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Dean and I are doing something we have NEVER done before. We are joining the exciting craziness that is the One Room Challenge™ to make over our modern farmhouse kitchen!

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Like I mentioned in this post, we knew when we bought this house that we wanted to change up the kitchen to make it more functional for our family, while also making a bit more in line with our modern farmhouse style. So we’re tackling a kitchen makeover – again.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll be seeing our modern farmhouse kitchen makeover in almost real time.

Our To Do List/The Plan

There are a few things in the kitchen that we’re not replacing, either because we already did or because they just aren’t priority right now.

We’ve already replaced the light fixtures and the faucet. Although we had to get a replacement for the faucet because the one we bought was leaking. Here’s hoping the new one does better. (We’ll keep you posted on that.)

We’re also not replacing the tile flooring. Honestly I’d love to replace all the flooring on the main floor with something different. But it’s just not in the budget or time constraints at this time. So the kitchen tile is staying. Thankfully it’s pretty neutral and will work with almost anything else we throw at it!

Here’s what we’ll need to check off our to do list to finish this kitchen reno:

  • remove most of the upper cabinets
  • remove existing tile backsplash
  • remove existing island
  • install shiplap backsplash/wall treatment
  • build a larger island
  • install farmhouse/apron front sink
  • ‘wrap’ island and paint
  • add some lower cabinets and a desk space
  • prime and paint lower and upper cabinets that stay
  • change out some hardware
  • install countertops
  • install new range hood and custom range hood cover
  • install open shelving

The Inspiration

It’s no secret that we love all things that are a bit elegant farmhouse, a bit fixer upper and a bit industrial. (Not necessarily in that order!)

While searching for inspiration images, there were a few that stuck out as favorites.


Loft 9b | Project : Dimitar Karanikolov | Veneta Nikolova

Cobble Hill Townhouse by Blair Harris Interior Design | © Jessica Glynn, photographer

Ashley from The Three of Us

The Carriage House | Magnolia Market 

There are several additional similar kitchens on my Kitchen Pinterest boards here.

Basically the new kitchen will have:

  • neutral tile flooring
  • a large island
  • a farmhouse/apron front sink
  • white and black cabinets
  • open shelving (just like over the coffee bar at our old house)
  • black stainless steel appliances (these are here already and they are SO beautiful!)
  • black knobs and half cup pulls
  • a ‘bridge’ style faucet
  • butcher block counters
  • a white shiplap backsplash
  • and LOTS of built in storage!

Our Style Board

I spent a lot of time trying to wrap my brain around the plan for this room. I’ve redone a few kitchens, but never one that is SO open to the rest of the main floor living spaces. It’s a feature of this house that I love but it’s one that takes a bit more figuring when designing a new kitchen.

There’s always things like budget to consider too. There was just no way we could afford to gut the whole kitchen and start from scratch. I would have loved to move the stove over to the center of the wall and add a floor to ceiling pantry (or better yet a walk-in pantry!). But I’m totally okay with not doing those things too. There are parts of the existing kitchen that function just fine. And the island is only totally being replaced because we’re switching from a normal sink to a farmhouse sink and expanding the whole island. Some of the island’s panels had also previously been damaged by water and heat from the old dishwasher.

So after so very much pondering and playing around with ideas, here’s the style board I came up with:

Home Made Lovely - our modern farmhouse kitchen makeover style board

As you can see, it’s a bit different than an entirely white kitchen, but I’m very excited to see how it turns out!

Meet Our Sponsors

We have the pleasure of working with some of our favorite sponsors for our modern farmhouse kitchen makeover:

The Home Depot Canada – appliances

Lumber Liquidators – counters

Fusion Mineral Paint – paint for cabinets

HANDy Paint Products – backsplash

Broan NuTone – range hood – Kraus apron front sink

Be sure to come back next week for the next installment of the kitchen makeover!



– Our Kitchen Before and Why We’re Starting with the Appliances with The Home Depot

Inspiration Board, Sources and Sponsors

Rebuilding a Larger Kitchen Island 

Repainting the Existing Kitchen Cabinets with Fusion Mineral Paint 

Installing and Painting a Shiplap Backsplash with HANDy Paint Products

Choosing the Perfect Appliances for Us with The Home Depot

Butcher Block Countertop Reveal with Lumber Liquidators

Our Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover REVEAL!

