My Country Farmhouse – Week 8 Update: Designing the Kitchen

With all this time on my hands I’ve decided that I would finalize the kitchen design so that when we are back to work there will be no time wasted getting started. My original budget was (for me) on the high end at $20,000 – $25,000 which is a lot of money. Now, with being out of work I’ve come to realize that that is no longer what I want.  It’s not me.  Of all things I am a frugal person. There are a lot of things I can do myself, purchase prefabricated cabinets and install same with prefab countertops, install a new light fixture, paint, tile, flooring the list goes on. What I cannot do is where I will have to spend a few bucks – mostly plumbing and electrical work.

Here is a breakdown for my 11′ X 12′ space:

Cabinets – $3500

Countertops – $1200

Hardware – $200

Sink and faucet – $800

Backsplash – $800

Flooring – $1000

Electrical & Plumbing – $1000

Lighting – $300

Wood/drywall/trim – $1000

Paint – $100

Buffer – $500

Total NEW Budget – $10,400

I will no longer be removing the entire wall between the sitting room and kitchen. Once the stove and fridge is moved the kitchen will have an additional 25″ of space to move around. And maybe a bit of room for a slender island.

Here is my design for the kitchen:

Hampton Bay Edson – Grey/Taupe Cabinets Shaker style (Home Depot Canada) Prices vary per cabinet

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Acacia Wood Countertops – Light Oak (Home Depot – Canada) $485 EA

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Merula Tile Artisan Azul Decor (Home Depot – Canada) $169/box (14 sq.ft.)

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Brass Classic double porcelain handle faucet with Shipping ( $180.00

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White Quartz Classic 33″ x 18″ Undercount Kitchen Sink ( Reg. $982.99 FOR $439.99 / Plumb Pak Keeney Deep thread cast brass sink power ball basket strainer 3.5″ White ( $26.45

Richelieu Regency Brass 3″ Handle (Home Depot Canada) – $7.06 EA (X17)  / Summer Street Home Hardware Small 1.5″ Centre Ring Pull ( $10.40 EA (X6)

Ceiling medallion – free (handmade) found two in a bin headed to the garbage at work. SCORE!!!


Andrews 5 – light candle style classic/traditional chandelier with crystal accents ( $269.99

Pine plank flooring painted blue (complimentary colour to the tile)


Here is the layout of the South Wall


Here is the layout of the North wall


As you can see I’m heading in the direction of French Country – which I absolutely adore. Rich brass tones, natural wood, crisp whites, rustic tiles – sigh!

I’ve decided to increase storage space by putting a double stack set of upper cabinets directly on top of the countertops on either side of the fridge. Here is an example of how that would look:

To save on cupboard space I like the idea of hanging my pots on the wall which is usually wasted space. Even lids can hang on the wall if the design is right. Here are some inspirational photos:

And I will continue to hang my wood cutting/serving boards on the wall which also makes the kitchen feel a little rustic and cozy.


Once the kitchen has been assembled I will pick a fresh paint colour to enhance the final feel of the kitchen.

Since I won’t have the eat-in kitchen I really love I’ve decided to turn the “sitting” room in to a little dining area and library. Just outside the kitchen will be my table and chairs and on the far side by the windows I will build custom book shelves that will look like they’ve always been there and add a chaise to curl up on.

And that concludes the new kitchen design.

Since it is Mothers Day I’d like to take a second to wish all the moms a light and happy Mothers day. Although not everyone can be with their moms with our current situation I hope you get to Face time or Zoom or just call them to make their day a little more special. I’ve decided to paint my mom a picture and bake a loaf of homemade bread which I know she will love (well mostly the bread 😛 )


Stay safe, stay healthy and be kind.






My Country Farmhouse – Planning the Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen will be the largest renovation I will be taking on in this house (and even the previous house).  This will be a full gut, wall removal and plumbing will be moved around. I’m allotting a pretty big dollar amount to this renovation since it will be the core of the house.  I estimate anywhere from $18000 – $25000 for the kitchen renovation.

