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Hey folks! Y’all been asking if I’m done with the kitchen cabinets and the simple answer is “No, I’m not.” I had a couple of unexpected things pop up last week and didn’t have as much time to work on them as I would have liked, but that’s like, ya know? And I’ve been painting since August so a little break every now and then is good.
After I finish painting the cabinets, Stew is going to replace our old fluorescent light fixture over the island. We’ve picked out pretty farmhouse style lights and I can’t wait to see them up.
In between painting and letting the paint dry before painting another coat, I’ve been putting together an idea board that shows the look I’m going for. I love the rustic Fixer Upper farmhouse look. That’s how we had decorated our old house but back then we called it shabby chic.
Shabby chic. Rustic. Fixer Upper. Farmhouse style. Call it whatever you like, but it should be a style that says “Family, Relaxation, Comfort, Friends Welcomed” with every item that’s used.
If you’re new to The Tattered Rabbit, I’ll tell you a little bit about our kitchen update. The walls are painted Creme Brûlée, the cabinets are black with antique English hardware & light fixtures and the counters are a very busy beige/brown/black granite.
The counters are really what’s driving this whole color scheme. They’re busy and have a tendency to overshadow everything else in the kitchen. Unfortunately, we couldn’t replace them, but I’m damned and determined to make them not as noticeable.
To do this, I plan on sparingly using deep red as the main accent color, and I’ll be toning down the granite with different textures of baskets, utensil holders, wreaths, warm wood decor, and galvanized metal.
How to get the Fixer Upper kitchen look…
So let’s see how I’m going to use my Fixer Upper farmhouse kitchen decor. The walls will have a couple of signs and a cool galvanized windmill clock for touch of fun. The olive wreath will hang over the kitchen sink window to add a little warmth (and interest) to the oversized window.
I’ll use a variety of baskets to hold fruits and vegetables. The galvanized jug can either hold kitchen utensils next to the stove or it can hold fresh or dried flowers.
I like to use trays and cutting boards to hold and “ground” a group of items. I have 3 candle holders on my island which look lost without something “grounding” them to the surface. The trays, cutting boards, etc. just help to make groupings look more cohesive–especially when it comes to our very busy looking granite. I love mixing warm woods and galvanized metal for contrasting interest.
Here are a few things that will work well with my simple color scheme. Each will add a touch of whimsy farmhouse attitude to my kitchen while not looking overly busy with the granite.
You ladies know that organization is a must in the kitchen and one area where we can really improve upon is our beverage station…or lack thereof! I’m wanting to have all of our coffee and tea necessities within reach and I think these items will get the organization I need with the look I want…
It’s been fun picking out a new decorating style and I’m super excited about finally having a cohesive look and theme for our kitchen. Can’t wait to try these things out and see what works!
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