Planning Our Modern Farmhouse Kitchen On A Budget
The status quo
Not long ago we put an offer in for our first ever house – a blank 1950s house which needs a bit of love – and whilst the paperwork for the exchange is driving us nuts, the only thing that distracts me enough to keep me sane is the planning of how we (meaning I) are going to decorate everything. My mind is exploding with ideas and I can’t wait to finally get the keys to our new place, to start painting and decorating. Project number one will be the kitchen.
This is what it looks like at the moment. Whilst some might like this style, for me personally it is a brown nightmare with very questionable tiles and not how I imagined my dream kitchen.
What I LOVE about this kitchen though is the potential and space. A big kitchen was a priority on my wish list and this is definitely one of the biggest kitchens we’ve seen (and we viewed A LOT of houses). Eventually I would like to move the cooker and create a cooking island, but for the time being we’ll keep the layout as it is. However, the tiles and colour scheme have to change…
Dream kitchen ideas
For a while now I am dreaming of a modern farmhouse kitchen with contemporary and industrial style elements: imagine soft grey painted cupboards, a wooden work top, white tube tiles, a low ceramic sink, metal chairs with sheepskin cushions, white ceramic jugs on a white washed wooden shelf, little wreathes hanging from cabinet doors and printed linen in shades of grey. And my Rae Dunn collection on display, of course.
As always, Pinterest is my source for inspiration and below are some of my favourite kitchens & accessories, that I’ve discovered in the past weeks.
Everything started with this picture. You don’t see any kitchen details, but looking at the lovely curated farmhouse accessories gave me such a happy feeling and I started to envision how our future kitchen should look and feel like: Cozy
If you love the farmhouse style, you have to look at Megan’s blog. So many beautiful decoration ideas! I might pinch one or the other for our new house.
This cozy farmhouse kitchen from Naomi inspired me a lot when drafting my ideas for our new kitchen. I particularly love how she combines contemporary elements, such as these industrial metal high chairs, with warmer elements of wood and soft shades of white, beige and grey. By the way, she also has an online shop, dedicated to Danish inspired interiors and accessories. I’m sure I’ll have to order a few decorative bits and bobs, once we are actually in the house… Have a look here.
Favourite Kitchen Accessories
I have definitely fallen in love with Naomi’s high chairs and found similar ones at Cox & Cox. Perfect stools for a breakfast bar or kitchen island, which we don’t have yet, but hey – every girl is allowed to dream a bit, right?
I also have my eye on their beautiful industrial metal shelf with hooks. Perfect to display all my Rae Dunn treasures, such as my mugs and bowls.
How to get your dream kitchen on a budget
To keep costs to a minimum, I’ve decided to paint the kitchen cabinets, rather then buying a new kitchen and vamp it up with a few stylish elements. My aim is to mend where possible, upgrade where needed (such as work tops, faucet & sink), spoil us with a few eye catchers like the decorative shelving from above and then add some personal touches with boot sale and antique market finds. I already got my hand on some very pretty pieces that did not cost much, but will give that something extra. Oh, I really can’t wait to finally get the keys to the house and start decorating. My head is spinning with ideas…!
As usual, Pinterest is my best friend when it comes to getting inspired!