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Steal This Look: An Antique Dealer’s DIY Kitchen, Painted Checkerboard Floor Included

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Steal This Look: An Antique Dealer’s DIY Kitchen, Painted Checkerboard Floor Included

August 22, 2023

This week we’re revisiting some of the most popular DIY stories from our archives. Read on for end-of-summer project inspiration:

Earlier this year, Margot wrote about the charming home of antiques dealer Jonathan Burden and costume designer JJ Joseph (see Farmhouse Refresh: A Clean and Simple Family Retreat on Shelter Island). The couple had chosen to buy the old, scrappy farmhouse because nothing had been done to it—“so we didn’t have to redo bad things,” Jonathan told Margot. Instead of renovating it, they revived it, respectfully straightening its bones and polishing its surfaces. The TLC they gave to the house is evident in every room—including the kitchen.

“The kitchen is located in a long-ago converted chicken coop, which the Burdens refreshed with understated components: a farmhouse sink, cherry counter with skirted storage underneath, and open shelving in the unused space next to the fridge,” wrote Margot. Jonathan worked alongside a local carpenter in every room, and even painted the checkerboard flooring himself.

Here’s everything you need to get the look of this characterful space, borne of the DIY spirit:

Featured image by Dana Gallagher, styling by Hilary Robertson.

white textiles, wood accents, and a neutral wall paint allow the checkerboard f 17
Above: White textiles, wood accents, and a neutral wall paint allow the checkerboard floor to really shine.

The Basics

shaw’s original 30\18 fireclay apron front sink from rohl is a classic f 18
Above: Shaw’s Original 3018 Fireclay Apron Front Sink from Rohl is a classic farmhouse sink, still individually made in Lancashire, England. The 30-inch-wide model is $1,118 at Home Depot. (For more apron front sinks, see 10 Easy Pieces: White Kitchen Farmhouse Sinks.)
the \25 inch wide boos cherry edge countertop is \$658 for a 60 inch length. (m 19
Above: The 25-inch-wide Boos Cherry Edge Countertop is $658 for a 60-inch length. (Multiple lengths, from 12 inches to 145 inches, are available.)
smeg&#8\2\17;s full size refrigerator is \$\1,999 at williams sonoma. 20
Above: Smeg’s Full Size Refrigerator is $1,999 at Williams Sonoma.

The Decor

as to be expected from an antiques dealer&#8\2\17;s home, much of the furni 21
Above: As to be expected from an antiques dealer’s home, much of the furniture is old. This Antique Dropleaf Farmhouse Table, from 86Home on Etsy, would be a perfect addition to a farmhouse kitchen; $1,402.50.
rag rugs are a country home classic. h&m&#8\2\17;s cotton rag rug is ju 22
Above: Rag rugs are a country home classic. H&M’s Cotton Rag Rug is just $17.99.
wood accents warm up the black, white, and gray palette. lostine&#8\2\17;s  23
Above: Wood accents warm up the black, white, and gray palette. Lostine’s Bella Skirt Lamp, featuring an oak base, is $655.
a 7 inch long italian rustic rosewood bowl is \$30 at sur la table. 24
Above: A 7-inch-long Italian Rustic Rosewood Bowl is $30 at Sur la Table.
don&#8\2\17;t know how to sew? etsy has quite a few vendors who will custom 25
Above: Don’t know how to sew? Etsy has quite a few vendors who will custom-make simple linen curtains at an affordable price. Lineniest offers Linen Cafe Curtains starting at $18 for a 20-by 20-inch panel.

The Paint

the walls are painted farrow & ball&#8\2\17;s dove tale, described by t 26
Above: The walls are painted Farrow & Ball’s Dove Tale, described by the company as a “warm gray with lilac undertones.”

The Floor

jonathan painted the black and white checkered floor himself. for a great diy t 27
Above: Jonathan painted the black and white checkered floor himself. For a great DIY tutorial, go here. Not up for the project? Consider this wool and cotton Checkmate Flatweave Rug by Aelfie; $89 to $1,889.

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N.B.: This story originally ran on October 20, 2020 and has been updated.

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Frequently asked questions

What type of kitchen style is featured in this article?

The featured kitchen style in this article is a farmhouse kitchen.

Who is the designer of the farmhouse kitchen?

The designer of the farmhouse kitchen is Jonathan Burden.

Is this kitchen a DIY project?

Yes, the kitchen featured in this article is a DIY project.

Where can I find the tutorial or instructions to recreate this farmhouse kitchen?

You can find the tutorial or instructions to recreate this farmhouse kitchen on the Remodelista website. The link to the tutorial is provided in the article.

Is there a specific budget mentioned for this kitchen project?

No, there is no specific budget mentioned in the article for this kitchen project.

Are there any recommended materials or products mentioned in the article?

Yes, the article mentions specific materials and products recommended for recreating the farmhouse kitchen. It is advised to refer to the article for the complete list and details.

Is there any special expertise required to tackle this DIY project?

Some basic DIY skills and knowledge of home improvement tasks would be helpful for successfully completing this project.

Can I apply the same design principles to a smaller kitchen space?

Yes, the design principles and ideas shared in the article can be adapted to suit smaller kitchen spaces as well.

Are there any maintenance tips shared for maintaining the farmhouse kitchen?

The article does not specifically mention maintenance tips for the farmhouse kitchen. However, regular cleaning and upkeep of the materials used would be recommended.

Are there any other similar kitchen styles or designers recommended in the article?

The article does not mention any other similar kitchen styles or designers, as its primary focus is on the featured farmhouse kitchen by Jonathan Burden.

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dove tale
Paint

Dove Tale

$8.50 USD from Farrow & Ball Ltd.

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