Table of Contents
- History of my house and property
- Floor plan
- The finished spaces
- What I learned
- Take a tour of the space
- Materials and sources
For me, my house is my sanctuary. It’s the place I go to escape the world and all it may throw at me. It’s the place where memories are made, where I garden and cook, bake, and entertain. And while I’ve only lived in my current house for right around ten years, it’s quickly become my home. Not just a house – truly a home. A home in need of a dramatic kitchen renovation!
A home evokes a feeling and a sense of belonging that other locales just can’t seem to provide. That’s why I embarked on the journey of home renovation: to create my ideal sanctuary, my idea of perfection.
I won’t lie: it was a long, arduous process. But it was well worth it in the end, as are so many things that test your very being. Dramatic? Maybe, but there were times when all I craved was my home back. Now that it is, I couldn’t be happier. And I’m excited to be able to share it with you, in the hope that it inspires you to revel in your home. If you haven’t found your “home” yet, I hope this small glimpse into mine will tide you over ’til you do!
History of my house and property
My southeast Iowa farmhouse pre-dates 1900. As is the case with many old homes, the surviving records aren’t the best, but others in my community have dated the structure to around 1890. I do happen to know that when it was built, it was finished in more of a Victorian aesthetic, including corbels in the eaves and ornate trim work.
At some point in the course of history, most likely when the siding was updated, all the home’s original features were removed. In fact, at one time, pieces of the original woodwork were stored in the farm’s barn. Alas, the barn is no longer standing and with it went some of the house’s exterior ornaments. To my knowledge, there is no surviving record or pictures of this period.
So the house became a modified four-square, a typical Midwestern farmhouse.
The house was purchased by my grandparents in 1980 and my parents moved in after their wedding in 1982. At that time, the house had undergone lackluster, but completely expected, updates. It had wood paneling on all main floor walls and a temporary drop ceiling. This was a common way to cover up the original plaster that likely needed to be replaced. All original details, including doors, hardwood flooring, and woodwork had been stripped out and were long gone. Sigh…
My parents put in a “new” 1980s kitchen, complete with a soffit. To this day, my mom still says she thought she had the world on a string when she completed that remodel. As I was demoing the tile backsplash, she commented on how she loved the stalk of wheat imprinted on select tiles strategically placed among their plain counterparts. I’m sure it was quite the “upgrade” back in 1982.
In 1988, as my dad was taking on a larger role on the fourth-generation family farm, my parents swapped houses with my grandparents, who had lived in the larger farm’s house for years. When my grandparents moved into their “new” home, they lovingly renovated the main floor (kitchen excluded) and brought it into the 1990s. At the time, it seemed like a brand new house!
I purchased the home in 2010. For the first nine years, I did nothing but paint and focus on the outdoors. I moved the vegetable gardens, planted new landscaping, and reshaped the entire yard. When I say the entire yard… I mean, the entire yard.
The house has always been in great condition but it didn’t feel like it had any farmhouse soul left. I spent years dreaming and thinking of ways to not only update the house but instead, bring the house back to its farming roots. Every other occupant had left their stamp and it was time for me to do the same, right?!
If you’ve got an eye for technical drawings, sometimes a visual representation is just easier than trying to explain everything in word form.
Use the slider below to see the floor plan before and after. If you slide to the left, you’ll see the new kitchen layout. If you slide to the right, you’ll see the old kitchen. The same footprint was preserved, but the layout was updated, revised, and improved.
The Finished Space
While the initial idea was the only renovate the kitchen, this renovation was no different than any other. When do you decide to stop? At first, I didn’t really draw a line. I had a checklist of things I wanted:
- 9-foot ceilings in the kitchen
- Wall opened between the kitchen and dining space
- Removal of the entry closet and repositioning of the front door
- New French doors leading to the back patio
- Opening between the living room and TV room
That was all the further I was going to go. But, oh, it turned into so much more. So much!
- New baseboard and trim throughout the entire space, matched perfectly with the original trim which can still be found in my second-floor rooms
- New doors to match the original doors
- Structural and cosmetic updates to my stairs
- Removal of a useless closet in the TV
- Addition of a built-in TV unit
- Replacement of the original “true” front door to match all the others
- 9-foot ceilings in the rest of the first floor
- A new electrical box and wiring throughout the first floor
I know I’m not alone with this ever-expanding list of what to fix in the house. I finally pulled the plug and applied the brakes. The first-floor bathroom and laundry will have to wait until another year (or maybe decade – ha!).
Without further ado, here are the final finished spaces:
I wanted an open entertaining space while still maintaining the feeling of “rooms.” Since the walls were structural, I used the casing to create this look. When guests are sitting at the dining room table, they can still interact with whoever is in the kitchen.
This is the main pantry where my glasses, plates, mugs, and even coffee maker are stored. I didn’t love the idea of always having open shelving, but I still wanted them to be accessible. So I had the doors constructed to recede into the cabinet on tracks.
I didn’t want the range to feel like it was exposed, but I also didn’t want an extra large hood. So I opted for a “column” look wherein the hood feels as though it’s touching the countertop. Rather than waste the space within each column, I had my shelves installed on either side. This is great for storing spices, oils, utensils, and so much more!
My cookbooks are readily accessible to the left of the stove along with my antique yellow and brown ware bowls. And any kitchen wouldn’t be complete without some wood cutting boards to provide warm tones.
Since the renovated kitchen isn’t overly large, I knew I wanted to “hide” my refrigerator. So panel-front it was!
Let’s face it: I have a lot of kettles. I just can’t help it! But that also meant I had to stuff them in a corner cabinet in my old kitchen. Not so with my new island. I made sure to design deep drawers complete with a peg system that would provide flexibility.
I’m all about designating spaces within a home. And while my kitchen isn’t large, there was something comforting in the idea that there’s a space for everything. That’s why I lovingly termed what used to be part of my mud room the “baking room.” I plan to do all my baking here, including breads, cookies, pies, you name it!
To mirror the pantry cabinet right beside it (in the regular part of the kitchen – the “cooking room” maybe?), I installed one in the baking room. This houses my mixer, flours, sugars, and extra pans. Any good baker needs an oven, so to add convenience, I added a wall oven to this room as well as a microwave.
Over the years, I’ve seemed to expand my collection of copper pots and kettles. How does that even happen?! I guess I’m a true collector at heart. I didn’t want these to be cooped up in the basement any longer, so part of my design was their own wall, compete with brass rail. These add such beautiful warm light when the afternoon sunlight shines in!
I opted for traditional farmhouse windows (in black!) and simple four-panel doors. To match my upstairs, I installed rim lock door handles that will patina and age with use and time.
For the floors, I wanted to keep things light and airy. A 3/4″ hardwood white oak with no stain was my final decision. They’ll also age and wear a bit over time, but since they’re real hardwood, I’ll be able to do a few sandings over their life.
My old dining room was separated from the kitchen and had a leaky bay window. I couldn’t wait to get rid of it, both for aesthetic and structural reasons. I had two large black French doors installed, leading out to the patio. In the pre-renovation kitchen, the only way I could exit to the patio was through a sliding patio door, which became harder to use each summer. These two French doors will allow for true al fresco dining and I can’t wait to entertain this season!
It was also important to me that the dining space feel extremely open to the kitchen. This way, I’ll still be able to entertain anyone who’s over for a meal if my preparations taking longer than expected… or if the guests arrive earlier than they should!
My living room and dining room have always been open to each other. But when the ceilings were raised to nine feet, my contractor discovered a load-bearing beam. Rather than be disappointed, I decided to make it an extra thick cased opening. Turns out, I love the look!
My previous entry was unusable. Period. No, seriously. Whenever someone would try to open the door, it would inevitably bump into the closet door that was also in the entryway. I knew it was time to gut the whole thing. Instead of keeping the door where it was (positioned to the south), I moved it to an east wall. Now, sunshine streams into this small space during the pre-noon hours.
To add functionality, a wood-topped bench was a must. I opted for white oak to match the floors. And to add durability, I went with a black slate floor, laid in a herringbone pattern with a double bond around the edge. Love it!
Oh, and the sconces! My favorite part of the entire renovation was picking out lighting, especially when it highlights artwork I’ve had for years and never been able to display! Dreams do come true, guys!
Believe it or not, this smallish room used to be my grandparents’ bedroom. Their queen bed fit easily and the closet (probably added in the ’90s) made it the perfect space. Due to its cozy feel, it became the TV room when I moved in.
Since I don’t need a super-deep closet in my TV room, I filled it in with a TV cabinet. Now, I know the style of TVs change over the years, so I opted for a built-in that will change with the times. It’s a great place to display pottery, artwork, and house some of my “mess.” We all have some mess, right?
The stairs leading to my second floor bedrooms were bad. And I mean, really bad. At some point, a prior occupant of the house also realized the stairs were going bad. So they braced the treads from the underside. They weren’t the greatest carpenter, though, since some of the nails were actually exposed on the other side. There have been numerous times that I’ve stepped on one of these exposed nails. I’ll fill ya in: it hurts!
Instead of getting an entirely new set of stairs, my carpenter created new treads (white oak to match the floors) and veneers for the risers. And what’s the result? Practically brand new stairs… with no exposed nails. That’s a win!
What I learned
I’ve always heard people say “you need to build at least three houses to know exactly what you want.” In my head, I never believed anyone would actually need to do that. Who doesn’t know what they want? Now I understand why the saying.
Even though I spent years thinking about how I wanted to remodel, there were still items I didn’t plan for about and things I would change. I’ve realized that you can never be too overprepared.
These are a few things I now know:
Confirm the details and communicate. I spent a lot of time and focus on finding and purchasing the perfect lighting. I love lights and couldn’t wait to find the right piece for each spot. While I went over the indoor light placements and double-checked the height of the picture lights, I forgot to go over how the outdoor lights by each door. They ended up much higher than I wanted. It’s a small loss: I had to switch the style of light I can use. I’ll survive, but I did learn an important lesson about confirming all the details.
You’ll never think of everything. I spent a lot of time thinking about the location of each electrical outlet. For someone who lives in an old house, the idea of adding outlets wherever you want is amazing. I know some of you will say “amen” to that! I also found the perfect black outlets and unlacquered brass plates. After finishing everything, I wish I would have requested they be installed in the baseboard. Yes, this is possible, especially since my replica baseboard is 11” tall. This would have lowered their visibility and given off an older, farmhouse vibe. But the moral is: you won’t think of everything and you’ll have to come to terms with that. It builds character, right?
Be prepared for perfection to evade you. For this renovation, I was my own general contractor. This hopefully saved some money, but also let some things slide that would’ve been good to address. There is a significant hump in the floor from the dining room to the kitchen. I noticed it throughout the demo and asked about it, but it never seemed to be a big deal to my subs. After everything was installed I still notice it. And yes, I’ll live with it just fine, but wish I would have had it leveled out. When you begin the demo, you’re so excited and it’s easy to glaze over things that don’t seem like a big deal. Take time to think about each thing, even if you may seem annoying to those you’re working with. Overall, realize that perfection isn’t possible and the quirks of an old house create a story!
Always prepare for the project to take longer. Even if it seems like no big deal, everything takes longer than you’d think. Right now, the construction industry seems to have more jobs lined up than time available. More than likely, your contractors will not be dedicated only to your project. I found this out many times with various stages of the project. Sometimes it takes a bit of coercing to get them back on-site, but remember that kindness always wins in the end.
Restoring is very different and more expensive than remodeling. While there is an obvious overlap between building something brand new and renovating something already built, restoring tends to takes more time. I wanted to bring back my house’s charm and soul and that included custom-made trim to make what would’ve been in the home when it was built. Just know that custom trim takes more time to manufacture and install.
I regret no choices in terms of product or finishes but be warned that it definitely adds up when it comes to the budget.
It is so important to work with people that understand you and your vision. Since there was a high level of detail in the remodel, the finish carpentry work was key. Thankfully, I had amazing people that had worked with old homes and wanted me to be happy. They noticed little things before I would and made sure everything was how I pictured it. This sometimes meant removing an incorrect piece of trim and changing it. At the time, I felt bad saying something. But if you’re always going to notice it, say something!
Watch the tour of my kitchen renovation:
Materials and Sources
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Paint Colors, Floors & Fixtures
- Wall color – Wool Skein at 15% strength by Sherwin-Williams | SW 6148
- Trim color – Wool Skein by Sherwin-Williams | SW 6148
- Light switch plates – Traditional Single Gang Push Button Switch Plate in Forged Brass by House of Antique Hardware | Finish: Un-Lacquered Brass // Traditional Double Gang Push Button Switch Plate in Forged Brass by House of Antique Hardware | Finish: Un-Lacquered Brass // Traditional Triple Gang Push Button Switch Plate in Forged Brass by House of Antique Hardware | Finish: Un-Lacquered Brass
- Light switches – Premium Single-Pole Push Button Universal Dimmer Switch with True Mother-of-Pearl Buttons by House of Antique Hardware | Wattage: 600W // Premium 3-Way Push Button Light Switch with True Mother-of-Pearl Buttons by House of Antique Hardware | Wattage: 600W // Premium Push Button Light Switch with True Mother-of-Pearl Buttons by House of Antique Hardware // Premium 3-Way Push Button Universal Dimmer Switch with True Mother-of-Pearl Buttons by House of Antique Hardware | Wattage: 600W // Premium 4-Way Push Button Light Switch with True Mother-of-Pearl Buttons by House of Antique Hardware
- Electrical outlets – Leviton Standard Duplex Outlet/Receptacle by House of Antique Hardware | Color: Black // Leviton Standard GFCI Outlet/Receptacle by House of Antique Hardware | Color: Black
- Electrical outlet covers – Traditional Single Duplex Cover Plate in Forged Brass by House of Antique Hardware | Finish: Un-Lacquered Brass // Traditional Double Gang Duplex Cover Plate in Forged Brass by House of Antique Hardware | Finish: Un-Lacquered Brass // Traditional Single GFI Cover Plate in Forged Brass by House of Antique Hardware | Finish: Un-Lacquered Brass
- Door hardware – Solid Brass Horizontal Rim Lock Set with Small Round Knobs by House of Antique Hardware | Finish: Un-Lacquered Brass
- Door hinges – Baldwin 1135-I Full Mortise Plain Bearing Hinge by Cape Cod Brass | Finish: Non-Lacquered Brass
- Floors – 5-inch solid white oak hardwood with a natural finish
- Doors – Marvin Elevate Swinging French Door | Exterior Color: Ebony | Interior Color: Designer Black | Hardware: Matte Black | Divided Lites: Simulated Divided Lite with Spacer Bar (SDLS)
- Windows – Marvin Elevate Double Hung Window | Exterior Color: Ebony | Interior Color: Designer Black | Hardware: Matte Black | Divided Lites: Simulated Divided Lite with Spacer Bar (SDLS)
- Shiplap (on walls) – PrimeLinx Shadow Gap Shiplap by BlueLinx
- Beadboard (on ceiling) – PrimeLinx Pattern Stock by BlueLinx
- Couch – Modern Mix Plain Back Sectional Sofa by Rowe Furniture
- Pillows – Zapotec Pillow by ED Ellen Degeneres Crafted by Loloi | Color: Beige/Black | Size: 22″ x 22″ | Insert: Down/Feather
- Chairs – Ryder Leather Chair by West Elm | Fabric: Saddle Leather, Nut
- Ottoman – Ryder Leather Ottoman by West Elm | Fabric: Saddle Leather, Nut
- Lamps – Miguel Earth Tone Southwest Rustic Jar Table Lamp by Lamps Plus
- Curtains – Basic Linen Drapery with Cotton Lining by Linenshed | Color: Natural
- Rug – Wellington Multi by Fab Habitat | Size: 8′ x 10′
- Dining table – 1900s Boulangerie Rectangular Extension Dining Table by Restoration Hardware | Finish: Salvaged Natural
- Rug – Lancut Grey Indoor Outdoor PET Rug by Fab Habitat | Size: 8′ x 10′
- Chairs – Carlisle High Back Dining Chair by Target | Color: Natural Metal
- Chandelier – Berkshire 48″ Linear Pendant with Linen Shades by Rejuvenation | Finish: Oil-Rubbed Bronze with White Linen Shades
- Sconces – Henry Sconce by Hubbardton Forge | Finish: Black | Accent: Black
- Sconces – Ridgewood by Hudson Valley Lighting | Finish: Aged Brass | Width: 24.5″
- Coffee table – Felicity Marble Top Coffee Table | Finish: Bronze
- End tables – Three Tier Marble End Table | Color: Gunmetal
- Rug – Lancut Grey Indoor Outdoor PET Rug by Fab Habitat | Size: 8′ x 10′
- Chandelier – Berkshire Drum Chandelier by Rejuvenation | Finish: Oil-Rubbed Bronze
- Couch – Blue Tufted Maya Sofa by World Market
- Pillows – Dara Velvet Pillow Cover by Pottery Barn
- Curtains – Basic Linen Drapery with Cotton Lining by Linenshed | Color: Natural
- Floor Tile – Black Natural Slate Tile by Rock Ridge
- Sconces – Ridgewood by Hudson Valley Lighting | Finish: Aged Brass | Width: 16.5″
- RUG – Cleary Indoor/Outdoor Flatweave Rug by Rejuvenation | Color: Cleary Rust | Size: 2′ x 3′
- Cabinet pulls – 3 3/4″ Classic Cast Brass Cup Pull by House of Antique Hardware | Finish: Un-Lacquered Brass
- Upper cabinet pulls – Large Cast Brass Cupboard Latch with Oval Turn Piece by House of Antique Hardware | Finish: Polished (Un-Lacquered) Brass
- Cabinet knobs – Wood knobs painted Wool Skein by Sherwin-Williams
- Dishwasher and trash pulls – Large Massey Drawer Pull by Rejuvenation | Size: 18″ | Finish: Unlacquered Brass
- Sink – Prolific 33″ Undermount Single-Bowl Kitchen Sink with Accessories by Kohler
- Sink faucet – Aged Brass ‘Ionian’ Tap by deVOL
- Pot filler – Aged Brass ‘Pot Filler’ Tap by deVOL
- Range – 36″ Dual Fuel Range – 6 Burners by Wolf
- Refrigerator – 36″ Designer Over-and-Under Refrigerator/Freezer with Internal Dispenser and Ice Maker – Panel Ready by Sub-Zero
- Wall Oven – 30″ M Series Professional Built-In Single Oven by Wolf
- Microwave – 30″ M Series Professional Drop-Down Door Microwave Oven by Wolf
- Dishwasher – 24″ Dishwasher – Panel Ready by Cove
- Countertops – Phidias by Aurea Stone
- Stools – Williamsen Counter Stool by McGee & Co | Finish: Natural & Black
- Rug – Cleary Indoor/Outdoor Flatweave Rug by Rejuvenation | Color: Cleary Rust | Size: 2.5′ x 9′
- Sconces – Painted No. 2 Wall Sconce by Hudson Valley Lighting (with Mark D. Sikes) | Finish: Aged Brass/Off White
- Pendants – Painted No. 2 Pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting (with Mark D. Sikes) | Finish: Aged Brass/Off White
- Gallery rail – Brass Gallery Rail by Paxton Hardware | Length: 72″
This is beautiful! Great information and detail.
