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I wish you could have seen the kitchen when we started.

Or when we were in the middle of construction and there was only a pipe in the floor and layers and layers of indoor/outdoor carpet and vinyl.

I didn’t really take any before pictures.

Or during pictures.

You see….I didn’t write a blog then….

….and the only camera I had was the kind you threw away after you used it. 🙂


I wish I could tell you that I really planned out the design.

That I had pin boards and inspiration files and sample boards and price lists.

But I didn’t.

I had something much better.


Something that made me shop the house and the attic and my mother’s house.

Something that made me shop yard sales….

….and paint and distress and transform what I already had.

Something called…

….a budget. 🙂


And so we used the original wood flooring.

And I painted the yard sale hutch that came from a yard sale and filled it with yard sale milk glass and cut up an old slip cover to make the curtains and turned a book case upside down to create a wall display and created faux transoms at the windows because real transoms….

….weren’t in the budget.


It’s been about four years now since we finished the kitchen….

…..and do you know what’s funny?

Now I have a little more budget.

Just a little.

I have a little extra to make some changes in the kitchen.

But I don’t.

And why?

Because I love it.


And with all its imperfections and yard sale finds and chipped paint and distressed glory….

….I think it’s perfect just the way it is. 🙂

farmhouse kitchen

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  1. Image for Marisa Franca @ Allourway.com Marisa Franca @ Allourway.com

    I can't imagine how you could improve on what you've done. Perhaps the saying should be a budget is the mother of all inventions. It forces us to be creative!! Where is the challenge of going into a store and saying to the clerk " I want that. . .and that. . . and that. When you have to go dumpster diving :-) lurking in alleys and trolling on trash days -- now that's a challenge and genius to make it a one of a kind. You, my friend, are a genius of the top order -- your crown and scepter await you. Big hugs -- have a great day

  2. Image for Penelope Groff Penelope Groff

    Thank you for inspiring me to take chances. I don't need the before and during pictures to taste what you experienced. I'm in the "during" and although its a 1998 gingerbread, cottage style, ranch, it was so contemporary on the inside I thought I would have to go back to my trunk of 1960's clothes and pull out my go go boots and mod dresses in order to live in it. I seriously felt like Samantha from Bewitched....oh if only I could twitch my pointy nose and change it all! But then I would miss the reward of creating everything on my own, and that experience is priceless. I did take before pics and during pics. I will post them soon. For now, know that your stripes are what struck me, but they became a checker board. Labor intensive, but detailed with love. I'm building my own island out of repurposed cabinets. I hit the mother load of barn wood from a 100 year old barn down the road. I hooked up with the owner and he said "take what you want"! Woooo hooooo! Thank goodness for my pick up truck! 5 truck loads later I have enough to make the counter top for the island, and some other creations I have bouncing around in my head and keeping me awake at night. I'm distressing my own pinewood wood floor boards (played with the formula for hours) and the hubs and I will be laying those in June when the weather is right for us to go in an out of the french doors in the master bedroom. All in all I'm so excited to be tackling this and Kari Ann I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being "found" on the world wide web....and shining a light on the possibilities, if only you set your mind free and look at everything, absolutely everything as part of a possible creation for anywhere in your house. Can't wait for yard sale season!!!

  3. Image for Betsy@coastal-colors Betsy@coastal-colors

    It's always a pleasure to stop by your blog! Having had the pleasure of meeting you in person, I can truly say you are just as precious as you are on your blog! You have an amazing talent that turns an object into a jewel! Your kitchen is one of my favorite kitchens! Have a wonderful week!

  4. Image for Stephanie Ray Brown Stephanie Ray Brown

    Bless your heart I just love you and your kitchen! I love how you make things come together, pop, and yes be you! I hope I can do the same in the months to come. So tickled and thrilled God sent you my way! have a marvelous Monday!

  5. Image for Dawna Dawna

    Well..when you are so talented you get it right the first time!! I love your kitchen and wouldn't change a thing about it. Have a happy day! and thanks for your inspiration ...always!

  6. Image for Tina Matteson Tina Matteson

    Oh, how I love this post! And I have a [tight] budget too... but now I can't imagine decorating any other way.

  7. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Do you still call it your macaroni kitchen? I think that was one of the first posts that I read...I still love it. Enjoy your day! ;)

  8. Image for Marian@Gathering Branches Marian@Gathering Branches

    Woman, where is your sink? Mine is easy to find. See the giant pile of dishes? The sink is under that. I don't even know why I care, I just couldn't figure out where yours was. And that's useful, you know. Just in case I come over and need a drink of water. I could just help myself. The Other Marian

  9. Image for Kris Kris

    You should not change a thing I love your kitchen. It is cozy and warm and so inviting. The kitchen is the heart of the home and you have made yours special. Kris

  10. Image for Theresa Theresa

    Love it! Impressive that it was done economically! Do tell, where did you get the kitchen island? I didn't see it in your ebay pins. So glad I found your blog!

