Kitchen Makeover – Cabinets

Our little farmhouse kitchen got a BIG makeover! This week I’m sharing the cabinets and hardware we chose and how we like them in our new kitchen… you can catch up on the rest of the kitchen makeover series here!


 

Hi friends! I’m answering more of your burning kitchen questions today, and now that we’ve lived with our new cabinets for about a month or so, I feel like I can finally give you a good review of what we chose, why we chose them, and how we like them now. Let’s talk cabinets!

This Indiana farmhouse just got a BIG kitchen makeover! Click to see more photos and sources for this gorgeous space at LoveGrowsWild.com

To refresh your memory, here are the cabinets we started with

See our plans for turning this dated, dysfunctional space into a gorgeous, modern farmhouse kitchen! More photos and details at LoveGrowsWild.com

See our plans for turning this dated, dysfunctional space into a gorgeous, modern farmhouse kitchen! More photos and details at LoveGrowsWild.com

As I mentioned before, we used Lowe’s to coordinate the renovation and purchase most of the products from, so when it came time to figure out the design and layout of the cabinets, they did all the hard work for us. Our contractor and a girl from our local Lowe’s store came out to the house to take measurements of the kitchen and talk about layout options with me. Our kitchen is small and narrow, so keeping the existing galley kitchen layout was the best option for us. We didn’t have to move any plumbing or appliances around, so that part was pretty simple.

We decided to use KraftMaid Cabinetry, which seemed to be the best quality cabinets that wouldn’t cost all our life savings. We chose their Deveron maple cabinets in Dove White, which has a shaker-style door in a beautiful white finish. Lowe’s came up with a design plan and a list of all the cabinet sizes we needed, ordered everything, and had the cabinets delivered to our house. Our poor kiddos lost their playroom for about a month because we had to find somewhere to stack all the cabinet boxes, and let me tell you… they were stacked wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. Cabinets EVERYWHERE.

After our contractor finished up the kitchen demo and flooring, it was time to unbox all those cabinets and install them. This was one part of the renovation where I was thoroughly happy that we hired someone versus doing it all ourselves. Jeremy and I might not still be married if we had to hang all those cabinets in this 70 year old crooked farmhouse by ourselves! Joking, of course. ; )

The floor slanted one way and the ceiling slanted another, which made setting the cabinets level quite difficult. We ended up with gaps along the ceiling and floor, but there wasn’t much we could do to avoid that. I knew that trim would be added later to hide those gaps, so I didn’t worry about it too much. My trusty contractor would make it all work out in the end.

The day they finished getting all the cabinets installed, I think I may have shed a happy tear or two. I could finally start to see our kitchen taking shape and couldn’t wait to get the counters installed next.

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the cabinets and hardware she used. Click for more photos and details!

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the cabinets and hardware she used. Click for more photos and details!

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the cabinets and hardware she used. Click for more photos and details!

We added space for a dishwasher next to the sink, which meant we would lose some cabinet space. But because we knocked out the chimney that used to be in here, we now had room to add a floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinet. Problem solved!

I told our contractor that I wanted as much storage as possible, but other than that I only had one request for our cabinets. I wanted a slide-out cabinet for our garbage and recycling. Garbage cans aren’t the prettiest things in the world, and we really don’t have a good place to put one in this kitchen anyway. So they added a slide-out garbage cabinet on the right side of our stove, and I LOVE it.

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the cabinets and hardware she used. Click for more photos and details!

This Indiana farmhouse just got a BIG kitchen makeover! Click to see more photos and sources for this gorgeous space at LoveGrowsWild.com

But then I realized that the cabinet on the other side of our stove has slide-out shelves too! I keep all my pots, pans, and baking dishes here and didn’t realize how handy those slide-out shelves are until I cooked in here for the first time and didn’t have to pull out ten different things to reach the pan in the very back of the cabinet! Seriously guys… if you ever look into getting new cabinets, I HIGHLY recommend slide-out shelves for your pots and pans and a slide-out cabinet for your garbage. Life-changing!

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the cabinets and hardware she used. Click for more photos and details!

The bottom part of our pantry cabinet has slide-out shelves too, which is awesome since this cabinet is so deep. We’re able to fit pretty much all our food in here, so the rest of our cabinets are used for bowls, baking sheets, plates, cups, etc.

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the cabinets and hardware she used. Click for more photos and details!

