Friday, February 22, 2013

My Farmhouse Wanna Be Kitchen

Hey friends!


Have I told you that I want a beautiful farmhouse kitchen?  Yes, I know I have.  I’m just reminding you.


It’s not just the kitchen I want  but  I would LOVE to have the whole farmhouse.


Do you ever get tired of me somewhat (just a little on occasion) complaining (but still trying hard to be content) about my kitchen?


I know you have heard all of my sad stories about wanting so much to paint my kitchen cabinets and change my counter tops. 


You have also heard me say that it’s just not gonna happen.  Nope…probably never ever.  It’s just something my husband will not budge on and I  respect him on that.


That doesn’t mean, however,  that I haven’t tried real hard to achieve a little bit of a farmhouse look in there.


This POST shows you one side of the kitchen that has a little of that cozy farmhouse feel.


It’s just the other side that I have such a hard time with.


Why do I want a farmhouse kitchen?


Because every time I see one in person or in pictures, my heart skips a beat, and another beat and then another.  They just speak all kinds of things to me.  A little love thing going on.


You ladies who have beautiful white kitchens with butcher block counter tops and gorgeous farm sinks…yes, I am a wee little envious.  Just sayin… 


Understand me though, I am not coveting.  I want you to have your kitchen, I just want one too.


And, I am thankful for my kitchen because, after all, it is JUST a kitchen.  Perspective, right?


So what have I done?


I have taken off more and more cabinet doors. 


I have added new hardware.


I have accessorized with things I love.


I have made my kitchen look probably way too busy, but I keep in mind that everything that is out is something I use very often.


I also keep in mind that a hardworking farm wife years ago and today would want easy access to all of her stuff.  She would want to save time by having things close at hand.


Thus…part of why I have such a busy looking kitchen.  I like having things nearby.


So let me show you now, after all of those many words, how I have done a little more change up.


Oh yeah…remember that I have very dated oak cabinets…in case you forgot.  And, I have green countertops.


This photo doesn’t look so orangey…just wait.


spice cab 2



radip cab 2


counter 1


plates cab 1


plates cab 2



glasses cab 1


glasses cab 2

sink cab 6


half kitchen 1


potrack 3


pot rack 2


full kitchen


I guess the major change was that I took off more cabinet doors.


My sweet man has been out of town for 2 1/2 weeks.


Do you think he will notice? 





Vintage Gal said...

I love farm house kitchens too. We have old cupboards and I am thiking of taking the cupboard doors off. Love what you have done ~ your kitchen feels very farm house ;-)

Melissa said...

I can totally relate to having to live with something you so wish you could change! I think you have done a fabulous job of making your oak cabinets fit right in with the farmhouse feel. I think all of the white contrasts nicely with the wood! It really does look beautiful!!! :)

Blondie's Journal said...

I think your kitchen definitely has a farmhouse look. All the little elements add up to a wonderfully inviting and cozy feel. I like the cabinets and that you can see all of your dishes and treasures and actually, I don't dislike your counters. Oh, and I think your husband is going to notice! ;-D

Don't feel alone in wanting your ideal kitchen and don't stop doing your best to get the look and feel you want with what you have. Soon you will have a style all your own! :)


a house full of vintage said...

I think your kitchen looks wonderful. You have definitely achieved the farmhouse look you are going for. You have styled and displayed everything beautifully!

{northern cottage} said...

oh lovely! I'm right along with you with my smittenness (new word!) with farmhouse kitchens. I love how you have your galvanized stuff pretty!

Keeping It Cozy said...

I love your kitchen, Amy. It definitely has a farmhouse feel and the open cabinets are so pretty, especially with your white dishes. You'll have to let us know if he notices! ;-)

Sharon said...

I think it looks great Amy ! I love the curtains on the one cabinet .You have pretty and functional stuff in your cabinets . I have wanted to take the doors off some of my cabinets , but most of my stuff is just functional and not pretty .

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I think you've done a great job transforming a modern kitchen into a room with lots of farmhouse style! I am very impressed!

pballard said...

Love it! Looks great. Things are always changed when my husband is gone too. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Old Time Cindy said...

If your guy is anything like mine, he won't notice! LOL!
Farmhouse hugs,

AntiqueChase said...

he was gone for 2 1/2 weeks and you didn't take it as a sign from god to paint? I'm kidding. Not sure why he is so opposed to painting the cabinets? I painted the oak in my last kitchen. and it was soooo worth it. took me 3 1/2 weeks but soooo worth it.

Junkchiccottage said...

Wow Amy,
Beautiful. Love it all. You did a great job. I think the hubby will notice for sure. How can he not what a transformation. Beautiful.

