Creating our Dream Kitchen: French Country Kitchen reveal

This French country inspired kitchen remodel is finally complete! (Source list of materials at the bottom of the page).


Of all the rooms we dream of remodeling, the kitchen has to be at the top of most people’s wishlists. It was at the top of mine since we moved into our home thirteen years ago.

Over the years, we did some little updates, but avoided anything really costly. I did not want to waste time, money, and materials on something that I knew we’d eventually rip out.

We removed the ugly tile and instead of replacing it, I painted the concrete. It lasted for about 10 years!

painted concrete floor tiles
painted concrete floors

We also replaced the laminate backsplash with beadboard, removed the fluorescent lights, and painted the cabinets.

Then we just lived with it….for over a decade. ?

Over the past thirteen years, most of the other rooms in the house had their turn at a make-over, but the kitchen….that’s the big one, so it had to wait.

And then finally, a few months ago, we were able to start the kitchen remodel. But before the construction began, I spent months planning the specifics of our new French country kitchen.

I compiled a checklist of the decisions I had to make when I designed and planned our kitchen. If you’d like a copy of my master checklist of kitchen remodeling decisions, be sure and sign up below and I’ll send it right to you.

If you are already a member of the French Blue Cottage community and you want the checklist, head on over to the FBC Resource Library to download it.

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. See my full disclosure here.


The kitchen: Before

I just knew that eventually we’d be able to remodel and change the layout.  If your layout is good, then I think it’s perfectly reasonable to make changes a little at a time. For us, that just wasn’t an option.

They say that in good design, form follows function.

In our old kitchen, the form was not great and the function was awful….

  • no pantry (our food was stored in three different places around the kitchen)
  • very little lighting (it was seriously dark)
  • stained backsplash (f.y.i., beadboard gets dirty behind stoves and sinks)
  • dropped ceiling (it was like a cave in there)
  • inefficient storage (anyone else hate those center stiles in between cabinet doors?)
  • bad flow (bottleneck between the peninsula and refrigerator)
  • old oven/microwave combo (it was a dinosaur)

kitchen before remodel

Next up, demo!

Yikes, now I can see straight into the attic!

Aaaand I kept thinking of spiders and bugs dropping into the house.

kitchen ceiling demo

You can see some of the beginning stages and planning here and here.

It was a long process, but after several months, we ended up with our new kitchen….


The French Country Kitchen: After

open shelves in a french country inspired kitchen

The square footage stayed the same, but raising the ceiling height made such a huge difference!

french country inspired kitchen in blue and white

Whew, where to start?!

How about we start with the cabinets?

Here’s some of what we chose…

  • almost all drawers in the lowers
  • furniture details at the top and around the toe kicks
  • soft close hinges and full extension, soft close drawer glides
  • two paint colors plus some stained accents

The blue cabinets are painted with “Taliesin Blue” by Dunn-Edwards Paint. The lighter colored cabinets may look white, but they are actually a very light neutral called “Modern Gray” by Sherwin Williams.

We also chose to do some open shelves around the window. I keep decorative items on the top shelf. The bowls, glasses, and small plates we use on a daily basis reside on the bottom shelf.

It has been so handy to have these things readily accessible.

I love these open shelves!

french country kitchen open shelves
Iron shelf brackets


Here are the open shelves on the other side of the sink…


Another furniture detail we added was a hutch with a plate rack. It’s probably my favorite cabinet in the new kitchen.

blue hutch in kitchen with plate rack and butcher block
Small brass pulls | Large brass pulls | Brass knobs


blue hutch in kitchen with plate rack and butcher block
Large, black cabinet pulls

The countertops

For the countertops in this French Country inspired kitchen, we chose to go with marble. In the planning phase, I was just positive that I wanted quartz. I looked at probably five different stone yards and asked for them to show me the quartz. The only problem, was that I kept gravitating to the marble. I mean, like a magnet. The white marble just drew me in.

We ended up going with a marble called Shadow. We had the fabricator give it a honed (matte) finish and a simple, eased edge.

marble counters in french country kitchen

I’m aware of marble’s challenges, but I chose a honed finish to cut down on the etching. In addition,  I always use trivets or hot pads and I’ve never been one to cut veggies and things directly on the counters (always use a cutting board). Marble has been used in Europe both inside and outdoors for thousands of years so it’s got to be good, right? Plus, I just really love the charm and patina of natural materials and the marble fits perfectly with a French country kitchen design.