Since I am totally gutting the kitchen and starting literally from the floors up I’ve decided not to wait to purchase appliances.  The current fridge is broken and the stove seems to overheat quite fast over cooking my food.  This way I can design my kitchen around my new appliances. Something to consider when renovating.

Since this is the week of Black Friday I decided to take full advantage of the sales.  Last week over lunch I decided to drive over to the Brick (6 minutes away) to see what they have and what the sales would look like.  I met a lovely employee named Patience who helped me out with the many questions I had about each and every style of appliance (even the furniture I purchased). She mentioned that they were having a VIP day and that they would be offering their Black Friday prices and additional discounts on that day and that I should come in. SO I DID!

I spent days leading up to the Friday researching appliances and what each offers in the various price ranges.  Styles, brands, colours, do I want a dishwasher or hood vent?  So many options.  Finally as I wondered around the appliance section I managed to narrow it down, Samsung, stainless steel, fridge with French doors, electric convection stove with fan, over the range microwave with vent and light, and finally a built in dishwasher.  Seems like a big list however the sale made it worth it.  With the purchase of 3 appliances you also get an additional $300 off.

Here is the breakdown:

Fridge retails for $1899.00 / Black Friday sale price $1399.00 / with discount $1248.95

Stove retails for $1399.00 / Black Friday sale price $899.00 / with discount $802.58

Dishwasher retails for $699.97 / Black Friday sale price $499.00 / with discount $445.47 / energy efficient rebate of 25% off $334.47

Over the range microwave $469 / Black Friday sale price $329.00

Total retail price $4466.97×13% HST = $5046.97 / Black Friday sale price, discount and rebate $2715 – $500 gift card = 2215×13% HST = $2505

Savings of $2541.97

I can say I am quite happy with my purchase.  These items should last a long time and will hold value if I ever decide to sell.

Here are the appliance I bought:

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Happy Black Friday Shopping! Make smart choices 🙂


My Country Farmhouse – 100% Kitchen Completion

The kitchen renovation began in early 2017. I stopped when the cabinets and walls were painted, replaced the single cabinet between the stove and fridge with two free-standing cabinets and had all the barn wood shelves and decor up. In the summer of 2018 I began looking at cabinet hardware, countertop, sink, faucet and tile options.  By Christmas 2018 I had my inspiration board all set, placed the order for the new Corian counter, purchased the sink, faucet, cabinet pulls and backsplash tile.

20181231_085912During Christmas vacation I began to change the hardware out on all the cabinets, remove the dishwasher and build in additional shelving for the microwave and when the counter leveler came March 1st I asked if he could install the final 4 pulls on the cabinets surrounding the stove. What a difference it made!


As you know I had ripped out the old counter and backsplash in the middle of February.  Since I cook almost all of my own meals and bake my own goodies it was a little annoying having to use a bucket in my bathtub to do the dishes. But I survived.


On March 5th (The best day ever!) I had my new counter, sink and faucet installed.  And 24 hours later Kirkland Plumbing hooked up the sink and faucet.  I finally had a fully functioning kitchen again.

That same week I hired a contractor to come in and do the backsplash and change out the old (but pretty) outlets.  From March 11th to the 15th the contractors from Countryside Custom Carpentry were in renovating the house. My sister, Ashley, came by to check in on the progress from time to time and send me some pictures since I couldn’t be around to watch myself. By Friday evening 5pm the kitchen was complete. AND IT LOOKS AMAZING!!!

Here is a list of the major expenses throughout the renovation process:

  • Countertop with installation $2812
  • Backsplash with installation $840
  • Sink $316
  • Faucet $206
  • Plumber $360
  • Cabinets and counters by stove $504
  • Chandelier $176
  • Leveling $100
  • Miscellaneous $386

Here are the final pictures of the kitchen renovation for a grand total of $5700 (from January 2017 – March 2019). Please visit My Country Farmhouse – The Kitchen for the progress of renovating the kitchen leading up to completion.



Removed the old dishwasher and built in shelving
Corian Rain Cloud Countertop





The next renovation to be complete in the house is the broadloom on the staircase and landing which will be installed Tuesday March 19th.

Stay tuned for the Stairwell Reno – before and after!