Before & After: Farmhouse Kitchen Redesign


At the very beginning of this farmhouse kitchen redesign, way back in October, I told you the purpose of our little kitchen ‘redesign’.  We moved into this house eight-ish years ago thinking it would be a short-lived stay.  We plan to build a home of the back of the property, but in the last five years, lots of things happened which kind of stretched out the length of time until we could build.  After reassessing, we realized that it would probably be another five to seven years before we would build.

So anyway, there were a lot of things we did for the short term (like the first kitchen renovation) which could use a little shaping up.  I still loved the subway tile, dark walnut floors, and the black cabinets that we did the first go-around, so this next round of changes we focused on changing the overall look by updating color, including the updating countertops and on building more storage space.

As you can see, the amount of cabinet (and counter) space we have is pathetic.  We have basically nowhere to store pantry items, not to mention entertaining and serving dishes. Since we had a big blank space above the existing cabinets, we thought to build them up, adding on a second layer of cupboards with faux glass-front doors.

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We started by painting the whole space in a creamy, neutral gray called Sheep’s Wool by Benjamin Moore in Aura Interior Eggshell finish. Just that small change makes such a huge difference.  Although I liked the old green, the gray is just so much more updated.

Next we homed in on the countertops.  We swapped the ceramic 12″ tiles for butcher block which I got from Ikea, giving the room a little more warmth. All of the butcher block we needed came in at under $180, which was such a good deal. I love the way the updated butcher block looks off all of the black.



My favorite parts of updating the space were the cosmetic changes we made… Let’s start with the most exciting… how about the amazing brass hardware from Rejuvenation? Not only does it make a huge difference on the black cabinets, but it really ‘makes’ the open shelving.

If you’ll recall, I ended up going with the classic style ‘Mission’ Drawer pulls and bin pulls in unlacquered brass, and put a fun spin on the upper knobs with a hexagon style pull, also in unlacquered brass.  You can see more details on the cabinet hardware here and more details on the open shelving here.

And, one more fun little update were these brass outlet covers from Adorne.  Since I already had the whole Adorne outlet system in my house, it was super easy just to click off the old stainless steel covers and click on the new brass covers.

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The other cosmetic change I made which cost the least and made such a huge impact was the island!  It was previously all very yellow-y pine wood, but I updated it to match the cool, neutral kitchen by painting the bottom black and giving the top a faux marble treatment which cost me right around $30 to do.  You can see the full details of the marble faux painting here.

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The very last thing I did was add in a soft rug with a global flair and muted warm colors to spice up the place a bit.  After doing a ton of research on rugs, I ended up using a reader’s suggestion and purchasing this one from… it was under $150!

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So, that’s a wrap guys!  Three months of redesigns filled with building new cabinets, painting those cabinets, applying hardware, installing new countertops, revamping the old island, putting up new shelving, and adding some furnishings for finishing touches.  It stretched out a bit due to the holidays, but I’m so happy that it’s all done!

So, let me know how you like the new look?  Did you see where this was going from the beginning?  Do you think it does my original design of a modern farmhouse kitchen proud?

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