Our Fixer Upper

Fixer Upper Kitchen Reveal

Before and After Kitchen reveal of our Mid Century Fixer Upper

Our transition to our new home is slowly becoming a reality, starting with our kitchen. I am so excited to reveal that the kitchen in our Mid Century home is complete. 

When we first bought The Barn and it came with a dated home, I admit we did not know what we were going to do with it. We went back and forth several times before deciding to create another home. We have lived above our shop at the Firehouse for 16 years and we love our Firehouse. We now plan to use our new home and barn as an extension of our business at Firehouse Antiques, so like all of our adventures, we will bring you along for the ride. 

When we settled on the idea of renovating the house as our future home, I contacted Laura Werner, a local interior designer. As I explained in a previous post, Laura is a customer who became a friend. Every time she came into Firehouse Antiques we had great conversations and we soon realized we had similar ideas about decor, so I knew we could work well together. Not only has she helped with the design of our new home, but she has helped me grow and reach outside my comfort zone.  To honor the age of this home, I am continuing to challenge myself by switching my brain to more of a mid century modern design. I cannot wait to share even more of our house in upcoming posts.Jeff and Cindy in their remodeled kitchen in the Fixer Upper

Laura helped me to realize one of my dreams in this kitchen. Together we created a beautiful space that is inspirational and functional for daily living and our business. One of my design ideas was to have an open shelf area that would allow me to change out seasonal decor and our new antique finds. These shelves are my favorite feature so far because they are the perfect solution to two of my problems at the Firehouse.  In the Firehouse it can be difficult to find a simple background to stage our antiques and vintage finds for social media and our Etsy shop. The Firehouse only has a few windows with sufficient light for succulents and this house has none, so I knew I had to come up with an idea to keep my favorite succulents growing.  It was a dream come true to be able to add grow lights to the floating shelves in this kitchen.  Because the floating shelves were custom made, it did not cost anymore to build them with the grow lights installed inside of them. All this required was a cut out and grow lights purchased from Amazon, check out the link below.  So if you are local and see a pink light as you drive by,  you will know that my plants are getting the light they love. With Laura’s help, we created the perfect functional backdrop to stage items with a place to cultivate my plants.  I am already having so much fun styling the shelves with items from our shop and I cannot wait to decorate for the holidays.

Working with my succulents under the grow lights

If you did not realize we bought a fixer upper, check out our previous blog on The Barn by Firehouse Antiques and subscribe to our email for more reveals. I will be sharing daily on Instagram and Facebook so make sure you are following us on social media. I love posting stories and will be doing more now that the kitchen is revealed. We still have a few final touches to add to the kitchen like blinds and we are currently working on the master bath, so stay tuned. 

I hope you can take some of these ideas and freshen up your space. I am going to share some of the products we used to create our new kitchen and if you have any questions or ideas, please leave a comment below! Be sure to check out Interiors by Laura Werner for design ideas and the product list below. The only thing I will not be revealing is our contractor. He is my little secret until our home and barn renovations are complete 😉 

***This post contains affiliate links.

Kitchen Cabinets: E&M Cabinets, 6006 N 450 E. Montgomery, IN 812-486-2696

Grow Lights: JCBritw LED Grow Light for Indoor Plants Red Blue Spectrum

Kitchen Sink: Lavello Sinks 39″ Granite composite drop in double bowl kitchen sink with drainboard Decoro 150LT

Kitchen Faucet: Lavello Deco – high arc, single handle double sprayer kitchen faucet (black)

Tile Backsplash WowDesigneau.com Briques White Matt and Rift Gravel Floor: Louisville Tile, Evansville, IN 

Wall Color : Sherwin Williams Zurich White & Modern Gray

Ceiling Color: Sherwin Williams High Reflective White

Dishwasher: Samsung DW80K5050UG/AA 24″ Built-In Dishwasher

Range Hood: Samsung 30″ Black Stainless Steel Range Hood

Gas Range: Samsung Appliance 30″ Slide-in Gas Range with Sealed Burner Cooktop

Refrigerator: Samsung  24.6 Cu. Ft. Black Stainless French Door Refrigerator

Microwave: Sharp 24″ Microwave Drawer with 1.2 cu. ft. Capacity in Black Stainless Steel

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Grow lights mounted under our floating shelves at the Fixer Upper

Hey everyone! My name in Cindy Smotherman. I’m a beginner blogger. My husband Jeff and I live in small town America, the Town of New Harmony, Indiana. We have over 27 years of antique experience and we own and operate Firehouse Antiques. Check out our page and feel free to contact us!


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