Rural Kewanee Kitchen Gets a Refined Rustic New Look

Because of our location and a service radius that spreads over Illinois and Iowa farm country, we do a lot of work for farmers. They are such great customers who appreciate our store’s value of quality work and craftsmanship.  Plus we really really really respect the work that they do. So when a Midwest farmer chooses us to work for them, that is the ultimate compliment to our crews. In this case, the customer asked us to manage a kitchen remodel for them from start to finish… during harvest season! For those are close to any farming households you know that harvest is the busiest, most stress-filled, and demanding seasons of the year. So we felt such an added level of trust from this customer that they were allowing us to get to work for them while they were working so hard on their end. The result? This warm and inviting new space to come home to:

A rural Kewanee kitchen gets a warm and storage-filled new look. Koch Rustic Beech cabinetry and White Sand Granite featured. Design by Angela Weisbrod and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Rustic Beech wood cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Briarwood” stain and applied Black accent glaze looks right at home. The raised-panel Seneca door offers great edge details for that accent glaze to adhere to. Added crown molding, a valance area above the sink, and decorative baseboard trim provided even more edges to be accented. A beautiful tiled backsplash, staggered height and depth cabinets, and a farmsink completes the refined rustic look of the new kitchen.

A rural Kewanee kitchen gets a warm and storage-filled new look. Koch Rustic Beech cabinetry and White Sand Granite featured. Design by Angela Weisbrod and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

A kitchen peninsula divides the kitchen from the dining area in the new open concept design. When space allows it, a peninsula can work so well with two heights. This design offers a standard base-height cabinet section on the interior (user) side of the peninsula, and raised bar-height top on the outside. The bar top includes an overhang for casual barstool seating. A barn door look on the back of the peninsula has been applied to compliment the kitchen and the entire great room space.

A rural Kewanee kitchen peninsula with a barn door-inspired back panel treatment. Rustic kitchen remodel from start to finish by the Project Management team at Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

A Rustic Beech panel and applied trim in an “X” design breaks up the back panel space and adds such great character! Speaking of character, nothing adds rustic charm like a wooden beam. Once the original kitchen was torn out and the entrance widened, it was confirmed that a header would need to be placed above the peninsula area to help support the weight. We wrapped this header with paneling and trim to create the illusion of a large wooden beam. The finished result is perfect for the space! 

A rural Kewanee Illinois kitchen with a wrapped support beam at ceiling. Rustic kitchen remodel from start to finish by the Project Management team at Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Two pendant lights from Kichler hang on the inside of the beam. The pendants blend a matte black and brushed gold finish for the design. Cabinet handle hardware for this kitchen is from the Bremen series by Jeffery Alexander.  Cabinet hardware can be an important selection for the daily use of your kitchen. Be sure you select designs that looks great but also function well for you. Test out the handles to make sure your hand can comfortably fit to operate them.

A rural Kewanee kitchen with a peninsula gets a warm new look. Koch Rustic Beech cabinetry and White Sand Granite featured. | villagehomestores.com


On the interior of the Peninsula is a long work surface with plenty of outlets and storage solutions in the cabinetry. We installed a pullout trash cabinet on the end of the peninsula. This keeps the trash located centrally for users inside and outside of the kitchen. Near the inside corner is a specialty cabinet many will envy: a Tupperware organizer! This pullout unit includes a lower section for the containers and a top slotted section for lids. No more opening a cabinet door and bracing yourself for an avalanche! 

A rural Kewanee kitchen gets a warm new look and a revashelf pullout tupperware organizer cabinet. Koch Rustic Beech cabinetry and White Sand Granite featured. | villagehomestores.com

Another fantastic storage upgrade is located near the cooking center of the new kitchen. A pullout cabinet opens to reveal utensil bins and knife storage. There is even a lower shelf that can also be used for large utensils or kitchen gadgets. This is just one of many storage options available in a pullout cabinet. Even small cabinet spaces can pack great storage solutions! Ask your designer at Village Home Stores about your options. 

