Farmhouse Kitchen Remodeled From Dark Brick + Brown To Bright Blues + Whites

You know that we love sharing remodel stories with you here on the blog. Of course remodels of old homes are always among some of our favorites because there is so much a story to tell. Old homes are full of character and challenges… but we love that! If you have ever lived in or visited a true farmhouse then you know that the “original house” becomes surrounded by rooms added around and above them. Many times the kitchen remain in the same location and can be locked into a size and appliance layout. While we couldn’t expand this Osco, IL kitchen into the open concept look we see in new homes, we were able to update it with more usable storage and bright and bold finishes. We think it did end up looking much larger don’t you agree?

Kitchen remodel before and after in a farmhouse in rural Illinois. From dark brown and brick to bright and blue.
Kitchen remodel before and after in a farmhouse in rural Illinois. From dark brown and brick to bright and blue.

A great way to make any space seem larger is with your finish selections. This kitchen design uses lighter materials as well as reflective materials to help to bring in and bounce as much light around as possible. A great example is the wall surface installed. This backsplash tile is a mosaic mix of natural stone and mirror in a herringbone / chevron pattern.

Kitchen backsplash tile with mirror and stone pattern from the Glazzio Urban Butterflies series in Sleepy Afternoon color.
Kitchen backsplash tile with mirror and stone pattern from the Glazzio Urban Butterflies series in Sleepy Afternoon color.

The “Urban Butterflies” series from our Glazzio tile line is available in many color ranges and here we have installed “Sleepy Afternoon” that includes bright white marble and antiqued mirror tiles. The backsplash fills the wall space of the U-shape of this kitchen. Mirrored switchplate covers add even more sparkle to the walls and a custom CopperSmith range hood keeps the cooking wall as the focal point now that the brick arch has been removed.

Blue cabinet kitchen with matte white marble counters and a mirror and marble backsplash. Design, materials, and complete remodel from Village Home Stores.
Blue cabinet kitchen with matte white marble counters and a mirror and marble backsplash. Design, materials, and complete remodel from Village Home Stores.

But can we take a moment and appreciate the real showstopper here? That bold blue cabinet color! This homeowner has been dreaming of this kitchen update for a long time and she knew exactly what she wanted in a blue hue. With our DuraSupreme custom paint program we are able to order in any Benjamin Moore paint color as a sample door to be approved for your custom pant project. This color is named “Summer Blue” and we are so glad we get to share it with you to brighten up your Summer.

Kitchen remodel with custom painted blue cabinets and dual appliance garages.
Kitchen remodel with custom painted blue cabinets and dual appliance garages.

DuraSupreme’s “Bella” doorstyle has been painted Summer Blue and the finished look is so fresh and fun. Washed with natural light during the day, this color is airy and cheerful. And as the sun sets, this blue gets richer and bolder. We added a lot of usable storage in this kitchen including a tall pantry cabinet on a narrow stretch of wall near the pass-through. Below the pass-through to the dining room we included a shallow overhang area for two counter-height stools.

Blue tall pantry cabinet in a DuraSupreme kitchen in rural Illinois. Design, materials, and complete remodel from Village Home Stores.
Blue tall pantry cabinet in a DuraSupreme kitchen in rural Illinois. Design, materials, and complete remodel from Village Home Stores.

The countertop surfaces for this new kitchen are another great example of a bright and interesting texture added to the overall finished design. This is a natural stone named “Super White” and it’s super alright! Installed in this home with a “Brushed” finish, the stone has a soft, almost leathery feel to it. We love how the light reflects off it without a glossy glare. If you are curious about natural stone and how it performs as a surface, we would love to chat with you! We share a lot of engineered surface projects but please always consider natural stones for your project with us. If you are concerned about performance or durability do not be. Ask any member of our kitchen and bath design team about why we have selected the expert fabrication team we use and ask about their amazing 20 year sealant warranty!

Super White natural stone installed in a matte brushed finish with an Ogee edge. Kitchen design, materials, and complete remodel from Village Home Stores.
Super White natural stone installed in a matte brushed finish with an Ogee edge.

A pass-through area off a kitchen can be an excellent way to open up the kitchen to other spaces without losing wall surfaces for cabinets on the kitchen side. This home had an existing opening from the kitchen to the adjacent dining room. We were even able to add storage here that opens into the dining room. On the kitchen end we have paneled the back to match the blue finish. On the side facing the dining area, a Rustic Alder wood in a “Shell Gray” stain with a “Shadow” haze applied. This old-world finish compliments the many wood finishes of the antiques throughout the home.

Rustic Alder cabinets in a warm gray stain installed underneath a pass through area from kitchen to dining room.
Rustic Alder cabinets in a warm gray stain installed underneath a pass through area from kitchen to dining room.

Old homes like this are full of memories and stories. And the prize of any farmhouse kitchen used over the years is the wall where every child and grandchild has been measured. When we remodeled this kitchen there was no way that important history was getting covered up with paint. The original door got a fresh coat of paint… except for the one section shown below.

Family measuring wall in kitchen is saved during remodeling
The prize of any farmhouse kitchen: the wall where every child and grandchild is measured. No way that was getting covered up with this remodel.

Curious where the fridge is in this layout? Check out this before and after image below to see we were able to build in a french door black stainless refrigerator in the same original location. A new wall shelf in an updated “floating” style still allows some display space in the pass-through and a can light in the soffit area helps light the surface for use as a desktop or casual dining space.

Kitchen remodel before and after in a farmhouse in rural Illinois. Pass through area from the kitchen to the dining room.
Kitchen remodel before and after in a farmhouse in rural Illinois. Pass through area from the kitchen to the dining room.

Are you curious about the remodel process with Village Home Stores? If you have a simple or complex project you are looking to tackle, we want to hear about it. Let our team answer your questions and see if we are the right fit for the work you are looking to have done at home. You can message us right here on the blog to reach out. Our remodel team can service a large radius surrounding the Quad Cities region including small towns like Osco, IL where this home is.

Kitchen remodel before and after in a farmhouse in rural Illinois. From dark walls and cabinets to bright and blue.
Kitchen remodel before and after in a farmhouse in rural Illinois. From dark walls and cabinets to bright and blue.

Want to see more of this kitchen? Check out the full project uploaded to our Houzz page here. We offer cabinetry, countertops, appliances, wall tile, window coverings, and flooring for your new or remodeled home. The flooring in this remodel project is a wood look luxury vinyl tile by Adura Flex. The “Aspen Drift” color is a blend of light grays and the look is perfect with all of the other finishes selected. Did you know that you can “try on” some of our flooring surfaces with photos of your own spaces? Just tap the visualizer tool at the top of this page to use this free tool. Reach out to us online, by phone at (309) 944-1344 or by stopping to see us M-F 9am-5pm or Saturdays from 9am-noon. Village Home Stores is located at 105 S State in downtown Geneseo, IL 61254.

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