After fighting a bronchitis for the past 2 weeks, I am back to talk about our plans for our farmhouse kitchen.We started a 3 phase kitchen renovation project last November. Phase 1 is not completely finished yet but made a huge impact on our farmhouse kitchen. We turned 27 flat panel kitchen cabinet doors and drawers into shaker style by using rough cut pine boards. The wood for this project cost only $40.00 and after waiting a decade to see this transformation, I am so grateful and overjoyed that it is almost done. We worked on this project very slowly because of other obligations and endeavors. I will show you more pictures of our kitchen cabinet makeover and write a tutorial about phase 1 this fall.
Phase 2 will be about replacing our dated laminate countertops and adding a tile backsplash. I painted our backsplash white a few months ago and I can’t wait to see some marble or subway tiles shining above our new countertops. I love the warmth of dark wood against white cabinets so I am leaning towards walnut butcher block. And let’s not forget about the quintessential element of a farmhouse kitchen, a farmhouse sink!
In phase 3, we will be replacing our very old appliances (if they don’t pass away before we get to this phase…) What do you think about the color of appliances in a farmhouse kitchen? I am leaning towards white at the bewilderment of my husband who really has his heart set on stainless steel.
Other farmhouse kitchen projects on our list: building a sideboard, giving antique Windsor chairs a little makeover, making an ”antique” wooden sign with milk paint, a chalkboard wall, a fun pantry switcheroo, etc.
Here are some kitchen inspiration pictures I have been drooling over for a long time… source
Unfortunately, we do not have a specific date for the beginning of phase 2, mostly due to finances. I have a bit of a black and white personality. I usually like to beautify a room when most of the elements I see in it please my eyes. I am slowly learning to embrace the journey and I am trying very hard to practice more gratitude and contentment in my home and in my life in general. I made a conscious decision not to wait for all the puzzle pieces to be in place and to beautify our home one corner, one section, one wall at a time. I came across this quote the other day and that really struck a chord.
I installed oil rubbed bronze hardware on our kitchen cabinets and drawers to match our future walnut butcher block countertops. In the meantime, I am making an effort to embrace the look of the dark hardware against our much lighter laminate countertop. I am even contemplating painting our laminate countertops white… I would love to hear from you if you ever attempted to do this crazy project!
The little section I decided to beautify this week is one I am looking at a lot every day. Our sink area! I love topiaries and I always wanted to have some in my kitchen. I was a bit nervous bringing two lavender topiaries home with me a few months ago because I wanted to keep these beauties indoors year round and flank them on each side of my kitchen sink. I figured that if they were showing signs of stress, I would move them to my sunny south facing patio. Speaking about my patio, as I was writing this post, I heard one of my chickens squawking loudly. I ran out and came face to face with a gorgeous red fox trying to catch two of our hens. I never met a fox that up close and personal or saw chickens flying and running at the same time! I hurt my throat trying to scare it off and it took a few minutes for the fox to give up and retreat to the woods. (My 4 year old son wants to add that I threw a stick in the air and he thinks that it is the funniest part of the story!) Back to my lavender topiaries, they are still alive and doing very well indoors. They are keeping company to my new indoor herb garden.I also added some beloved ironstone pieces: a blue and white casserole dish, two small pitchers and some plates. Finally, I treated myself to a ‘savon de Marseille’ and an antique grain sack dish towel to complete this little makeover.Believe it or not, I am currently enjoying washing dishes. This little makeover really makes me smile and helps me focus on all the things I love (ironstone, grain sack, lavender topiaries, french soap, herbs) instead of obsessing about all the things I would like to change in our kitchen.
I can’t wait to show you another little section I am working on in our farmhouse kitchen.
Here is a sneak peek…Greetings from Kingsbury Brook Farm!