Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Our Fall Farmhouse Kitchen

Today I am sharing our kitchen with some simple Fall decor. Last week was hot and humid here in southern Ontario but after heavy rains on Saturday it cooled down quite a bit. Fall is definitely in the air. 

Our home is 17 years old and we are the original owners. The kitchen is the same age and I hesitated about taking full photos. While I would love all new cabinets, appliances and hardwood floors, that is not in our near future. Instead I am learning to be thankful for what we have and I am doing small projects as time and budget allows. 


Late last year we painted our main floor, including our kitchen, Revere Pewter and Simply White. We use the eat-in area of our kitchen regularly so I kept the decor simple. The chalkboard I made last month got a quick message and I added a simple arrangement to the farmhouse table. 


The ironstone platter and plates above the chalkboard add a bit of interest while still being neutral


I sold the aqua barstools last year and replaced them with this pair of black metal barstools. I like that they are light and tuck in out of the way. I hope to add some chunkier corbels to the breakfast bar.


I would like to make a narrow sideboard-like shelf for under the chalkboard and a tall narrow cabinet (similar to a chimney cabinet) in the corner for our broom and mop. It drives me a bit crazy that our builder didn't include a pantry or broom closet. 


On the table I used a linen runner from a few years ago (simple linen tea towel by the metre and I only had to sew the ends.) I love using neutrals in our home and pulled this little centerpiece together without buying anything new. I used a small wood cabinet door painted ASCP Old White as a base then added the last of my hydrangeas, a berry wreath, pinecones and the faux pumpkins. The pumpkins were the typical orange plastic variety that I painted. 


The open shelves have stayed the same for some time now. I used to change the shelves each season but lately I prefer the simplicity of the ironstone pudding bowls and my collection of aqua CROWN canning jars.


Our family room and eat in area of the kitchen are flooded with light from a pair of skylights, patio doors and a wall of windows in the family room. This seems to make the windowless work area of our kitchen darker, especially in late afternoon. We added the board and batten several years ago.


The framed photos are some I took on a relative's dairy farm. This is the farm where our 18 year old son keeps his Jersey cow and calf. 


I love to bake and have glass canisters with metal scoops to keep our flours, sugars, and oatmeal handy (I need to add whole wheat flour and white sugar to the grocery list.)


The work area of our kitchen is not fancy but it works well for us. I plan to change the brass knobs to black soon. I added the trim detail to the soffits above the cabinets and still need to finish caulking and painting it.


I'm hoping to add some kind of backsplash. Bringing some wood to this end of the kitchen would be nice but I may just use beadboard or shiplap since we aren't replacing the counters. New light fixtures are on my wish list as well.



There isn't a window above our sink so I added a mirror for a little interest. I originally painted this vintage garage sale mirror turquoise but recently changed it to grey.


I always enjoy bringing out this framed Autumn cross-stitched piece from several years ago.


There are only four drawers in our kitchen so this crock works well for storing wooden spoons and cooking utensils. The last of the rudbeckia in a vintage milk bottle adds a bit of colour.


I painted the bakery sign but got a little crazy with the distressing. It needs a touch up.


I used stamps to make this tag and added it to the basket on our fridge. The basket stores bags of chips.


Well that was quite a few photos and lots of projects I still want to do but probably the most I have ever shared of our kitchen. I am working on embracing the imperfect :)  Thanks for visiting! 

Sharing this at...
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home

25 comments:

  1. Elizabeth love your kitchen and love the farm house feel. That table and chairs are wonderful. Love the bakery sign too.
    Kris

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  2. Your kitchen is lovely and homey feeling! Looks like a wonderful place to gather with your family. All the simple, neutral touches are perfect!

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  3. Beautiful kitchen with crisp clean lines and just the right amount of rustic.

