Walk through the reveal of our European Farmhouse Kitchen, designed with organic textures, an elegant simplicity and cozy farmhouse vibe.
It’s an exciting day on TIDBITS!
It’s finally the day to reveal our new European Farmhouse kitchen in our new pole barn home – which is in fact the very first room we’ve finished since we moved in to our construction chaos. We do have a finished laundry/mudroom, because I was blessed with sponsored work with Home Depot before we moved in.
I can’t tell what makes me more excited – to share this with you, or to be able to finally move on to another space! Either way, let me walk you through our kitchen tour and share all the details with you.
*Mind you, beautiful photography of interiors will always be my favorite jam, but the video tour is fun too!
A LOOK AT HOW IT STARTED
When we moved in, we had to adapt to our state of chaos pretty quickly. The kitchen, being the busiest space in the home, needed to have some sort of order first and foremost. To adapt, we simply made some quick plywood countertops with black contact paper stapled on top, we had a fridge (without handles), sink and range just quickly set in place, but hardly any cabinet fronts and drawers. We did the best we could day by day, and worked hard to bring this space together in whatever time and money we could devote to it.
3 months later, we have a lovely finished eat-in European Farmhouse kitchen, full of character and beauty!
Before I jump into all the details, I want you to know that I’ve created a kitchen shop page with all the products I’ve bought for this space that have a source – though many of the items are DIY or from my antique shopping trips. You’ll also find many of my favorite general kitchen items. I hope this very visual source is helpful for you.
Ok! Let’s jump into the details!
WHAT IS EUROPEAN ORGANIC FARMHOUSE DESIGN?
Being the first space for us to complete, I felt I needed to settle on the style of this new home – and give it a name, if I could, to help guide all my design decisions.
I really liked the sound of “European Organic Farmhouse Design”, because I basically draw inspiration from many styles that can be found in European countries, and I love organic textures like nubby linens, raw wood, timeless metals, textured walls – to name a few.
And the term “farmhouse” just felt fitting for a pole barn home – even if the farm is yet to come.
WHAT IS AN EAT IN KITCHEN?
You are going to hear me use the term, “eat in kitchen”, which is a design choice that is common outside of the states in smaller homes, particularly European countries, but rising in popularity everywhere. I became obsessed with them after reading this article by Maria Killam.
However, I’ve found the term to be misinterpreted at times. Some might call a kitchen that has a kitchen island and adjoining dining room with a table an eat-in kitchen. In fact, a true “eat-in” kitchen does not have an island, and the kitchen table is directly inside the kitchen itself.
There is no dining room space or nook at all. This is how my Grandmas small kitchen was arranged, and I loved the charm of it. With our dining table directly in the center of our kitchen, this is a true “eat-in” kitchen and there is no other dining room.
We are lucky to have plenty of countertop prep surface without an island, but my husband and I can’t get over how much we love this cozy design and living concept. I’ll probably have to do another post all about that, but it is so convenient to have the table so close to all the prep and dishes, and it’s fun to have my kiddos right there with me during meal prep times. It is a very engaging design concept.
OUR WIDE QUARTZ DINING TABLE AND CHAIRS
A little backstory on our dining table. We made this rolling worktable for my garage studio in our temporary rental home – and I always hoped to use this large Hanstone quartz topped table as an island in a future home.
But also knowing we wouldn’t have room for a dining table and an island in this home, we decided to use it anyway! It took some adjustments like cutting down the legs and painting them to work better with the space, but we adore this big wide dining table. The marble-like quartz is so kid and craft friendly and we have plenty of room for food, centerpieces, family games and more.
I found these dining chairs antiquing and made a French Country slipcover to cover the cushions that did not fit in with my style.
I don’t absolutely love them, but they will work for now, as I was trying my best to use what I already had on hand. #covid19
My husband made some benches out of the same white oak he used to make our countertops. We find benches just work better with kids and I’m not always pushing chairs in or out of the way – because we all know they won’t remember to!
Because we opted for windows instead of upper cabinets, we used this wall for a row of tall cabinets.
Included on this wall is our panel ready refrigerator, to make this space very seamless.
We bought IKEA cabinets and had custom flat panel fronts made for our cabinets, so the kitchen didn’t scream “IKEA”. We then painted them the color “Ghost Whisperer” by PPG Paints.
We love the function and organization of IKEA cabinets, but enjoyed customizing it a bit for our own unique look. You can read more about this in my post all about the design plans for this space.
I also previously shared a post all about this lovely champaign hardware from Atlas Homewares.
You’ll notice the lower cabinets are different from the tall cabinets.
I wanted a 2-toned kitchen look and so we did all the lower cabinets white with this beaded front.
Our dishwasher is also panel ready and our garbage is tucked nicely inside a cabinet drawer. I love how uniform it all looks.
A quick look at this hall tree that fills the space between the side door and the cabinets.
I found it at an antique market and my husband just lightly sanded the wood to give it a more raw wood look and to cut some of the orange tones.
It’s a great place to drop off keys and bags while I am busy going in and out chasing kids around. I’m loving this French Blue linen bag I found on Etsy.
COUNTERTOPS AND SINK
After 2 months of using our DIY butcher block countertops with a stone tap, we love them as much as day 1!
They have held up so great and we expect them to last many many years. I’ve been asked if I have to baby them, and by using a polyurethane finish, I don’t have to at all. They get stacked will all sorts of dirty wet dishes and wipe beautifully clean every time. This beautiful polished nickel faucet and large apron front fireclay sink from BLANCO is perfect for the space. Read all about how I love this large single basin sink!
