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We are in the home stretch of the farmhouse remodel, y’all! Well, the home stretch of the interior of the farmhouse anyway. We still have a lot of cleaning up and painting to do to the exterior of the house and the outbuildings, but it’s too hot for that right now, so for the most part we’ve been working inside.
We’ve finished up the living room (see how it turned out here), are thisclose to finishing the bathroom and now I’m setting my sights on the kitchen. This is what the kitchen looked like when we got the house:
Farmhouse Kitchen Before
Since then, we have had to have the kitchen sink completely replumbed, I’ve been able to find and repair some of the missing drawer fronts, the walls, cabinets and flooring have been scrubbed, we tossed the stove and dishwasher and have replaced the light fixture, outlets, switches, faucet and probably done other things I can’t remember right now…
As I told you when I first wrote about this project, the knotty pine walls and cabinets are staying. That being said, the lower cabinets are in pretty poor condition. While the upper cabinets and most of the paneling on the walls cleaned up pretty well, the lower cabinets are actually losing much of their finish as you can probably see by the photos. Still, I don’t plan on painting them. I’m hoping to be able to lightly sand them and then give them a fresh coat of poly. The cabinet hardware also needs a good cleaning for sure or to be replaced.
The countertops will be staying for now as well. After giving them a good cleaning, they are still in pretty good condition. We’ll use them as long as we can – because budget!
Here’s where the kitchen is headed:
Farmhouse Kitchen Plans
We’ve already replaced the old ceiling fan with a new semi-flush mount fixture.
In the kitchen, I wanted a fixture that would make somewhat of a statement, but it couldn’t be too fancy. This is definitely not a crystal chandelier kind of kitchen. I found this semi-flush mount that fit the bill perfectly. It works well with the paneling without standing out too much, provided plenty of light and has a modern farmhouse vibe that fits well with our style. It’s also less than $200, so it’s budget friendly.
In my Pap’s old workshop by the house, we found this cool table that is going to function as an island in the kitchen.
Pulling this table out only cost me one yellow jacket sting, which really is a good deal given the multiple nests that were in the workshop and the huge snakeskin we saw there. It obviously needs a good deep cleaning. After that, I’m going to see how much of the rust I can get off and then go from there as to whether or not to paint that metal part or not. I have actually hung onto the Ralph Lauren Inspired green, navy and white barstools from the Beloved Foreclosure and I think they will go perfectly with this island.
I also think they’ll add a much needed shot of color to the room. And as it just so happens, I also have the navy and white curtain panels from our last house as well, that I’ll be shortening for the windows in the kitchen.
They will of course tie in with the upholstery on the barstools, add color and a little more lightening to the space with the navy and white stripes.
We have also went ahead and replaced the faucet as the old one was leaking pretty badly.
Grunt and I both love the Delta Trinsic faucet we have in the kitchen at The 70’s Landing Pad, so we opted for the same faucet for the farmhouse, but in a matte black finish. Like the light fixture, it seems to give off that modern farmhouse kind of vibe to me and also works well with the paneling.
And then there’s the other side of the kitchen…
Eventully, the kitchen flooring will get replaced. We had hoped to replace it sooner rather than later, however the budget isn’t allowing for that right now. Instead I got on my hands and knees and scrubbed it with bleach and then cleaned it again with a basic floor cleaner. It actually cleaned up pretty well given what it looked like before.
Growing up, the kitchen table was always against this wall. It was rectangular and came out from the wall longways and I can still see my Pap sitting there drinking his coffee every morning in the same spot. If you look closely at the paneling there, you can even see where the table was up against the wall there for all those years. That kitchen table is actually now where I sit and write this very post as well as most all the other posts I’ve ever written on this blog. I made it into my desk a few years ago and I really like working here each day on the same table where so many meals were eaten, countless conversations were had and hours were spent digging for one single recipe for Chicken Spaghetti out of a box of a thousand.
For us, having a kitchen table in here really just wouldn’t make sense. The island will work better for our needs and we’ll eat family meals in the dining room. Instead of a kitchen table on this wall, I’m planning to do a gallery wall.
This is the first piece of art I have for the wall. I have probably been looking at this Tropical Still Life print for two years now, but have never had the perfect place for it. It’s bright colors just always sucked me in and when I came across it again while gathering ideas for the farmhouse, I knew this would be perfect for the kitchen. It brings in some much needed bright colors against the dark walls and the green ties in perfectly with the barstools. The wall isn’t going to be just filled with art prints though! My grannie used to have lots of little knick-knacks hanging on that wall and above the cabinets and I actually still have quite a few of those pieces. (Yes, I am a packrat and damn proud of it!) I’m planning to work them all into the wall somehow.
That’s all I have for now, but what do you think? Can I balance out all the knotty pine and make it work?