It’s finally here! You guys have been so patient with me while I figure this whole blogging thing out – so thank you for sticking around. Better late, than never right? So without further ado… let’s finally take a look at our farmhouse kitchen reveal for Mouse House! (grab a drink and get comfy ‘cuz this is going to be one picture heavy post – scroll all the way to the end for full source list) UPDATE: check out the rest of the kitchen details in this post.
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and if you’re new to the blog and have no idea what Mouse House is, it’s our affectionately named fixer upper that we worked on all last year – you can find out more details here:
So let’s look back at the before pics of this poor kitchen, shall we? Nasty soffits visually lowered the ceiling height, and the door to the garage limited cabinet placement. Scroll through this gallery to see some before and in progress shots:
And now, here’s the after:
Farmhouse Kitchen Design Tips:
By relocating the door to the garage, I was able to create a much larger and more functional kitchen. Taking down the ugly soffits and using open shelves instead of upper cabinets gives the kitchen a much lighter feel. And there’s still tons of storage available in the 7 foot island and lower cabinetry. (I’ll be sharing a tutorial for the open shelves soon)
We created the look of a built-in fridge by framing out and stealing a little space from the laundry/mudroom (accessed by the barn door shown on the right of the above photo.)
And like many farmhouse kitchens, we chose white cabinetry. We used my favorite affordable white shaker cabinets from Menards. They are solid maple wood, with standard soft close doors, and big deep drawers (check out those 36″ double drawers on either side of the stove!) The brand is Schrock and we chose the Morgan door design and the color is White.
The countertops are from Riverstone Quartz which is Menards’ own brand of countertops. The color is graphite which is basically a solid mid-gray with very small (and not very noticeable) flecks throughout. I chose these because I wanted an upgrade from laminate, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune. We were able to get these for $35/sq ft which was cheaper than any other option I could find around us. You do have to install them yourself though, which wasn’t very difficult thanks to my hubby’s awesome skillz. But be sure to have a few of your strongest friends on hand (shout out to Kevin!)when they’re delivered as they are HEAVY.
I always cringe when I see these gorgeous kitchens on Houzz or other design sites because, while they look absolutely stunning, the price tag is also equally stunning. I want to tell you that you don’t have to spend $50K to have a gorgeous farmhouse kitchen. We spent a little over $6k for these cabinets and saved money doing our own installation.
Craig did add a few custom touches like the awesome x styled panels on the end of the island. And he also trimmed out the bottom of the island for a more built-in furniture look. I love the way it turned out!
The stove hood came from the cabinet outlet store near us. It was $199 and a horrible mahogany brown color. I had originally thought Craig would build a custom hood, but this saved us so much time so I scooped it up and he painted it BM Fieldstone using our paint sprayer.
I made the sign above the stove for about $5. You can find the super easy tutorial here.
The people that purchased the house picked out the appliances, including this gorgeous Thermador Pro Harmony Professional Gas Range. Craig’s truck cost less than this range, but I guess if you love to cook maybe it’s worth it? I think I’ll stick to frozen pizza 🙂
I found this awesome old door for $40 at our local architectural salvage store. Craig cleaned it up, filled some holes, and painted it Benjamin Moore Lakeshore Green. He used this super great (but cheap) barn door hardware from Amazon to hang it, and his 9″ cast iron handle adds the perfect finishing touch!
Wow, this is getting to be a super long post! UPDATE: SEE THE REST OF THE KITCHEN DETAILS HERE. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I’ll try to respond. This was a fun project and I’m so proud of my hubby for doing such a wonderful job – he did 90% of the work himself!
He is so talented, and all his hard work paid off – the house sold before we even put it on the market! A sweet couple drove by and saw him working on it and expressed their interest, made an offer, and we accepted! There was one detail they wanted to change with the kitchen and I’ll have to keep you all in suspense as that’s another LONG post. Sorry for the teaser, but there’s lots more coming – so stay tuned 🙂
Let’s take one final look at the before & after:
paint colors: shiplap – SW Alabaster, trim – BM White Dove, barn door – BM Lake Shore Green, stove hood – BM Fieldstone
cabinets: Schrock Morgan in White
countertops: Riverstone Quartz in Graphite
faucet: Ikea Glittran
light above island: Eldridge Pendant (in medium)
lights above sink: custom black sconces (made in the USA!)
stove hood insert: Broan PM390
appliances: purchased by homeowner
barn door hardware: 6.5 ft. sliding barn door hardware
barn door handle: 9″ square door pull handle
shelf brackets: 7″ classic iron shelf bracket (in black)
cutting boards: antique | similar
chalkboard in corner: standing black chalkboard
cake stand: antique | similar
berry basket: similar