2.01.2015

Industrial Metal Light inspired by Ballard Designs


I adore Ballard Designs and am always looking for ways to achieve their look, but within my budget. On our last visit home, my Father in law gave me a gorgeous, green enamel pendant light that had been sitting in his garage.


Trent's parents own a shop and these were the original lights that were hanging in the shop.  They replaced them back in the 80s, but lucky for me, they kept the enamel shades!

Ballard Enamel Light Knock Off: Noting Grace

We originally replaced the florescent light in our Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover with this LED light, but honestly, I HATED it!

Ballard Enamel Light Knock Off: Noting Grace

When we were gifted this rusty piece, I immediately knew where I wanted to put it.

Ballard Enamel Light Knock Off: Noting Grace
 *swoon*

How awesome is that rust? I know some people want things pristine and perfect, but this has character and a story and I LOVE it!

http://www.ballarddesigns.com/large-industrial-metal-shade-pendant-adapter/lighting/pendant-adapters/311658

 I had dogeared this light from Ballard's and put on my wish list, but the shade alone is $49 and the lighting kit is a whopping $79! $128 for one pendant light wasn't going to fit in my budget.

At Lowe's you can purchase a pendant light kit for $14.98 and with this pendant shade being free, I was able to get the look I wanted for $114 cheaper than the one on my wish list!

Ballard Enamel Light Knock Off: Noting Grace

The kit is a hard wired light that is to be connected directly to the junction box in the ceiling.
I am not electrically inclined, so be sure to check out proper tutorials on how to wire a light kit.

Ballard Enamel Light Knock Off: Noting Grace

The attachment comes with a screw on connector to attach whatever pendant shade you are using. 

Ballard Enamel Light Knock Off: Noting Grace

Ballard Enamel Light Knock Off: Noting Grace

Wire the light up and hang your shade!

BOOM SHAKA LAKA!

We went from this:

Ballard Enamel Light Knock Off: Noting Grace

 To this:

Ballard Enamel Light Knock Off: Noting Grace

All for $15!

Ballard Enamel Light Knock Off: Noting Grace

Ballard Enamel Light Knock Off: Noting Grace

Ballard Enamel Light Knock Off: Noting Grace

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1.30.2015

Our Amazing $5000 Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

It took almost 6 months, off and on, to create our Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel and we are so excited to share with you the final reveal! We were able to create a new kitchen, including appliances, for just over $5000, and raise our home's value by TENS of THOUSANDS!

In Part One, we showed the demoing process and our plan to brighten our dull, dark kitchen. Part Two talked about how we opened up a load bearing wall to bring in more light from our gorgeous bay window in the Dining Room. You've already seen the teaser of our Coffee Bar that we created using left over flooring for the countertop, but I know you're ready to see how it all came together as well as the bottom line for costs.

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace
Ugh.

Looking at this makes my OCD go crazy, but the reality of it all is that our kitchen looked like this for a LONG time.

(Too long, like 6 months too long)

Part of the money saving process is doing the work yourself, just as we did with our Hardwood Floors. Patience is needed to see you through as well as the final vision to keep you motivated, but with time it turns out so pretty!

Just Look!

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace
Yay!

Here is a side by side Before and After.

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DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

With opening this wall with a Pass Through, look how that light now spills in!
No more darkness!

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

Our budget did not allow for everything, like new floors, but they are in decent enough shape to keep until we can replace them, hopefully this year!

The kitchen seems larger with the cabinets raised allowing the light from the window over the sink to come in. We painted all the trim from peachy cream to bright white and it gives it a cleaner look.

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting GraceDIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting GraceThe former desk niche was tiny, dark, and next to the refrigerator, so we opted to create a look that made the niche look more like a stand alone hutch than a built in cabinet.

By the addition of a shelf under the drawer, we added more storage to place another coffee maker. 

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting GraceDIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace
The Painting Process:  
So I went with oil paint. 

Now before you balk at oil, let me explain. Our entire trim, doors, moulding, dentil moulding, etc. was painted in peach oil. The whole house!

There would have been so much prep just to paint over the old oil with latex, the rep at Sherwin Williams strongly suggested repainting with oil AND I got a killer deal to boot! 

Painting with oil is a bear if you're not used to it. The cons: It drags differently with the brush than latex and is extremely messy. Be sure to have LOW ODOR Mineral Oil on hand for easy clean up.  The pros: It flattens out nicely and is VERY durable.

ignore the dirty dishes in the sink, please!

As I showed in Part One, we primed the cabinets since they were in a high traffic area coupled with lots of cooking residue and smells. The insides of the cabinets were painted the same color as the wall color.


The cabinet doors were sanded before priming, but that's it. Now, there are tons of tutorials on how to get a smooth, factory finish to your cabinets by sanding in between coats. We tried that with one door, but, honestly, it didn't make much difference.

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

Actually I preferred the paint lines.
*gasp*

I know! That is so opposite my OCD tendencies, but this house isn't factory finish house.

When we had our brand spanking new house in Vegas, everything was pristine and perfect, but also boring. I LOVE vintage, chippy, rusty and old and didn't think a smooth cabinet finish would match that worn, weathered feel I was trying to achieve. I wanted it look as if it had been painted and repainted again and again as if it had been there for years.

The painting process was EXTREMELY slow. One hard lesson we learned is when you are painting with oil in the damp, cold winter --it isn't a fast process. We planned to knock out the painting in a week, but it took the doors days, if not weeks, to fully cure and dry and be rehung.

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

In keeping with our budget, we spray painted the existing hinges with Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze, as well as the door and window hardware instead of replacing them. Our knobs I had on hand for a few years. I stumbled across them at a sidewalk sale at Lowe's. They were 38 cents each, so I snatched them up and have been hanging on to them for just this type of project!

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

One of my favorite additions, besides the coffee bar, is the little shelf over the kitchen window. I can use that space to change out my decor or add pops of color without changing the entire room or repainting.

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace


DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

We also replaced both florescent lights and added the schoolhouse light directly over the sink as well as the vintage enamel light over the Pallet Kitchen Island.

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

I'll share a tutorial later this week on how we switched out the old florescent light with this beauty.

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace
*swoon*

Look at that rust! I LOVE IT!

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

We made a slight change to our Pallet Kitchen Island. Originally, it had a front made of pallet wood to hide the unsightly, extra storage we needed while we were living in our rental where we built it. Since light was the issue in this house, and not storage, we took off the front panels and allow the light to pass through.

I'm using the leftover Pallet pieces to create some Farmhouse Artwork for the kitchen.

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

The corbels help tie the Farmhouse Kitchen feel all together as well as break up the space from raising the cabinets.

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel: Noting Grace

Now, for the numbers! (Trent should do a drumroll here.)

$5345 - including new appliances!

        • Appliances - $2915
        • Countertops, sink and faucet - $1950
        • Lights, Paint and supplies - $330
        • Pass Thru - $150

 If you take out the appliances and countertops, the cost would have been $480 - less than $500!

This type of renovation subcontracted out could have cost us twice as much, if not more. Sticking with a budget and tackling this ourselves, not only saved us a bundle, but we also added value to our home! This is a very doable task that I think anyone could accomplish if you plan and have patience.

We're not quite done with this room, but were stopping here for a while and are extremely pleased with this AWESOME transformation!
Left to do:
Flooring
Built in Kitchen Island

Stay tuned for more details on kitchen shelving and a new sign for my pantry from leftover Pallet wood. If you have any questions, comment below and I'll be sure to give any details I missed! I would love you hear what you think!


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