Before: The Work Core
The existing kitchen was big enough and had good natural light, but the space was dull and dated. Appliances and surfaces needed upgrading, and a big empty space sat in the middle of the room between the L-shape work core and a wall of storage on the opposite side of the kitchen. The area around the stove, sink, and refrigerator needed more convenient prep space, too.
Heart of the Kitchen
Convey a modern farmhouse look with semicustom cabinets (Diamond Kelby in white) and square pulls (#689069). Use frosted glass in door panels to show off silhouettes but obscure range-side essentials. The GE Cafe five-burner gas range (#371942) offers an oven with convection cooking. Milk the rich look of white marble for all it’s worth with super-durable and easy-to-keep-clean quartz countertops (Silestone Lagoon shown).
Pair a farmhouse sink (#498599) with an oil-rubbed bronze faucet (#6998) that features a modern pull-down spout. For more farmhouse flavor, replace upper cabinets with a shelf made from a 1 x 8 oak board and painted shelf brackets (#30292). Add function with hanging rods (#315872) and S-hooks. Shop a wide selection of farmhouse sinks.
Make these simple planters from jars, sand, rocks, and soil. Then hang them in your kitchen to provide handy herbs or a touch of green.
Range Hood Coverup
Build a handsome canopy for your range hood (#148699). Red-oak boards lend warmth with wood grain.
Make an island stand out from the perimeter cabinets by choosing a darker color for the island cabinetry (Diamond Kelby in Cloud) and a contrasting color for the countertop (Eco Iron Ore). Farmhouse style gets an update with fresh wall color (HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams Mod Mint, #HGSW2277). The GE Cafe French-door refrigerator (#694242) features a bottom freezer. Coordinated appliance lines let you add the latest features with a consistent look.
The coffeepot is always on in this kitchen, but it’s a version tailored to today’s tastes. The GE Cafe French-door refrigerator (#694242) holds an in-the-door Keurig K-Cup brewing system for quick single servings of your favorite hot beverages. The system also dispenses hot water at your desired temperature and allows you to select a precise amount of hot water for beverages, cooking, or other household needs.
Before: Storage Wall
The long wall opposite the work core contained a lot of cabinets, but they looked bland and the configuration didn’t offer much storage flexibility. Though there was some counter space along the wall, it was far from the sink and the appliances in the work core. The countertop microwave wasn’t convenient, either. What’s more, the kitchen lacked seating and a focal point.
A microwave (GE Cafe line, #255460) installed in the kitchen island makes it easy for kids to heat up after-school snacks. Light the island with an allen + roth™ pendant (#616030). The clear bottle shade conveys vintage farmhouse style.
Dishwashers, like this one from the GE Cafe line (#538382), don’t always need to be positioned beside a sink. Ask a contractor about the cost of plumbing and electrical connections needed to install one in an island. Trade base cabinets in part of your kitchen for a compact desk area with storage and display space.
Slide and Hide
Conceal a well-stocked pantry behind barn-style sliding doors. You can make them from inexpensive hollow-core doors and rustic-look hardware.
Not Just for Backsplashes
Brick-look backsplash tile (#695073) is earthy yet elegant. This area above a compact desk area helps tie the space to the rest of the kitchen.
Doors with a Difference
Add subtle pattern with cabinet door inserts made of metal mesh (#42142). Use tin snips to cut the mesh to fit.
Porcelain tile floor planks (#591551) suggest weathered wood salvaged from an old machine shed.