Eclectic Vintage Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

It’s time for the “What’s Your Style” series: Kitchen edition. Last month when discussing my style and our family room in the Living Spaces edition, I explained that my style can’t really be described in one word {unless the word “mutt” counts} so I’d describe our kitchen as a mix of classic, vintage, modern and eclectic and still a work in progress. 

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Future plans include removing the bulkhead and replacing the upper cabinets and installing a real range hood. We’re saving for a new gas range and refrigerators. Yes, two refrigerators. My husband loves to cook and grill. And we have yet to come up with our kitchen island. Sometimes I use desks…

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and because I like to change things up and rearrange, we’re currently using an old vintage dresser which provides storage for serving trays, paper plates and napkins, etc.

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More vintage and eclectic: an old mail sorter is now somewhat of a butler’s pantry…

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A small painted dresser next to the French doors leading to the patio stores grilling and Big Green Egg supplies as well as a ‘drop zone’ drawer right inside the door for hiding keys, mail, the contents of my husband’s pockets. 

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We enter our home through the French doors in the kitchen…

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so having a small coat rack and seat for putting on shoes is helpful (future location of 2nd fridge). 

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Here’s a look at our kitchen when we bought this old house…

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and after some DIY (painting cabinets, installing marble subway tile, wide plank antique distressed bamboo floors (which are darker than the pictures show), Virginia jet mist granite counters, paint, etc.)…

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There’s a small pantry cupboard that we use for pots and pans with a clock embedded into the door, a sliding ladder for reaching the spices displayed on wall-mounted lazy Susans and an over-the-doorway the cook book library (repurposed old chicken feeder).

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Modern: We have a super deep under mount stainless steel zero radius sink and a modern/vintage-industrial inspired faucet. 

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We replaced the old windows a few months ago. 

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And hey, were’s the microwave? We recently expanded some kitchen storage into what we call the open pantry right behind the kitchen. More rustic, industrial and a little eclectic farmhouse style…

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(You may have noticed a little switcheroo with the decorative accessories in the photos above. I do love to re-decorate and re-arrange every time I clean. It’s sort of a reward and motivation…whatever gets it done, right?) You can see more of my home here

Kitchen Before and After

My kitchen reveal in reverse!

I just found some pictures from when we bought our house. I know you’ve seen the after shots but I thought you’d enjoy seeing a few before and ‘now’ pictures for comparison. This is one of the reasons I started blogging – watching the transformation of this old house and while I tend to see all that we have yet to do, these pictures are a reminder that we’ve come a long way, baby! Of course a really ugly before makes anything look like an improvement. So, even though our kitchen isn’t quite done, I have shared these after photos (there aren’t any super new ones) but it’s a reveal in reverse…before pictures to prove that we’ve made some changes. 🙂

Warning: The before photos are very scary and a lot of ‘yuck’ from neglect/previous owners. Our home sat empty for awhile. A year or two maybe? I don’t remember. But it’s the location and size and character of this old house that won my heart…not the dirt and outdated/cheap finishes. I saw past the grime. I had a vision.

Kitchen before – it’s love at first sight, right? ha! love the Mr. Yuck stickers on the bottom cabinets, don’t you?

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kitchen now

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Kitchen before: that’s a ceiling fan pull cord hanging down.

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Kitchen after…

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Kitchen before – what is that on the wall? I’m guessing the location of the previous owner’s kitchen garbage can? We don’t really want to know, do we?

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kitchen now

Kitchen before…I’m amazed how much smaller this door makes that wall look!

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See the ugly sidewalk and rusty grape arbor in the background below? French door installation in progress:

kitchen French door installation

Kitchen now…let there be light!

I know…these aren’t really “now” pictures as in “today”. They are at least six months ago before the move to WordPress as you can tell by the watermark. But, I did just return from Haven so you know my kitchen isn’t photography-worthy but thanks for looking – I was happy to find the before pictures!

{patio & grape arbor after too}

So, what do you think? A better idea of where we started and our home is a fixer upper for sure! If you haven’t already, you can see more in our home tour. 🙂

Now if only the upstairs bathrooms still didn’t look like the before pictures. I’m doubting it, but was your house move-in ready or did you have to work at cleaning some filth?
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All things {farmhouse} kitchen

There are two small DIY projects in the kitchen this week that I want to share with you. 🙂

Russ enjoys cooking outside (Big Green Egg is his other love) and we entertain and dine on the patio often when the weather allows.

The dresser stores his BBQ and smoking tools near the door and patio. The numbers will be helpful in reminding him where things are.

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I painted our “microwave cart” dresser a pretty shade of dark distressed red and numbered the drawers. The wood tone shows through…

aged distressed red dresser

I also made a “Farmer’s Market” sign for the bulkhead above the kitchen sink and windows.