– Appliance Features We Adore with The Home Depot (coming soon)

– Custom DIY Range Hood Cover with Broan NuTone (coming soon)

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  1. Gorgeous mood board! I love that you’re working with existing elements. It’s much more realistic to not be able to completely gut a space. Plus – six week timeline!!

    1. Yes! Exactly! It’s a big enough mess right now. (And we’ve gutted a kitchen before and it’s not something I want to do again!)

  2. Fabulous plan, Shannon. I have followed your blog –like forever— and I’m eclectic tradtional decor. How’s that for someone who appreciates good decor? When I hit my basement resfresh, I bet some of your great ideas show up. But for now, I’m all about sharing this kitchen journey with you. I’ll be checking in! Have a great time! Susie from The Chelsea Project

  3. I love the plan for the new kitchen, Shannon! You’ll love being a part of the ORC! It’s such a motivation to get things done in time. I almost wish I had done my kitchen during one, because we are still working on it about a year later! Yikes! Good luck, and have fun!

    1. Man. I’m shaking in my boots. But I also know we can do it – we gutted a smaller kitchen and rebuilt it in 4 weeks once. 🙂

  4. I hear you on the flooring sacrifice. We chose to re-tile the floors, so the vanity top is staying. In a perfect world it’d all go 🙂 Love your plans and can’t wait to see how this pans out!

    1. There’s always a sacrifice because no one can possibly change ALL the things they want to in a renovation. #reallife #notadesignshow

  5. Shannon this is going to be SO you! I like that you’re doing very do-able changes without gutting the kitchen. It’s a step above paint, and a step below taking it down to the studs. Can’t wait to follow along!

  6. I love what you have planned here! The inspiration spaces you included are all to die for, so I know your room is going to be amazing. I can’t wait to follow along!

    1. Thanks, Sharon. Right now it’s VERY messy. Lol. Thankfully I know it doesn’t stay messy forever!

  7. Shannon, welcome to the craziness of ORC! You’re so talented and inspire me and know you’ll transform this kitchen into your dream kitchen! I’m loving all the inspiration and can’t wait to see what you do! Let’s do this! XOXO, Sarah

  8. Oh I’m following this one! I’m doing my dining room for the ORC but I’m also in the middle of giving my kitchen a facelift and your inspiration photos are spot-on what I’m going for in the kitchen. I’ve put the kitchen on the back burner until I’m finished with the ORC so I’ll be watching what you do.

    It’s going to be gorgeous!


    1. Lol. I hear you. We’ve JUST finished the entry and dining room and are just about done one of our daughter’s rooms too. Nothing like a houseful of renos all at once, right?! 😉

  9. So awesome! Can’t wait to see your progress!
    This is the first time I am participating in the ORC as well, and we will be working on our master bedroom. Kitchen will probably be our next ORC project, hopefully!

  10. Oh my goodness! A girl after my own heart! We are tackling our kitchen as well to give it a farmhouse/cottage vibe. Looking forward to cheering you on and seeing the big reveal come May!!

  11. Shannon, I’ve been following your projects for,awhile. Like your style. I’m anxious to see how you like the fusion paint for your cabinets. I already have black cabinets but need to paint the bottom cabinets whitel.

    1. Hi Carol. I’m so glad you left a comment! Be sure to follow along – we’ll be tackling the cabinet painting soon!

  12. We are doing our kitchen too and I am having a blast seeing everyone’s ideas for theirs! We are a brave bunch to tackle such big projects in six weeks time! Loving your sink and faucet – gorgeous! It’s going to be beautiful!!

    1. It’s a lot to do in six weeks, that’s for sure! But it can be done. Good luck with your kitchen!

  13. Shannon, your style and plan look amazing. Really looking forward to watching your progress! I’m a bit smitten with that fridge!

    1. Thanks, Aime. Yes – Dean and I actually visited the new fridge in the store for months. Lol. We’ll tell more about that story in another post soon.

    1. We are fortunate to have plenty of natural light coming into the space. But yes, if there is still plenty of white (like there will be with our backsplash and some cabinets) you can totally use dark appliances and wood.