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

My husband is a little quirky about painting nice oak too. Our bedroom set is oak and is less than 8 years old, but we'll be remodeling our bedroom soon and it just won't match the look I want. At first, he absolutely didn't want me to paint it, but when I asked him again later, he said I could. I actually would prefer to just get rid of the bedframe, because it's huge and takes up too much space. I'd rather create my own headboard from a salvaged piece. I think your kitchen is looking wonderfully farmhousish! I'm surprised he doesn't mind you removing the doors if he doesn't want them painted. Have you shown him some white kitchens so he could see what it might look like?

Wild Oak Designs said...

It looks like a farmhouse kitchen, you did well!
Yes, I think he will notice....
You said you were unhappy with the counter? There is that Rust-o-leum paint product that looks like granite...
Otherwise, your kitchen is adorable....
Come for a visit....

Okio B Designs said...

Looking good! I love the farmhouse kitchen look too but I don't think my hubby would go for me taking down the cabinets. =(


Becky C said...

Oh Amy...I love your kitchen! I know you wish it were different...but it really looks like a farmhouse kitchen anyway! The way you have it decorated and styled is so "farmhouse". You have done so much to it, and it looks great!
I know exactly what you mean about "wanting" something we don't have...I would love a guest room, and a garage, and the list goes on :)
But in the big picture, you are right, it's just a room :) And we all make the best of what we have.
I know you'll be glad when your honey gets back home...
Love and miss you all

luv2teek said...

Wow's amazing how close the layout of your kitchen is to mine...everything is the same except that my microwave is not over my stove and I have a window over my sink...otherwise it was sort of looking at my kitchen w/o cabinet doors!

I too love farmhouse kitchens and often wish I would have insisted n utilizing old cupboards instead of built-ins...will prob never talk hubby into getting rid of these and letting me make my old-fashioned kitchen. :(

But at least you and I can continue to drool over the lovely farmhouse kitchens that others share in pics!


afistfullofweeds* said...

LOL Amy I think he may notice that! I just started painting my cabinets one day, made up my mind and just did it. Mine were like from the 70's and still, he would not replace them, (the ugly ole things) so I just did it! I have to say though..yours are much newer than mine. I like what you have done in there..It does look like a farmhouse kitchen, even with out the paint! Rhonda

chateau chic said...

You've done a great job creating a farmhouse look in your kitchen. At least you have wood cabinets with possible potential for painting down the road...maybe way down the road. We "upgraded" our kitchen cabinets when our house was built 16 years ago to white, which is now peeling. Didn't know we were paying more and getting laminate!! The standard would have been so much better. Live and learn.
Mary Alice

dorothy erdely said...

amy, i think you've done a wonderful job "using what ya got"--that's the farmhouse way too! my most favorite part is that you're respecting your husband's wishes! have a blessed weekend!!

Magda Deja said...

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You got a great Blog.
Would you like to follow each other?
Just let me know ;)

Anonymous said...

When your husband goes away for a guys weekend - we can have a paint party and be done before he gets back!

Kolein said...

It really evokes a farm house feeling, Amy! The changes are wonderful in your kitchen. It's well-loved!!

The best part about your home is that you have so much LOVE dwelling there! No farmhouse sink could do that for a single living soul!!


Christine Vandormolen said...

what a great transformation, love your decor....

Christine Vandormolen said...

Beautiful transformation, I love all your decor.

Heaven's Walk said...

lol! Oh, Amy! We are soooo much alike, girl! Everytime my husband goes out of town, he never knows what he's going to come home to. lol! Yep, he's been unhappy a couple times, but has gotten over it and has accepted that it's just what I do when he's not around. lol My cabinets look alot like yours only mine are original to this old farmhouse. It's the one thing that my husband is adament that I don't touch with white paint...and I'm respecting him for that. We do want to replace the tile countertops eventually however. They make for a very wobbly surface when pouring things into glasses. I'd love a matte finished marble-look formica someday...But I do understand your frustration with your dark cabinets and counters. Taking the doors off really lightened the room up, though! Great idea!!! :)

xoxo laurie

On Crooked Creek said...

Oh, dear friend...first of all I would never tire of you, never!!!
That galvanized metal in your cabinets combined with the floursack towels and the glass containers is stunning!!! The wooden tray filled with a silver tray, ironstone and the galvanizedmetal cake stand is amazing!!! Ah~h~h, white bowls and white dinnerware cabinet had me swooning!!! I have that same McCoy bowl on your second shelf, left side, dear friend!!!
Do you think he'll notice??? Everytime I say and re~say that phrase...sorry...I burst out laughing!!! Yeah, Amy he'll notice!!!
Love, LOVE, L O V E all the changes taking place in your kitchen!!!

