{Modern Farmhouse Style} 3 Simple Kitchen Decor Upgrades

Modern farmhouse kitchen with grey cabinets, cup pulls, and quartz
Hello Lovely Studio

The “before” kitchen in our Arizona vacation house

needed a renovation.

It felt dated, had no clear identity, and

although functional, lacked quality…so with DIY,

a small budget, and smart choices, we upgraded

the kitchen decor to give it serene modern

farmhouse style and customized it

without any demolition.

While I still have finishing touches to

add on our next visit, I wanted to

share some simple kitchen decor upgrades

that anyone–even non-DIY types–can swing.

Upgrade No. 1

Paint the walls to lighten and brighten the mood.

The greens and reds weren’t doing our boring

kitchen any favors, and as soon as we

painted the walls, we began to see the potential!

BEFORE: Functional but that’s it, and don’t get me started on the painted red faux backsplash.

It takes some effort and patience, but you

can also transform your kitchen cabinets

with paint as we did.

I handpainted them in a grey-blue

called Classic Silver (Behr).

Modern farmhouse kitchen with grey cabinets, cup pulls, and quartz
AFTER: Hello Lovely Studio

Upgrade No. 2

Add vintage touches for modern farmhouse charm.

While I’m just getting started adding vintage touches

to our kitchen, here are a couple of easy DIY suggestions.

Add beadboard trim to a breakfast bar, island,

or peninsula to suggest age and add interest.

See how plain and boring it looked before?


Another idea is to install planks horizontally which

gives you sort of a shiplap effect, and shiplap

planking works just as well for this upgrade.

I also wanted to add simple modern farmhouse

barstools and was able to find the ones below

for $1-3 at nearby thrift stores and simply unified

them with paint.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with grey cabinets, cup pulls, and quartz
AFTER: Hello Lovely Studio
Round wood bar stools outside getting painted
Thrift store stools getting painted in the backyard.

But the easiest beautiful kitchen decor upgrade

to inject gorgeous farmhouse chic style?

Upgrade No. 3

Add quality cabinet hardware with

farmhouse style and patina.

Cabinet hardware from Top Knobs

was probably my favorite farmhouse

kitchen decor upgrade we added because

it provided instant gratification and style,

high quality, and timeless design for our

basic builder’s grade kitchen cabinets.

Check out the area next to the refrigerator before…


While this area improved after we painted the cabinets,
the Aspen collection cup pulls and small potato knobs
make a huge impact in terms of both function
(these cabinets are going to better live up to
daily wear and tear with hardware) AND
aesthetics (defining that modern farmhouse look we love).

Modern farmhouse kitchen with grey cabinets, cup pulls, and quartz
AFTER: Hello Lovely Studio – Top Knobs Aspen Collection (Silicon Bronze Light)

The bank of base cabinets on the window

wall before we added the cabinet hardware

looks as if it should be in a basement workshop,

not a space that is seen all day, everyday!

BEFORE: BTW. Can we talk mottled everything?!? From the tile to the laminate to the maple cabinets!

What a huge difference gorgeous hand-forged
bronze pulls and knobs make.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with grey cabinets, cup pulls, and quartz
AFTER: Hello Lovely Studio – Top Knobs Aspen Collection (Silicon Bronze Light)

More dramatic before and afters
because this is too much fun!

BEFORE: The range wall with naked cabinets!

Sweet Mother Teresa on a motorbike,
I love these Top Knobs knobs and pulls!

Modern farmhouse kitchen with grey cabinets, cup pulls, and quartz
AFTER: Hello Lovely Studio: Top Knobs Aspen Collection cabinet hardware

Here’s another post about how I chose this particular
cabinet hardware, and while I love the cup pulls,
don’t be surprised if I devote an entire post
in the future to the small potato knobs which…
omg, have the best hand feel and weight to them!

Wall Paint Color: Valspar Salute (7006-12).

Stay tuned for more updates and reveals
as we finish up this DIY whole house makeover!

Peace to you right where you are.


Thanks, Top Knobs for sharing such gorgeous craftsmanship with me.



    • April 23, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      thanks, mary ann! can't wait to get back there and finish the details. 🙂

  1. April 23, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    What an incredible difference in your kitchen. It's so nice to see you repurposing cabinets and showing folks what a difference a coat of paint makes. Thanks for your predictable wonderful posts! I grab some coffee, turn on some Pandora music (French Cafe usually) and savor every picture and word!

    • April 23, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      I'm so grateful to have you here, friend. Thanks for the encouragement. I enjoyed every minute of painting them, and I know I may be freaky in that way, but put a paintbrush in my hand, and a peaceful world opens up. We wanted to disturb this place minimally to keep the labor and costs low. Enjoy your glorious day! 🙂

  2. April 23, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Love all your farmhouse touches Michele! Enjoy your weekend:)

    • April 23, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      Thanks, Leslie. It's certainly not your beautiful farmhouse kitchen, but it is now a pleasant space! xox

    • April 28, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      thanks a million, katherine! xox

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