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French Inspired Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation

by  katrina

Enjoy this throwback to our french inspired farmhouse kitchen renovation. This was a long time coming, but oh so worth it! When we purchased The Morris Manor, the kitchen was one of my first priorities. 

HERE'S HOW WE DID IT.


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I wanted the new design to have a cleaner feel than the original space and yet still fit in with the style of the rest of the house. Going with a French farmhouse design, we tried to keep it mostly white but used wood for the center island, countertops, and shelving to match that rustic vibe. The lighting allowed us to play off of that French country feel. but still, give it a modern look. Before, it was not so pretty.

~ DEMO DAY ~


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First, the walls came down. Next, we took out all the cabinets and drywall. Under the drywall, we found this amazing tongue and groove wood beadboard. Due to a lack of insulation in the home, my husband felt it was best to tear it all out. Remember, he is the functional one! I wanted to leave it and paint it all, you guessed it - WHITE. If you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you aren't surprised.

~ HIDDEN GEMS ~


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Not long after, we made my favorite discovery - the chimney. There was so much termite damage that an entire section of flooring had to be replaced.

~ A FRESH START ~


I wanted the new design to have a cleaner feel than the original space and yet still fit in with the style of the rest of the house. Going with a French farmhouse design, we tried to keep it mostly white but used wood for the center island, countert…

I wanted the new design to have a cleaner feel than the original space and yet still fit in with the style of the rest of the house. Going with a French farmhouse design, we tried to keep it mostly white but used wood for the center island, countertops, and shelving to match that rustic vibe. The lighting allowed us to play off of that French country feel but still, give it a modern look.

Soon after, we started to see some potential once all the termite damage and rotted wood had been stripped from our soon-to-be HTGV worthy kitchen. Drywall went up and so did our attitudes! My husband & I debated on tearing down the chimney at first, but once we saw the clean slate - we just had to keep it. Original features like this are hard to come by.  So, I did what I am best at - I slapped some white paint on it!

~ TIME TO GO SHOPPING ~


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My personal favorite part of this renovation was the Ikea haul. We ordered our cabinets, sink, and perimeter countertops from Ikea. This is how they came. What you didn't see was that we had to drive 3 hours to get them and hope all of our measurements were right!

~ LABORS OF LOVE ~


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Meet Scott! He is my cabinet installer, carpenter, chauffeur, best friend, love of my life, and my superhero. We had been married for 16 years when all of this was going down and believe it or not, this renovation brought us even closer. Let me also mention that he had a very painful herniated disk, so he did most of the base cabinet installation in a chair. Bless his heart! I love you, babe! Thanks for all you do! Just to brag on him a little more, he is a small business owner and was doing all of the farmhouse work, too. Notice in the pictures that it was getting pretty dark outside. I would say it's about 8:00 pm. We were living about 45 minutes away from work and commuting every day. We started in January and finally moved into the house in August, one week before the kids started a new school. This was our summer. No vacation, just taking it one day at a time.

~ MY LITTLE HELPERS ~


Kitchen Reno Progress

Kitchen Reno Progress

Then, there are these two. Completely renovating a kitchen and taking care of two toddlers is no easy task. However, they became great helpers especially when we needed a laugh or a reminder as to why this project was so important to our family.

~ HELPING HANDS ~


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We enlisted the help of my cousin to help wrap up the electrical. Our other contractor never finished the job, but that's another post. It's great to have a family you can depend on! Originally, I was planning to paint the island black or navy but since the cabinets weren't wood, that would not have been a smart idea. So, white it is! I did, however, find this rustic iron pulls for the island. I wanted to contrast the chrome hardware that is on the perimeter cabinets. Ikea cabinets have some amazing organizational options. I'll share more details in another post, but needless to say - it was perfect for our family.

~ MOVE IN DAY ~

And just like that - here comes the stainless . . . and move-in day. Originally, I had wanted marble - but I didn't and I still survived. He didn't get the professional-grade fridge at first and he survived, but then we saved for over a year and he got his way haha! Stage one was complete and we were officially moved in! Our goal was to make the kitchen functional enough to live with until we were able to add more details. Over the years we have added the details we wanted, and it just keeps getting better and better. We love our french inspired farmhouse kitchen renovation!

- HERE SHE IS TODAY! -French Inspired Farmhouse Kitchen


Ikea French Kitchen Renovation Inspiration Farmhouse White Bright Clean

Ikea French Kitchen Renovation Inspiration Farmhouse White Bright Clean


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Kitchen Table Bar Stool White Ikea French Farmhouse Kitchen

Kitchen Table Bar Stool White Ikea French Farmhouse Kitchen


Ikea French Kitchen Renovation Inspiration Farmhouse White Bright Clean Floating Shelf Tile Backsplash

Ikea French Kitchen Renovation Inspiration Farmhouse White Bright Clean Floating Shelf Tile Backsplash


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I hope you enjoyed this throwback to our biggest project to date - the kitchen remodel. It just shows that anything is possible if you tackle it one step at a time! Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter for DIY tutorials, renovations, decorating tips, & more. Want to see more renovations? Check out our bathroom!

XOXO, Katrina

5 comments on “French Inspired Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation”

  1. I love your kitchen! We are planning to build a small cottage/cabin style house in the spring and your posts have inspired me so much, we've decided to go with IKEA cabinets because of your kitchen, so thank you and I will keep watching, might ask for some advice later 😬

    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement! It means so much to hear that I inspire you. You will love your Ikea kitchen.

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