I absolutely love love your remodeling!!!! You have great style and everything is so neat and homey! If we build a house I am going to try to go with your style! I so appreciate the fact that you listed all of your resources. As I was watching your video I was wondering what color you had painted your trim and walls and you told me, yeah! I had one house that I painted the walls relaxed khaki which I think is on the same paint card as wool skein. I love all your ideas that you used in the kitchen and the brass handles and knobs are so warm and will look so neat as they age. I used quartz countertops in my present kitchen and I love the quartz. I wanted mine to look like marble too and it does. You could be a designer in a New York minute!! Again thanks for listing your sources and sharing your home!! Love your instagram and all your cooking videos!!!
I love it have seen all white rooms in magazines and never liked the photos but your accessories add so much to the all. White
This is a beautiful remodel. Your taste is impeccable. I only would change to have more counter on each side of the stove. But to each his own. I know the island is behind you but I would need more space on each side of my stove.
Your home is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it (and your sources) with us! Your IG account is delightful, educational and just plain fun. Love it!
You did an amazing job! I wouldn’t change a thing. Are your kitchen cabinets also painted wool skein? I love how they feel light and airy, but also very warm. (Side note: I’m DIYing my Portland OR fixer and I can tell how much time, thought and money you’ve put into the space. You’ve done an excellent job making the space look loved)
Just stumbled across your posts. Enjoyed the renovation of your home. Will continue to watch what you have to say. I myself love the outside aspects of the outside gardening and landscaping
Love the neutral chairs in the living room. Where are they from ?
I love reading everything about your kitchen. I understand renovations are unpredictable. Your reno looks amazing! Congratulations!
I . Live in a 400 year old cottage in Surrey, England. Unusually for this country it is has a wooden structure and has wood cladding on the outside and ship lap on some of the interior walls. The trim on my interior doors is exactly the same profile as your. Because it is such an old building it has been given an historical status which means I can paint but cannot alter structurally any walls , doors or windows (not that I want to) . Ive just purchased unfinished brass light switches for the whole house , to match the original door knobs and the same brass catches for my kitchen cabinets. I was super excited when I stumbled upon your site . It’s like my house has been picked up and moved to Iowa. I can’t wait to see the upstairs of your home.
Southeast Iowa! My son lives in Fort Madison…love it there! Amazing..stunning kitchen and your generosity to share your product info is greatly appreciated! Love your farmhouse, your style and spirit!!
Absolutely fabulous remodel. I love it!!! What a great job! I completely understand about perfection being evasive. We had a hump in our kitchen floor that I just couldn’t live with. I knew it would drive me insane, so we had our builder correct that. On the other hand, there is a slightly imperfect paint job in our master bath- no one else might notice, but I do. Strangely enough, I let that slide. Like you, I decided to chalk that up to “character” and move on. Enjoy your lovely new space! It’s beautiful.
We love your kitchen! Thanks for tagging us on your blog!
Beautiful space! So happy for you just found you love your recipes and all. Thanks
I love everything you did to your home. I have a sense of calm and peace. I love the kitchen and want to bake with you in this space. I want to wish you lots of happiness in your updates home.
Lovely home. Love the wall colors and adding your personality with it make it feel warm and beautiful. You’re a kind young man and very talented!
Everything is absolute perfection!! Just stunning!! Thank you for sharing your journey. I am all about restoration over renovation so I genuinely appreciate your attention to detail. I love how you incorporated modern conveniences with classic design! I can’t wait to see your new space all done up for the holidays. Wishing you all the best. ❤️
It’s quite fabulous!
I’m slowly remodeling my grandparents house and all of your stuff makes me so happy! Thank you!
Beautiful job on your restoration! Our house is 100+ years old, also, so I understand what you say about restoration vs. remodeling. I noticed in the description that the kitchen sink was crossed out. Did you put a different one in than what is listed? I feel green with envy when I watch you using that beautiful sink in your videos!
LOVE YOUR HOUSE AND DECOR! Lived in Southeast Iowa for more than 30 years. Raised my children there, Am in Florida now. But, in addition, I truly adore your cooking/recipes 💕
You are a real charmer, my dear. I can say that because I’m old enough to be your Grandma😊
I just inherited a very similar house. You have inspired me! I love you esthetic. Why are is the Ryder Chair and Ottoman crossed out?
Thank you for all the information you provided. This will save me a great deal of time as I seek vendors for parts of my new house build!!
Building a new hose starts with “Where do I begin?!! Living in a somewhat rural area, I fell like my options for furniture and finishes were really limited. I appreciate your sharing all the information you provided. This will save me a great deal of time as I seek vendors for parts of my new house build!!
Thank you so much for sharing all the info regarding your kitchen renovation…so when my ship comes in I will know what to order!😂 you have a very good eye with your decorating!
Your beautiful home is gorgeous. I really appreciate your work you have done. Now I am watching the garden grow in size. Your giving me great ideas. I also love 💕 love your videos as well as how informative you are. Thanks looking forward to seeing more. Love your cooking and your recipe thanks 🙏🏼.
Love all the brass in your kitchen! What a beautiful space. Thanks for including our Brass Gallery Rail. It harmonizes perfectly.
I adore what you’ve done with your renovation! I love all the light, and the baking kitchen. I’m a baker sort of, and like to tweak ethnic recipes and improve upon fruitcakes. My husband and I moved to San Francisco after living in Pittsburgh for what seemed like forever. We redid two homes, and of course, spent most of our time and effort in the kitchens. We now live in a condo which has its conveniences, but as we’re realizing, isn’t quite the same as a house with a garden. Your ideas are inspiring me to think ahead to renovation once again.
I pick up bits and pieces over the last couple years of what I like here and there and post it on my Pinterest how to build our retirement apartment in our indoor riding horse arena facility… I saw your kitchen remodel video on YouTube and loved everything!!!! From the spices around the stove, cupboard located from counter to ceiling above the dishwasher 🥰 the copper pots handles faucets💖 reminded me of the dentist’s wife’s country House I clean from 6th grade till I graduated; every Saturday from 9:00 until noon! Gosh!!! excited me so I was able to draw-up the whole house plan that very evening with no hesitation 😁🥰 🤗 Thank you wise guide for your inspiring information 💗
Your home is beautiful! I was wondering where your kitchen cabinets are from? I’m looking into a similar style of inset Shaker cabinets!
Love white…. All whites, off whites, etc. But my husband “don’t do white” and since he was doing all the work and the painting and many fights later I ended up with a very very off white (it’s very soft looking) but it’s not the white I wanted….. Looks wonderful 💓🎨
This is so Beautiful, well done
Where did your cabinets come from. Who made them? I live near you so even if it’s some what local that is fine. I just found you a few months ago. I LOVE watching you!
Hello!!! I’m in love with your kitchen, “neighbor “ and your natural teaching ability when showing your recipes!
I live in West Bend , WI and have a brother Tom who lives in Vinton area, waaaay out in the country on Iowa’s oldest farmstead west of Mississippi. He has barn board if you’d like? No charge. He is an electrical engineer. Anyway, I looked through the paint and etc you listed and STILL cannot find the color /brand paint you chose on kitchen cabinets.
I am going to paint mine that color but need to know!!
Love your lifestyle and joy! When in Iowa would love to visit. Diane Dricken-Flynn
Great Job!! You need your own TV Show. You are a natural in front of the camera Love all your videos inside and out
Great Job!! You need your own TV Show. You are a natural in front of the camera Love all your videos inside and out
You should do home decorating as you have the knack for it. Absolutely love your room, you have great taste. Rooms are light and airy yet very cozy as well. Thanks for sharing.
It was all beautiful. Warm, cozy and inviting. Well done!
You didn’t mention who did your kitchen cabinets.
I LOVE, LOVE your house!!!! I especially love the quartz countertops!!!! I love how you share all your experiences!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!
I’m so glad I discovered you!!!!!
Thank you for your generous and detailed post. Your posts have more value than any website on the Internet. Your consistent professionalism, knowledge and originality are far above any site I have seen, so again, Thank You for your hard work and stellar content.
I live on a beautiful property in Richmond, VA, in a big renovated old church with loads of charm, 20′ ceilings and octagonal windows. It has required major updates! Our living room was the sanctuary and our bedroom, the chappel. It has been all-consuming for years but as you say, it’s my dream come true.
My husband and I are artists, authors and inventors of a year-round food growing system, aquaponics (now in 25 countries and all 50 US states) and it fits our needs for land, workshops, space, beauty and flow. We are in our 70’s now and still busy with our many projects and making plans for 2021.
From one creator to another, I am sending you my deep respect and admiration for who you are and the contribution you make in my life. I am a better person because of who you are.
Happy holidays and stay safe.
With my love,
Beautiful home! Beautiful Property! keep enjoying:) keep smiling:)
I enjoy watching You and learning 🙂
Stay Well! Stay Safe! Be In Peace!:) “A”
Just found your posts. Love your remodel. What is the color of your cabinets? They are not quite white.
Love your recipes! Love to watch you do what you love. Blessings to you and your family.
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OMG i truly adore your kitchen and baking room just lovely. 🙂
Hi, love your kitchen. I have a couple questions for you. How wide is you island and did you paint your cupboards right did you have color baked on? I have old farm house and kitchen is last to remodel.
hi… have i’m watching you on Facebook and me and my daughter just love all your videos!!
We both love to cook and bake and we were wondering what type of cookware do you prefer to use they always look so nice and clean and durable.
My dad was from a family of 12 living on a farm in Cedar Rapids Iowa…. So I love seeing your gardening videos!! I look forward to seeing new videos in the new year.
Happy New Year’s to you and your family! And thank you for all the smiles and laughs you have given me
What do you mean when you stated 15% strength when referring to the paint color? I’m referring to the kitchen wall color.
A fan from California,
Wow, thanks for sharing your beautiful house- I am exhausted just thinking about how much time and effort you spent.
I watch you on Facebook all the time. You have the most delightful personality plus being an amazing cook. Do you ever cook desserts? I would love to see you assemble and cook a French Napoleon cream dessert. I want to make one and would like to see step by step how to. You would be the best teacher and perfect illustrator. I hope you will consider making one on video. Thank You,
Hi Kaleb & Team, thanks so much for “Everything” you do! Love your site, FB, HOME! Love your recipes – love everything you do, Love You! Your home is so very beautiful! Congrats on the remodel. I grew up on a 360 acre farm (in KS)! Love what you’ve done and your antiques! One Question – are your kitchen cabinets the same color as your trim? Were they also painted with the SW Wool Skein/SW 6148? Many thanks for sharing so much of what you share.
BTW, Your pie crust recipe is the BOMB! I use it all the time now – Butter!! YUM! 😉 THANK YOU! Lucy
LOVE your remodel. So pretty with the light floors. We live in Central Florida and pretty much gutted the small 2/2 1400 sq ft house that was built in the 70’s. It wasn’t as extensive as you but there were a lot of decisions. We had marginal workers so not too happy with their work but overall I like the finished product. We didn’t raise the ceilings but took out some walls which gives it an appearance of high ceilings.
I was born in Burlington but moved to Chicago when I was five. My grandparents lived in Mt Pleasant so spent at least 12 summers there. The time spent there was amazing with great memories.
Love your videos. I’m not a gardener at all but enjoy your videos and of course love the cooking segments. I’m new to your videos and look forward to seeing more.
Hope your fur baby gets better soon. I’ve put down 3, two who had strokes. I have 2 yellow labs now with the older one still hangin in.
Thanks for the info on your remodel. I love changing things around.
When I watch you – I smile! Thanks for your enthusiasm and zest for life. Love your kitchen and what comes out of it. And the gardens: wow! I live in South Florida. Trying my hand at a raised vegetable garden. Thanks for all of the tips.
Love, love, love your remodel. Love your blog also. Keep on doing what you do.
Kaleb I love watching you cook your delicious meals from stews to Carmel popcorn keep posting thank you
I love your cooking directions. Your canning and most of all your 👩🌾 gardening. I have learned so much. I’m thankful.
great job, beautiful ! …you are correct..it will never be perfect, you will always say “well maybe I should, or wished I would have done this”, BUT what a memorable moment.
Love all your videos. Thank you
Great job on your remodel. You and I have the same taste. Your remodel is one of the best I’ve seen in awhile. I have seen so many people spend thousands of dollars and their house is not that grand. Congradulations on a job very well done.
