Column: Creating a country farm kitchen with cosmetic upgrades


EXISTING HOME: Located in the Village of West Clay subdivision in West Carmel, the kitchen aesthetics in this spec home felt generic and did not fit well with the homeowners’ personal style. The existing half wall separating the kitchen from the living room was not conducive for entertaining guests. “Our cabinets were in good shape, but they made the kitchen feel dark. In addition, the original location of the eat-in island backed up to our dining table causing guests to constantly bump into each other.”

CREATING BETTER FLOW: To create more room for dining and entertaining, the half wall in between the kitchen and living room was removed and became the new location for the eat-in island. This also allowed more natural light to stream into the kitchen. Shelves were added to the original location of the island to showcase the homeowners’ antique treasures.

COUNTRY FARM DESIGN: “Our ultimate goal was to create a country farm look while exploring options throughout the design phase.” To help achieve this look, the sink base cabinet was modified to fit a new retro-fit apron front sink. Other classic materials including the new white subway tile backsplash, vintage style sink faucet, bronze cabinetry hardware, chunky decorative island legs and cabinet corbels help individually contribute to the final country look.

LIGHT & BRIGHT: Once all cabinet modifications were made, the dark perimeter cabinets were painted a crisp white to help brighten up the kitchen. The island cabinetry was painted black to add contrast. LED under-cabinet lighting, a new bronze island pendant and a table light installed on dimmable switches help create the perfect ambience.

FINAL RESULT: “We love how big the kitchen feels now even though the actual footprint didn’t change. The new location of the island works and flows so much better for entertaining our guests. Of the entire kitchen, we love our beautiful Cambria countertops the most.”

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