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

By Laura Kristine Johnson
January 15, 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (34)

tlgreason
February 7, 2019
I absolutely love, love, love your kitchen. It made me feel welcomed.
plumblinda54992
February 6, 2019
I Love Love Love everything!!!!!!
wolffella32
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?
parrisj
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!
ceinstman
February 8, 2019
I agree. There are so many beautiful wood tones and designs, as I also find shaker-style cabinets to be bland and uninteresting.
mccarthycolleen1
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.
ceinstman
February 8, 2019
I also agree. Open shelving also limits the storage space and what can be stored.
rggrams
February 7, 2019
I hate open shelving. So much extra cleaning and it looks like you ran out of money to buy cabinets.
PCScan
February 6, 2019
I agree. Open shelving is a Pain.
juliasforbes
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?
ceinstman
February 8, 2019
I agree with Linda about the faucet. Inasmuch as I love the style, it should be a single lever. Also, what I can see of the stove is enough to notice that it is a different appliance manufacturer than the dishwasher. This, to me, looks tacky and disjointed.
brainywork
February 6, 2019
A microwave drawer.
pr-12
February 6, 2019
I saw that right away too and wondered where the microwave went. So many people rely on the microwave or toaster oven to cook these days. Sometimes the micro goes behind a cupboard but they didn't mention that.
linda2218
February 6, 2019
Great catch! No microwave is a no for me. Plus the faucet with the individual hot and cold is not practical, nor is the
martha_ladello
February 6, 2019
The kitchen of my dreams!!
Shaffc1964
February 6, 2019
Too much white. The counters or one wall or something needs some color.
parrisj
February 6, 2019
I agree. Needs some color and not blue.
smithjuliemari
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.
lvanham1
February 6, 2019
Agree. This is so often the case trying to understand a remodel. When will the publishers get this?!
nc4huds
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.
karenmoorman
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
ceinstman
February 8, 2019
I also agree. Furthermore, I'm not a fan of the file-cabinet look with the hardware.
linda2218
February 6, 2019
I agree. Not much personality with ALL white. I don't get the magazines pushing painting everything, including nice wood cabinets white. Whatever happened to different tastes being appreciated?
cece89663
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!
Discojo37
February 5, 2019
Too much white.
rosgewillow
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.
pseuzan
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.
lindacorbi6520291
February 5, 2019
I agree, especially if you have pets like I do.
dukes1009
February 5, 2019
I have dogs and live in the country so the open shelves would be horrible with dust and dog hair. They are pretty though.
cmjapnea1
February 5, 2019
I agree. It would constantly have to be dusted in my house. If you have animals, you'd have their hair on the items on the shelves.
tornadoville
February 5, 2019
Love it, Lovely! Issue for me would be NOT ENOUGH CABINETS!
pdtervo
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!
mwhittaker59
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.
rhudybokay49760
February 5, 2019
Would love it if all wood, I don't care for white to cold looking, I like the warmth of wood.