Today I'm giving you a sneak peek of my new farmhouse kitchen baking area. This is an extension of my kitchen that allows me to tackle baking projects easily, keep cooking out of the way when guests are around, and grab ingredients quickly!
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There have been a lot of unexpected side effects of our long term Coronavirus quarantine here on the farm. One of those side effects has been a little project finishing. We constantly have at least 5 projects going on at once, and our farmhouse kitchen is on that long running tally.
We have a nice big farmhouse kitchen with white cabinets and marble countertops. I designed this space myself, but we were constrained by the footprint of the 60 year old kitchen. Since I wanted open shelving that reached from counter to ceiling in one section, it left less counter space than I needed. I often have sprawling cooking and baking projects.
There is a big island, but one side is taken up by seating and other by a big farmhouse sink. The new dedicated baking area gives me three counter spaces to work on. This is handy for proofing bread and cooling biscuits, etc. But also for freezer cooking, crock pot cooking, and generally having things out of the way when the processes are going. Think: you are expecting company and struggling to cook everything on small counter top spaces and keep things clean. For example, I can set up the Instant Pot to cook something and still have kitchen counter space free for chopping.
I designed this new space with farmhouse style in mind, but it's also a little bit old fashioned. I will have a long post on this space soon, but until then you can see the whole thing come together in my Instagram stories. Make sure to tap the highlight "Prep Kitchen" to see it all from the beginning.
Thinking of a baking project? Start here on the blog!