Cabinets with Character
A farmhouse kitchen brings back nostalgic memories to nearly everyone, even if they never experienced warm, homemade bread straight from the wood burning oven. A farmhouse kitchen is a symbol of family, good food, simpler times, and a lifestyle that is almost extinct. Exuding warmth and charm, the farmhouse style kitchen can accommodate every activity from baking to a Monopoly game. Everyone is welcome, everyone is comfortable, and it is a low maintenance decorating choice.
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This bright and cheerful kitchen belongs to a 1875 Tidewater farmhouse situated in Irvington, Virginia. Stephanie had new cabinets made with recessed beaded-board panels to reflect the simple, homespun character of the place. Even the refrigerator and dishwasher are disguised with matching panels. Other glass-front cabinets and open shelves allow Stephanie plenty of room to display her collections of antique bowls and dishware. Well-chosen items like heart-pine countertops.
Custom cabinets and matching appliance panels: Contemporary Kitchens; conkit.com or 804-758-2001.
Countertops: Butcher-block, also by Contemporary Kitchens.
A butter yellow farm-style sink completes the kitchen’s authentic look.
The nostalgic look of a farm-style sink (also called farmhouse) harkens back to a simpler time when vegetables were freshly picked from the garden and rinsed off in the kitchen. Originally, this hardworking, utilitarian style of sink was intended for tasks that required a deep basin.
Its signature front apron protrudes beyond the countertop and into the space generally reserved for cabinetry. Stephanie’s sink, which is actually wall-mounted (Gilford apron-front in Sunlight by Kohler), also has an integrated backsplash.
Surrounded by large double-hung windows, the breakfast nook continues the same airy feel of the kitchen. Painted a pleasingly light blue, the dining table was handmade by a local craftsman. The playful scalloped detail of the table’s skirt is echoed by the edging of the nearby window shade.
Once Builder John D. England had replaced the pine floors, Stephanie painted them a subtle yellow-and-white harlequin pattern to brighten the space and add an aged appearance.
Flooring: vintage pine flooring; for a similar look, try vintage pineflooring.com or 866-203-6924.
Floor paint: Alternating diamond pattern in White Dove (OC-17) and Butter (2023-60) by Benjamin Moore; benjaminmoore.com.
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