Before and After: We Turned This Outdated Space Into the Farmhouse Kitchen of Your Dreams

Shiplap? Check! Open shelving? Check!

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David Hillegas

Even the dreariest spaces can have serious potential. Just take this outdated, unfinished kitchen, which former Ikaroo Style Director, Page Mullins, transformed into a bright farmhouse kitchen. Page cleverly reworked the layout, adding fresh details (shiplap, open shelving, and new appliances, oh my!) and restoring original features (hello, hardwood floors and breakfast nook) to their former glory.

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Before: Awkward Doorway
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Inadequate storage and awkward doorways throughout the room made the kitchen nearly nonfunctional. Page enclosed the openings and created an L-shaped workspace to maximize countertop area in the small kitchen.

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After: L-Shaped Workspace
farmhouse kitchen remodel before and after photos
David Hillegas

A cabinetry tower unit keeps a coffee station out of sight, but at the ready for easy, daily use. A sleek new and  were installed and flanked with open shelving to maximize space and keep things airy.  add soft lighting in the space and highlight collections on the shelves.

Top tip: Don't be afraid to mix multiple finishes in one space.  Here, Page mixed brass  with the bronze sconces. 

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Before: Unfinished Area
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When Page purchased the house, the kitchen had been left unfinished by previous homeowners with inadequate appliances and no cabinetry or workspace.

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After: Functional Counters & Shelves
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David Hillegas

Page installed shaker style cabinetry, topped with butcher block , to keep the palette neutral. She opted for open shelving, flanking the sides of the range, to keep the space feeling open and show off her tabletop collections.

Top tip: When styling open shelves, narrow down your dishware into a specific color palette to make a mismatched collection feel more consistent.

Details: , $2,700; , $1,049; , price upon request. 

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Before: Out-of-Place Laundry
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An odd layout made it impossible to separate laundry appliances from the cooking area. Page closed off the opening and relocated the laundry door to create separate areas for the two tasks.

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After: Smart Styling
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David Hillegas

Page incorporated the warm  and  to add some warmth to the otherwise all white kitchen. Everyday items stay within close reach on the lowest shelves, while entertaining pieces and larger items are stored above. A ceramic tray near the range keeps oils and condiments corralled for easy use when cooking. 

Top tip: Use wooden cutting boards, layered along countertops, to disguise electrical outlets when they aren't in use.

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Before: Outdated Fixtures
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The sink was in the perfect spot in the kitchen, looking out two windows into the side yard, but the outdated fixture and exposed insulation needed to be addressed. 

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After: Farmhouse Sink
farmhouse kitchen remodel before and after photos
David Hillegas

Page installed a new  and updated the old fixtures with a  and a traditional  in polished nickel finish. Natural woven blinds  add a warm texture to the space.

Top Tip: Most farmhouse sinks have a single bowl. Opt for a double bowl version to get more mileage out of your sink while keeping the same rustic look. 

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Before: Back Porch Eyesore
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A water-damaged screened porch adjacent to the kitchen was an eyesore and made the kitchen feel even drearier.

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After: Practical Pantry
farmhouse kitchen remodel before and after photos
David Hillegas

Page enclosed the porch to add square footage to the kitchen and changed the placement of the exterior door to free up wall space. By moving the  and pantry storage closer to the back door, grocery unloading is an easier task.

Top tip: Vintage rugs may seem precious but were really made to last forever. They are perfect for using in a kitchen because they are durable for busy traffic and spills.

Details: Crane artwork by , $350; ;  exterior door hardware, $32. 

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Before: Ugly Linoleum
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Page removed the awkward cabinetry units and pulled up layers of linoleum to reveal original hardwood flooring.

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After: Gorgeous Wood Flooring
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David Hillegas

Outdated electrical and plumbing meant that the walls needed to be taken down to the studs. Rather than replacing with drywall, Page installed vertical siding, painted in Sherwin William "Alabaster" (), for a planked farmhouse look.

Top tip: Page used  for the planked walls. The exterior siding is resistant against water and heat for the sink and cooking areas in the space.

Details: Crane artwork by , $350

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Before: Breakfast Nook
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Although she had to gut most of the kitchen, Page knew one thing had to stay—the original breakfast room with a charming built-in table and craftsman detailing.

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After: Breakfast Nook
farmhouse kitchen remodel before and after photos
David Hillegas

A coat of white paint and a new brass pendant  gave the breakfast nook a fresh new face. Page used a  and pillows from  to tie in the blue and white dishes on the kitchen shelving.

Top tip: When installing a light fixture for booth style seating, remember to hang the fixture a few inches higher than normal to avoid any bumped heads getting in and out of the nook.

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