3 Kitchen Makeover Hacks to Save A Load of Time

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We recently tackled a kitchen makeover in our 1850s farmhouse. I love a good kitchen makeover hack to save us time and our sanity. When it comes to doing projects yourself you have one of two things to consider.
Time or Money.


This frugal couple has more time than money. When we want to do a project ourselves we make it our priority and squeeze it into our schedule.


Even when we choose time, we still would love a project to be finished quicker.


I came up with three things in our Kitchen Makeover that saved us time.

Not Painting the Inside of Cabinets

Diy Kitchen Ideas for you to save time. These kitchen makeover hacks will transform your kitchen but also save you time when money is tight.


We are so very blessed to have a big kitchen that comes with a ton of cupboards. All the cupboard space means more time and money. I knew I wanted to accent with wood, like the island and coffee bar pieces.

I decided the inside of our kitchen cabinets didn’t need to be painted. The wood is in decent condition. For the two seconds the cupboards are open I’m good with skipping it.

This saved cost on paint and time.

Check out how we redid our entire kitchen for less than $2,000 here.

Diy Kitchen Ideas for you to save time. These kitchen makeover hacks will transform your kitchen but also save you time when money is tight.


I knew painting the cupboards was time consuming because of all the sanding. I liked the wood look with the blue so I took a chance and decided not to paint the shelves.


The thing with this is when I step into the kitchen the look is completely different.

Diy Kitchen Ideas for you to save time. These kitchen makeover hacks will transform your kitchen but also save you time when money is tight.


It’s not that big of a deal to open a cupboard and see the wood. Plus the shelves aren’t as yellow as the outside ones seemed to be.
The best part is I can always paint the shelves at a later time.

This step saved time with being able to leave everything in the cupboards while the outside doors were off. Think about that for a minute, if you paint the shelves everything has to be removed and until the paint is dry.

Diy Kitchen Ideas for you to save time. These kitchen makeover hacks will transform your kitchen but also save you time when money is tight.


Wide Flooring Planks

Diy Kitchen Ideas for you to save time. These kitchen makeover hacks will transform your kitchen but also save you time when money is tight.

We chose wider laminate flooring without the sole idea of it saving us time. We got a deal on the flooring at Lowe’s. The price on the flooring was advertised for 99¢/sq/ ft.

We decided to purchase it and the price rang up higher. We asked the associate if they would honor the price advertsied even though it was their mistake at Lowes and they did.

If you are curious how much our Kitchen Makeover cost click here for a complete breakdown.

This flooring goes down easier and there is less of it when you have wider planks.

Diy Kitchen Ideas for you to save time. These kitchen makeover hacks will transform your kitchen but also save you time when money is tight.

Tap here to see all the before and after pictures of our Kitchen Makeover.


By Not Having an Exact End date


I know seems strange, not giving your project an exact date. The kitchen makeover hack I love to save time is by not picking an end date. Here is how it works. Placing a deadline to the project can create unnecessary stress.


For us when we choose to do a project we want it to go smooth. The goal is sooner is always better, but life happens.


Things come up, and some days we are not as motivated as others.
Having young kids and jobs that you need to work on weekends etc, can change how much work you get done. The older we get the more relaxed we seem to get with completing projects.


I don’t know if that is because of age or understanding the reality and priorities of certain things.
Without a deadline, it gives us a sense of having more time. It is harder for resentment to sneak in.


For example, something comes up with family and we need the weekend away to help someone. We aren’t going to have the resentment of the situation taking us away from our deadline.

I love how the farmhouse kitchen turned out and hope it helps you with your next makeover.

What kitchen makeover hacks do you have?


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