Farmhouse Chic

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Design Goal:

This lovely farmhouse had a lot of character but the kitchen needed to be updated. The cabinets were faded from years of sun and had turned a strange orange color; the island was not conducive to entertaining as the homeowner did not like the step up island. The client had always wanted a white kitchen and disliked the cold, unwelcoming floor tile. The entertainment area needed to be reworked.

Outcome:

We updated the entire kitchen and family room area by removing the tile floor and blending in new hardwood to match the existing hardwood in the hall and living areas. Using a paint scheme in warm tones we selected a soft yellow, a soft peach and green for the kitchen, family room, pantry and laundry areas. By keeping the cabinets and painting them a creamy white, the same as the millwork, we were able to keep construction and costs down. By designing a custom island and shelf for over the cooktop I added architectural detail, and then by using a rubbed black painted finish we created a rich patina. The client wanted a “marble” look but not the maintenance so by using a white marbled quartz with black granite on the perimeter of the counters we continued our two tone palette. The backsplash is a combination of white and black basketweave and subway tiles with silver accents providing a focal point over the cooktop and with silver pulls adding to the detailed finish. The pantry received a new black granite top. We kept the bookshelves in the family room, painted them white and added black bead board to the back while a new custom center cabinet was designed for the TV and storage to match the island. The laundry room received a new glass door labeled “laundry” with an etched washtub on it.

Now the kitchen is a new farmhouse chic and ready for entertaining family and friends.