Friday, May 22, 2015

Farmhouse Friday ~ Farmhouse Kitchen


Hello and welcome to this month's edition of FARMHOUSE FRIDAY!!! This month's theme is FARMHOUSE KITCHENS!!! 



I have to say when writing these posts it is hard to know what readers already know and have heard lots of times (yes you Debbie, Maria, and Robin) and what others may not know at all, so I figure it can't hurt to go over some things.  First of all our budget is usually zero dolllars when we start a room so I am always looking to be creative and use what we already have. Our farmhouse kitchen was dark and small before we gutted it and took down a wall. There was nothing original left in it when we purchased the house, the cabinets were ugly 1970's brown shellacked and the walls were paneled and there was a drop ceiling.




Anything that we already had to work with when we were re-doing the kitchen was a bonus. Like the cabinets for example, my parents were tearing them out of their house right at the same time we were re-doing our kitchen so we just reworked them to fit in ours.




This is Neal, my dad and my nephew putting them up. 

I painted them white of course, it appears that I had actually already started to when I took this picture, seems like so long ago. The counter tops are from Ikea, and we couldn't be happier with them. 




Another item we were able to reuse is the top for the island, it was the top to our very first Ikea kitchen table. I designed the island and Neal built it, it hides our garbage can and microwave and has shelves for baskets that hold my potatoes and onions. I recently painted it Glidden's Whispering Wheat ( it was Martha Stewarts Sissal before) and changed the handles I had on it.




The french door that keeps our mudroom closed off was $5 yard sale find that Neal cut to fit this door frame.











We have had a couple different tables in our kitchen but I was not to be satisfied until we had a big farmhouse style one. Neal built us this one and the chairs are hand me downs from my sister. The chandelier I found on Overstock.com for a steal.




I am sure you have spotted my amazing new sign by now. I have been looking for an old black and white sign for this area for the longest time. Then a couple of weeks ago I spotted this beauty on Etsy at Maria's wonderful shop Covet Antiques. I new it was the absolute perfect thing for this space and Maria could not have been wonderful to purchase from, and she knew of my blog!




Isn't it just beautiful?!







And at an antique fair a couple of weeks ago I found this little folding step stool, I just love it.  




On top of this little cupboard that Neal built us I keep my rolling pins and antique drying rack that my mom gave me.






You guys now how much I love wooden spoons and this month us gals in the blog hop were lucky enough to get utensils from Polders World Market!!! Their items are handcrafted by a member of the Poldler family in Rogersville, Tennessee. They haul the fallen trees out of the forest, cut the wood on their sawmill, carve, sand and pack each utensil themselves, pretty cool if you ask me.







As much as I love to cook I am embarrassed to say that I have not yet used mine but they are absolutely beautiful and so soft to the touch. This month Polders is offering 35% off collections so hurry up and get some while they are on sale! And you could even win some, check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post!




The beadboard on the ceiling is not original, we added that. We also added the beam running through the center of the room. It hides where the two ceilings meet, it is just pine that I stained Dark Walnut. We finally just got to putting up the trim where the walls meet the beadboard ceiling. We actually used PVC trim oppossed to wood trim which saved us over $200. I usually don't like using things that would not have been around when our house was built but sometimes price does come into play.




And actually once it is painted you really can't tell that it is not real wood.




I like my kitchen to be bright and white contrasted with lots of wood tones. I love filling it with simple but pretty things like linens and rustic baskets, and lots and lots ironstone of course:) 













I am off now to a girls trip to Washington DC!!! Thanks for visiting and make sure to visit all of the wonderful blogs below!!! AND MAKE sure to enter the giveaway....

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28 comments:

  1. Every time I see your kitchen I just want to pull up a stool and have a glass of lemonade and look around. So much eye candy :)

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  2. I fall in love with your home a little more every time I see it! Love your new Ice Cream sign!! Aren't the spoons from Polder's fabulous? I love the way they feel!

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  3. Your kitchen is so pretty. I love the silverware in a pitcher on the table. I've been looking for something new to put ours in. I never thought of a pitcher. A pitcher for utensils, yes; for silveware, nope! Turns out I already have one. Thanks for the inspiration! ;)

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  4. I agree with Kim--the handled box with dishes, silverware and condiments just waiting on the table runner is a great inspiration! Love your blog!

