Guide to Creating a Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen

Posted on: 12 January 2016

If you are a homeowner hoping to improve the look and value of your house, remodeling the kitchen is a great place to start. Of course, the various trends in kitchen design can be overwhelming. Thankfully, the rustic, farmhouse look is a great option to choose for a functional, attractive, and valuable kitchen space. Using this design guide, you can create the rustic farmhouse kitchen of your dreams.

Reclaimed Pieces

While surprising to hear, Americans generated an estimated 254 million tons of trash in 2013 alone, but a large portion of this waste could have been upcycled into new items for the home. Utilizing items in unique ways is a great way to enhance the rustic, farmhouse style of your kitchen. Here are a few ways to turn old items into new updates for your kitchen space:

  • Floors—In many cases, you will want new floors during a kitchen remodel, so opt for reclaimed wood from old homes or barns. Reclaimed wood boards are great options for the entire kitchen floor or use the old pieces of wood as accent pieces in existing floors.
  • Furniture—Visit local salvage yards and antique shops to purchase old doors and shutters. These pieces can be used as the tops of your kitchen island or for your rustic farmhouse table.
  • Ceiling Beams—Install beams from an old barn on your kitchen ceiling. After a quick cleanup, these beams can become focal points of your farmhouse kitchen remodel.


Cabinets encompass between one-third and one-half of your kitchen remodeling budget not only for their function. For most homes, the cabinets are the focal point of the kitchen, so they can be a smart investment.

To save money on your remodel, you may consider laminate materials, but solid wood cabinets are more durable, ensuring a longer lifespan. Opt for pine, which offers a rustic, knotty look that is suited to your farmhouse kitchen. Or, choose dark cherry, hickory, or oak wood cabinets. These classic woods are strong and attractive, so you do not need to worry about them going out of style.  


You will most likely need to replace plumbing fixtures during your kitchen remodel, but skip the modern fixtures in your rustic space.

Farmhouse sinks offer a deeper, more attractive design, but they must be built in and around your cabinets. Be sure your cabinet installers have the sink measurements before ordering. The options are endless when choosing a farmhouse sink. From porcelain and stainless steel to copper or fire clay, you can find a sink material suited to your kitchens' look.

Of course, each material offers its own benefits. Fireclay is resistant to scratches and chips, making it a bit more expensive than other materials. Porcelain offers an older appeal, but it is difficult to clean and maintain. Weighting out the pros and cons of each material is smart before selecting the farmhouse sink for your needs and budget.

To complement your farmhouse sink, invest in a good quality faucet. An elegant stainless steel fixture with porcelain handles will complement your white farmhouse sink nicely. Or, pair an oil-rubbed bronze faucet with your copper sink to align with the rustic design of your space.


For lighting, choose pendant lights in a wrought iron or bronze finish for over your kitchen island. Or, visit antique shops and flea markets to find galvanized lights from old barns.

You can start by looking for a chandelier with multiple shades to install over your breakfast area to add function and rustic elegance. Mason-jar light fixtures are also fun options that will also complement your farmhouse kitchen. 

Remodeling your kitchen cab be overwhelming, but combining the unique fixtures and accents of a rustic, farmhouse design ensures a fun, appealing, and valuable remodel. Using this guide, you can start achieving the rustic farmhouse kitchen of your dreams. For more assistance, contact companies like Sierra Remodeling & Home Builders Inc.