Barn Kitchen

By The Old House Web

Barn Kitchen

Not many homeowners want a new kitchen that looks like it belongs in a barn. But in this case, the sought-after look was the perfect fit.

The home is a converted barn with the original sliding doors and cow pen still in place. Although the rest of the home is decorated with charming antiques and trompe l'oeil artwork, the '70s - style kitchen was overwhelmed with an oversized refrigerator and microwave oven. It also lacked storage space.

The recessed-panel cabinetry was carefully selected to match the color of the cow pen and barn doors, focal points of the adjoining family and dining rooms. White painted bead board, found elsewhere in the home, is used on the backsplash and as wainscot.

Individual furniture pieces were designed so that two large windows and the hot water baseboard heater could remain undisturbed. The sideboard countertop is made of salvaged pine, stained and distressed to resemble the color and character of the kitchen's exposed ceiling beams. The drawer heads of two plate rack cabinets are also finished in this warm color.

The starting point of the renovation was the floor: earthy ceramic tile over concrete that the homeowners didn't want to replace. Thus, relocating electrical, plumbing and heating fixtures was kept to a minimum. The dishwasher was moved out of a tight corner, where it was difficult to unload, to the end of the "L".

This kitchen was a first-place award winner in the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 1998 Design Competition.

Designer: Beth Veillette
Company: Hanford Cabinet & Woodworking Co.,Inc.Old Saybrook, CT



Brand Kountry Kraft Kitchens
Line/Style Pennline Face Frame/
Beaded Inset Shaker
Color Red
Finish Custom Batch - Barn Red
Hardware Brand Haefele


Microwave Sharp
Cooktop Thermador - electric
Oven Thermador - electric
Dishwasher Maytag
Refrigerator Sub-Zero 700 series - freezer bottom
Ventil. Unit


Material/Manufacturer Wood -Antique distressed Pine Granite
Pattern/Color Butternut / Rosa Berta
Backsplash Combo of granite &
white painted beaded board


Material/Manufacturer Tile - existing


Sink #1 Brand Kohler "Dickson" 33
Material cast iron
Type Single bowl
Faucet #1 Brand Franke


Facia/Soffit Material Rough saw pine, existing
Moldings Crown
Wall Covering Material Paint, by owners


General Type/Brand Incandescent - task lighting existing
Task Type/Brand
Accent Type Halogen,(puck lights)
low voltage ambience

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