Ideas for a country kitchen on a budget

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Ideas for a country kitchen on a budget
Look for antiques at estate sales. (old rusty coffee pot in the rays of sun image by NiDerLander from Fotolia.com)

A country kitchen highlights old-fashioned accents like rustic cabinetry, framed wall art and basic farmhouse-style decor. However, budget constraints require flexibility, elbow grease and creative ideas to create the ultimate country kitchen with little money. Buying discontinued cabinets or installing features and appliances yourself can save you money when designing your country-style kitchen.

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Paint

Find affordable paint in colours that you would see in a country kitchen like baby blue, yellow or cream. Paint all the walls one colour and leave the ceiling white. Paint simple accents a flower border around the room with low-cost stencils. Choose matt, non-glossy paint for this type of kitchen. Pairing paint with flowery wallpaper also works well in a country-style kitchen.

Cabinets

Use an electric sander to sand down your existing oak cabinets or buy unfinished cabinetry. Cherry wood cabinets are too fancy for a country-style kitchen, however light maple or white cabinetry can work well for this type of kitchen. You can also buy discounted cabinets that have a rustic or old-fashioned look. Place an ad online to see if you can find someone who wants to sell old-fashioned cabinets or check with local cabinet makers.

Wicker Baskets

Buy affordable old-fashioned wicker baskets and place two of these on the counter and fill each one with your favourite fruits. Place other larger wicker baskets on top of the counter tops and put old glass bottles with corks in between the baskets as added decor.

Antiques

Look for kitchen antiques at yard sales or antique shops. Find old-fashioned kitchen decor, iron pots, wooden tables, salt shakers, roosters and other country-style decor pieces for your kitchen. Find antique paintings of a farmhouse to hang in your kitchen. If you search long enough you can also find good deals on rare finds like old ice cream machines, kettles and utensils.

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