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  5. Your kitchen is so pretty!!! Love your blog!!!

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  6. Thank you so much for such great info on re-building a kitchen. We plan on doing ours next summer. How much upkeep is required on the Ikea wooden counter top? Also, your sink, is that hard to maintain. I am NOT a great housekeeper so I am looking for easy to care for surfaces.
    Thanks so much in advance.
    *Smiles*

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    1. The only upkeep needed on the counters other is some oiling every couple of months (I did a post about our counter tops you might want to read), and the sink couldn't be easier to maintain, I use Bar Keepers Friend on it and it keeps it a bright white.

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    2. Hi,
      I couldn't find the blog about the counter tops. Have you just oiled them? No stain? Thank you.

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  7. I just LoVe everything in this room! So comfortable I could sit and stay for a long while.so inviting. I think the cream and white does something for me....opens up the dark gloomy spaces . I love bright sunny days. All your finds just fit right in. Congratulations! You have done a fabulous job!

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  8. Hi Megan! Love your kitchen pics! You have certainly accomplished putting together a cozy farmhouse kitchen which is bright and beautiful! I love everything about it! I
    Am headed your way as I type and have plans to visit Romantique Boutique while I am there! My sons blessed me with a gift certificate for Mother's Day so I plan to bring home some ironstone goodies from there! Can't wait to see what they have! Take care and love your blog it is such an inspiration to me!!!

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  9. Megan have you been to waynesville or Lebanon OH? I am wanting to stop and check our some antique store on the way home. We pass by these towns and was wondering if you could recommend any good ones! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Donna! So sorry I just remembered I never answered you!!!! You have probably come and gone already but no I have never been through that area. Hopefully you found some places though! Sorry for the delayed answer:(

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    2. Hi Megan! No worries I know you are a busy wife and mom! We actually decided to leave after lunch on Fri and drive all the way to Franklin TN. It is the antique Mecca of TN they had a lot of shops and antique malls but very pricey! Made me feel good about all the good buys I have gotten on my ironstone pieces! I was able to get an antique pitcher and ironstone gravy boat with my gift card to Romantique Boutique so I was happy! I hope you had fun on your trip to NYC!!!

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    3. Sorry meant your trip to Washington DC not NYC!!!

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  10. Your kitchen is lovely! Even better that you achieved the look and function with a limited budget.

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  11. I love your kitchen. I live in an 1857 farmhouse...and several years ago when the city assessor came through, he was excited to see how we had updated our summer kitchen. How surprised he was to see that the original farm sink was still there as was the original cupboard with pull out flour bin & cutting board!
    Kari
    Kari

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  12. **Sigh** It's all so perfect and lovely. You and your hubby have done an amazing job transforming not only your kitchen but your whole home into something that reflect "you". I for one love studying your photo's and picking out displays and idea's that I want to use myself. Thanks for the inspiration.


    p.s. Adore your new sign - - your right, it's perfect!

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  13. I just love your kitchen. It is warm and inviting.

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  14. i love your kitchen. was wondering where you purchased your farmstyle apron front sink???

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  15. Hey, we have that budget, too! LOL. Absolute zero. Ha! I love your kitchen, it's so homey and comfortable. That is seriously nice enough to be on Food Network. I can imagine some host baking sweet potato pie or something like that in this space. I really love how simple the color palate is and how the chandelier ties in with the floor.

    Debra Newman @ Unique Stone Concepts

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  16. I have to ask, where did you get your farmhouse sink? I know with price being an issue as it is with most of us, every one I've seen is SO expensive! I really really want one but I'm just not willing to pay $700-$800 for it.
    Thanks!

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    1. Our farm sink is from Ikea, it was around $250 when we bought it but that was years ago. I am not sure how much they are now but I know they still have them! We absolutely love ours!

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  17. Do you have a post that explains how you flush-mounted the sink? I've seen it top mounted, and under mounted, but the flush might be my favorite!

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  18. Beautiful! Could you please share the name of the white paint you chose? Did you use the same for the walls and the beadboard? THANKS for sharing

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  19. Hi Megan! I am in love with your home, beautiful! I want to ask if you know the paint color of the cabinets? I am painting my cabinets soon and would love to know what you used! Thanks so much!!
    Rebecca

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  20. where is your beautiful table from?

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