Remember this mess that used to be our pantry?

See our plans for turning this dated, dysfunctional space into a gorgeous, modern farmhouse kitchen! More photos and details at LoveGrowsWild.com

This closet/wash sink area that sits just around the corner from our kitchen used to hold all our food, which meant that every time I needed a dash of salt or a bowl of cereal, I had to leave the kitchen, walk around the corner, and rummage through the closet. We made this setup work over the last four years of living here, but I am definitely happy that all our food and spices are actually IN the kitchen now.

And the best part is that we gained an extra closet, which I now use to hold our cleaning supplies, light bulbs, extra paper towels, vacuum cleaner, cookbooks, etc. I love this cute, little sink area now!

This Indiana farmhouse just got a BIG kitchen makeover! Click to see more photos and sources for this gorgeous space at LoveGrowsWild.com

For the cabinet hardware, I used rectangular cup pulls in an antique finish for all the drawers. They are Hickory Hardware’s 3″ Oxford Antique Windover Cup Pull, and I love their shape and the vintage feel they bring to the brand new cabinets.

Some of our drawer fronts are really narrow, so a round cup pull wouldn’t look right or fit in the small space. These were the only rectangular ones I found, and they happened to have the gorgeous dark antique finish I was looking for. If you look at photos of these pulls online, they look much more gold and brassy, but you can see in my photos that they are actually closer to an oil-rubbed bronze finish.

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the cabinets and hardware she used. Click for more photos and details!

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the cabinets and hardware she used. Click for more photos and details!

For all the cabinet doors we used a simple 1 1/4″ Manchester knob, also from Hickory Hardware. Picking out the cabinet hardware seemed like an overwhelming task at first because there are so many pretty options out there. But I am very, very pleased with these so far! I just love the dark knobs against the white shaker cabinets.

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the cabinets and hardware she used. Click for more photos and details!

This Indiana farmhouse just got a BIG kitchen makeover! Click to see more photos and sources for this gorgeous space at LoveGrowsWild.com

This Indiana farmhouse just got a BIG kitchen makeover! Click to see more photos and sources for this gorgeous space at LoveGrowsWild.com

I also love the way they framed our refrigerator using the cabinets and some extra trim pieces. It has a “custom-built” look and doesn’t let the huge refrigerator stick out like a sore thumb.

This Indiana farmhouse just got a BIG kitchen makeover! Click to see more photos and sources for this gorgeous space at LoveGrowsWild.com

We’ve been using these cabinets for about a month or two now, and so far I’m really impressed with the quality and durability. They have been easy to clean and sturdy, but time will tell how well they will hold up long term. I’ll keep you updated!

The ONLY complaint I have about how our cabinets turned out is that I don’t understand why they don’t paint the bottoms of the upper cabinets to match the rest of the finish. I try to hide it with my camera angles, but you can definitely see that the bottoms of the cabinets are natural wood (like the insides are), which really stands out in an all white kitchen. Is there a reason they don’t match the bottoms to the rest of the cabinet? I don’t know, but it bugs me. Part of the problem might be that a) I’m short and b) there is a lot of space between the countertops and the bottoms of the upper cabinets, so I see underneath a lot more. It’s nothing that I can’t live with, but if I knew about this issue going in, I might pick longer upper cabinets or see what could be done about painting the bottoms.

This Indiana farmhouse just got a BIG kitchen makeover! Click to see more photos and sources for this gorgeous space at LoveGrowsWild.com

Okay guys, that’s the story on our cabinets! Did I answer all your questions? If you think of anything else, feel free to leave me a comment below! Next week I’m going to share details about our kitchen countertops… stay tuned!

Sources:

Dove White cabinets – KraftMaid purchased at Lowe’s

Cup cabinet pulls – Hickory Hardware

Cabinet knobs – Hickory Hardware

Quartz countertops – Silestone by Cosentino purchased at Lowe’s

Natural timber porcelain tile flooring – Lowe’s

Gray grout for tile floor – Lowe’s

Wall color – Du Jour by Valspar

Slate electric range – GE Appliances

Slate dishwasher – GE Appliances

Slate bottom freezer refrigerator – GE Appliances

Slate over-the-range microwave – GE Appliances

Matte black pendant lights – Amazon

Pendant light above sink – Wayfair

X back wood dining chairs – World Market

Sheer white curtains – Walmart

Bronze curtain rods – Walmart

Small jute rug by sink – Home Goods

Matte black sink faucet – Delta 

Stripe kitchen towel – World Market

Woven plant pot – IKEA

KitchenAid coffee maker – Amazon

White pitcher with cooking utensils – IKEA

Glass canisters – Target

Round wire basket – Walmart

Faux greenery in glass jug – Hobby Lobby

Hallway lantern light fixture – Lowe’s

Soap dispenser by wash sink – Target

Blue striped towel by wash sink – IKEA

Blue stripe apron – tutorial

Antiques, secondhand finds, and handmade items:

white and wood dining table, drop cloth table runner, glass jug, grocery sign, wood cutting boards, antique scale, wood stool, blue glass bottles

xoxo Liz


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Comments

  1. Loving your whole kichen series! It’s just so dreamy!!!

  2. Wow what a transformation!
    Looks amazing 😉

  3. Kristina says:

    We have these exact same cabinets & I had the same problem with the bottoms of the uppers!! Drove me crazy forever until I finally painted the bottoms…wish I had done it sooner! I was told that the bottoms are unfinished because I was supposed to order trim for the bottom of the upper cabinets.

  4. Your kitchen looks wonderful. I love how your cabinets go all the way to the ceiling so you got tons of new storage. Our cabinets looked so similar to yours it’s crazy! We must have had the same cabinet builder! lol

    Loving your bright white and crisp looking kitchen now.

  5. Cheri Harding says:

    Wow Liz, it looks so much better!!!! I love it all!!!!! Such great choices you made. I also love that you got so much (all?) from Lowe’s. That is so great to see that you don’t have to go “high end” to get a beautiful result! Lv, Cheri

  6. Nice improvement. Great looking kitchen. I have pantry envy!
    I think that the bottom of your cabinets show because it doesn’t look like you have a light rail that would cover under cabinet lighting that is so common. With that, the under cabinet is hidden.
    You could add it now if the cost is in your budget, but then you would need the electrical for it.
    Will follow your posts for more updates!

  7. I wonder if the boxes were installed upside down. Ours are the opposite, the top is natural but the bottom is painted the same as the cabinets

  8. I adore what you did with your kitchen. The lighting! The backsplash {very similar to mine ;)}. The wood tile!! The split curtains. All just “farmhouse” perfect. Thank you so much for sharing. Night and day difference there! I’m sure you are proud of the beautiful space.

  9. Love everything about your new cabinets! It’s incredible how much they open up the entire space! And the hardwood floors … to die for! 🙂
    I’m pinning everything to my Homes with soul on Pinterest, LOVE it!
    Diana

  10. cyn Benson says:

    Stunning! Cyn

  11. Looks fantastic – I love all of your choices. I actually used Lowes for a huge walk in closet installation and was very happy with the product and the process. Thanks for sharing this info as I am renovating a small guest kitchen and I really liked the look of your cabinets and was wondering how they were holding up.

  12. Beautiful job on the cabinets and kitchen! We would love to know where you got the basket that is on your kitchen table. The styling is perfection!

  13. So pretty! Love the cabinets and the hardware. I agree with you about them not painting the bottom of the cabinets. Mine aren’t painted either and it drives me nuts! Love your refrigerator…what is the make and model?

  14. Celestte says:

    Hi. I’m a new follower and I love your kitchen. Totally my style. Question: are your kitchen floors hardwood or plank ceramic tile to look like wood? TIA

  15. Hi Liz! Your kitchen makeover is perfection. I featured it on my friday favorites 🙂 You are welcome to come check it out: http://themooninmae.blogspot.com/2016/03/friday-favorites_25.html

    Thanks for sharing!
    Jennifer Mae

  16. Hi Liz! I’m loving your renovation and am definitely using a lot of it while planning (daydreaming?) about our eventual kitchen redo. I was wondering, did you hire your contractor through Lowe’s or was it someone outside?

  17. Ya!!! We just bought this lim for our upcoming renovation! Can’t wait! My husband and I both fell in love with the slate! Thanks for such a great review and amazing pictures!

  18. Mandy Stamper says:

    What finish did you chose for your knobs? Since the finishes might not be true to the color online, I’m not sure which on works. Thanks! The kitchen is gorgeous!

  19. I can’t seem to find the Cup Pulls in that color?
    And the knobs–what color are those? Black or Rustic Iron?

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