A rural Kewanee IL kitchen gets a warm new look and a revashelf pullout knife and utensil organizer cabinet. Koch Rustic Beech cabinetry and White Sand Granite featured. | villagehomestores.com

Of course an appliance garage is one of the original cabinet storage solutions ever added to kitchen cabinet lines. This kitchen includes a garage in an upgraded new style. Instead of an accordion or louvered door, this corner appliance garage has a matching cabinet door. Top-lift hardware is installed to let the door open out and up for a more spacious look and feel. 

A rural Kewanee kitchen gets a warm new look and an appliance garage. Koch Rustic Beech cabinetry and White Sand Granite featured. | villagehomestores.com

We made sure the new kitchen had plenty of outlets throughout. These stylish square outlets are from the adorne series by legrand. So many options for switches and outlets plus so many colors for plates to select from. We also love that the plates snap in place (no visible screws) for a smooth, clean look.

A rural Kewanee kitchen with legrand adorne outlet system. Koch Rustic Beech cabinetry and White Sand Granite featured. | villagehomestores.com

The countertops in this kitchen are a natural stone named “White Sand”. There is so much character in the slabs and the granite looks perfect in this completed design. That same legrand outlet company makes an undercabinet lighting system that is versatile and stylish. This system allows you customize locations for lighting, added outlets, speakers, devices, and more. One of the added benefits for this undercabinet system is it frees up the entire backsplash area for a tile design. No outlets to disrupt the layout of tile. 

A rural Kewanee kitchen with legrand undercabinet system. Koch Rustic Beech cabinetry and White Sand Granite featured. | villagehomestores.com

We also installed this system across the room on the refrigerator wall. A dropzone/landing space for the kitchen is home to the phone dock and where mail and piles are welcome to collect. A bluetooth speaker and phone charging station is in place here. On this wall we gave a counter-depth refrigerator a real built-in look with a panel on the left side and a tall pantry cabinet on the right. This section of cabinetry stretches all the way to the ceiling with a crown riser and stacked molding.

A rural Kewanee kitchen with a counterdepth refrigerator. Koch Rustic Beech cabinetry and White Sand Granite featured. | villagehomestores.com


Pay attention to the handles on the tall pantry cabinet above. Notice that they are the same style as the kitchen but a larger scale. This choice helps to better pair the door size with an appropriate handle and also to give a more solid open and close to the doors as they operate. What kind of details and cabinet upgrades would you pick for your own dream kitchen? Many of these cabinet inserts and add-ons are far more affordable than you would expect! See the full album of photos from this kitchen here on our Houzz portfolio

A rural Kewanee kitchen gets a warm new look and a built-in pullout cuttingboard. Koch Rustic Beech cabinetry and White Sand Granite featured. | villagehomestores.com

The Holiday season gets the Village Home Stores team so excited. We are able to look back at all of the new spaces we have helped complete this year that will be enjoyed for their first Holiday this year. It brought us so much joy to visit this Kewanee home for a final walk-through and see it all decked out for the Christmas Season. Can we also just take a moment to enjoy how great this barn door looks in the dining room? The homeowner installed and stained the door to match the new kitchen themselves! 

A rural Kewanee kitchen dining area with decorative barn door. Rustic kitchen remodel from start to finish by the Project Management team at Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Is a new kitchen or bathroom from Village Home Stores on the top of your Christmas list? Let us know! But don’t write to the North Pole (they are a bit busy this time of year). Instead, give us a call at 309 944 1344 or complete this short form online. A member of our team will walk you through our process and let you know what steps we will begin with. We can’t wait to hear how we can help you. Have a fantastic Holiday at home this year readers! 

