Real-Life Redo: Farm-Fresh Kitchen
When she bought an 1875 Tidewater farmhouse, situated in Irvington, Virginia, it required so much work that most people would have thrown up their hands in frustration. Known as Goodrest, the house had undergone a century’s worth of wear and tear, and the kitchen was one step away from collapsing.
Along with friend and kitchen designer Karen Turner, Stephanie had carefully followed the Virginia Department of Historic Resources’ guidelines to receive rehabilitation tax credits for her efforts.
Custom cabinets and matching appliance panels: Contemporary Kitchens; conkit.com or 804-758-2001.
Countertops: Butcher-block, also by Contemporary Kitchens.
The nostalgic look of a farm-style sink (also called farmhouse) harkens back to a simpler time when vegetables were freshly picked from the garden and rinsed off in the kitchen. Originally, this hardworking, utilitarian style of sink was intended for tasks that required a deep basin.
Its signature front apron protrudes beyond the countertop and into the space generally reserved for cabinetry. Stephanie’s sink, which is actually wall-mounted (Gilford apron-front in Sunlight by Kohler), also has an integrated backsplash.
The fixed bench, built to resemble the room’s cabinetry, doubles as storage for oversize pots, pans, and small appliances. Its cheery striped cushions tie together the kitchen’s various springlike colors and invite lingering conversations over coffee. Stephanie added other extras like colorful pottery and a large pendant light to give the breakfast area some distinction while still remaining cohesive with the rest of the kitchen.
Stephanie refurbished all of the windows she could in the kitchen, along with their internal weight-and-pulley systems, which enable the sashes to open and close properly. Only broken or missing panes were replaced.
Flooring: vintage pine flooring; for a similar look, try vintage pineflooring.com or 866-203-6924.
Floor paint: Alternating diamond pattern in White Dove (OC-17) and Butter (2023-60) by Benjamin Moore; benjaminmoore.com.