The sink and faucet

The new sink is a Kohler farmhouse sink. It’s a white, cast iron, apron front sink in the 33-inch size. I’m so happy with the single bowl.

kohler whitehaven farmhouse sink
Apron front sink

I chose a bridge faucet and specifically one that only has two posts. A lot of them have a third post in the center, but for cleaning ease, I really wanted one with just two. We went with this faucet and are very pleased with it. It’s very heavy duty and doesn’t easily show water spots. However, if someone in your family happens to drop the sprayer straight into the drain…..while the disposal is running….., it will show a scratch or a nick. Don’t ask me how I know this.

bridge faucet in french country kitchen remodel
Bridge faucet


Also, if you haven’t looked at faucets in awhile, you might notice the button next to this one. It’s called an air switch and is used for turning on the disposal so you don’t have to handle a light switch with wet hands.


The stove

The other side of the kitchen features the stove and the hand-plastered vent hood.

french country kitchen remodel in blue and white and with travertine tile floor
Glass cabinet knobs | Large, black cabinet pulls

This is a Thermador gas range with an electric griddle in the center. I’ve never had a gas stove before and I love how it performs and how easy it is to clean.

We chose a pro-style cooktop with knobs on the front. Those front knobs are definitely not child-friendly, though, and if I had a toddler, I might have made a different choice. But for our family, this stove is awesome! It’s very powerful and the griddle feature has been great.

Because there’s a bit of distance between the stove and the sink, we went ahead and added a pot filler.

Pot filler

The backsplash

The backsplash might be the most unique part of our kitchen remodel. I chose brick pavers for the body of the backsplash and small 2 x 2’s for the inset pieces.

I painted the pavers in various blues and grays and then whitewashed/mortared over all of them.

brick paver and small tiles basketweave backsplash

For the feature tile behind the stove, we went with a hand-painted crackle tile by Pratt and Larson. This one was pricey, which is why it’s only on a small section! ?

hand painted crackle tile backsplash

Cooktop | Range Hood Insert

A few other details

We also changed the size and placement of the windows…

Roman shades


deep window with open shelves

and added a lovely Turkish rug…..

french country inspired kitchen remodel with plaster vent hood
Turkish rug

On a side note, the price on this runner was amazing, the quality is excellent, and the shipping was so fast! Unfortunately, the specific Etsy shop where I bought this rug is no longer listed. There are many other beautiful runners, though, at many different price points.

Next up, the back wall, where we placed our refrigerator and double ovens….

refrigerator and double oven in remodeled french country kitchen
Refrigerator | Double ovens

The flooring is a travertine tile that was laid in a French pattern. Sometimes the tile stores call it a Versailles pattern.

Clearly, I like this look in floors because it looks an awful lot like my painted floor that was here before. ?

My favorite feature of the new French country kitchen is where this doorway used to be located.

We turned this second entry/exit door into a pantry. It has been sooooo wonderful to have an actual pantry instead of having our food stored in several places all over the kitchen. It has made our lives much easier.


a pantry build under the stairs

This post is getting a bit long, so I will show more of the pantry at a later date.

open shelves in a french country inspired kitchen


flowers in a french country kitchen


 I spent months planning and designing every detail in this kitchen. And then our wonderful contractor, Lynch Construction, built it for us.

I did not want a fully open kitchen but without knocking the center wall out, we did not have enough room for an island. We do plan to build a narrow, mobile table to give us a bit more storage and landing space, plus some interest in the center of the room.

This post is super long, so I will write about some of the built-in storage components and some more design details next.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in remodeling your kitchen and would like a checklist of decisions that you need to make during the process, be sure and grab this one…..


Materials/Source List:

*Some specific appliance models change often. In those cases, I’ve shared the closest model.

*The kitchen is approximately 24 feet long x 12 feet wide.

Blue painted cabinets: (Dunn Edwards “Taliesin Blue”)

Gray painted cabinets: (Sherwin Williams “Modern Gray”)

Stained cabinet and vent hood trim: custom color

Baseboards/casing: (Sherwin Williams “Snowbound”)

Walls: custom plaster

Black cabinet pulls (12 inches)

Black cabinet pulls (3 3/4 inches, 5 inches, 160 mm): D. Lawless Hardware

5 inch Brass pulls : antique brass finish

12 inch Brass pulls : antique brass finish

Brass knobs: burnished brass finish

Glass knobs: satin nickel finish

Open shelf brackets



Range hood insert

Brick backsplash: Inglenook Tile

Behind the stove tile backsplash: Pratt and Larson (6 x 6; Motif E; Colorfill 9)

Countertops: “Shadow” marble; honed finish; eased edge

Faucet: polished nickel finish

Pot filler: vibrant stainless finish

Double oven

Sconces: aged brass finish; similar here

Flooring: The Tile Shop “Capadocia walnut tumbled travertine small Versailles”

Sink window: Marvin wood clad casement with retractable screen

Microwave (in pantry; not seen in photos)


Pantry storage: here , here , here , here , and here

Dishwasher: fully integrated dishwasher by Bosch

Turkish rug (no longer available; similar rugs here)

Window shades (color Gibson Kodiak)

Recessed lights (4 inch)

Garbage disposal

Lantern light fixture: Ballard Designs

I hope you enjoyed this tour of my new French country inspired kitchen remodel!