Annawan, IL- Schoolhouse Bathroom Remodel

This old schoolhouse in Annawan, IL is full of great character. Tall ceilings with exposed tin panels, and a unique layout. Rustic Beech wood Koch cabinetry in the Briarwood stain and a Black Accent Glaze was the perfect choice to help showcase the other rustic material selections for this remodeled bathroom space. The main wall includes a vanity cabinet with an offset sink and stack of drawers. We ordered a matching mirror molding to wrap a custom-sized mirror perfect for the room. The new tiled shower is accessed right behind the vanity wall.Bathroom remodel in Annawan, IL with rustic details. Design by Chris Robinson with materials and remodel project management by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

When remodeling, nobody wants to see wall surface go unused. Bathrooms can become a tricky area to add any storage space once all of the areas are designated to a fixture location (stool, sink, doorway, window, shower, etc). Village Home Stores also can order and install interior doors to match your remodel space. This bathroom has two walls that have each been fit with a new door. One is accessed from the nearby bedroom, the other is from the hallway. With two doorways and a window, available wall space was limited. But we found some room for storage. The window wall is now home to the stool and a lot of great storage. Bathroom remodel in Annawan, IL with rustic details. Design by Chris Robinson with materials and remodel project management by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A tall linen cabinet fits in the corner of the new space. A linen cabinet can be helpful at any depth. Standard depths are 12″, 18″, 21″, and 24″ deep but we are able to order a custom depth cabinet to perfectly fit any space and utilize as much of that area as possible. Even just a 12″ deep linen cabinet can offer so much shelf space for toiletries and linens.

A cabinet commonly used in a bathroom is a “toilet topper” cabinet. With bathrooms trending away from medicine cabinets and instead using more framed mirrors, these can be a great solution for small item storage. Deep enough for rolls of toilet paper, and typically including a towel bar or open shelf below, these cabinets are a great addition to any space. Even with all of the extra storage cabinets, there is storage available within reach of the bath vanity area itself. 

A single sinkbase cabinet and a stack of drawers are arranged with an offset vanity bowl. Our Onyx Collection vanity tops are a great option for a bathroom. This top is in the “Prospect” color. Seamless, integrated bowls (shown here with a two-tone “Icicle” bowl for the illusion of an undermount sink) and the ability to fit any custom layout or space. Ask a designer at Village Home Stores about the many color and bowl styles available in this product. 

The exposed tin ceilings and textured wallpaper in this old schoolhouse are such interesting design details to let be showcased above the “new” walls of the bathroom. Those rustic characteristics become a great compliment to the tile materials selected for this bathroom. Faux brick tiles from our Chicago Brick line in the “State Street” color are installed as the main bathroom floor. This custom tiled shower is accessed as a door-less, walk-in shower around the corner behind the vanity wall.  The shower floor is a Pebble mosaic named “Born Wilderness”.

“Look-alike” tile is a great trend that helps add great textures to a space in a more practical tile surface for the homeowner. We have seen this brick-look tile used in so many unique spaces since we began carrying it. It works well as a floor and wall tile. If you would like to see it, we have a large area of our new lighting showroom with it installed as a floor tile. The wall of the shower is another look-alike tile. 

The look of a rustic barnwood but in a long, plank wall tile. The “Charleston” 3″ x 36″ tiles add such a blend of textures and natural colors. We included plenty of grab bars in the new shower space.  A custom tiled niche was added on the interior wall with the same pebble tile used as an accent in the back.

Check out this ideabook on Houzz full of our own custom tiled shower ideas and inspiration.  Are you ready to start the conversation about your own bath remodel with Village? Your first step is to reach out to our team. You can call us at 309-944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will reach out to discuss your project. 