I searched for a long time to find some cool antique shelving to store our everyday dishes on and I feel like I hit the jackpot with these 2 cute shelves.
I am a huge fan of a bit of open shelving, especially for the dishes you grab and put away frequently. Having my collection of ivory dishware close on hand is lovely and convenient.
These shelves are low enough for the kids to easily grab and help put away.
The very best part of the kitchen is all the natural light that pours in.
It’s been my dream to have a light filled kitchen, so we made sure we had plenty of windows! I did sew some lightweight linen curtains and hung them up with a brass tension rod and brass clips.
The sun can really blare through here in the mornings and it’s nice to filter it if we need to, and I think the cafe curtain look is very charming.
The linen really adds some softness and texture to the space.
We also added marble shelves to the base of the windows which makes them easy to wipe down and so pretty for some pretty little things.
We did some more open shelving on this other side, to display pretty unique finds and useful kitchen items. My husband made these shelves out of dark walnut.
I also really wanted a hanging utensil rod, but couldn’t quite find one I liked at the price point I wanted. I asked Kevin if he thought he could make one at work with the equipment they had. He brought this rustic beauty home the next day.
I love being able to display some pretty antique things in this corner and have my cooking utensils out where they are handy to grab.
Let’s look up at the lighting. The fun pleated ceramic pendants turned out better than I hoped.
I struggled feeling like I was going to have to spend a lot of money on some really big statement fixtures because of how high the ceiling is and the size of the room.
However, I took a chance on some smaller, very affordable pendants and absolutely love how simple they are, yet noticeable. I plan to do a nice big chandelier for a fixture spot between the kitchen and living room, and I figure you don’t want light fixtures competing against each other.
The sconces against the wall are very simple too and coordinate well with the pendants. They are a frosted ribbed glass, with a brass base.
This cozy range area is likely my favorite spot! I’ve shared a lot about it and how we like our Verona Italian Range.
It wasn’t feeling quite right so we recently added this shelf above and it added so much!
We painted it the same color as the trim, which is “Ashes” by Pure and Original Paints. It added the perfect amount of detail and allowed me a nice spot to decorate with some art and pretty finds.
This art consisted of a frame I found antiquing. I loved the linen detail and patina on the wood.
This beautiful art was a digital print I discovered from a company called Vintage Supply. The digital file only cost me $15 then I had it printed for $25 at a local print shop. It looks incredible and so genuine!
The smaller pottery vase was an antique find, but this bigger one was a fun DIY project where I took a store bought vase I didn’t like and coated it in joint compound and did a variety of paint colors and sanding.
It turned out so cool! I think I’ll have to do a tutorial on it as well.
We built in shelving to the inside walls near the range to store our most used spices, cooking oils and more.
I found these darling spice labels on amazon and opted for a mixture of jar styles to add a bit of variety.
Over here we store olive oil, almond oil, and olive oil in a handy spray bottle. I have a jar of coconut oil handy, some vanilla extract, honey and a pretty bottle of balsamic oil. It’s so nice to have this all right here and quick to grab.
We love the mix of marble material we added to this area with the backsplash, countertops and shelving. Being able to cut and hone marble ourselves has come in very handy for this space.
ARCH AND PANTRY
Backing up a bit, you can see this arch doorway we added, leading into the large pantry.
We haven’t gotten to the pantry space just yet, but we have some fun plans for it.
This room felt a little too boxy until we added this arch. It made such a huge difference! Kevin also built me some boards with shaker pegs to hang some aprons, and some fun vintage finds that are also very useful, like this copper dustpan, my everyday cast iron skillet and linen aprons.
A sweet friend found this incredibly unique cutting board for me. She said she paid $1 for it at the Goodwill. It was the kindest gesture and I will treasure it.
WALLS AND PAINT
I’ll be back to share more details and a tutorial on the paint on our walls and trim. We used the most amazing paint from Pure and Original.
I hope you can see the suede like texture of these white walls, which is created by using a special mineral lime paint called Marrakech. It’s hard to capture on camera, but in person it is stunning!
It’s a thick, plaster-like paint that you brush on and then trowel, to create a concrete like movement and texture. These walls may be a creamy white but they are full of texture.
I wrote a post all about Pure and Original paints and will be back to share our whole application process. It’s safe to say I am hooked! The trim paint is also from Pure and Original, and is from their Licetto product – which is a more durable matte paint, perfect for trim. This Ashes color turned out so perfect.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning this pretty long runner rug I found on Amazon. It’s so perfect for the space and I padded it underneath making this prep and clean up area nice and cozy.
Our Engineered Hardwood flooring is called a wide plank European Wire Brushed Oak from Floor & Decor.
WHAT’S NEXT AND I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!
I so hope you have enjoyed this tour of our new European Farmhouse kitchen! It feels so good to have a space done and feeling like home. If you’ve been following along for quite some time, it does have a different design vibe as our last home, but I’m letting my tastes adapt and my heart be my guide.
I am so desperate to move onto the living room space, where you can see we have painted but the rest remains in a very uncomfortable state. I will probably cry hours of tears of joy when we finally get a couch and TV. (I know, first world problems, but how I ache to snuggle up with my babies on a cozy couch!)
We are also working on a storage closet because we have no where to put our stuff! It’s basically a giant mess, but we will get there one space at a time.
Please let me know if there are other questions you might have that I didn’t cover in this post, but be sure to check my kitchen resource page. I would also love to hear what you think of our kitchen. Let me know your favorite part, and be sure to come back to see us work on the rest of our home, one DIY project at a time.
Thank you for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy my TIDBITS of inspiration for do-it-yourself living.