Creating A Country Kitchen
If you have ever wished that you could recreate the tradition and warmth of your grandmother's
kitchen, you'll be happy to know that it is possible to fill your kitchen with country charm along
with the modern features you value.
One feature which can distinguish a country kitchen from other styles is the cabinets. Instead of
looking for the traditional maple or oak cabinets, consider painted white cabinets. Glass cabinet
doors are another nice touch. You could also add period cabinet hinges and accessories. You may
find originals at an antique or second hand store. Also, many companies produce replicas that can
be ordered through home improvement stores.
Furniture can be used in unusual ways to give a kitchen country charm. An armoire can be used for
storing linens, dishes or even for concealing a television. Look around in antique stores for an old
milk chest or wooden ice box to use for storage.
A few changes in accessories can make a world of difference. A different wall paper border, country
curtains or a display of old fashioned cooking utensils can help pull your look together. Farmhouse
sinks are also very popular, and look great in a country style kitchen.
More and more families are choosing to eat their meals in the kitchen, leaving the dining room for
special occasions. If that is the case in your home, you'll want the table and chairs to maintain the
country charm. Of course, they also need to be comfortable and practical.
A table and chairs made from cherry or oak is ideal for the small family setting. Buy cushions for
the seat and back of the chairs to mix and match with the kitchen curtains. If you are handy with a
sewing machine you can make your own, and have your pick of fabrics. Shop around for hand
embroidered cotton clothes, napkins and a wicker basket for storing bread and other items.
When choosing a floor for your country kitchen you may want to consider hard wood. For an extra
touch of authenticity, check with your local lumber yards to see if t