Chic & Rustic: A Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover Story

When authorized Greenfield Cabinetry designer, Kayla Garbrecht, AKBD, of Broken Arrow Cabinetry and Design, Watertown, Wisconsin began the remodeling process for herself and her young family, it was a unique challenge.  “Being a designer and doing your own kitchen is both a dream and a nightmare, because you know all the options available AND, you know all the options available,” shares Kayla.

“We saw so much potential in the 1890s farmhouse, but we knew the kitchen was going to be a major project; one which would be so rewarding when completed,” adds Kayla.  She continues, “Our style is very rustic.  It was important our style also mesh with the history of the house, and to fit the Wisconsin landscape outside the windows.

“I knew I wanted to open the space to more light, have seating in the kitchen, have some open storage, knock out the soffit and take the cabinetry to the ceiling.”







Among the major problems in the old kitchen were a lack of natural light, and a dated and dysfunctional layout. “The old layout was a U-shape, and there was a ton of wasted space,” notes Kayla.








Cabinetry: Greenfield Cabinetry, featuring the Hemingway door style in Knotty Alder wood, with a Natural (clear) finish, Matte sheen, and a sheer Brown Glaze.







Kayla describes, “We wanted cabinets which are distinctly rustic; wood cabinetry, which has knots and really true character in the wood.”  She also notes, “We really like the Greenfield option, which is a glaze on top of the natural finish; it beautifully enhances the knots and natural wood elements of the cabinetry.”

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Kayla Garbrecht, AKBD is an independent kitchen and bath designer in Southern Wisconsin and owner of Broken Arrow Cabinetry and Design LLC. With years of experience in material ordering, home design, and general contracting in the remodeling industry and new home construction, she is able to bring an experienced and honest professional opinion to your design project.

Kayla is an AKBD (Associate Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer) through the National Kitchen and Bath Association. She is an active member of the local Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Chapter and enjoys networking with fellow business professionals. She is also a member of the NKBA 30 Under 30 Class of 2023, which is an elite group of young professionals under the age of 30 in North America that focuses on excellence in the kitchen and bath industry. They are selected for dedication to their craft, education achievements, and workplace accomplishments.

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Photos courtesy of Broken Arrow Cabinetry and Design, and Szef Photo.

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