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?
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.
Our kitchen is in the back of the house, and we have these three big windows in the kitchen that overlook the backyard.
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.
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!
Our 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.
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.
Remember my whole blog post about 10 Open Shelving Ideas? This is my inspiration and I already have the supplies for shelves like this:
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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
Behind that large poster is our powder room.
This 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.
This 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.
I need your input on the crate/shelving situation! Leave me a comment with the option you’d vote for: crates or open shelving?