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4 Tips For Selecting Kitchen Cabinets – Farmhouse Project



DAY 431 – FARMHOUSE PROJECT – This is the kitchen area.

I haven’t given an update for awhile so I thought I would let you guys know where we are on the building a farmhouse project.

Since we are having one of the wettest summers since 1875 (as the weather man points out each day) we are having a lot of challenges in getting the house built.

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Let’s just talk about the kitchen plans shall we.

This is my first time ever I have gotten to design my kitchen from ground up so I am super excited. I have always moved into an already built house.

At first it becomes overwhelming. Its like “Where do I start?”

I could give a hundred tips but that would be too time consuming, so I have narrowed it down to 4.

What’s Your Style? What do you like?

First I needed to nail down exactly what style I liked.

To do that I started looking through tons of photos on websites, saving them, and it wasn’t long until I saw a pattern in color and design that kept catching my eye.

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I also wanted to keep everything as timeless as possible. I am not going with fade colors or fixtures that will be outdated in 2-4 years.

White cabinets, black granite counter top, white cast iron sink, glass doors, classic lighting fixtures, traditional faucets.

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2. Design/Quote

Once you know what you like then its time to meet with your cabinet maker/vendor.

You will need to have a price range in mind, along with the color, style, and your layout.

They will help you with the options and draw up a design and preliminary quote.

3. Revised Design & Quote 

Once you receive the quote you can then start revising as needed for your budget.

I received the quote and then sent it back saying what price I wanted to try to get to and also told them the options that I really wanted and didn’t want.

For example: I wanted to cut the price without giving up certain features, so I asked if we could make the island 5 ft instead of the 6 ft that our architect had drawn.

The 5 ft., still offered the work space and eating area we wanted, but also made for more floor space.

This change alone saved us $1800 on cabinetry and granite top cost.

4. Final Design 

Once you have sweet talked  conversed with your husband and agreed on the  quoted price, the final design will be drawn up.

Cabinets will be ordered and delivered approximately 4-6 weeks later.

Following is my kitchen selections and a few photos.


Floor Plan

First I decided where I wanted my appliances.

The sink was definitively going under the window. Here is the view looking out the kitchen.

This is a double window so it is a lot bigger than it looks in this photo. This is my view when standing in the sink area.  If the window was any higher I would have to tippy-toe to look out….that happens sometimes when you hit the height scale at 5’2.

Since this is a farmhouse I wanted to stay with a shaker style or simpler style if you will.

I first was going to have a drop in stove in the island, but later decided I really wanted the island as a work space and eating area, so moved the stove to the left wall and the microwave will be above it. The refrigerator will be on that wall as well.

Here is over view of the layout of the cabinets.

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East-Hampton-Kitchen-Remodelista-Sawyer-Berson-1One of my inspiration for white cabinets is this photo of a kitchen from East Hampton Kitchen Remoldelista Sawyer Berson.  Love this so much!

7a6a1ac6-dc52-4c93-bc97-1742aedd2c85_400I selected the Kraftmaid Hamilton Shaker, style cabinet. Since this is a farmhouse style home I am going with simple, traditional, classic style. The cabinets look like the photo above but have an additional wood center piece in the middle of the doors.


There are lots of glass designs now a days. Have you all seen the beaded glass? I fell it love with it. Four of the top cabinet doors will have beaded glass inserts like the photo above.

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Black matte cup handles hardware.


White Kohler drop in cast iron double sink.

I went back and forth between the apron front sink and a drop in cast iron, and then went with the safer bet of the traditional drop in.
kitchen-plansKitchen pendant lighting over the island

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This is the Bead Board that will be on the island seating side.

Black Pearl granite home depot

Black Pearl Granite counter cabinets kraftmaid

 This is the layout of the kitchen. Two options that I really wanted were the valances on the bottoms of the cabinets and the beaded glass doors. 

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The cabinets were delivered a few days ago. It will probably be at least 4 more weeks before they are installed.

Final Thoughts

Now its on to the selection of wood trim, staircase railings, bathroom vanities, faucets, light fixtures etc.What do you have in your kitchen that you can’t live without?  Any suggestions for me?

Come on over to PINTEREST and let’s hang out.  All kinds of DIY going on over there.

Hope to see you back soon.



  1. July 17, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    Girl, I don ‘t know that I could pick a kitchen from the ground up! They are all so beautiful and there are so many styles. The builder would stuff me in the cabinets before it was over with. We have talked about building, but I will put that off a few years so that I can make a design choice! Can’t wait to see it all put together!

    • bonbon
      July 19, 2015 / 2:50 pm

      Hi Benita… has been a challenge and part of the problem is I don’t want to make a wrong choice and then be stuck with it. LOL! I know our builder is fed up with me, but he is getting paid well to put up with my craziness. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Sunday and a wonderful new week! Talk to you soon.

  2. July 17, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    You have some awesome picks.

    • bonbon
      July 19, 2015 / 2:52 pm

      Hello Trish…….Thanks there are so many products and ideas that it is overwhelming. I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great week! ~bonbon

  3. July 19, 2015 / 5:31 pm

    Great inspiring photos Bon Bon!! I love your tips. I haven’t even begun to think of my kitchen renovation yet. You have great choices already made and I’m eager to see the final reveal!!! The last kitchen from southern living is my dream kitchen! Thanks for sharing at Friday Favorites!

    • bonbon
      July 29, 2015 / 10:31 am

      Hi Stephanie…….It is fun and stressful all at the same time. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Lou Lou Girls
    July 27, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    Oh my! Great post! Pinned and tweeted. Please join us tonight at 7 pm, and party with us. I can’t wait to see your new masterpieces or amazing classics! Lou Lou Girls

    • bonbon
      July 29, 2015 / 10:32 am

      Hi…..thanks for stopping by.

  5. February 3, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    Very beautiful kitchen, I always love a sink in front of a window. Thank you for sharing these tips!

  6. June 19, 2017 / 2:56 am

    Kitchen cabinet if you have to select then you should give top priority to how the design shaped up and what will be the design theme to choose, then slick and marvelous cabinets can be preferred to look more stunning . Selection of kitchen cabinets is not an easy task to do as lots of think tank are applicable to reach the level of satisfaction . I strongly support the inexpensive yet highly affordable kitchen cabinets which have enormous popularity. I was initially looking for higher cost of kitchen cabinets as I thought that higher price list can easily do the perfect job for me. But I did the research over the internet and find something that made me believe that decent kitchen cabinets will be performed if you have proper understand of planning, designing and execution . Great helpful blog and truly applicable tips.

  7. August 29, 2017 / 11:16 am

    These are such great tips for selecting kitchen cabinets! Its important to think long term when choosing your cabinets! Thanks for sharing!

  8. November 28, 2018 / 10:38 am

    My wife and I have been thinking about renovating our kitchen cabinets. She wants to install some Kraftmaid cabinets since we do not have enough space right now. I agree that taking the time and designing what you want is important so that the project utility is maximized.

    • BonBon
      November 28, 2018 / 1:44 pm

      Thank you for stopping by. Not having enough cabinet space is very annoying. Good luck on your cabinet project.

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