Let me know if you have any questions about it and I’d be happy to try and answer them.


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  1. Wow! This is the most gorgeous kitchen I have seen in a long time! Love the colors, the tile, everything! Great job!

  2. WOW!! You did a fantastic job planning and creating a beautiful and functional kitchen. It fits in perfectly with the rest of your house. I think the key is taking the time to plan and figure out what you really want and need.

    1. Thank you so much! I completely agree about the planning. It might seem tedious, but deciding on all those little details is what really made this kitchen functional.

  3. Your kitchen is beautiful! Could you tell me how you painted and white washed/mortared over your brick paver backsplash? We recently purchased a home and it has brown pavers. I would love to do the same with mine. Also if you could tell me the names of the paint colors you used on them? Thanks for any info you can give me!!

    1. Thank you, Ranell! I hope to eventually put together a post with my backsplash process. I’ll put together a quick overview and shoot you an email:)

  4. Your kitchen looks amazing, Carrie! I seriously love everything about it. The cabinet color, those beautiful marble counter, your tile…I’m letting out a huge sigh! Love!!

    1. Thank you so much, Paula! This kitchen was a major labor of love and we’re so happy with the results. I so appreciate your sweet comment….it makes my day!

  5. Your kitchen is so beautiful and I absolutely love that blue. I know you will enjoy it for a long time to come.

  6. Your kitchen looks AMAZING Carrie! I’m seriously drooling over here! I love it all…the apron sink, marble counters, tile backsplash, open shelves, pantry and blue hutch with the plate racks. Congrats on a job well done! I bet you smile every morning as you prepare breakfast in your new kitchen 🙂

    1. Thank you SO much, Rebecca, for your kind words! I spent a long time in the planning phase for this kitchen. And, yes, it definitely makes me smile:) I love the beauty, but the function of the space really impacts my day-to-day life.

  7. Beautiful transformation Carrie with so many beautiful details. Love love love the backsplash and your shelves! I’m excited to share your post on Tuesday Turn About Link Party this week. Be sure to come back and share more of your great ideas!

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! The open shelves have been so very handy. They’re one of my favorite parts, too:)
      I appreciate your Tuesday Turn About link party. It’s a great place to share ideas and learn something new!

    1. Thank you, Rita! It was a labor of love and we are really enjoying how it turned out:)

  8. Hi Carrie! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your fabulous kitchen this week at Celebrate Your Story! Thanks so much for sharing…I know my readers will love it too 🙂

  9. What a beautiful transformation! And you painted the backsplash? What a labor of love that definitely paid off…it is awesome. Everything was spot-on from the colors to the appliances to the layout. I hope you are enjoying your new space! I might even cook if I had a kitchen like that!

    1. Thank you, Kristi! We are really enjoying it! And, truly, it has made cooking so much easier because I have a place for everything and it’s organized in a way that makes sense to me:)

  10. I love everything about your kitchen…….fabulous job. I would really appreciate information on the cabinet and plate rack. We are retired and downsizing and I can’t bear to part with some of my formal China and this would give me the ability to see at least a few pieces. Thank you so much ❤️

    1. Thank you, Janice! The cabinet with the plate rack was custom built by our cabinet maker. It has a planked back and butcher block top that are both stained. The actual plate rack part is made with two rows of fluted dowel rods (a row in the front and another in the back) that are removable because they drilled the holes where each one inserts at the top a little deeper. That way, I can slide the dowel rod up and then out. It makes cleaning and dusting pretty simple. It’s my favorite cabinet in the new kitchen. I, too, love to be able to see some of my pretty plates:) Best of luck on your move!

  11. Love your ideas! Can you tell me where you got your light over the table? You may have mentioned it I just couldn’t find where it was! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Rachel! The light fixture over our kitchen table is the Piedmont 4-light lantern from Ballard Designs. I’ll have to go back and add that to the post.?

  12. I love what you did with your new kitchen. I applaud your detailed post and the time and effort you took to create this amazing French Blue kitchen. We will be “downsizing” next year and I also am planning to create a “French” theme for the condo – especially for the kitchen. So, thank you for all the inspiration you have give to me.

    1. Thank you so much, Joanne! I put a lot of thought and planning to try to get as much function and beauty out of our space. I’m so glad you were able to glean a little inspiration from my space. I’d love to see your kitchen when you are done. I’m sure it will be beautiful!

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