Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Our Farmhouse Kitchen Part One

As promised...some pictures of my kitchen!


This is one of  the entrances into the kitchen from the dining room. The cupboard pictured was in the house when we bought it and I can not even begin to tell you how much I love it. There had been an estate auction at our house before we bought it and almost all of the original farm items sold. The only reason the cupboard didn't sell was because it was literally screwed into the wall, lucky for me!


The new slipcover I put on the armchair goes perfectly with my kitchen decor and colors. This is where I often sit with a cookbook and a cup of tea.  I just found the antique towel rack at the thrift store for $1, I was so excited! And the deer bell is for me to ring when it is meal time.



Our kitchen table is a thrift store find that my mom found and bought for us. I sanded down the original top and painted the bottom. Our kitchen chairs came with a table my sister bought, she didn't want the chairs and we were in need of some.




You wouldn't believe it now to look at but neither that door or the window were there when we bought the house, actually that doorway lead into a closet. My husband and I tore down both an exterior wall and an interior wall (with the exception of family we have done everything to date ourselves, we have yet to hire anyone). The kitchen was half the size it is now and very dark.  The area that I am showing in these pictures was actually a tiny bedroom. Everyone thought I was crazy when I said I wanted to rip down the wall separating the two rooms, but I think it worked out:)



Somewhere along the line someone had glued linoleum to these beautiful floors. I spent over a month on my hands and knees scrapping off that awful glue. I sanded the floors down and then restained them a dark walnut. An endless process and not easy with a 1 year old crawling about, but so worth the results.




There is lots more to show of the kitchen....stay tuned!

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18 comments:

  1. Sooo beautiful. I love it! It is so peaceful!

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  2. Your kitchen is amazing! You and your husband must be such hard workers to do all this yourselves. I am looking forward to Part II. :)

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  3. I do like the chair covers they go so well with your home! Such a pretty kitchen!

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  4. What a wonderful job you and your hubby are doing.....It is fabulous! I love a great redo....Me and my hubby have refurbished many older homes...We always say, "this is the last one". But, we do it again.. Getting ready to move again, so our adventure will start soon. Thanks for the pics of your redo....Blessings!

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  5. I just love your house...totally my style. My Grandma lived in a beautiful old home with walnut floors and lots of white...perfect then and perfect now...never goes out of style.I have great admiration for people who do their own updates. Somehow seems even better when they are done.

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  6. Great job! Can't get enough of the white! Everything flows beautifully...

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  7. Very pretty Megan,can't wait to see more. Is your actual kitchen *kitchen* at the other end of the table? Love your floors. . .

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  8. This post was such a treat! Your kitchen is so cozy and pretty and just the way I imagine a farmhouse kitchen should look. I love the old hutch and the deer bell is such a nice touch. So is the wing chair. I've often thought of placing one in my kitchen but never knew if it would work. With your inspiration now I know it will. Can't wait for part 2.

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  9. Gorgeous as usual! I absolutely love all the white with the wood. Looks so warm and light and cozy!

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  10. This is simply put....the best! I love your cabinet
    with all those antique mixing bowls and oh my the farmhouse table with the light coming through the window.....you and your home should really be featured in a magazine. Everything is warm and cozy as a farmhouse should be....can't wait for part 2......Corinne

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  11. A true labor of love. Thank you for sharing, cannot wait to see the rest!

    KC

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  12. Hi Megan, one quick question . . . did you use a poly of some sort on your floor after you stained it? If so what kind did you use, how many coats, and what sheen (matte, satin)? I'm getting ready to spiff my floors up and I love the look of yours, especially with the white furniture. . . Thanks, Debi

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    1. Hi Debi! I always use Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane because time is always an issue. I applied two coats of Satin because I didn't want the floors to look shiny and new. I like a worn look and I was afraid too many coats would look too glossy. As you can see in the pictures there are areas that are wearing off like under the chairs. I wanted that to happpen because a 150 year old house would have that. I scrub my floor about every other day and it has held up great. However we put down salvaged wood flooring in our bathroom and I put 6 or 7 coats of poly on that because it would be exposed to water. Hope that helps!

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  13. Absolutely stunning!! I love every detail. Your bowl collection is beautiful, I want some big branch arrangements for my old buckets. Great inspiration♥

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    Linsey

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  14. You think right-it was worth evey minute you spent on it Such an inspiration of what hard work and tenacity can achieve. Well done.

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  15. Charming, full of character, and just beautiful! Can't wait to see more.

    Jeanette @ Creating a Life

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  16. Hello, simply country cozy.....I want those chairs, they are wonderful......You would never get me to leave your Farmhouse, Francine.

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