Hello rock star.
If you are visiting from White Buffalo Styling Company on the favorite room home tour….my kitchen and I are happy you are here.
When we first bought the farmhouse….the kitchen looked absolutely nothing like the picture above. There were no moldings or khaki walls or faux transom windows or white cabinets…..and the antique pine flooring was buried under four layers of indoor/outdoor carpet and linoleum.
The before needed a makeover.
It’s like the kitchen had a really bad haircut and over-sized glasses along with an awkward sweater and equally awkward jeans…..with an armload of math books to study on Friday night. And then one day she was tutoring the star football player in algebra and he looked into her glasses (technically he looked beyond her eyewear)…..
….and saw her.
You know….he saw inside her heart where she was really beautiful and he knew that she was someone special and asked her to homecoming. And then her best friend (who just happened to be going to beauty school) cut her hair and put a mud mask on her face and cucumbers on her eyes and completely re-did her make-up and helped her pick out the perfect homecoming dress.
And when the football player arrived to take her to the dance….
….he took one look and fell in love.
Because truly…..she had always been beautiful.
It just took a special person to realize it.
Don’t you just love a happily ever after?
Here’s the awkward sweater and jeans phase.
(total aside: technically this is not really a before….it’s more of an in-between. Details….details).
It looked like this…..
And here’s the same space and angle after.
Isn’t it amazing what a difference six months and a lot of elbow grease makes?
One of the most important changes we made to the space was to add architectural detail.
Because the farmhouse was….well….a farmhouse.
You know….as in built for farming.
So when we remodeled the kitchen we wanted a space full of character and personality. I think that’s why it’s my favorite room (well…..that and the million games of monopoly we have played at that kitchen table). The kitchen is the perfect example of adding so much to a space with just a little money and a lot of imagination.
So here’s a list of five of my favorite kitchen projects to add architectural detail to your home.
Drum roll please.
And one more project for the road.
It’s not exactly molding….
….but it’s almost as good as the perfect homecoming dress.
PS May your day today be full of happily ever afters and room tours.
For the next stop on the tour be sure and stop by the incredibly talented Darlene from Fieldstone Hill Design.
And if you need even more inspiration…..here’s the rest of the favorite room tour participants today: