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Operation Blanton Farm / Kitchen Progress

Awhile ago I shared with you a “before” farmhouse home tour, including a series of photos of our house from the listing when we bought it.  For the most part it was a pretty good overview, missing a few rooms here and there. My goal was, and continues to be, to share in our farmhouse renovations, upgrades and repairs.

Most days it doesn’t feel like we’ve done a whole lot in the reno department on our home, mainly because I’m always getting ahead of myself and not pausing to appreciate what we actually have accomplished in the short amount of time we’ve been here.  And then I start to look back at photos and realize, wow. I can’t believe “x” room looked like that! I’ve already forgotten!

Any who, today I’m sharing with you some progress we’ve made in our kitchen within the last few months. If I’m being honest it’s still far from the masterpiece I have pictured in my brain, but I’m still loving it. :)
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This is the “breakfast room” as they call it.  Eventually the tile in this room will be replaced with the laminate flooring we bought four our entire house.  (I’d explain all about why we ultimately chose this type of flooring now, but that’s another blog post for another day.) I’d like to repaint as well. I’m thinking, you guessed it, white.operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (3) operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (4) operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (5) operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (8) operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (7) operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (6)

In addition we’ll most definitely be upgrading the lighting. The current light fixtures do nothing to accentuate the house’s age and character.operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (9)

If we hang a louie, we arrive at the main galley style kitchen.  It’s pretty expansive. We just recently put down a vinyl flooring that was sorta kinda a hand me down? As in we knew someone who bought the wrong kind and was going to pay a fortune in restocking fees so we “took it off of their hands”, so to speak ;)

It’s a nice durable surface, and is a huge improvement from where we were with the old linoleum that was cracking and literally peeling up (daily I would have to tell Wyatt to put floor tiles back…)  BUT it too will eventually be replaced when we go to truly overhaul our kitchen.operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (10) operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (11) operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (12) operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (13)

Like I said, expansive. But also pretty dang dark.  I generally overexpose my photos so as to create the illusion that the room is flooded with more light, because I like the bright and airy, but in this case I took an even exposure so you could get the real affect.
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We’re still finishing up some of the details. You may notice that the kick plate is missing, and that the top section of cabinets has different hardware than the bottom… but you know, all in good time ;)operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (16) operation blanton farm, kitchen progress via thelovelylauralife.com (17)I’m sure it would cost a small fortune, but I’d love to make this a wall of windows to let the light shine in.  Let there be light!

How’s that for a mini update? I have so many ideas when it comes to this kitchen.  I’m currently trying to narrow the realm of possibilities — all pinned accordingly on my Pinterest boards here and here, of course.

Thoughts? Are you currently working on any home projects?

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9 Comments

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    Ashlee
    June 19, 2015 at 2:09 am

    That table is perfect!

    We’re currently renovating our kitchen! It’s finally coming together and I am loving it!

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      Laura
      June 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Yay for kitchen renos! I am just a tiny bit jealous ;)

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    Carla
    June 19, 2015 at 3:49 am

    I love the light timber buffet under the open shelving! SO CUTE!

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      Laura
      June 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Carla. My husband just finished replacing all of the drawer bottoms, so it almost feels like a new piece to me. It was a piece from his great grandma :)

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    Carla
    June 19, 2015 at 3:50 am

    I pressed enter before I finished my comment! If you used recycled windows on that wall it wouldn’t be to expensive! I like the 60s retro vibe of the cabinets. I’m all about keeping things and recycling now. I’m so over the ‘everything new’ aesthetic, even if it’s new but period looking. Reuse! Recycle! Reduce!!

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      Laura
      June 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Love reusing and recycling. Currently my husband wants to build our new cabinets by hand/himself, which I love for all different kinds of reasons. Neither of us are a fan of the current cabinets … They just scream “I don’t belong here!!” to us. Lol. I am all about touches of mid century modern through out our home though, and we have several pieces of furniture like it. I would say overall we have more reused than new, and that we are both proud and thankful for.

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        Carla
        June 19, 2015 at 8:19 pm

        Yes us too, I’ve been watching Rehab Addict on Netflix while nursing Ripley and while sometimes it can be a bit much, her philosophy of recycling is really great to see on mainstream TV… Most of our friends want everything new, we are in the minority of reusing. Some of our friends love mid century too but they go to the expensive shops and pay $1000+ for a sideboard. Not my style!

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