5 Key Tips to Create a White Farmhouse Kitchen

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5 Key Tips to Create a White Farmhouse Kitchen


Who doesn't love a good kitchen redo? Knowing what to do that creates a nice bang for your buck can be tricky. Check out any HGTV remodel show. Kitchens see a big chunk of the budget. Kitchens sell houses. 


As a licensed, Colorado Springs REALTOR® and owner of BBB-accredited Front Porch Interiors, Real Estate and Property Styling, I'm consistently researching in person, and online which kitchen upgrades will give my sellers the best ROI. 


When remodeling Farmhouse style, white farm sinks and subway tile come to mind. However, I'd like to share with you 5 key tips to consider when making your kitchen design selections. 


Tip #1. White Paint is Golden Oak cabinet's best friend.


Mighty yes, overdone certainly. Golden Oak, as far as I know, is not a rare species, and typically not an upgrade for kitchen cabinets.

 Kitchen Before


Deciding to paint our oak, bead board cabinets white was a given. The dining room, bathrooms and porch ceiling were all accented with this farmhouse feature. 



According to a 2014 Houzz survey on kitchen trends  "nearly half ( HALF ) of homeowners out there are choosing WHITE CABINETS for their kitchens." houzz.com/ideabooks/35178145/list/survey-results-kitchen-trends-that-seem-here-to-stay 

Kitchen After

White farmhouse kitchen


To ensure a professional finish, hire a painter who has done this before and research your paint. We used Benjamin Moore ADVANCE® Waterborne Interior Alkyd in White Dove OC-17. Its the best product to cover oak's grainy texture. You get the performance of oil, but with low VOCs. Our painter swears the key to a glass-like finish is using a super-fine tip sprayer.


Tip #2. Think of Backsplashes as artwork for your kitchen.


There are an infinite number of drop dead gorgeous tile options with subway being a farmhouse classic.


Seriously, I could have chosen a dozen different tile options and all would have made for a stunning backsplash, but when I walked into ReclaimedDesignworks showroom at the Denver Design Center I fell hard...



Reclaimed wood harvested from Colorado barns and milled in Ft. Collins, CO. 

Something struck a chord with my farm roots. 



White kitchens need contrast and warmth to keep from feeling sterile. Reclaimed Wood can be an organic design element that offers tremendous texture and great tonal variations. Whether used in a horizontal or vertical application, it immediately adds history and character.


I chose a staggered, stacked, plank pattern sold on 8” x 22” sheets. Like the mosaic tile sheets you see with mesh backing, installation is simple. My carpenter used finish nails instead of adhesive to secure. As a backsplash, its recommended you apply a water-based sealant (I used Miracle's 511 Impregnator Sealer) with a foam brush. It repels liquid and beads up on the surface, but if my stove was immediately in front of it, I'd probably opt for tile in that area. Over time, spaghetti sauce could be a hassle for clean up.


Bonus Tip, run your backsplash all the way to the ceiling to

emphasize an architectural feature. 


Reclaimed wood in kitchen


Tip #3. Only ONE surface can be the Drama Queen.


If you go a bit crazy with your backsplash, choose a countertop that complements and plays nice as second fiddle. Or, you'll have two competing and conflicting designs that will fight for attention creating chaos and tension when you're working. Someone needs to be the calm voice of reason. Pick either your vertical or horizontal surface to be the star.


Pental Quartz Carrara 


To complement the weathered grays from the reclaimed wood, I used an extremely durable quartz that mimics the look of white carrara marble with grey undertones. Unlike Marble, Quartz is low or no maintenance and stain resistant.


Its quiet, timeless and classic. 




Tip #4. Don't forget to light it up. Pendant lighting


Lighting instantly improves and

significantly upgrades your design selections. 

Task as well as ambient.

Recessed, chandelier, pendant, under cabinet.

Lighting can transform your kitchen from “that's nice”,

to “WOW, look at that backsplash!”  


Like tile, lighting choices have exploded. 

I'm partial to Industrial, but whatever you

choose, keep your cabinet hardware in mind.

Its not essential the finish matches, but it should complement. 


Glass knobs









Updated lighting is a spotlight adding value to your investment. 


Tip #5. If in doubt, consult a professional.


Kitchen Designers are professionally trained to help you eliminate costly mistakes. Paying for an in-home consultation could alleviate headaches later on.


A REALTOR® can advise you of your buyer demographic which might influence your budget as well as your design selections. They can research sold homes in your area and provide you with specific features that make sense for your budget. 


Reclaimed wood may not be the right choice for your home’s style, your area, or your demographic buyer. Even if you’re not selling, be mindful of your design choices as well as your budget. Kitchen remodels are often necessary, but can be expensive. Consult a professional who can help guide you, so you'll see the best return on your investment.


If you’re thinking of selling now, or in the future and would like to know more about smart options to upgrade your Colorado Springs home, please contact Kim Gaston, REALTOR®, Front Porch Real Estate & Property Styling, member of Colorado Home Sales, LLC,

(719)661-6987, kimgaston719@gmail.comKim Gaston


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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Kim, this is GREAT advise for everyone contemplating a kitchen remodel.  The low end, builder grade oak cabinets are certainly a negative in our area, and I agree the repainting should be left to professionals who know what they are doing.  The only thing worse than builder grade oak cabinets is a botched DIY paint job on them.

I also appreciate your advise about having a backsplash and counter that work well together!  I enjoyed your advise Kim and this should be featured!

Dec 02, 2015 11:18 PM #1
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

We just did this look (including backsplash) in a flip. It really looks great.

Dec 02, 2015 11:28 PM #2
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Love the new look, very well done.....excellent tips also.

Dec 03, 2015 12:23 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I absolutely adore the outcome of the kitchen!  I use a lot of white in my own home.  It's clean and versatile.

Dec 03, 2015 12:44 PM #4
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Although I love natural wood Kim Gaston the white looks great!

Dec 04, 2015 09:55 AM #5
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Thank you, Bob. I'm finding that men love this combination of white cabinets with the reclaimed wood. Best of both worlds!

Dec 04, 2015 10:09 AM #6
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Kim, we are in the planning stage of a kitchen remodel for this Spring. My wife is planning on white glazed cabinets. 

Dec 04, 2015 04:38 PM #7
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Your wife is one smart cookie, Frank. Staying or selling, according to Houzz.com White kitchens are the #1 choice for nearly half of the country's homeowners. Best of luck!

Dec 04, 2015 09:20 PM #8
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Kim Gaston 

Really great post and information. Love the Kitchen. Have a great weekend. 

Dec 04, 2015 10:24 PM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your before and after photographs. Chef Dolores would love to update our kitchen.

Dec 06, 2015 07:34 AM #10
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kim loved your post and the comments enhance it on a side note I agree with #5 very much:)), Endre

Dec 14, 2015 02:47 PM #11
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What great tips, and I just love the pictures. 

Dec 17, 2015 07:29 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current blogs. Enjoy the holidays.

Happy New Year!

Dec 29, 2015 12:12 AM #13
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kim, this kitchen has really transformed, and it is simply beautiful! 

Jan 31, 2016 04:09 AM #14
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