  11. Image for Janet Janet

    Decorating done on a budget is always more creative than that done with unlimited funds...your kitchen is a perfect example. It is beyond perfection!!

  12. Image for Mary Feguson Mary Feguson

    I love your kitchen - it is beautiful and I wouldn't change a thing. You have so much talent and such wonderful ideas. Thanks so much for sharing this post with us. Have a terrific week. Mary

  13. Image for erin @ dfmi designs erin @ dfmi designs

    Well done! I find it so difficult to be patient. I can see my visions in my head and the budget I'm okay with. I am very creative! It's the time part that gets me. All the intensiveness of the labor to rehab rooms and the time it takes to do it. But the finished projects are so thrilling! Glad your's all came together. :)

  14. Image for Jennifer W Jennifer W

    Kari Anne, I just adore your kitchen and every imperfectly, perfect thing in it! I can imagine your smile each time you walk into your kitchen. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

  15. Image for Kathy d Kathy d

    Amen sister! I wish you did have some before photos. And how inspiring to know you have honed your photography skills from a throw away camera to this! I have renewed hope based upon this post. I shop moms house and yard sales too and my budget depends on it as well as my passion for reusing and my sentimental side for preserving the past family stuff. Thank you.


    Beautiful..as is. What a beautiful room, don't change a thing. It projects comfort, peacefulness. I love everything about this room and how you display your collections.

  17. Image for myforeverchanginghome myforeverchanginghome

    I love your creativity! Your blog is so inspiring and I never miss a post! I agree that if I had tons of money, I would still visit thrift stores and make my own chalkpaint... I just love/need the challenge. Your kitchen is gorgeous!

  18. Image for Deb McKathan Deb McKathan

    Oh, I love your kitchen as is. Hit my heart when I saw the white snack set with the grapes on them. I had a set of eight and then my shelf collapsed. I have most of the cups still but only two plates left....Love your blog and your home.

  19. Image for Donna Donna

    Love your kitchen, always have. I had NO idea the bookcase was upside down. Talk about thinking "outside of the box". We all should take a walk around the house and re-imagine our stuff. Thank you, esp. your honesty about your cooking. We all have our own special talents.

  20. Image for Vicki Vicki

    Your kitchen is inspiring, My his and and I are restoring. 210 year old cabin and farmhouse in rural KY and your table with the date your home was built on it is amazing, Can you share where you got the stencil for the circa and date? Or, did you free-hand paint the table? Either way, the table rocks!

  21. Image for Gwen Gwen

    I clicked the here button on the bookshelf story and laughed!!! But truly you were ahead of your time. An original! No one was doing what you were doing. Or maybe they were but I didn't know for I discovered blogging when I was relearning how to read...I thought about when I came on board. I don't know! But I've laughed. Bought red lipstick for Valentines Day couples retreat (but I feel I stand out as I'm now disabled). But in my different body, different personality, who used to be smart, I slowly with help, got ready for our Mystery Dinner after our special day in Santa Barbara. And the last thing I did was put on my red lipstick and my hubby said, with some tears as I don't fit in like before, walker and stumbling over words, "You are so beautiful. I'm so glad I married you." I'm sure it was the red lipstick though. But you see, God did not just give you a house and a blog. You were used by God to help me find a way to rediscover my house. I'd always had great passion for my yard. But I'm housebound unless someone is here and I feel able to go. My walls I see all the time I've redone on a budget and I'm older so I've shopped my stuff and rearranged it and now, through my daily Bible reading, I can once again look up a passage. I still forget what I read but I can read. Little bits at a time. And that's why I ALWAYS now read your post. You were there at the beginning of that journey. I've written too much. My head hurts. And part of injury, I do not know how to write concisely!! So thank you again for a post that made me laugh by going back in time to an old post and clicking on eBay but I don't know how to use (good for the budget?) and for being right where God planted you--no need for the step by steps--He wanted me to see it as it was looking pretty good! I do remember the post on the pinch to make those valances so I have some memories!!!!! Happy day. This (not the past demo days) is the day that The Lord has made; WE will rejoice and be glad in it!!"

  22. Image for Msshe Msshe

    Love the post and love the comments. It is wonderful how your blog can provide inspiration for homes as well as for the souls who live in those homes. Sometimes we start things for one reason then find that beautiful other reasons come along. Friendship. Support. Kindred spirits. Thanks for what you do. Sheila

  23. Image for Pendra Pendra

    Love it ALL!! I have a question for you... do you ever sleep and when??? Your whole home and all your posts are so wonderful, colorful and creative and I just don't know where you find the time in a day?!?!

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