Everything You Need for a Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover

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Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, and farmhouse style has won over hearts everywhere, it makes sense to marry the two together when embarking upon a kitchen makeover. While farmhouse elements include natural materials (think: stone and wood, neutral colors, and earthy textures), there are particular products and essentials you should include in your DIY reno. To help get you started, we've personally hand-picked high-quality pieces that will help you build your dream farmhouse kitchen without breaking the bank.

Start with a defining feature: the farmhouse sink.

One of the most defining characteristics of a farmhouse kitchen? The apron sink, of course. We love the classic look of a white porcelain sink; however, you might also consider a stainless steel version or a copper design, depending on your aesthetic. As far as we're concerned, mixing metals and materials in the kitchen is a recipe for success.

VIGO 33 Matte Stone Farmhouse Kitchen Sink, $499.90

Houzer Epicure Series Apron Front Gourmet Single Bowl Kitchen Sink, $253.99

Let the faucet be a focal point.

When looking at inspo pics of farmhouse kitchens, you'll most likely find hints of industrial decor. The two styles complement each other so seamlessly. If this is something you want to try, start with the faucet. We love the look of a commercial pull-down design with a high-arc spout. (If you're feeling bold, consider going for the gold.) However, if you prefer a faucet that leans a little more towards the traditional side, something simple in a black matte is a beautiful choice.

KRAUS Britt Single Handle Commercial Kitchen Faucet with Dual Function Sprayhead, $249.95

AKDY Kitchen Faucet with Pull Down Sprayer, $149.99

Choose classic cabinet hardware.

Some might say that the kitchen is all about the hardware, because it's everywhere you look. So, you might want to put some thought behind this — or, trust our taste and commit to these cabinet pulls below. You can choose from classic bin pulls in oil rubbed bronze, or, if you want something more contemporary, consider the look of square bar pulls (in nickel, chrome, or gold).

GlideRite 2-15/16 in. Center Classic Bin Cabinet Pulls, Pack of 25, $43.99

GlideRite 3-3/4 in. Center Solid Square Bar Cabinet Pulls, Brass Gold, starting at $5.99

Add a fresh coat of paint.

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Paint provides the easiest and quickest way to freshen up any space in a flash. For a farmhouse kitchen, you can never go wrong with white paint on the walls. As for cabinet colors, while we do love the clean look of white, we also can't stop thinking about using black or deep blue in the kitchen. (And, choose a satin or semi-gloss paint — it's easier to clean.)

Rust-Oleum Simply Home Semi-Gloss PURE WHITE Interior Wall Paint, Gallon, $33.60

ColorPlace Pre Mixed Ready to Use, Interior Paint, Onyx Black, Semi-Gloss Finish, 1 Gallon, $15.84

Blue Uniform, KILZ COMPLETE COAT Interior/Exterior Paint & Primer in One, $23.86

Use subway tile for the backsplash.

While some farmhouse kitchen walls showcase shiplap, many others feature a backsplash made of subway tile. It's a timeless look. If you want to try this for your space, consider using a darker grout to make it stand out against the white tile in the best of ways. However, if you're updating on a budget or live in a rental, try a peel and stick backsplash for the easiest of installs.

WS Tiles Premium Series Individual 4" x 12" Glass Subway Tile in White, 5 Square Feet Carton, $44.95

Art3d 10-Sheet Peel and Stick Tile Backsplash in Subway Design, $39.99

Brighten up your kitchen with statement lighting.

If you have a small kitchen, consider hanging a black pendant barn light fixture (a fan favorite) or a simple decanter seeded glass light. One of these pendants hanging over your farmhouse sink will look right at home. However, if you have a larger kitchen, you could always space two or three of the black barn light fixtures over the island — or go big and feature a statement-making wood and oil rubbed bronze light.

14-inch Industrial Black Pendant Barn Light Fixture, $52.95

Kira Home Griffin 34" Farmhouse Kitchen Island Light, $144.99

Hang rustic open shelves.

If you have the wall space, put up a couple of wood open shelves. We especially love the look of rustic pine because it has that warm farmhouse feel. To complete the look, style the shelves with cookbooks, everyday dishes, and a vase filled with dried Craspedia.

Rustic Pine Solid Natural Wood Floating Shelves, Set of 2, $59.99

Voomwa Floating Shelves Wall Mounted, Set of 3, $26.48

So, are you feeling inspired to begin your farmhouse kitchen makeover? We're behind you 100%! All you need to do is to take that first step and before you know it, you'll be done. So, get ready to do it on your own, don't do it alone — do it with Walmart.


Laurie Gunning Grossman, Hunker’s editorial director, caught the California boho minimalist bug. So, she bought a cream-colored couch. And she also lives with two kids and two dogs, so we’ll see how that decision pans out.

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