Christine Graves said...

Amy, I applaud you. I really do. In my home I cook 100% of the meals and do all the cleaning of the kitchen and if hubby told me "no" to a in-expensive change to "my work place"..LOL uhhhh it would be politely ignored. You are doing a great job compromising tho. Your kitchen is amazing. <whispering....ask him if you can hang silk curtains in his garage as a compromise....LOL

Anonymous said...

I love your home and all things that you do with it. I know exactly what you mean about the cupboards. I had the exact same golden(ugh) oak and a stainless steel sink that I hated from day one. Luckily my husband not only went along with painting the cupboards white but did most of the many, many coats of painting. I finally after 25 years changed out my SS sink for a big white porcelain one and I LOVE it. I really would have loved an apron front one but had to settle for another drop in one. I just tell myself that this one is like that and call it my white farmhouse sink... got new white faucets too.Also, replaced appliances, stove and fridge as well as micro and coffee pot,etc. as I needed them for white. So those may be things you could do. I love the curtains on string you did and your coffee tray.I keep thinking of removing my doors but here in Phoenix I would have to dust all of that! You have done a great job on it and if it is any concellation we have wonderful old dark wood furniture in our bedroom. The two tall dressers were my husbands when he grew up. I would LOVE to paint at least the head and foot baord in turquoise. Yum..but he is having none of it! :-) I am also picturing some soft, muted, washed out floral somewhere to tie in with the green counters. Like tea towels or something. lol,I can tell I am missing my decorating around here. I have been locked up with 2 frozen shoulders for now I am an armchair decorater!
Sherri in Phoenix

Anne said...

I love how open it looks!Your kitchen is beautiful!Love your collection of glass ware and dishes!
I just saw your feature in artful blogging!What beautiful photos and a lovely article!Congratulations again!

Marsha said...

I love what you have done!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I think you've done a great job farming up your kitchen. I love all your detailed touches. I love open cabinets!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

You're such a blessing! I love reading your blog, you don't sugar coat it, you let us know what you're really feeling. So you have farm-kitchen or farm-house envy...what's a little envy among friends, right?
I think it's wonderful, that you make improvements and such in your kitchen (and I've said this before) ALL WHILE KEEPING YOUR HUSBAND'S WISHES. Admirable!

You have a good heart-- and it shows in how you lovingly care for your family and your home! It's adorable.

I know you've probably read the country home...but here is a link to Dru's kitchen-- with it's hidden secrets.
I was truly inspired reading it.

also... love that bread box dear! Pat

Creative Ambitions said...

Amy... you've done a great job with getting that farmhouse feel in your kitchen. Girl... I too have green countertops and they really pop (lol) with my maple(?) cabinets... and have no money to change them right now. I try not to let it get to me (for 6 years now)... but it can be very hard at You are working with what you have and it looks great. And if you keep taking the cabinet doors off... maybe he'll give in!((hint, hint)) ;) (JK)

Susan said...

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do Amy! I think your kitchen is certainly looking very farmhousey (is that a word?). Although you've got everything on display after removing the doors, it all looks neat and organized. Who knows...maybe someday hubby will let you have at it. I'm still working on mine to allow me to paint our ugly brick fireplace. :)

stefanie said...

hahaha, I think we all do things when our husbands are gone!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Amy, what a beautiful kitchen.I love that you took something you were not quite happy about and made it into something that is dreamy!!! Those little curtains on the cabinet are darling. Very frenchy/ farmhouse and so warm and perfectly wonderful!What a lovely farmhouse kitchen... and YOU did it all! Kudos to you!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Amy, you've done a wonderful job of accessorizing to give your kitchen a farmhouse feeling! I'm still working to get there, too!

It's me said...

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The Farmers Daughter said...

Looks like a farmhouse kitchen to me! I remember the farm kitchens here all had open shelving and everything at hand. Love the whites and tins on the shelves!

Bonnie Hitchcock said...

Your farmhouse kitchen is perfect! Yes, everything you design is farmhouse elegant!

Anonymous said...

Sure do like my finds. Uncle M

Debbie said...

I don't know if you'll see this comment because this is an old post that I just happened to find while sipping some coffee.

But I just have to tell you that you DID do it! You totally achieved the farmhouse look, and I think it's really wonderful. Honestly and truly, if my cabinets were really oak and had that beautiful grain in them instead of an oakish stain on stock cabinets which were a hot mess, I wouldn't have been so determined to pain them.

I'm trying so hard to give my kitchen the farmhouse feel. Right now, we're contemplating beadboard for the soffits. I told my husband the other day that it is starting to look like the kitchen that lives in the old, restored, farmhouse in my head.

Anyway, two thumbs up!