Absolutely beautiful! I’m thinking your cabinets are Brighton? Noticed a logo in one of your drawers.😉 They’re beautiful! Thank you for sharing! I’m so happy I found you on Facebook a few months back and have incorporated many tips into my “gardening” this summer. Might tackle a raised bed or two soon! Keep doing and sharing your talents with us Kaleb! From a life long Iowan.❤
Your house is simply gorgeous! It is beautifully decorated and furnished— but warm and inviting, too! I have some of the WC botanicals like the 12 you have framed. I have been hesitant to frame mine. Are they mounted to mat board? I feel like they need some kind of archival gram since they are so old and flimsy. What kind of mar did you use? Is it white? I’m full of questions! My sweet dog Violet and I have been praying for your little Kip. Do you have an address posted somewhere so I may send you something? Your site and videos sure are wonderful! I have learned so much from you! Take care! I hope I hear from you! Susan Thompson
Where did you purchase the botanical prints and frames that are in your dining room just past your entry room?
Kaleb, I just watched your renovation and have to say it is absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for sharing.
Absolutely beautiful! Love all your detail of everything! Thank you taking us into your Home. We love your videos. Recipes, gardening! We have learned so much! Thank you!
My favorite kitchen design. Thank you for sharing. Your décor and design are excellent.
Love, Love, Love your kitchen remodel! Such great ideas!!! Great recipes, great food and garden videos with Kip here and there! Sweet little guy! Watch your story every day. Thanks for all the info! Just signed up for your newsletter! Can’t wait to see what your next video will be! Be blessed!
I love everything you did. Great job. I love farm look also.
Loved all the photos of your beautifully designed home. You are a natural. Love the outside porch and a four square house is beautiful as I grew up in one northern Ia. Your floors are interesting with the hard wood white oak unstained which I never thought of doing. Great idea & looks great. You really have the touch of making a lovely home. Thank you for sharing. Look forward to seeing your gardens.
What’s the paint color of the base cabinets in your kitchen?
Could you please tell me where I can locate your episode on painting floors in the upstairs bedroom
I can not locate it on blog
You are such an inspiration…. I know, very trite, but it’s the truth. I simply asked ( without doing my research on your social media) for a tour of your beautiful home, and you actually RESPONDED! I was astounded that you took the time to list all your resources for each room. I love your personality and how you share your thoughts. Thankful for who you are and what you do. Your number 1 fan in Newport Beach, CA. Nancy.
I am getting ready to build my dream kitchen and was wondering if you know the color of your upper cabinets and lower cabinet?
I love the 2 tone of the white for upper cabinets & beige for lower that you did. And the brass fixtures are beautiful!
Thank you for your help!
Hi Judy! All of my cabinets are full-strength Wool Skein by Sherwin Williams. For the walls, I did 15% strength of Wool Skein, ensuring that the cabinets and walls are in the same color family. The walls appear white, even though they are technically 15% Wool Skein. I hope this helps!
Love your style and your daily posts. You have been an inspiration to me while remodeling my 1905 home!
Hi Kaleb, what kind of front door do you have? Your home is beautiful. Thank You for sharing it!!
Hi there. Could you share the finish/color on your kitchen cabinets? I am guessing they are custom. Thanks!!!Kelly
So enjoy watching you! You bring a smile to my face.
Do you have a cookbook available?
Hi, just found your YouTube channel and catching up on previous videos. Love your style.
Could you share the source for the picture lights in the front entrance hallway?
Hi Kaleb – I just found you on facebook and I love you and your grandma. I heard you say when doing potatoes with grandma that you were from Iowa. Where do you live in Iowa? That’s where I live – near Davenport. I love your style of decorating and your place is beautiful
Hi! Would you mind sharing who was your kitchen cabinet maker? Thanks!
Hi Erin! They’re from Brighton Cabinetry (https://www.brightoncabinetry.com/), and I worked through my contractor Ramsey Creek (from Kalona, Iowa) to get them as they’re sold wholesale. I hope that helps!
Thank you for the tour and the amazingly detailed visit to your home and remodel. I imagine those who are in the throes of remodeling even one room have accessed your wise and realistic suggestions and resources. Particularly appreciated your unique approach to cupboards and storage. I love to watch your cooking/decorating/gardening shows on Facebook. I’m an 84-yo woman and many of the recipes/techniques you use are wonderful additions and adjustments to those of my mother and grandmother (both outrageously good cooks). I wish you more and more success in all that you do!
Love your show!!! If your working inside or outside,,I love it all!!! Made your banana bread today!!!! Delicious!!!! Keep up the great work!! Oh!!! And I love your Mom also!!!!
I love what you have done with your home. Would you please share what cabinets you used in your kitchen? Are they painted? If so has the paint held up?
Thank you!! I love everything about your blog, videos and recipes!
Love the beautiful finished looking your nitch for detail!