Modern FarmhouseFarmhouse Bathroom, Portland
This kitchen and bathroom remodel, designed by Kevin Fischer at Alice Design and Charlotte Cooney of Domestic Arts, realizes the homeowners' vision of a clean, simple and utilitarian space. The home remodel features a new kitchen, bathroom, and living area.
Photography by Mitchell Snyder.
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Rummage around and repurpose. If you love doing the rounds of “junktique” markets and auctions, keep an eye out for preloved furniture that could step up for bathroom storage.Before built-in cabinetry, kitchens had freestanding cupboards and dressers with shelving, drawers and compartments. They were made to last in solid wood and metal, not particleboard and veneer like much of the modern furniture available today. With vintage style being all the rage, a kitchen cupboard like this retro green beauty may not come cheap, but you’re paying for a versatile piece with the bonus of history and character.
The terms pickled and whitewashed are often used to mean the same thing. But whereas pickling adds a white tint with the wood grain showing through —accomplished using a stain — whitewashing traditionally means lime and chalk have been added to a binder to both lighten and cover wood grain and stains. Today whitewashing is achieved using a ready-made “whitewash” stain or by painting wood with a diluted paint mixture. The designer of this bathroom refers to the walls as whitewashed, though one could easily refer to them as pickled, as the grain remains distinctive.
4. Repurposed FurnitureIn the early days, when spare rooms were converted into bathrooms, it wasn’t as though farmers loaded up the family in the minivan and hit up the local home design store to furnish their new space. Typically, they dragged in whatever storage pieces weren’t being used elsewhere in the house. So repurposed dressers and storage cabinets are good candidates for a farmhouse-style bathroom. “A vanity that has a cabinet under the counter immediately starts to look like less of something you would find in a farmhouse,” Dixon says. “If you’ve got a nice old dresser, stick that in the room and fill it with towels and toiletries. It helps that feeling of the bathroom looking like it was a small converted bedroom.”“Repurposing an old first-aid kit as a medicine cabinet, using reclaimed wood for a vanity, vintage lights — it all helps create that style,” says interior designer Kress Jack.In the bathroom here, interior designer Charlotte Cooney of Domestic Arts and her partner, Kevin Fischer of Alice Design, brought in their client’s vintage kitchen storage cabinet to complete the look. V-groove pine paneling on the walls gives it a “cozy, homey farmhouse” feel, Cooney says. “It makes it seem like walls that could be in a barn.” To make the paneling look like it had been left outside and bleached in the sun, she covered it with a watered-down white paint and a flat polyurethane finish. Meanwhile, the homeowner had found a bunch of old radiators in the backyard and wanted to incorporate those into the interiors. Cooney had them all converted to hot-water radiant heat instead of steam. “They’re beautiful and feel like they belong in an old farmhouse,” she says.