August 28, 2018

A week or so ago, I decided I wanted to change things up a bit in my kitchen! This kitchen has changed so much over the 6 years I have been here and with each small improvement I am loving it more and more. It always amazes me how much a simple coat of paint and new hardware can change a space! Please take a peek below at my French Country Farmhouse kitchen update.


French Country Farmhouse Kitchen Update Pots and Pans


When we first looked at this house, the kitchen was the first room I walked into! It was in an awful state and honestly it turned me off right away! The fridge was in a different location and I felt like it was just SO small! I was not a fan of that lovely green either!

Before Kitchen

Before Kitchen

We had been told by the previous owner of 50 years, that he had ripped out the hardwood in the kitchen. When we pulled back a bit of the linoleum there was only plywood so we thought it must be true. I decide to spice up the space a bit with a fun checkerboard floor!! Boy was that a big mistake! SO much work to keep clean!

Checker Board Floor kitchen

Checker Board Floor kitchen

I had finally had enough scrubbing the check board floor and decided I was going to change it up! We went down in the basement for one last check from underneath to see if the floors were there and they were!!! So we ripped up the check board and brought back the beautiful hardwood beneath! It was a project to get the plywood off the floor though! It had been nailed and glued so it took a lot of elbow grease! We are so happy we did though! The space is so much cozier with these floors!

French Country Farmhouse Kitchen Update Stainless Steel

My kitchen is in the darkest North West corner of this house so it was very important to me to keep it as light as possible! I use the same Benjamin Moore paint on the moldings, walls and cabinets! Oxford White is my go to colour through out my home and every couple of years I do a fresh coat on my cabinets to brighten them up! I changed out the square hardware with some antique brass hardware for more of a Farmhouse feel. French Country Farmhouse Kitchen Update antiques copper pots

I also added a chandelier over my island which added a bit of character to the space! One day we will do a major overhaul to this space but for now I have found this to work well and be easy on the budget!

French Country Farmhouse Kitchen Update English Cream Retriever

Shop the Kitchen

French Country Farmhouse Kitchen Update Chandelier drying rack

Here is a look at the changes in my kitchen since we have owned it!

Prior to us living here

Before Kitchen

The tough to clean checkerboard floor


New floors… Old hardware

French Country Farmhouse Kitchen Update

The current kitchen….

French Country Farmhouse Kitchen Update flowers

I still want to change the ceiling, replace the appliances, countertop and cabinets but all in good time! I hope you enjoyed this post on my French Country Farmhouse kitchen update! What do you think of the changes? Leave me a comment below!


  1. Charlotte Beebe says:

    Hi Deborah,
    The changes from your first glance to the way your kitchen looks now, as well as the rest of your home, are mind blowing to me!
    Here’s a little chuckle for you.… I think I mentioned to you that I taught at the Olds High School many years ago. I have been back a few times to your neighbourhood, but it’s been several years now. Just a couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went up to the Sundre area, and decided to drive into Olds. For old times sake (we courted when I was a teacher there) we thought we would drive by the Olds High School. However, as you likely know, it is not where it once was. After googling it, we ventured to cross the tracks and over toward where the new high school is located. As we were heading east, I recognized your house on the left-hand side! (Don’t worry I didn’t creep you or anything, lol) but I did say to my husband “Hey, that’s the lady I follow on Instagram!”. He said “Cool house, a lot work.” (he’s a contractor). Anyway, just thought that was a fun story to share. You have a beautiful home & family. Keep up the amazing work! You are very gifted and talented!
    Warm regards,

    1. Aw I love this Charlotte! Thank you so much for sharing with me. I truly appreciate the kind words and I love that you got to see the house in person. Tell your husband he is right about the house being a lot of work ? but oh so worth it. ♥️

  2. You have made some amazing changes and put in a lot of hard work! Thanks so much for sharing your journey. Such an inspiration!

    1. Thank you for the kind words Gerri ♥️

  3. It’s beautiful ! I love the chandelier over the island ???

    1. Thank you so much Julie. I thought it really finished the space as well ♥️

  4. Heather Smith says:

    I like the way you work with what you have and make it beautiful. Most re-do projects just gut the whole kitchen and start over but you “make do” with what you have. You use your artistic creativity and make something old, awkward and outdated the most charming, elegant and exquisite

    1. Aw thank you so much Heather. I appreciate your kind words ♥️♥️

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