Erie, IL- Kitchen Remodel Updated and Upgraded

This Erie, IL kitchen has been updated and upgraded. A similar footprint to the original kitchen, but using beautiful new materials and upgraded features throughout. Oak cabinetry and laminate tops have been removed and a new Cherry kitchen from our Koch Classic line has been installed. The Cherry “Prairie” doorstyle in a medium “Briarwood” finish compliments the existing Oak trim and doors in the space. The Cherry selection is an updated look and the rich wood grain of the wood is a major upgrade from the Oak.
Cherry kitchen cabinets in remodeled space by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.co,

All of the kitchen appliances remain in roughly the same locations. The original kitchen single-height peninsula has been replaced with a dual-height design and the kitchen sink has been shifted from the center of the peninsula to the corner. With the new layout, the largest transformation happened on the wall opposite the original kitchen L-shape layout:
Kitchen before and after photo. | VillageHomeStores.com

So much of that original wall was getting no storage use. The new design now includes that whole wall into the kitchen. That tall pantry cabinet space is now fit with two 12″ deep tall pantries, each 24″ wide with a single door. Installed side by side, this gives the finished look of a 48″ wide cabinet and leave a large part of that wall available for more cabinetry. Because of a casual dining area on that end of the kitchen, the new base cabinets transition back at an angle to meet the shallow pantries. This new design now provides a large countertop that cab be used to load and unload the pantry or refrigerator or set up as a coffee station or work surface. At this location, the space is very versatile.
Shallow pantry cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 12″ deep pantry can store quite a bit within, especially when it is four feet wide! Other specialty upgrades include the addition of a pull-out cutting board concealed above the top drawer of a base cabinet. A great feature in just the right location. When selecting specialty items like tray dividers, cutting boards, or spice cabinets, be sure they are located in the area you plan to reach for them.
cutting board cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

On each side of the new Whirlpool range are base cabinets fit with sliding shelves. These cabinets are perfect for keeping pots and pans sorted. By keeping this look symmetrical on each side of the range, a comfortable landing space of counter is available for the user on both sides.
Sliding shelves in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Moving the kitchen sink to the corner frees up the entire peninsula for a worksurface. A corner sink also adds interest to the layout. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system spotlights a beautiful new tiled backsplash along both walls of cabinetry. The main field tile is a 3 x 6″ polished Travertine. The decoline of accent tile is from our Glazzio line and is named “Tranquil”.
Cambria Quartz in Hampshire design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cambria Hampshire. | VillageHomeStores.comThe short area of backsplash on the peninsula has been given a different treatment from the tiled walls. This jump from counter height to bar height (shown in profile on right) is only a few inches. Instead of creating a bright contrast of travertine tiles, a splash has been installed of the same Cambria Quartz material from the countertop. The “Hampshire” Cambria Quartz has been given the “Full Bullnose” edge profile.

The peninsula side facing toward the Great Room has been fit with a wainscot panel and trim for a customized look. A four-panel wainscot design and furniture base completes the look. On the end of the peninsula that meets the wall, a full-height door cabinet opens into the Great Room. This becomes a great place to store items that might normally pile up on end tables or countertops. The cabinet helps finish off the peninsula and provide a space to hide these items out of sight. Speaking of hiding things out of sight, notice with the dual-height peninsula design that you can’t see into the kitchen sink?

Custom wainscot panel. | VillageHomeStores.com

crown molding on cabinetNow that the soffits have been removed, there is room for the new cabinetry to reach higher and still have space for a more appropriate crown molding to be applied. Crown molding may not seem like a significant detail but it is this final “trimming out” phase that helps complete any finished kitchen. Including crown and undercabinet molding help polish off the look. On the back of the peninsula area a furniture baseboard molding was applied where the panel meets the new flooring. A polished and customized look. Don’t miss out on the opportunities in your own design to help your space look carefully planned out and customized specially for your home.

The new flooring in the kitchen is from our Tarkett line. It is a Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” floor and looks perfect in this new kitchen. LVT can be installed grouted with a special form of grout or groutless (shown in this home). Read more about LVT and how it is installed here on a past blog post. A rolled edge treatment on these tiles help this groutless look to be forgiving of subfloor imperfections and best of all, no grout to clean!
An Erie, IL kitchen remodel including luxury vinyl tile by Tarkett. | VillageHomeStores.com

Be sure to check out all of the images from this remodel over here on our Houzz page. Are you interested in starting the process for your own kitchen remodel? We can’t wait to hear about it! Give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or contact us online today to set up an appointment to get started. Be sure to click here to read more blog posts about other before and after stories we have shared from right here in the area.
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Geneseo Remodel: Shine Bright

You may be picking up on the theme of our last three featured kitchens here on the blog, beautiful backsplashes! It just happens to be a coincidence that they all have shared this common feature. The backsplash in this Geneseo, IL home steals your attention right away so we wanted to begin our story here.

