you guessed it, Amazon. See below!
This light is super fun and only cost me $60! It will make a great addition to my modern farmhouse style while still being youthful enough for Tucker's Toyroom!
UP NEXT: The Living Room
This room has so much charm that I am hoping to keep with our update! The french doors are a must-stay for me! I think they have so much character and just make the room. The bay window is going to become home to my desk where I can keep it tucked away from my touchy toddler.
The trim is going to be painted white and the walls are going to be painted in Rona's ECO paint colour Pebble Beach.
Our TV is going to go into the same corner on top of our new corner console table from Lucan Architectural! It will have a cream base and red stained top just like the dining set and island. (Image below is just an example from their website, it is not our actual table).
The sliding barn doors are my favourite part of this piece and it fits in perfect with the style I'm going for! It is so perfect!!
Now, that beautiful chandelier that you remember from the dining room images is going to be moved into the living room to complete the room! (My hubby is also excited about relocating this huge light!!).
That is all I'm going to share for today! We have A LOT of work ahead of us and I'm excited to bring you guys along for the ride!
If you have any questions or suggestions throw them in the comments section below!
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