Tuesday, March 22, 2011

French Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal - Part 1

Hello fellow francophiles!  Here is the promised post about our kitchen updates, French Farmhouse style.  I kept the changes simple and low-cost.  We had the floors & granite counter installed 5 years ago, and the cabinets are original, so no major changes were necessary.  Purging, rearranging, painting and sewing were the main tasks to accomplish. 
So here it is!

In the far left corner I placed an existing chrome shelf unit we already had.  Behind it is hung an old German grain sack.  I filled the shelves with pretty dishes (mostly white), towels and baskets.

The table and chairs were painted white (see this post to view 'before').  I used a flat paint finish, but will be changing it to glossy to reflect light better.  I sewed the tablecloth out of toile fabric last year and made the runner a few months ago (see this post). 

Petit dejeuner anyone?

A while back I had embroidered 6 plain white napkins with a Fleur-de-Lys symbol.  Someone in the house made a comment that they also resemble rockets.  Hmmmmm...

Using some scrap ticking fabric, I sewed this pretty towel inspired by a similar one spotted in the Pottery Barn catalog.

My favorite updates are the two seat covers I made for the iron chairs.  Our children always sit in the same seat each morning, so I personalized them with embroidered monograms.  They also got 'striped' with fabric paint.  

The chalkboard on our basement door beckons spring:

Hope you enjoyed Part 1 of the kitchen updates tour.  Next post I'll share more from the room, and another option for seat covers.  Linking to White Wednesday today.
Bon Appetit!  


Unknown said...

...so, so lovely dear one!!
I just adore your sweet touches of dust blue:)
xo, Rosemary

High Street Cottage said...

Susan, this is darling! Your color choices are so soft and calming, and accents charming, I love visiting, xoxo tami

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Your updates have given your kitchen a french bistro charm! You've pulled it all together beautifully!


Oh Susan! It is glorious! Thank you for sharing your beautiful updates.


Unknown said...

oh my goodness susan... my jaw just hit the keyboard! STUNNING! everything is publication worthy! sooooo gorgeous! i love ALL of your French farmhouse touches. sooooo inspired by you mon amie! sooo inspired!

Pamela said...

Susan your kitchen is just lovely!!! Very beautiful
and french...my favourite!!
Love the black and white floor!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Susan... your kitchen is magazine worthy! I could see this in "Romantic Homes" or "Flea Market Style"! You have done a wonderful job on all the accessories! Love the ticking towel and chair covers! Everything! I'm bookmarking this :)

Kelly said...

This is just too charming. I love the cushions and the shelving!


Blondie's Journal said...

I just love everything. You have such an eye for detail! I wish I had your sewing skills!!


Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Everything looks beautiful. I love the seat cushions. ~~Sherry~~

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

I know this is overstated - but it truly is beautiful. Love all the softness in color.

Janet said...

OMGoodness! Your kitchen is so gorgeous.... and your photos are stunning! They look like they are from a magazine!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Tres jolie!! Love it!

You should be so proud of your makeover it is just wonderful!

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

Oooh, I love your transformation! I especially love the little monogrammed seat cushions for your children. So cute. I really like the wall shelves too. The perfect spot to highlight your treasures. Thanks for sharing.

Regina said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

Passionate for White said...

It came out just great!

Margo said...

Hi Susan! Thank you for your compliment on my white hutch, that makes me feel good! I ADORE your kitchen, especially the floor!! I had black and white flooring in my former home, and I miss it terribly!!!
thank you again, come back soon!

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