Mosaic tile backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.comThis “Cappuccino Linear” tile from our Pietra Art collection is a showstopper in person! You can find the most beautiful tile like this for your kitchen backsplash but installing that only gets you halfway to a “wow” finished look like this. Why invest in such a gorgeous tile if you have no way to illuminate the look and all of your new surfaces? The wash of light from our Diode L.E.D. lighting system is what makes this main wall of cabinetry look so stunning!

diode_LEDThis system is energy-efficient, low-profile, and long-lasting. It may seem like we mention this lighting everytime we show you a beautiful backsplash but that is because they are meant to work together.  Kitchens like the one featured in the blog post here would be hard to imagine without this lighting system.  The way to shine bright and really show off your great tile is by also installing this L.E.D. system.  See a short clip on it here over on our YouTube page. Now, on to this full remodel story.

before_photo

Kitchen_Design_quad_citiesThe original kitchen was made up of the main sink wall shown here and a second area for the range and a small microwave cabinet. There are three windows and three doorways that are within this kitchen space. Usable wall space is limited because of these openings but the new design makes smarter use of what was available. The old location of the range will now become the new location for a beautiful built-in hutch area. Adding storage and a location for displaying items behind glass-front doors, this hutch also gives added counter space for food preparation and serving.

This hutch includes two fluted columns that show the black accent glaze on the Birch “Briarwood” stained cabinetry perfectly. These dark black highlights are a great compliment to the Cambria Quartz countertops installed in the “Blackwood” design.

hutch_in_kitchenThe new location of the range is found between the two windows facing the sink wall. This area is just the right size for the range and a small amount of landing space on either side.

rangeNot only have we added counterspace but storage above and below with cabinetry on a previously unused wall in the original kitchen. The main storage in this new kitchen is found on the sink wall.mainThe sink is at the center of your attention and the backsplash and lighting we mentioned earlier are what bring your attention there. With no window above the sink, the designer instead created interest with varied heights and depths of cabinetry. At the very end of this wall of cabinetry sits the refrigerator. This is a great opportunity to point out the depth of this model.

refrigeratorWhen you shop for a new refrigerator from Village Home Stores one of our first questions may be what depth you are needing. This means we are curious if a “standard depth” model would work in your space or is a “counter-depth” model needed because of space limitations or just aesthetic reasons.  The standard depth model works well here because there is plenty of space to move around in front to the unit in this kitchen design. We have even surrounded this refrigerator with a few extra things to help give it as built-in of a look as possible. Notice the panels on each side and even undercabinet molding above to add to the finished look of this area.

woodsVillage Home Stores and Durian Builders did a number of things to this space to update it and give it a great look. Each of the windows was trimmed out with new casing stained to match the cabinetry. The doorways were also given new trim and the two new doors within the new kitchen were installed as well all to give one clean, consistent finish throughout.

A maple hardwood from our Paramount line in the “Burlap” finish was the perfect selection with the cabinetry and trim finishes.  One of the other major updates was made to the ceiling of this Geneseo kitchen.

ceilingA grid drop-ceiling that included panels and lighting was removed and a new plaster ceiling was put up. This entire kitchen remodel was completed with our full Project Management program here at Village Home Stores.  Everything from estimates to scheduling was managed from start to finish by our team which left the owners of this new kitchen with nothing to worry about (except welcoming a new grandbaby during the process Congratulations!). If you are interested in starting the conversation about your own kitchen or bathroom remodel call 309-944-1344 or click today. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! Geneseo_tile_installer