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  4. Very pretty! Enjoy your beautiful kitchen xo

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  5. You've made so many great improvements with your kitchen already! I love the wainscoting and the Bakery sign you made. I also love that chalkboard hanging near the table. You and I have the same dishwasher too! Our house is just a couple of years older than yours. I know what you mean about wanting to update your kitchen more. I would love to have stainless steel appliances but that is just not in our budget. I think you've done a lot of nice things with your kitchen and the most important thing is that it works well for your family.

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  6. Elizabeth you have a lovely warm kitchen.
    Your table and shelves take on a rustic vibe with the chalkboard.
    Perfect touches!

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  7. I still love that chalkboard! The plates you added are perfect too! Your kitchen really is lovely but I know exactly how it feels to be always looking at your kitchen with a critical eye. I think you may have just inspired me to do a post sharing more of my imperfect kitchen too!

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  8. Love everything about your kitchen and breakfast area! Your chalkboard is darling and I love the trim you put on the soffit.

    Judy

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  9. It all looks lovely, Elizabeth. You are too hard on yourself, it's all a process and takes time!

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  10. Your kitchen is pretty and the little improvements you made are nice! I love the chalkboard! And the arrangement on the table is beautiful! ~Rhonda

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  11. A wonderful attitude to have, Elizabeth! I enjoyed every detail of your kitchen tour.
    It is full of many wonderful Farmhouse touches. I am enjoying having less colour in my kitchen too.
    I'm already wanting to toss the Fall orange I used to decorate lately.

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  12. Looks beautiful Elizabeth! I hear ya when you have to work with what you have and be blessed for what we do have. You did an amazing job! Love the chalkboard and that board and battan is fabulous. Thank you so much for stopping by my page : )

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  13. Absolutely, love your farmhouse kitchen!!! You, did an awesome job!!! Thanks for inviting us over!!

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  14. I love it! Adding the board & batten above the cabinets is genius.

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  15. Very pretty, Elizabeth! I love your open shelves with the white dishes (and your Farmhouse scrabble tiles!). Your chalkboard and the art you did on it are great. I would love to add corbels to our counter area where our stools are, but there is a piece of molding that runs underneath that would keep corbels from sitting flat. I should see if my husband can figure out a way to do them.

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  16. What a lovely space! I especially like your chalkboard, those stools and your board & batten. Beautiful!

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  17. Stopping by after seeing your "spotlight" at Kris'. Enjoyed the tour of your fall farmhouse kitchen!

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  18. Oh Elizabeth, you have a lovely home and beautiful decorating style! Nice to meet you! I love how Kris gives us an opportunity to meet others. Your sons are very lucky to have had great exposure to nature and all the opportunities available to carry on their passions. Wishing you a LOVELY AUTUMN! Anita

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  19. Visiting you from Kris' Spotlight Feature. Love your kitchen. The details are great and I think black knobs will add so much to it.

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  20. Hi Elizabeth, Saw you featured at Kris'. I love your kitchen. To me it looks big...I have never had a big kitchen. I love your farm house style...that is about what I have here...since we live in the country. No animals though, and no farming....just a city girl in the country. Old girl at that. :):) Blessings to you and your family, xoxo,Susie

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  21. Everything look lovely.

    Now I'm off to read Junk Chic Cottage.

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  22. The gold knobs were what I hated in my old house I sold last year, so I replaced them with black/copper burnished leaf shaped ones, which made a world of difference! Builders use those round gold ones because they are cheap. When people would come to see the house I was told that they would always comment on how lovely the knobs were. It cost about $85 to do so but well worth it.

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  23. I absolutely LOVE the chalkboard. To change this with each season is such a wonderful idea. Your colour scheme is so bright and fresh, but homely too! Have a wonderful weekend and congratulations being spotlighted by Kris xx

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  24. Hi Elizabeth. I'm visiting after reading your spotlight feature on Kris's blog. You have a lovely family, and I like your farmhouse style home. Love the board and batten! Your kitchen is full of fall prettiness. I thought your painted pumpkins were real! Great job on those!

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  25. I love what you did with your soffits! What a great idea! Beautiful blog and photos! Happy to be following you on here!
    xoxo Lisa

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