Farmhouse Kitchen: Before & After

Farmhouse Kitchen: Before & After

Guess what!?!

I finally did it! I finally picked out a new stove!

I know what you are thinking… not a “hard” decision (especially after eating crockpot dinners, one pot “electric skillet wonders” and egg sandwiches for the LAST MONTH! However, I knew it was important to make the right decision because my next stove may last me (better last me) many years!

We have a very small kitchen but our current stove is a large, 1940′s (ish – I’m only judging from pictures I’ve seen) stove and did I mention I LOVE IT! It finally went downhill and I figured we should finally put in a more modern appliance since I enjoy cooking so much! I have plans to keep this stove and have it repaired but I still think it makes sense to have something more efficient for all of my everyday cooking/baking.

So in tribute of this beautiful piece in my kitchen, I wanted to finally post the before and after photos of our kitchen. The previous owners did the hard work with the bead-board walls, new cabinets and shelves, and the wonderful farmhouse sink. We made some minor changes and put our spin on the decor.

Before:

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This post has been on my list forever now and finally I decided to just do it already! Sometimes I can be a bit of a perfectionist and to be honest, if I waited for every teeny, tiny thing to be perfect in my kitchen, you would NEVER see this post!

In the kitchen, we get messy, I sling food, drop pans, kill herbs (neglected – turns out you have to actually take care of those), dirty the dishes, and somehow disorganize my greatest efforts to be organized. However, the kitchen is the life of every house and it shouldn’t be perfect. If your kitchen is “perfect” all the time then I am concerned about you! You need to get in the kitchen, fry some bacon and throw some flour around! It’s healing, I promise!

At the end of the day, it is perfect because we live in it!

After:

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On my sewing room reveal, I listed my top 5 favorite items so I thought I would keep that consistent.

#1 – The island is an old workbench my dad used in one of his barns for years. It has been around for many years and sometimes I wish it could tell its stories! It has bumps and bruises, paint splatters and rough edges. We cleaned it up, added the wheels and coated it in poly to make a smooth working space. It is a great conversation piece and it even has an old marble game-board on the bottom of the drawer!

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#2 The large chalkboard that reads “Happiness is Homemade” – I saw this quote and knew it had to be in my kitchen. I truly believe happiness is a choice and not based on circumstances. Happiness comes from within and I am often most happy when in the kitchen. I made this sign and will have a quick and easy tutorial up soon so stay posted!

IMG_6128 #3 – My spice jars – With a small kitchen and open shelving, I found it hard to find a place to put all of my spices. They were all in mismatched containers and were not very pleasing to the eye. I quickly decided I needed to make the spices stand out instead. Dan made a shelf for me and I ordered these great, glass jars from specialtybottle.com. I am very happy with them and love the way they look! (They are labeled on the bottom so it doesn’t take away from the look of the display)IMG_6150

#4 – The beloved stove – RIP (for now). The stove came with this house and has always been one of my favorite things about the kitchen! It will be revived! IMG_6151 IMG_6169

I painted this flower pot with chalkboard paint (this is where my herbs once lived – traded them out for a “cactus”… if the desert won’t kill it, I can surely keep it alive!)IMG_6146

#5 Open shelving: I know a lot of people are hesitant on open shelving but I love it – it just takes some adjusting to get used to it. I love how all of my plates and cups are easy to grab and when friends come over they can get what they need right away. It adds great charm to our farmhouse kitchen. IMG_6175 IMG_6213 IMG_6197 IMG_6187 IMG_6362(the little yellow wires are for under-the-cabinet lighting… another long story about little imperfections, haha! Soon to be updated)
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My fridge is full of candids and many photobooth reels from this year’s weddings! I made these paper rosette magnets (should be online soon) to hold up all of the photos.
IMG_6239And yes, you saw that right, Dan and I sporting some facial hair…
IMG_6241So there you have it… home sweet home!
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Have a great day!

-RH

Comments

  1. We had open cabinets for years but at our age they got “challenging” to keep as clean as I wanted them. Nathan Hyke had a fix for us and we love the look of it. Did I miss seeing the new stove or is it not in yet?

    • laurenrustichoney says:

      Yes, the cleaning of the cabinets would be my only complaint too. The stove is ordered and on its way… can’t wait to get back to some baking! :)

  2. Gahhhh, Lauren, I LOVE every little bit of it! Love all your housewares, the open shelves, the airiness of it, the beadboard, I could go on forever! This is seriously just so stinkin’ cute. You are definitely showing people what can be done even if you are working with a small space!

  3. Love love love your kitchen!
    I hope you are finding a good spot for the metal kitchen table in the before pics. We wanted one of those — even found a beautiful one for a good price — but just couldn’t fit it in!
    And I have open spice racks as well. I love them, and ordering all the same bottles is on my to do list. I was going to order mine from Mountain Rose Herbs, but honestly, I like yours better.
    Cant wait to see your stove; although that retro one looks pretty darn good… Too bad a little thing like not working makes you have to let it go. :-)

    • laurenrustichoney says:

      Thanks! I know, but the stove will live on in some way around here. I hope to find a special place for it! The metal kitchen table was actually the previous owners’ so although I loved it too, we couldn’t have it with the house. :) I think you will like the bottles, the tall and medium sized ones come with plastic tops for shaking (pops on and off under the screw-on lid – if that makes sense, haha!) I have been happy thus far! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. *GASP!* It is STUNNING. Rustic/farmhouse, but also classy and so, so beautiful. I LOVE it!!

    • laurenrustichoney says:

      Thanks Kelly! This means a lot coming from you! We can’t take full credit for the renovations of our kitchen but we sure do love it! :) Thanks for stopping by, good to see ya! ;)

  5. Love your new kitchen! You will really enjoy it for Christmas…

  6. Such a cozy, sweet kitchen!

    • laurenrustichoney says:

      Thank you Justine! It sure is a fun kitchen to whip up some cookies in! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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