Planning Our Modern Farmhouse Kitchen On A Budget

Moodboard for our modern farmhouse kitchen dream – shades of grey, stone & white

The status quo

Not long ago we put an offer in for our first ever house – a blank 1950s house which needs a bit of love – and whilst the paperwork for the exchange is driving us nuts, the only thing that distracts me enough to keep me sane is the planning of how we (meaning I) are going to decorate everything. My mind is exploding with ideas and I can’t wait to finally get the keys to our new place, to start painting and decorating. Project number one will be the kitchen.

This is what it looks like at the moment. Whilst some might like this style, for me personally it is a brown nightmare with very questionable tiles and not how I imagined my dream kitchen.

What I LOVE about this kitchen though is the potential and space. A big kitchen was a priority on my wish list and this is definitely one of the biggest kitchens we’ve seen (and we viewed A LOT of houses). Eventually I would like to move the cooker and create a cooking island, but for the time being we’ll keep the layout as it is. However, the tiles and colour scheme have to change…

Dream kitchen ideas

For a while now I am dreaming of a modern farmhouse kitchen with contemporary and industrial style elements: imagine soft grey painted cupboards, a wooden work top, white tube tiles, a low ceramic sink, metal chairs with sheepskin cushions, white ceramic jugs on a white washed wooden shelf, little wreathes hanging from cabinet doors and printed linen in shades of grey. And my Rae Dunn collection on display, of course.

As always, Pinterest is my source for inspiration and below are some of my favourite kitchens & accessories, that I’ve discovered in the past weeks.

Farmhouse Chic – picture by Megan from

Everything started with this picture. You don’t see any kitchen details, but looking at the lovely curated farmhouse accessories gave me such a happy feeling and I started to envision how our future kitchen should look and feel like: Cozy

If you love the farmhouse style, you have to look at Megan’s blog. So many beautiful decoration ideas! I might pinch one or the other for our new house.

Picture by Naomi from

This cozy farmhouse kitchen from Naomi inspired me a lot when drafting my ideas for our new kitchen. I particularly love how she combines contemporary elements, such as these industrial metal high chairs, with warmer elements of wood and soft shades of white, beige and grey. By the way, she also has an online shop, dedicated to Danish inspired interiors and accessories. I’m sure I’ll have to order a few decorative bits and bobs, once we are actually in the house…  Have a look here.

Favourite Kitchen Accessories

I have definitely fallen in love with Naomi’s high chairs and found similar ones at Cox & Cox. Perfect stools for a breakfast bar or kitchen island, which we don’t have yet, but hey – every girl is allowed to dream a bit, right?

I also have my eye on their beautiful industrial metal shelf with hooks. Perfect to display all my Rae Dunn treasures, such as my mugs and bowls.

Pictures by Cox & Cox

How to get your dream kitchen on a budget

To keep costs to a minimum, I’ve decided to paint the kitchen cabinets, rather then buying a new kitchen and vamp it up with a few stylish elements. My aim is to mend where possible, upgrade where needed (such as work tops, faucet & sink), spoil us with a few eye catchers like the decorative shelving from above and then add some personal touches with boot sale and antique market finds. I already got my hand on some very pretty pieces that did not cost much, but will give that something extra. Oh, I really can’t wait to finally get the keys to the house and start decorating. My head is spinning with ideas…!

As usual, Pinterest is my best friend when it comes to getting inspired!

I would love to hear what you think about my ideas so far! #commentbelow


4 thoughts on “Planning Our Modern Farmhouse Kitchen On A Budget”

  • Tolle Ideen. So in die Richtung gehen meine Vorstellunden auch. Wahrscheinlich wird’s eher Holzmöbel und ne andere Arbeitsplatte. Spannung! 😘

    • Klingt spannend! Wir möchten auch noch mehr Naturmaterialien verwenden und werden versuchen eine Holzbank mit Schubladen (Stauraum und so 😅) zu integrieren. Aber die Liste an TO DOs ist so lang, erst einmal das Wesentliche. Bin auch auf eure Küche gespannt! ❤️

  • Seems we have similar styles. We midway through purchase 1930s renovation. Thered no way i can save the organge mfi relic so have to start afresh.
    I have a vision from Pinterest and brochures of shaker style kitchens.
    I think im sold on ikea and change the handles and a local company in bristol sprays kitchens if you still living south west.
    Your kitchen spray painted with solid wood or wood effect worktops and shell handles would look classy.
    Like you say its the small touches.
    We have a low 5k budget i think so trying to get all my ideas in on a budget.
    Good luck cant wait to see finished result.

    • You are absolutely right, some things just have to go… 😂 We are indeed still living in the south west, do you have the link from this company? If it’s not too expensive, I might ditch the brushes and pay for the convenience. There is still so much to do and it seems every time you think you finished something, a new „omg we need to sort that“ appears. But I’m sure it will all be fine in the end. 🙂

      I‘ve had a Ikea kitchen back in Germany and really liked it- and as you said, you cam still personalise it with new handles etc. Just be aware that Ikea has a different standard kitchen size. But you probably now that already anyway.

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend and all the best of luck for your renovation project. X

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