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! 

Hazelwood Homes: Taupe Painted Cabinets and Marble Look Quartz

This week’s featured project is located at a new home built in Andalusia, IL by Hazelwood Homes. Kitchen design in the Midwest is trending toward open, airy, and inviting spaces. This layout and selection of materials is a perfect way to showcase a Transitional style with some farmhouse details.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and Carrara Grigio quartz tops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A U-shape layout with a large single-level island. The walls are open and airy with just windows, a wood hood, and floating shelves. The other wall is home to the taller elements. A double-oven cabinet, refrigerator, and pantry area complete the U-shape. But that’s not just a pantry cabinet…
A walkin pantry front in an Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and Carrara Grigio quartz tops. | VillageHomeStores.com

…it’s a walk-through pantry front! This design gives the solid look of a cabinet custom fit to the wall in the kitchen. When the doors open, it reveal a walk-in pantry area that turns back behind the refrigerator space. So when seeing this beautiful open and airy look, don’t worry about the lack of wall cabinet storage. The huge pantry area provides so much shelf space!
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and Carrara Grigio quartz tops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a stunning look! The customer arranged to have rustic wood surround the back of the kitchen island and the floating shelves in the same wood look perfect! We love the pairing of a smooth, solid finish painted cabinet with rustic details. The knotty wood adds character and texture to the space.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with floating rustic shelves. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is so much to be said about being able to design a single-level kitchen island without a sink or cooktop in it. Just think of how many times in the last few Holiday weeks that you wished you had a large surface for working on. Cookie decorating, gift-wrapping, and serving food would all be amazing on this large island surface. There is even an overhang for counter-height seating.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with Carrara Grigio quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Engineered Quartz in the “Carrara Grigio” color gives the look of a marble with the maintenance-free appeal. A classic and durable choice. The floating shelves and clear glass island pendants help keep the kitchen walls feeling open and airy. Another player in this is the custom wood hood above the cooktop.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and wood hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

We can create wood hoods to pair with any kitchen style. From simple and clean-lined looks like this, to ornate and decorative options. We have them all! Plus you can fit the interior of these hood with blower inserts of many types. You can customize your power and exhaust options all concealed within and the look is great!
Painted light gray / taupe cabinets by Koch Cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cabinets in this kitchen are a great new neutral option from our Koch line of cabinetry. The “Taupe” painted finish has been applied to a paint-grade maple in the Seneca door. The flooring this this kitchen is from our LW Mountain line. It is an Acacia handscraped engineered wood in a “Natural” finish. Ready to get started on your own dream kitchen like this? Your first step is to reach out. Our staff can walk you through the Village Home Stores process. Building a new home, or remodeling the one you are in? Either way we are your expert team! Contact us today by calling (309) 944-1344 or submit a message to us here online. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Bettendorf, IA: Rustic Beech Lower Level Wet Bar

Home is not just where your hang your own hat. Your home is a place for entertaining guests. Don’t miss out on opportunities to make an impression on those guests in the areas you know they will visit. When you entertain large groups, two areas are always guaranteed a visit: the bar and the guest bathrooms. We wanted to show you around a wet bar located in the lower level of a Bettendorf, IA home built by Kerkhoff Homes. This wet bar is a great example of how just a few basic design details can step up a space to become functional AND memorable.wet bar cabinets in a lower level of a Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Sometimes the last spaces designed in your home can become the most visited once they are complete. Building a new home or taking on an extensive remodel can leave you exhausted when it comes to making decisions. By the time you are finished making selections for the kitchen and main bathrooms you can easily run out of opinions. Your expert team at Village Home Stores is here to make sure every space in your project has that designer touch.  A great wet bar design doesn’t have to break your budget or strain your decision-making patience. Give your space just a few distinct features and then sit back and enjoy it! rustic_beech_bar

The easiest way to complete the look of any wet bar is to include matching wood paneling. This gives the bar a more solid look. Imagine if the wall underneath the wooden bar top was just painted the same color as the walls. This same bar would look half the size. Including wood panels in this design helps to anchor the outside of the built-in bar space and makes a firms statement that there is not just a back bar but as front bar as well. This paneled look was acheived with a smooth panel, finished flat stock pieces, and furniture base molding.bar back panel and trim. | VillageHomeStores.com

recessed refrigerator in barThe wet bar includes a refrigerator recessed into the joining wall of the U-shaped space. Creating a customized recessed area here allows for a standard-depth refrigerator model to be selected. A customized look is achieved using standard materials. Counter-depth refrigerator models do typically cost more than standard models. The difference in storage space within is just as important to note. This same space could accommodate a counter depth model with just 20 cu. ft. of storage. Instead, a standard Whirlpool side by side with 25 cu. ft. of storage rests in its designated area. Recessing the refrigerator also helped the back bar get a great look.

A more symmetrical layout was achieved by centering a sink base on the back wall and framing in the space with two glass-front wall cabinets. A mosaic tile has been installed below the wall cabinetry and spreads into the center section. In place of a valance or a center cabinet, the crown molding stretches across the top from wall to wall. This gives the perfect way to “cap” off the tile. Deciding how or where to end a backsplash tile installation can often be difficult above sinks. There are commonly unique cabinets or a windows above the sink and that can create odd exposed areas of wall. We love the look of this filled in space. This area is now perfect for hanging a large wall clock, mirror, or framed artwork.crown molding caps off tile backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.com

The base cabinetry of the back bar includes a space for a microwave drawer and pull-out trash bin. The cabinets used in this wet bar design are a Rustic Beech wood finished in a “Mocha” stain from our Koch Classic line. Rustic Beech is an economically priced wood species and takes stain similar to a Birch wood. The rustic features (like knots) add character and detail to the space. The rich “Mocha” stain paired with Oil-Rubbed Bronze hardware and faucet help make this “rustic” wood look high-end and dramatic. bar cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

glass_cabinetThe wall cabinets on each end of the back bar have been ordered with the center panel cut for glass. A textured glass has been custom fit and sealed into place to allow the cabinets to become display areas. Textured glass is a great selection for this type of display cabinet. It allows you to see that items are being stored within but it can be difficult to make out what the items are. That way if you have a stack of paper plates behind the glass, it looks no different than if it were a vase or a bowl. A detail that looks great but can be forgiving in a multi-purpose space like a wet bar.

Because of their location, many times wet bars are home to a lot of “overflow” bulk items or seasonal items. Use this opportunity to include as much storage as possible. The important thing is to have a great space to join your guests when entertaining. The bar top itself should be large and well lit. bar pendant lighting. | VillageHomeStores.com

Our lighting expert selected these three “Kent” pendant lights by Artcraft Lighting to hang above the bar top area. The Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish paired perfectly with the other selections. The light that comes from these pendants isn’t just impressive on the bar top. Take a look at the display of light that the “hammered” glass casts on the ceiling above. Selecting the right lighting for a wet bar design can truly set the tone for the entire space. wet bar in lower level of Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

The pendants are the perfect size and scale. The added textured detail to the glass gives a playful showcase of light. Details like these help take a basic space and make it breathtaking. See the full album of photos from this Bettendorf, IA bar here on our Houzz.com page. Do want to make sure that all of the areas of your new home or remodeled space look perfect? Every detail considered as important as the one before it. Let us help build a team of experts to start the conversation with you about your project. We will be with you guiding you every step of the process. Take the first step by contacting us for an appointment. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or click here to complete the online form. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Village_Geneseo