Reader Redesign: Farmhouse Kitchen

Something about renovating a farmhouse just sounds so idyllic to me. And Joanna’s farmhouse kitchen renovation doesn’t disappoint. She and her husband took it from closed off and dated to open and, well, check it out yourself…

Hey guys! I live in Texas and my husband and I are in the middle of renovating our 125 yr old farmhouse. We have been married for ten years, have four kids, and have lived in 9 homes. All of which we bought, lived in, and flipped. After we move into the farmhouse, I am done. I hope.

When my husband first showed me this house, I walked right out of it and said there is no way. Two weeks later we were signing papers and it was ours. I  had to get my game face on so that I wouldn’t freak out. There was so much potential especially in the kitchen area and this is where I decided to focus the most. The kitchen had a huge brick wall (you can’t see it in the before pic) and it just felt so dark and dated. 

We decided to take the brick wall down to counter top height so the kitchen would be open to the rest of the house. I wanted a clean palette in the kitchen because when life gets crazy with four kiddos, it seems to all happen in the kitchen. My kitchen tends be the pit stop for school bags, paperwork, mother’s day out crafts, etc… I wanted the space to feel clean even when things started piling up. Brazilian black granite and white subway tile is as clean and simple as it gets.

We lightened the space up by painting the existing cabinets and brick white. We also added glass to the cabinets that framed out the sink and we replaced the window above the sink. My big affordable farm sink came from Ikea. I chose an affordable, durable laminate floor- clean up is so easy with these!

I went to a used restaurant supply place and found a stainless steel island with wheels, got if for a bargain!

This house ended up being perfect for the six of us. I am glad my husband had the guts and vision to get past the obvious!  – Joanna

If you want to see more from Joanna and her husband Chip, here’s her blog. And in the favorite-part arena, I could stare at the awesome sloped beams for at least an hour. And Sherry loves the big window over the sink and the contrast of the dark window treatment, stools, and counter with all that white.


  1. Kevin says

    Floors are awesome, can I ask the manufacturer and finish? I just saw a link on her blog to a flooring store in TX.

  2. EM says

    Do you know what the manufacture/type of “wood” the floors were? And where you got them. I absolutely love them

  3. Kelly S. says

    GORGEOUS! I went to their blog/website to see more photographs, but wasn’t able to find their kitchen redo on there yet. I hope to see more soon. :)

  4. Frida says

    It looks beautiful…something along those lines – dark floors, white cabinets or even a two toned look, glas and a bit of metal to keep it from being too traditional – would also look great in your new kitchen, I think. Very excited for those upcoming posts!

  5. Amber says

    I am looking at a 70’s house that needs a lot of work. One thing is the kitchen. This is beautiful. Could you tell me how much it cost you to do this? It is pretty similar to what I would want to do.

    Thank you,

  6. Taylor Carl says

    Wow! What a change they’ve made. That kitchen looks gorgeous. It’s incredible how much of a change you can make just by painting the cabinets. I love the stainless steel island they incorporated. The wooden beams look great in that space. I’d love to see the rest of the house!

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