A Simply White farmhouse kitchen

Simply white farmhouse kitchen

This facelift to our farmhouse kitchen was one of the reasons I didn’t sew much last year. I am so glad we are done!

First, we re-plastered the walls, as they had a bumpy cottage cheese texture applied by the previous owner. What a mess that was when they sanded it all down! I’m still finding dust. Then we painted the walls using Benjamin’s Moore’s Simply White, and repainted the cabinets in Coventry Grey. Coventry Grey is a light warm grey. Coventry Grey kitchen cabinets I also added new metal drawer pulls and knobs from Wayfair. And we installed new wood floors since the old pine ones, which I loved, were rotted . We chose an engineered wood in dark walnut as it’s supposed to be more water resistant for a kitchen than solid hardwood. It was a lot of time and money to fix this floor and walls! Let’s hope they last a long, long, time.

No room in my home feels complete without something home sewn, so I made some simple creamy linen rod pocket valances from my stash to soften all the bright white. These are the easiest types of curtains to make. I just doubled the width to make them nicely gathered on the rod, folded them over at the top and sewed down a casing. The rods are from Lowe’s.

linen curtains farmhouse kitchen

The antique stained glass window seems to pop now, surrounded by the white walls. The walls were a faded dull yellow before, and the trim was a builder’s white. We never had the trim painted when we moved in twelve years ago, and it was too cool of a shade for the yellow walls. Whites definitely have different tones. BM’s Simply White is a good all around white color, and goes with most colors.

Farmhouse kitchen

One of the things I love most are these fun shelves made from plumbing pipes and stained wood. In an unfitted kitchen like we have with few cabinets, shelves are essential. I finally have a spot for my thrifted red typewriter. That was the find of the year, back when I found it at the Goodwill for only five bucks. Almost as awesome as the 1982 Bernina Nova with all it’s attachements found there in perfect working condition for only twenty five dollars!

Simply white farmhouse kitchen shiplap and pipe shelves

We covered the walls by the back door in shiplap.  The ceilings are original to the home , which was built in 1926.


We don’t have a laundry room, and the washer and dryer are up against the back door. Everyone would throw their stuff on top of the dryer and things would fall behind it. So we built this shelf over the washer and dryer. We used pine boards and stained them a dark walnut. It’s great place for folding clothes.

That’s my compost pail and industrial trash can. I’ve had that trash can for twelve years. it’s the best trash can ever. I bought is from a restaurant supply website. Guess where I found the clock? Big Lots.duck egg blue cabinetAnd there’s my chalk painted cabinet again that I already blogged about. I went on a furniture painting binge this year. 

Simply white farmhouse kitchen

To give a little pop of color, we painted the back door red. I always wanted a red door. It’s nice to have a colored door, as it doesn’t show dirty like a white one would.

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  1. Katherine Landreneau says

    Beautifu!! It all looks so lovely and comfortable! I love the colors! Great job!
    Lots of work, great rewards! 🙂

  2. says

    Such a lot of lovely natural light in your kitchen! You’ve fitted it out making the most of that light. Great job, it all looks wonderful! Our house was built over 200 years ago, I just love the cottage look

  3. Olga says

    Love the shiplap!!! Love the pops of red! Reminds me of your kitchen growing up. Your mom had the coolest kitchen! So cool that the new owners didnt change it!!

  4. says

    Gorgeous!! absolutely gorgeous!!! Could you possibly send me (or post, or just reply to this, or something 😉 a link to your floors?? Please and thank-you!! They are absolute perfection!!

      • says

        Thanks!! I am so eager for his response! (We are building and I have spent so.many.hours. looking for flooring and haven’t found anything that was *just* what I wanted, never mind what I want AND we can afford (though we may not be able to afford this either 😉 but from your pictures – this is exactly the look I have in my head)