2.05.2016

Our Farmhouse Kitchen

As my bio states, we've been renovating a 1940's farmhouse for about a year and a half now. We have a long way to go but I have been enjoying the process. The renovations continue but I'll give you a peek at our kitchen, which is about 75% complete. 
 

It may be small but I really love it, especially when we look back at what it looked like when we purchased the home.

This is the BEFORE:


That's all there was for cabinets and counter space. No good. We removed a doorway to free up an entire wall for cabinets and appliances and tore down a wall to open it up to the rest of the house. Everything came out of the kitchen and we started from scratch.


We went with simple white cabinets up to the ceiling, butcher block countertops, an apron-front cast iron sink, and stainless steel appliances to make it a little more modern.




Most recently we installed our island. My husband built a base for a very special piece of butcher block: my parents received it as a wedding gift and it was where we ate a lot of our meals growing up. I remember sitting at it while my mom braided my hair before school and then coming home for an afternoon snack in the same spot. Dinner, homework, birthdays...all around the kitchen island. When they renovated their house, it no longer fit and was moved into storage. When they offered it to us, I was thrilled to have a part of our childhood, especially since we've moved from my home state of New Hampshire to Minnesota. Now our kids can grow up at the same table and I hope they can have many great memories around it too. My mom gave me the idea to put toys in one of the baskets under the island since I have young kids at my feet while I cook so I plan to do that soon.



A few of my favorite features: my wooden spoon, rolling pin, and cutting board collections and our copper Kitchen Aid mixer that we spray painted!




Still to come: a light fixture above the island, baskets underneath, a range vent and hood, a completed pantry, and maybe some color, perhaps. That's definitely something I struggle with! I also struggle with keeping the drawers and cabinets organized, especially my pots and pans, so I will definitely be following along with the Delightful Order Organizing Challenge this month. I hope you've joined in on the fun too!






"Hello, I'm Ashley from Three Wooden Spoons, a blog featuring my adventures in the kitchen and following our renovation of a 1940's farmhouse in Minnesota. I love to cook and bake, write, explore thrift and antiques stores, drink strong coffee, and dabble in home design. I would describe my style as simple and classic, but also eclectic. I love finding second-hand furniture and home decor, as well as antiques from various eras, and making it all come together for a cohesive interior."

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