It’s time to solve another kitchen conundrum, this time in a 100-year-old farmhouse. Here’s Rachel’s letter:
I have been a lurker on your website for a while. I love seeing what you have done with your home and I love your decorating style! My husband and I bought a two story, 100-year-old farmhouse that needed lots of work-especially in our dated kitchen. We’ve already replaced all of the appliances and the countertop. We’ve also purchased a creamy neutral colored linoleum for the floor, but we haven’t installed it yet. We need to do something with the backsplash and yes, the cupboards are just that frilly-looking. We’d love to modernize this kitchen to match the rest of our home, but we have one problem. I am expecting our 2nd child in four weeks -we also have a two year old!! We are nearly out of time, out of funds, out of energy, and out of inspiration! Any ideas you could give us to get our kitchen updated would be greatly appreciated!! – Rachel
This big kitchen actually gets lots of light and has some major potential- especially with the new countertops and appliances. So without further ado, here’s our mood board:
Here’s the mood board breakdown.
1. After prying off the frilly trim around the cabinets (and replacing it with molding or quarter-round if needed) we’d definitely suggest painting those cabinets. It’s actually a surprisingly straightforward process. Just apply one coat of oil based primer and roll on two latex coats of a taupey-gray paint (try bringing home Barley Beige or Carolina Strand swatches by Glidden and see how they look with the countertops).
2. Rachel asked for some backslash help and boy did we dig up somethin’ special. We’re absolutely crazy for this neutral houndstooth mosaic tile and think it would absolutely compliment all the other neutral tones in the space with just the right amount of movement.
3. Here’s our proposed color scheme. The deep taupey-brown color represents Rachel’s new counter, the black represents her new appliances, the taupey-gray is our suggested cabinet color and the light cream is our best guess at her future linoleum floor. The most important thing is that any new colors work with the freshly installed counters, and that the color that you paint the cabinets isn’t the same color as the floor (it should be at least one shade darker or lighter). We love how all these colors are working together in the mood board and hope they’re an accurate take on the counter and soon-to-be-installed linoleum… it just feels so sophisticated and Restoration Hardware-esque.
4. We noticed Rachel’s little shelves on either side of the window because our old kitchen had little display shelves like this as well. They look great with matching items on each tier- and these smoky glasses for $7.95 a pop (actually meant for margaritas) from Crate & Barrel would look über chic.
5. Since the kitchen must remain eat-in, we thought replacing the big square table and folding chairs with this absolutely affordable round black pedestal table and four x-back chairs from Target would help the flow and keep things crisp.
6. As much as we adore stainless steel, this kitchen is positively begging for a new biscuit colored double sink. Since the new appliances are black without any trace of stainless trim or hardware, this $158 score from Lowe’s would keep everything in that yummy neutral range.
7. Another thing this kitchen is crying out for are some oil rubbed bronze fixtures and hardware. This timeless finish will add even more rich detailing to the space from simple cabinet knobs to this sleek and curvaceous faucet (on sale for $109 thanks to Overstock.com).
That about does it for Rachel’s farmhouse kitchen overhaul. We just hope all the excitement doesn’t induce early labor. Thoughts? Ideas? Musings? Ready, set, comment.
Update: We sadly can no longer find the time to take on client commissioned mood boards (we now whip up general inspiration boards instead) but if we ever reinstate them we’ll make a big announcement!