When you think of farmhouse kitchen style or even French Farmhouse kitchen style, what comes to mind? For me it is a blending of elements – wicker, wood, glass, metals etc… French Farmhouse Style includes all the homey elements of painted cabinets, furniture, collectibles, dried lavender, chickens and roosters. The kitchen is the place where you feel welcomed; the place where warm and cozy fragrances draw you in and draw you together. I have brought these design elements together in my kitchen renovation.
On July 31 I shared with you my plans to renovate our kitchen – to create French Farmhouse Style kitchen. I shared with you my inspiration ~ Jennifer Zuri’s Farmhouse Cottage Style – lovely, lovely home. Now, I can finally share with you the complete transformation.
So, I made my list.
I work better with lists to completely finish a job. If I don’t my imagination wanders to other ideas and projects – this girl must stick to her lists!
I think when you’re transforming a room, it is important to add every element that appeals to your heart.
For me that includes, comfort, coziness, romance, whimsy, fun, surprise and delight.
To me, the comfort and the coziness began with the wall color choice and with the white painted nearly everywhere. If you’re interested in the wall paint color – I’ll share my copycat secret – I collected quite a number of paint chips. Narrowed the choice down to three and showed them to my friend – she chose the paint chip, Rice Grain from Sherwinn Williams. I was inspired by our dear blogging friend, Karianne at Thistlewood Farms in her paint colors – she gets all the credit for this!
The romance to me comes in fresh flowers
The fun comes by way of chalkboards in the room.
The surprise comes in when you open the cabinet doors, they’re lined with Cath Kidston Antique Rose wallpaper and with Gingham shelf liner. I’ve lined the pull out drawers with the Gingham liner and the open shelves with clear basketweave shelf liner.
The delight comes in these curtains that I found at an Estate sale. I had been using them as tablecloths – love their Battenburg lace, that they’re the perfect length and that they do not hinder the light nor the beauty of the windows.
These were my Transformation Plans:
Paint Walls light, creamy-yellow white – done
Paint cabinets lighter white, open some cabinets or add glass or beadboard – done
paint chalboard on top of door – done
paint hanging shelf white – done
re-do trim on countertop – done. The Peninsula
add open shelving – change of plans – added another shelf unit – painted it white
add beadboard and trim to some walls – done – (I used Beadboard Wallpaper)
paint the laundry door white – maybe add a graphic – done
paint double ovens – done
paint window frames – done
add area rug – bamboo mat – done
Things I did that were not on the list:
painted switch plates and outlet plates
wallpapered inside of cabinets
lined cabinet shelves
clean and refinish floors
painted cabinet knobs
painted wooden stool
add beadboard to cabinet sides
The Details are in the accessories
Above the Cabinets
Above the Swinging Door
The French Touches
The Tattoo Bamboo Mat by Peacock Park Design.
They’re everywhere…Between Naps on The Porch, Miss Mustard Seed and several at Town and Country Living.
I was so very excited to be able to find one and then I received an email from the wonderful folks at Peacock Park Design giving me a list of retailers in Georgia. Also you can find these mats or resources at Peacock Park Design, The Urban Merchant or email to find a list of retailers; follow Peacock Park Design on Facebook for more info and giveaways!
My dream French Farmhouse Kitchen is now complete. Well, is anything truly complete? The elements are there – the wood, the wicker, the glass, the painted cabinets. I have a few more ideas for changes in the future, today, I’m enjoying the comfort and welcoming atmosphere of my Well, there it is. I still need to build a storage/shelf unit for this corner, Darling Daughter wants the shelf shown above. I appreciate you all for your input and for sharing with me on this project.