Before & After: Modern, Black Farmhouse Kitchen

A long time ago I shared a Farmhaus tour where you got to see what the house looked like when we purchased it.  Everything needed work, but the room that arguably needed the most work was the kitchen.  As a reminder, this is what the Farmhaus kitchen used to  look like:

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Not exactly my cup of tea.

I came up with a plan and a mood board (which you can check out here) and then we tore it all up and started from scratch.

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The big changes that really allowed me to switch up the layout were 1) opening up the wall even further and 2) changing the size and placement of the window.  The removal of the wall allowed me to bring in a large island, and the change of windows enabled me to run counters along the whole back wall and move some of the appliances around.  See here for more photos during the construction phase of the kitchen.

We finished the kitchen ages ago, like 1 1/2 years ago, but there have been so many other projects to take care of that I never felt that I had the time to sit down and do a full before and after.  Proud to present to you what the Farmhaus kitchen looks like now.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m not afraid to roll up my sleeves and get dirty, but for the kitchen I brought in professionals for some important jobs: plumbing, electrical, drywall and cabinet installation. Sounds like there wasn’t much DIY on our part but we actually took care of framing, tiling, flooring and painting. We could have probably done the drywall and cabinet installation ourselves, but this made things fall into place faster. I love how it turned out and when we spend time at the Farmhaus the kitchen is everything I had imagined and more.

Here are some close ups.

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I really wanted to tile the back of the island to break up the black and add a pop of interest.  See here for my inspiration. I’m so happy I added this element.  It takes the kitchen to another level.  Plus, I love that when the kids sit at the counter the tile can handle their kicks and scuff marks.

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The shelves were made from the left over butcher block scraps we had cut off from the counters.  No waste here.

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Love my organized utensils. The pepper mill and salt cellar are from one of my favorite shops in Australia, a shop aptly named Country Road. Wish they had a store in the U.S.

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The sconces from Pepe and Carols add a refined industrial touch that works perfectly. Plus they bring in a hint of brass that gets echoed through the hardware and some of the vintage accessories I collect and display.  I had the sconces customized so that the light would fall at just the right spot over the counters.

It was a labor of love but well worth the effort.

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