Saturday, August 23, 2014

Our Updated Farmhouse Kitchen :) Loving it!

Our Kitchen Makeover

This summer, Momma Herrmann spent several weeks with us at the farm. Somehow, big projects always seem to get tackled when Mom's in town! During this visit, she helped us clean up our flower beds (also known as "weed beds") and she got us in gear and helped us update our kitchen! 

While our kitchen update mainly consisted of painting, it made a massive difference! You'll have to take a stroll through our messy process to get to the "after" photos...

I found this fun accent color in Elkader at Carpet and Design. The brand is Diamond Vogel and the color is "Origin," a shade of green with a bit of a citrus feel. We used it in our master bedroom with plenty left over, so I decided to use this color and make my own chalk paint for accents in the kitchen. To see more about chalk paint, check out my first chalk paint project!  For this chalk paint, I used a plaster of Paris recipe. I thought it turned out really well and only needed two coats for good coverage. 

chalk paint recipe:
1/2 cup plaster of Paris * 1/2 cup warm water * 1-1/2 cups latex paint Finishing wax Rag 

Spraying our cabinet doors was pretty messy!

 and more progress photos....

We decided to leave off some of the cabinet doors. The open shelving really shows off the pretty glassware we inherited from Zach's grandma Berniece and things we've collected over the years (including lots of pretty wedding presents!)

It was a messy, sweaty month, but seeing our kitchen come together was very rewarding! I love all of the little details. Coming home to our bright and airy farmhouse kitchen makes me happy. 

There will always be things to do, updates that need to be made, eventually a new floor, entry-basement update, and maybe larger scale renovations... but for now, I'm loving our freshly painted kitchen, our trusty old appliances, our new faucet and hardware, and our freshly picked wildflowers.  

A humongous thanks to Momma Herrmann for all of her hard work and motivation! She put up with me when I was tired, sweaty, and maybe even a little bit grumpy. She worked so hard to help us finish up before she and I flew back to NC; she didn't want me to come home to a mess. I couldn't believe how much was involved in our "little painting" project, or how long it took to put everything back together, but I'm so happy we did it!

I LOVE coming home to our updated kitchen! 

.... here it is....
before and after

This update was done on a dime! Primer/paint/sandpaper and elbow grease!
The only things we actually replaced were our cabinet hardware and kitchen sink faucet. 
One day we will update the counter tops and flooring. For now, I'm super happy 
with our clean white cabinets, fresh gray walls, and pops of green!  

wall color: "santos" diamond vogel
accent color: "origin" diamond vogel 
moen oil rubbed bronze faucet
wildflower bouquet: picked and arranged by Momma Herrmann :)
Pottery Accents: Kate Chandler Ceramics