Western Kitchen Makeover

DIY kitchen remodel uses Western themes to create a welcoming, casual space.

Overall view

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Light from the picture window pours into this remodeled Oklahoma kitchen. Photography by Mark Herron.

Homeowner-remodeler team

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Kenda and Brad Burgett, at the island Kenda originally didn't want. Photography by Mark Herron

Ranch brand

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The front of the Burgetts' breakfast bar proudly displays the Diamond B, their ranch brand. Photography by Mark Herron.

Breakfast bar

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A slab of rock forms the counter for the Burgetts' breakfast bar. Photography by Mark Herron.

Rollout drawers and bins

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Kenda buys flour in bulk, and before she got her rollout drawers and bins, that enormous bin of flour sat out on her already-too-small countertop. Photography by Mark Herron.

Phone hutch

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Phone cabinet keeps cords and chargers out of sight, under a display case. Photography by Mark Herron.

Corner drawers

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Angled corner drawers make the most of space, and mean Kenda no longer rummages blindly for objects way in the back. Photography by Mark Herron.

Angled spice drawer

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Spice jar labels are easy to read in the spacious, angled drawer. Photography by Mark Herron.

Cowboy mural

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Knotty pine cabinetry and cedar overhang set off the Western tile mural behind the stove. Note the aged tin roof and rough-hewn rafters overhead. Photography by Mark Herron.

Handmade table

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Beyond the breakfast bar is the table Brad made for his grandparents, in his high school shop class. Photography by Mark Herron.

floor plan

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The Burgetts' floor plan. Illustration by Bob Gaszak.

 

By Kenda Burgett

Cloudy, Oklahoma

Tell me that my kitchen reminds you of a barn, and I’ll thank you—it’s exactly the spacious, casual feel I was going for with my Western-themed makeover.

My husband, Brad, built it, and though it isn’t fancy, it perfectly fits our life here in the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains. We have a small ranch outside blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Cloudy. (That’s our Diamond B brand on the breakfast bar.) It’s not our main livelihood—we keep a few Quarter Horses and about 25 head of cattle— but from our dirt road, you see acres of open range.

Our log-sided home actually began as a humble mobile home that we’ve expanded and improved over the last 25 years.   The kitchen I cooked in while raising our three kids was little bitty—I only had three drawers! Still, we made room for the friends the kids were always bringing home. Our kitchen is where everyone congregates. I want everyone to feel comfortable, and so a few years ago, I was ready to remodel.

Some folks plan a remodel for years. Not us! Fortunately, Brad’s a trim carpenter and cabinetmaker with plenty of kitchen experience. After gutting our kitchen, he turned to me and asked, “Now, what do you want in here?”

That afternoon, I hurriedly paged through magazines to pick out features like roll-out storage for my huge flour bin, a phone hutch, a pantry and lazy Susan cabinets. Brad eyed my list and said, “Woman, I just don’t know how I’m going to get all that in here!”

But he did all that and more. I’d been dead-set against losing floor space to an island. Brad was adamant that I’d love one as a baking center, even offering to take it out in a month if I didn’t like it. And now I’m really happy he talked me into it!

Our picture window was spur-of-the-moment, too. Light was pouring through a huge hole in the back wall the day Brad was replacing the two small windows; I asked if we could have a large one instead. It gives a wonderful view of our yard and flower beds, plus the mountains beyond.

Brad was less enthusiastic at first about an aged tin ceiling, which came from a  70-year-old barn nearby. But with the rough-cut rafters, it offers a rustic feel that contrasts with the modern knotty pine and cedar cabinetry he crafted. A tile mural behind the range adds to the cowboy feel.

My tile floor is dirt-brown for a reason. There’s so much dirt out here that I just took a few sample tiles outside, poured dirt over them, and picked the closest match.

When it came time to find breakfast bar stools, I was put off by the prices of the Western-themed ones. So I went hunting down at the huge flea market in Canton, Texas, and found some that spiffed right up.

That’s how we’ve done it all our lives. We see pictures of what we like, then make up a way to do it ourselves.

Brad even made our back bar from locally harvested cedar. This area gives us plenty of extra seating when friends and family drop in. Our dining table? He made it in high school shop class.

I wouldn’t change a single thing about my kitchen. It’s beautiful, it’s functional, and it’s ours, through and through.

 

michele Kirkman 1 March 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

You’re kitchen gives me such inspiration. I recently moved to a mobile home and although I love it, It could use some spiffing up, so to speak. My current kitchen is enormous and the layout is perfect so no changes are need there But is just isn’t lookin’ Farmgirl enough for me.
Well, your ceiling is the perfect accent. I had been thinking about using galvanized barn roofing as a stove baqcksplash, But< now. The whole ceiling. Can't wait to show my son these pictures and put him to work. He'll be thrilled, I'm sure

Thanks for the inspiration
Michele

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Dee Cook 2 March 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I love everything country & absolutely love this kitchen!

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Janet 3 June 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Your kitchen looks great. I love the western style, i have been remolding my house for on and off 3 yrs. your kitchen just gave me some treffic ideas.

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Jacquelin Niehus 4 May 3, 2013 at 1:43 am

Loved your wonderful kitchen. I would love cooking in it. So much fun to look at!

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Shirley 5 September 11, 2014 at 10:42 am

Love your kitchen..the most amazing thing about it..is the corner drawers..every kitchen in the world with a corner cabinet..should comprise of drawers in that area…and not a lazy susan cabinet…such a useless space most times….I love your idea of the three drawers….
Thanks for sharing your gorgeous kitchen with everyone…
Shirley

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Rita Mayfield 6 September 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

This was such a pleasure to find! For a few years we lived in the Cloudy area and attended church with Brad, Kenda and their children. It has been nearly 20 years since we moved away, but we have
always remembered them with love, grateful for our fond memories, and the pleasure of their company for those years. They were such a wonderful family. No one worked harder than they did. Brad was such a good cabinet man, and there wasn’t much Kenda couldn’t do with her sewing machine and a few bits of cloth.

Vernon and Rita Mayfield
Cordell, Oklahoma

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