Shiplap-clad walls and a reimagined floor plan transform a drab kitchen with vintage-meets-contemporary charm.

By Laura Kristine Johnson
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This kitchen was in desperate need of a better layout, and some Joanna Gaines-inspired farmhouse design. The homeowners worked on a budget to fix an inefficient layout while adding personality to a builder-basic space. Shiplap walls add a farmhouse-approved look while maintaining a gentle texture that doesn't overwhelm the space. Take a look at these before and after photos that reveal a gorgeous farmhouse kitchen.

Before: Awkward and Inefficient

Track lighting from the 1990s and a swath of brown cabinets gave a ho-hum look to this kitchen within a newly purchased home in Georgia. Dishes dripped water across the floor when traveling from sink to dishwasher due to an awkward layout, and a wall isolated the kitchen from the living spaces.

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After: Bright and Unexpected

Rotating the island 180-degrees and opening up a wall allows whoever is cooking to not feel secluded. White shiplap and painted cabinets brighten the space and add a dose of farmhouse flavor. The homeowners kept the cabinets to the right of the range and had their carpenter build the new cabinets on the left to match. With a coat of white paint, the old and new cabinets were seamlessly tied together. 

A medley of mod touches like midcentury brass-and-glass pendant lights keep the kitchen feeling fresh. Moving the hallway door 2 feet toward the backyard creates additional drawer and shelf space to the left of the stove, and nestling the dishwasher next to the sink makes loading dishes easy.

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The homeowners replaced a small eat-in kitchen space with a window seat to accommodate the footprint of a larger island. The homeowners wanted an island big enough for their daughters to do homework and for guests to gather around. However, there also needed to be enough walkway space and room for the appliance doors to open properly.

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Midcentury-style pendant lights with glass shades offer inconspicuous illumination. Since the kitchen ceilings are only 8 feet tall, something translucent over the kitchen island is a nice touch in order to keep from obstructing anyone's view.

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Cardholder bin pulls guide guests around the kitchen while lending an apothecary aesthetic to Shaker-style cabinets. Curvaceous toe-kicks ensure a uniform look between old and new base cabinetry.

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Collections on open shelving shine thanks to a subdued shiplap backsplash. The wood’s white matte finish lends texture and brightness. The homeowners wanted a textured backsplash but didn't want to overwhelm the open shelving with a tile pattern.

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Rewired vintage pendant lights illuminate a custom-built barnwood table in the dining room. Reclaimed wooden beams and posts—sourced from a barn in rural Georgia—usher in rustic charm to the first floor while also offering structural support in place of a load-bearing wall.

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With finishes and designs that disguise their newness, a honed-marble countertop, aged-brass faucet, and apron-front sink channel a timeworn farmhouse feel into the kitchen. Paint, hardware, and architectural elements create a cohesive look between old and new cabinetry, an approach that’s easy on the pocketbook.

Comments (22)

Anonymous
March 24, 2019
They don't show us the right side of the Kitchen which is where I assume both the microwave and refrigerator is. Wish we could see the entire layout to get a better idea of flow.
Anonymous
March 8, 2019
I like this look, and love the faucet used. I did something similar in our kitchen, but instead of the open shelving, we just took our cabinet doors off, had them cut with a framed [filtered] in them to "frame" a glass front, and painted all the old 60's cabinets white. This way we kept our cabinet space, but now it looks much more open, airy, and fresh,as well as keeping dirt and dust and grease in the air from settling on the glasses, etc, that are seldom used in the top cabinets. I add color to our now "white" farmhouse look kitchen with each season, so yellows and grass greens, etc, for towels hanging, some of my plates, cookie jars, etc that show through the glass, for spring and summer, oranges and reds for fall, and reds for Christmas through Valentine's Day. Also, a big braid rug, as well as hardwood floors bring color into the room, and warmth, as does our butcherblock countertops to "soften " the area. I also use a year round red coffee pot, red toaster oven, red can opener, but love the fact that I am able to change up the other colors of the room with the seasons with my "white kitchen", that, really, doesn't come across that way at all, but is still bright and airy. In answer to another question that was asked here, ( couldn't figure out how to reply specifically to a comment on this site(?) ) we also used the shiplap OUTDOOR siding, and used marine paint, in white, as well as marine outdoor caulking under the lip of each board, in our SHOWER. It has been there for 15 years, and has yet to mold or mildew, or rot. It looks fabulous, and we get alot of compliments on it !
Anonymous
March 7, 2019
LOVE it!! Beautiful and clean looking!
Anonymous
February 20, 2019
Beautiful, but too monochrome for me. Agree with the comments about the open cabinets too. Wish I could do something like this, but I'd have to bump out my back wall to make room. Still ideas for my long skinny kitchen
Anonymous
February 7, 2019
I absolutely love, love, love your kitchen. It made me feel welcomed.
Anonymous
February 6, 2019
I Love Love Love everything!!!!!!
Anonymous
February 6, 2019
I really love the shiplap backsplash & want to have that look in my kitchen, but how do you keep water damage to a minimum in the wet areas? Extra coats of paint topped with 1-2 coats of poly, maybe? Any better ideas?
Anonymous
February 6, 2019
The before kitchen looked dated, but there is nothing wrong with wood, stained cabinets. I prefer darker cabinets if stained however. I look forward to the time when traditional becomes popular again!
Anonymous
February 6, 2019
I love the clean look, but am not a fan of open shelves. I have to constantly clean the fronts of my cupboards. I have open shelving all around the perimeter of my kitchen way up at the ceiling, & I have to take everything down at least 2 times a year to wash everything.
Anonymous
February 6, 2019
Where did the microwave go? Although there is no photo of the stove, it looks like the microwave over the stove was replaced with a much more attractive hood...I have a similar layout and would much rather have a hood over the stove, but then, in such a small space, where does the microwave go?
Anonymous
February 6, 2019
The kitchen of my dreams!!
Anonymous
February 6, 2019
Too much white. The counters or one wall or something needs some color.
Anonymous
February 6, 2019
It would be helpful to see the before and after drawing of the space. It helps gain perspective and ideas from arrangement of furniture or appliances.
Anonymous
February 6, 2019
I love the fresh open look! The great thing about white kitchens is you can add color accents easily and inexpensively. I’m on my 2nd white kitchen and still live the look after 17 years.
Anonymous
February 6, 2019
I know white kitchens are a big deal now but I like color. I don't like the Joanna look in most rooms because I find them dull and lacking in color and excitement
Anonymous
February 5, 2019
I love the white with soft blue accents, and it's warmed up by the wood beams and the natural roman shades. Perfect!
Anonymous
February 5, 2019
Too much white.
Anonymous
February 5, 2019
All my gowning years, i live in dark wood, its felt dark and cold. I rarely paint over it and make it look cozy and bight.
Anonymous
February 5, 2019
Very pretty, but personally I don't like open shelving. It must be a nightmare to keep tidy all the time. I prefer everything behind cabinet doors for a sleek and clean look.
Anonymous
February 5, 2019
Love it, Lovely! Issue for me would be NOT ENOUGH CABINETS!
Anonymous
February 5, 2019
Love this light and airy kitchen that is cozy and comfortable. My house was built in 1787 and is dark and cramped and my husband is afraid to let me paint the woodwork. Hoping to ease him into the idea of painting by showing him the gorgeous pictures of your kitchen transformation!
Anonymous
January 28, 2019
I love how you transform that kitchen, It is so bright and very inviting. I would love to have my kitchen look like that.