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Farmhouse kitchen details:

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  1. Cow canvas (wuslu.com)
  2. Area rug (OneKingsLane.com) – with DIY red detail
  3. DIY distressed Farmer’s Market sign (tutorial coming soon)
  4. DIY door clock
  5. Two teacher’s desks create a temporary island/eat in area
  6. DIY lazy Susan spice rack, DIY sliding ladder and antique chicken feeder cook book library 
  7. Numbered red/glazed dresser {microwave cart and storage}

(more links to painting kitchen cabinets, marble subway tile installation and more kitchen DIY at the DIY Show Off home tour)

And since the kitchen’s clean, I couldn’t help sharing some updated pictures:

desks as a kitchen island

Still on our DIY to-do list:

  • baseboard trim
  • stove/range back splash
  • a DIY taller kitchen island with storage and seating
  • work on the pot rack
  • pantry in another area of our home
  • framing a window
  • kitchen curtains

Kitchen when we bought the house:

Kitchen now:

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From all angles…

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mail sorter, butler's pantry

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desks as a kitchen island

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desk island

marble subway tile backsplash

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Farmhouse Kitchen Updates

Our farmhouse kitchen is still evolving. We still have some finishing touches such as baseboard trim, little pot rack/light fixture DIY, stove backsplash and kitchen island. But I wanted to show you how it’s looking today.

I’ve decided to go with red as an accent color.

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We’re working on the kitchen! Here it is now:
When we moved in…
In progress…
Now (still working on stove backsplash and DIY kitchen island)…
Countertops are Virginia Jet Mist granite. Dark charcoal grey with random white veining. The closest we could find to soapstone but with less maintenance. 

Installing tile backsplash tutorial {marble subway tile}

Marble subway tiles…so pretty! The picture below shows how we finished off the edge of the backsplash…
Walls are painted True Value’s “Old Fashioned”.
Isn’t it pretty?  It’s perfect for showing off some reclaimed barnwood going in the room and our new distressed medium-tone bamboo floors.
BEFORE
AFTER (Yes…small pantry closet is gone! So is the vinyl flooring!)
Testing out some accent colors with the new wall color:
Deciding on color scheme…
A few more updates, a little closer to the final reveal!
 
Waterstone Towson Faucets and zero radius sink
Lazy Susan spice loft, sliding ladder and cook book library.

  • New Antiqued Fossilized Java (distressed/wide plank) bamboo flooring! {Before/After}
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We found this beautiful huge piece at a junk/antique store {Cappy’s Corner}. Perfect fit!

New Wide Door Trim installation on French Doors

Clock Door, Spice Loft, Cook Book Library

BEFORE
puzzle playmat, painted foam mat tutorial
AFTER
DIY, tutorial, painted floor mat
So easy to entertain and grill in the summer…with the patio conveniently off the kitchen.
Once we have enough saved, there will be a stand alone refrigerator and freezer here:
farmhouse butler's pantry
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marble subway tile backsplash

farmhouse kitchen collage

  1. Cow canvas (wuslu.com)
  2. Area rug (OneKingsLane.com) – with DIY red detail
  3. DIY distressed Farmer’s Market sign (tutorial coming soon)
  4. DIY door clock
  5. Two teacher’s desks create a temporary island/eat in area
  6. DIY lazy Susan spice rackDIY sliding ladder and antique chicken feeder cook book library 
  7. Numbered red/glazed dresser {microwave cart and storage}

Kitchen when we bought the house:

Kitchen now:

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farmhouse kitchen before
See all of our kitchen related posts on our HOME TOUR page.

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DIY Project Parade and LOTS of Tweaks in the Kitchen

Hurray! Long 3 day weekends = catching up on small projects for us mixed in with picnics and family get togethers. I couldn’t decide whether to share this post or wait until the reveal but I just get so excited about finishing touches and progress that I HAVE to share with my blog friends.  🙂    

We’ve installed bamboo blinds in the kitchen…

The over-the-sink light fixture is being change as we speak (or type or you read)!
 This window will be getting a frame in the near future…
Mr. DIY LOVES the view of his other love (Big Green Egg).
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We installed a magnetic strip to the backsplash. Not exactly “vintage/farmhouse” but the best part about owning a home is doing what you love, what works and compromising/mixing styles.  It makes for a great team. If Mr. DIY is happy, I’m happy.  The little touch of Ikea is okay with me. 

How to Hang Accessories on Tiled Backsplash:

IN THE GROUT, mark where screws need to be for hanging.  Use a level to keep things straight. 
Mr. DIY likes his knives and kitchen utensils within easy reach near the stove and cutting board. Enter:  The Grundtal (Ikea).  It’s magnetic.  
Breaking away for a minute:
He does the cooking.  For example we had ricotta/spinach/mushroom stuffed white fish wrapped in bacon this week.  I’ve told him he needs to start his own cooking blog. It was soooo good! This helps you to understand why compromising on decor in the kitchen to his liking and approval is important. When you get to eat like this often, your decorating tastes are a little more flexible.  🙂



Now back to the tutorial:
Drill into the grout line.
Add a ceramic anchor by tapping it in the drilled hole lightly…

Anchor in place…
Ready for screws…

Attach the magnet – carefully keep fingers away from the back of the magnet.  It’s VERY strong and you’ll get a pinch if your fingers are in the way!
Clean off fingerprints.  Bon Ami All Purpose Cleaner is great for cleaning stainless steel.
Utensils within easy reach!

Sharing here:
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An old antique chicken feeder becomes a cook book ledge/shelf…
Now the sliding ladder reaches the spice loft and cook book library…
(Please pardon the mess in the dining room…kitchen renovation leads to a little chaos.)

Anticipating the floor coming next week!
Then the island, some built-ins, finishing touches and we’ll be finished!

It’s a lot of little DIY projects for one post but what do you think? Don’t you love productivity?
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We also held a small get together/picnic yesterday – a couple of days without rain!  Woo hoo!!!  Doesn’t our patio look pretty and festive?

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