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.


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.