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Monday, April 14, 2014

Farmhouse Style Kitchen Update

Okay, I don't have a real farmhouse kitchen, I just wish I did. I actually live in a fairly new home right now, (which we rent) that leans much more toward contemporary style. But I have always loved rustic, vintage farmhouse style! Way back when, I think we used to refer to it as "country", but today I think the term "farmhouse" brings to mind the fresher image of painted pieces, ironstone and soft, worn surfaces with the simple charm I love. 

This is a photo of the real historic farmhouse
that was very close to being ours. You can read a little about "the one that got away" over here

Since we're talking kitchen style, I thought it would be fun to throw in a couple of photos I came across from the kitchen renovation at our previous home (long before blogging) I wouldn't do the black quartz counters again, but I sure miss that huge cast iron sink and antique style faucet! 

I have a ton of photos today. On a day in the near future when the kitchen is out of control  full of life again, with dishes, cheerios on the floor, schoolwork, and children eating eating EATING, I will have my "neat" photos to look back on. Thank you, in advance, for indulging me : ) 

Come on in and hang out with me in the kitchen today! 

As you enter our home, this is the view of the kitchen to your left.

As I've mentioned before, the main level of our home is really just one not-so-big room that is the kitchen, living room and dining area. 

I recently shared with you my diy farmhouse style cabinet that I created from an old dresser to hide my ugly kitchen garbage can. 

Here's a reminder of the before and after

One of the other problem issues of this area was always having our used kitchen rags and towels waiting in a little pile by the garbage can to be transported to the upstairs laundry (not a pretty subject, I know). I solved that by placing a vintage enamelware pot next to the cabinet to hold the soiled towels until we take them up. Sort of like a mini hamper for the kitchen. 

I've had some comments about why I didn't turn this piece with the back facing the cabinet next to it. I did try it initially, but it stuck out too far past the cabinet into a walkway, and just didn't work for me. As you can see, the end of this wall has been our family's growth chart. That really high mark up there is my son-in-law. I hope he's not still growing! :)

Yes, the cabinet does come out a bit past the end of this wall, but I'm fine with it until a more narrow piece comes my way. I debated about what would go on top of the farmhouse style cabinet, but decided it will be the coffee station for now.

My daughter painted this drawer that came from the original dresser, and we hung it over the cabinet to hold our coffee cup rack and a small wooden crate that keeps the necessities close at hand. 

A small cabinet door chalkboard that I made quite awhile ago. Like I really need an invitation for a coffee break?

The counter to the right of the farmhouse style cabinet holds the electric kettle, my grandmother's blue and white cow creamer, and some recently acquired cutting boards.

I've hung a piece of antique baseboard to add a little interest to the soffit area above the stove. 

I thought this vintage sugar sack looked really cute on the front of the oven, but my kids are tired of me telling them not to wipe their hands on it! Function wins. I'll find another place for it. 

The "faux" ceiling tin behind the stove is a left over piece from a project at our previous home. 

I created a little shelf for glasses out of a panel from a vintage door that I picked up last year. It looks chippy, but it's been sealed with polyurethane. 

Yes, we truly do use these jars as drinking glasses every day. A vintage wooden box is perfect for holding small plates and utensils in jars. 

Above the sink, I replaced the french blue shelf with a large white wooden box. When you simply don't have the budget to buy many new things for your home, it really challenges you to recycle, re-purpose and re-invent what you have to create a different look. This large wooden crate is a perfect example. It has served so many different functions over the years! In our previous home, it held firewood next to the wood burning stove, it has been a wall shelf in my kids' room, a book shelf, a toy box and has held extra blankets in our winter living room. I was really happy to find it fits the space above the sink perfectly. 

I created a little hanging plaque from a wooden restaurant platter.

I don't need to open this cabinet above the sink very often, so I was okay with letting the "good food" sign hang down over the doors. 

A simple, neutral display on the white crate shelf above the sink- favorite ironstone pieces and a sweet iron bird my oldest daughter bought for me a couple of weeks ago. 

This is the nest we used in place of a ring pillow at my daughter's wedding

The white pottery pitcher and vintage flatware pieces were given to me by two different friends. I'm so lucky to have friends with great taste : )
 The round frame is a recent thrift store purchase. The ironstone butter pat, a favorite piece for many years, is perfect for holding rings while we're washing dishes. 

The rustic barnboard-looking piece behind the sink has been used in a hundred different ways around my house! I've used it as a photo backdrop for my shop items, as a tray, an art backdrop, etc etc. Do you want to see what this piece started out as? Get ready...


Ha! Straight from the 1970's. I had this exact poster on my bedroom wall when I was about 13! I spotted it at a thrift store a couple of years ago for around $2.00. 


I really liked the look of the wood, and thought I could probably scrape the old poster off (harder than I thought). I used it like this for a photo backdrop for awhile, and then painted it white at some point. I still love this piece! 

 I have a small collection of blue and white dishes, and every now and then I like to see them all out on display. Not sure how long it will last before my brain is longing to see all neutral again : )

On top of the fridge, some vintage floral trays in an old wire basket. The round tray belonged to my grandmother. 

