Our Farmhouse Kitchen at the Blue Cottage

by Dagmar Bleasdale on July 31, 2014

white farmhouse kitchen, Blue Cottage. DagmarBleasdale.comOur Farmhouse Kitchen

I’m finally getting around to showing you our farmhouse kitchen! I’m still not finished with decorating it, but is any room ever finished?

white farmhouse kitchen, Blue Cottage. DagmarBleasdale.com

The fun part of decorating is that you always get to add or change something over time. This is what our farmhouse kitchen looks like right now.

white farmhouse kitchen, Blue Cottage. DagmarBleasdale.com

Our kitchen is in the back of the house, and we have these three big windows in the kitchen that overlook the backyard.

white farmhouse kitchen, Blue Cottage. DagmarBleasdale.com

white farmhouse kitchen, Blue Cottage. DagmarBleasdale.com

Just ignore the yard right now – it’s a jungle out there, literally. We haven’t gotten around to doing anything out there. But it’s nice to have all that light and the view of the greenery.

farmhouse kitchen, DagmarBleasdale.com

The one thing I insisted on for this house was the farmhouse sink, and I absolutely love it.

Don wasn’t happy to have to reinforce the cabinet it’s sitting on, because this fireclay farmhouse sink is so heavy, but he got help from his cousin and in the end it wasn’t that big of a deal.

I shopped around a lot before I decided on this 26″ farmhouse sink and bought it at SignatureHardware.com for $557. That’s a pretty good price for a farmhouse sink that size.

Make sure you buy heavy sinks from a place that gives you free shipping!

farmhouse kitchen, DagmarBleasdale.comOur white kitchen cabinets are from Lowes. I opted for the second-cheapest ones. I stayed away from the ones they always have in the store because they get opened up, put into the store, and possibly banged around.

I didn’t want to take that chance, so I opted for the most inexpensive cabinets that get made just for us and then delivered straight from the factory to the house for the installation. Don and his cousin installed them, and I paired  them with brush bronze knobs and fixtures.

farmhouse kitchen, DagmarBleasdale.com

I bought these vintage crates at a tag sale before we had even moved in and stacked them like this for extra storage on the counters. And everyone who comes to visit absolutely loves this idea.

kit 4I really like the look as well, but I’m torn if I want to put up open shelves next to the window instead.

farmhouse kitchen, DagmarBleasdale.com

Remember my whole blog post about 10 Open Shelving Ideas? This is my inspiration and I already have the supplies for shelves like this:

open shelving famhouse sink{source}

Do I leave the crates? Or do install the open shelves to gain counter space?

Here is a third option: do I leave the crates and just add a long shelf that runs over the crates, at the height of the cabinet?

I could really use your input! I like all off those ideas and can’t make up my mind. Sigh.

farmhouse kitchen, DagmarBleasdale.com

To create even more storage space, I put this book shelf on the counter when we moved in because it was the same color as the crates.

farmhouse kitchen, DagmarBleasdale.comI added white tea towels on the shelves and vintage lace to the top shelf. These are the glasses and dishes we use every day, plus I like storing dry goods in masons jars. I think having them out looks cute, plus it’s simply practical.

kit 5

farmhouse kitchen, DagmarBleasdale.comDon isn’t a fan of all the things on the top of the cabinets, but I’m partly hiding our exhaust vent that I still need to paint white.

white farmhouse kitchen, Blue Cottage. DagmarBleasdale.com

farmhouse kitchen, DagmarBleasdale.com

The thing I would like to have less cluttered is the fridge, but I just can’t part with those pictures. I don’t like hanging personal pictures on the wall, but I don’t mind them on the fridge.

farmhouse kitchen, DagmarBleasdale.comkit 10I made this DIY mason jar apothecary jar a few years ago with a thrift store candle holder and finial. Here is the easy tutorial.

The fridge is full of L’s important papers from school once school starts again anyway, so I might as well also have my favorite photos on there.

farmhouse kitchen, DagmarBleasdale.com

That door on the right is for washer and dryer, our “laundry closet.” Next to it is another closet for jackets and this “tunnel” leads into our living room.

Behind that large poster is our powder room.

white farmhouse kitchen, Blue Cottage. DagmarBleasdale.com

white farmhouse kitchen, Blue Cottage. DagmarBleasdale.com

white farmhouse kitchen, Blue Cottage. DagmarBleasdale.comIn this picture you can see the powder room door on the left and the door to get to our backyard, which also has a window for extra light.

farmhouse kitchen, DagmarBleasdale.comThis vintage table with two IKEA chairs and a Target stool is another DIY project I’ll tackle eventually: I want to paint the table and chairs white with chalk paint, and I’m on the lookout for a nicer cart.

farmhouse kitchen, DagmarBleasdale.comThis is just a plastic cart that holds our snacks we use every day. I’ve thought about replacing it with one of those cute, retro-looking carts from IKEA, but I don’t really want to see all of our snack.

I’m looking for some small, closed storage option for that spot. Any suggestion?

So this is it! Our little farmhouse kitchen at the Blue Cottage. Just perfect for the three of us.

white farmhouse kitchen, Blue Cottage. DagmarBleasdale.com

I need your input on the crate/shelving situation! Leave me a comment with the option you’d vote for: crates or open shelving?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 24, 2015 at 12:53 PM

Hello! Beautiful kitchen! You’re right there is too much clutter on the fridge. It takes away from the overall clean and elegant look of the kitchen. Maybe you can make a large collage using these pictures, frame it and put it up on a wall. Love the white cabinets and appliances! :D


Dagmar Bleasdale April 24, 2015 at 7:27 PM

Thanks, Vashti – you motivated me to declutter our fridge :)


Anne January 24, 2015 at 2:13 AM

I vote for the open shelving as well – in white. :) Good luck!


Kathy Morelli, LPC September 16, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Hi Dagmar! Glad I stopped by to see your new Blue Cottage! It’s beautiful! So happy for you! I think that I’d go for the white shelving on either side ..but that’s just my opinion….I do love the shelving you have now, but I think the white is more sophisticated! Just my opinion tho! Have a good one! Much love, Kathy


Dagmar Bleasdale September 16, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Thanks for your input, Kathy! We’re really happy here. Blog post about our living room and bathrooms coming up soon!


Brenda Young August 1, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Love the crates! Gives the kitchen a more personalized farmhouse look to me, not so cookie cutter everyday common… for inexpensive hidden storage how about a skinny bookshelf system from ikea and hack it with some chalk paint on the outside and a kind of cool junk find vintage door, with printed up vintage crate labels or something


Dagmar Bleasdale August 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Hi Brenda, thanks for your comment! Great idea for the storage problem.


Jacque August 1, 2014 at 7:09 AM

I love the crates but knowing me, I would also try the open shelves to give the window some balance. Good luck on your decision but the kitchen is beautiful!


Dagmar Bleasdale August 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Hi Jacque, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment! Maybe I’ll just put up the shelves and put the crates on the highest one? Decisions, decisions.


Patty Lucas July 31, 2014 at 7:40 PM

I love your kitchen. I would keep the crates on the right and put shelves on the left to free up the counter. When you look through your windows, it looks like you are living in a tree house. Not a bad thing.


Dagmar Bleasdale August 1, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Hi Patty, thanks for your comment, I appreciate it! Now, that’s a whole other idea. Hmm, have to think about that. And I guess you are right – we live in a tree house :)


sandra July 31, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I think you kitchen looks great.Good job!!I do like the open shelves on either side like in the picture.That’s just my opinion.Very very nice though.


Dagmar Bleasdale August 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Hi Sandra, thanks for your comment and input, I appreciate it!


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