There is a lot of wood in this kitchen! I like the way the painted stool and the painted farmhouse style cabinet break things up a bit. I've been thinking about the possibility of doing beadboard wallpaper around the back of the island. I would love to be able to paint the cabinets, but I don't think that's going to happen. 

Someday, my kitchen counter may look like this every day. For now, I'll have to be happy with a photograph : )

The bar stools are a work in progress. I love how sturdy and comfortable they are, but they came from a hotel in Aspen, and the original fabric definitely reflected a hotel feel. 

You would probably guess that I would want to paint these, but I really like the look of the darker wood with a lighter fabric. 

I've been piecing together some fabric pieces trying to come up with some sort of a cover that can be easily washed. Often. 

This neutral checked upholstery weight fabric (thrift store) is another thing that has served multiple purposes over the years from tablecloth to ottoman cover. I don't really want to tack it to the stools, because I know it will need to be washed regularly. So I'm trying to come up with a way to make an easily removable seat cover. 

At the end of the island, a few rustic baskets replace a dresser that's been moved to the basement. 

Some, holding the blown eggs my kids did recently, now waiting to be decorated for Easter. 

View to the kitchen as you are sitting in the living room  area. 

It's challenging trying to give our more contemporary kitchen some vintage farmhouse charm. I've tried to hint at the style I love so much, while trying not to be plain silly for the style of our house. As a renter, I can't do many changes to the space, and being on a super tight budget just means I have to use my imagination even more.
Coming up, I'll be sharing a few updates to the dining area, so be sure and stop by soon. 

Thanks so much for hanging out with me in the kitchen today! 


Sharing this week over at

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Thrifty Life Thursday at Revisionary Life
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Under $100 Party at Beyond the Picket Fence
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at The Everyday Home
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House


  1. You've done a great job, Jeanette, creating a farmhouse look in your kitchen. I love the way you've used drawers and boxes for shelves.
    Mary Alice

  2. I love what you've done with your kitchen! I'm filing away so many of your vignette ideas. Right now I'm in the process of painting my kitchen cabinets (the top white & the bottom a charcoal gray) & we've added bead-board to the back splash all the way to the ceiling. I'm so excited to give it a more farmhouse feel. I plan to copy your basket idea for corralling things - I especially love your use of wire baskets!

  3. Jeanette, where do I begin? I love so many details that you've thoughtfully added to make your kitchen unique and give it an inviting farmhouse look! (Those bar stools are amazing! Love the numbers!) Great job :)

  4. You've done a great job making it country (ummm, I mean farmhouse). It is adorable and I love all the ways you have repurposed stuff. I just used the wallpaper on a bathroom and it was so easy. Your blue and white dishes are gorgeous but my favorite thing is that coffee station or maybe the 70s plaque remade. Love it.

  5. Oh I think you kitchen has tons of farmhouse charm. I love your accessories and they way you incorporate your fabric details too.

  6. What a great job at giving it a real farmhouse feel! I love all the different woods, and the white paint as well. Nothing like shopping the house and giving things a new look! xoKathleen

  7. Not that it is any of my business, but did you try to turn that dresser/counter long ways butting up against the cabinet? From the picture, it looks like there is just as much space at the end of the cabinet as there is dresser sticking out into the walk way -

  8. Absolutely beautiful! Totally love your coffee bar area, so inviting!

  9. Love the farmhouse look in your kitchen!! The wood and your whites give it such a cozy farmhouse feel.

  10. Your kitchen looks lovely. I LOVE the coffee station with the drawer on the wall :)

  11. You did a great job! Lovely! I think my favorite is the coffee station.

  12. Love all your sweet and rustic touches!!! So inviting and warm......nice!!!

  13. Jeanette, your creativity has added so much charm and personality to your kitchen. It's a wonderful space for your family. Love what you did with your barstools!

  14. Wow, so much eye candy! I love the drawer turned into a mug rack! Very fun! and the other touches of old and worn here and there....simply charming! Thanks for the fun.

  15. Your creative additions to the kitchen really do give it a farmhouse feel! I especially love the drawer hanging on the wall!

  16. I love the coffee break sign! Your kitchen is very inviting. Please come share at the Anything Goes weekly linky party.

  17. You are using your creativity to make a comfy inspiring home! Clever use of drawers and boxes,
    creating farmhouse style.
    Happy Easter!

  18. You are using your creativity to make a comfy inspiring home! Clever use of drawers and boxes,
    creating farmhouse style.
    Happy Easter!

  19. Jeanette, you may not live in a farmhouse, but you have given your home a wonderful farmhouse style. Love it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. So many beautiful touches in your kitchen! It definitely has the feel of a quaint farmhouse kitchen. Love what you did with little chest of drawers. :)

  21. Your kitchen is really pretty and very charming with all of your special "farm house" touches!

  22. Love your farmhouse kitchen ... makes me want to make some changes is mine.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  23. Hi Jeanette, I wanted to drop you a line and thank you again for commenting on Susan's blog MUST LOVE JUNK and leaving me a sweet comment there on being in the Saturday Spotlight! Love your kitchen, omg so much eye candy here...will follow you for sure!!!! xoxoxo Christine from

  24. Great looks! That soup tureen is awesome!

  25. Your kitchen is so cozy! Thanks for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!

  26. When you're eventually ready to part ways with the white box I want it back :) And also, I really miss our old house.

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