farmhouse kitchen project

Several years ago I created a room for La-Z-boy.  You can see it here.

I still get asked questions about it and its faux brick wall.

I actually have been wanting to recreate the look from that room in the gatehouse kitchen for a while now, but I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to do it.

Until Walls Need Love approached me and asked me to design a room for them and I found this.



It’s kind of like the brick wall in my kitchen.

Except a little prettier.

Here’s the entire gatehouse kitchen make-over from all angles and all sides with a little bit of farmhouse and a whole lot of brick. 

faux brick wall gatehouse

I wanted to try something a little different with this room makeover.

Sometimes when I’ve seen room makeovers they are photographed from one angle and one side.

There’s a lot of pretty vignettes.

And that’s incredible and inspirational and creative, but just between you and me….

….I’m always wondering what’s on the other side of the wall.

farmhouse open shelving

So today I thought I’d work my way around the kitchen wall by wall.

So you can get an idea of the space.

It’s full of kitchen done on a budget.

Like these peel and stick tile floors.

brick wall kitchen

We’ll start with the view that you see when you enter the kitchen.

It used to have stripes and bold graphic lines and orange and red and pink and tons of color.

You can see the before here.

And I loved the fun playfulness of it, but in my heart, I’m still farmhouse and I’m making over the rest of the gatehouse to be a little more neutral, too and I wanted the kitchen to match.

farmhouse kitchen style

kitchen plants

If we travel counter-clockwise around the room, here’s the side of the room with the sink.

It has a window that looks out onto the path to the pond.

I kept everything pretty much the same, except for I made a new window treatment from IKEA dish towels.

tea towel curtain

You can see a close-up of the dish towels here.

They come in a pack of four for $3.99 and I simply pinned two in place.

Just a subtle bit of color at the window.

kitchen and dining room

There’s a door to the back yard and then continuing around the room, there’s this wall.

It faces the brick wall and goes into the rest of the gatehouse.

I brought over the barn ladder and hung more dishtowels on it.

farmhouse open shelving kitchen

If you keep traveling around the room, the last wall has built-in shelving and the refrigerator on it.

The room is pretty small, about twelve feet by twelve feet.

But with all of the neutral and the brick wall and the simple color palette, it feels so much bigger.

faux brick wall

Next to the wall of built-ins is the other side of the brick wall.

I can’t believe how much of a difference it made in the space and how easy it was to put up.

It took about an afternoon and the panels were all numbered and if you made a mistake, you just pulled it over and reapplied it.

The brick paper is self-adhesive and re-positionable and very forgiving and the perfect way to make an impact in a small space.

brick wall faux

Here’s another close-up of the brick so you can see all the variations in color and texture.

They also have it in a darker brick color way here.

I’ll be posting an entire tutorial on the wall and the product and how we used it next week, but I was just so excited about the space that I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

faux brick wall gatehouse

Happy farmhouse.

Happy day.

Happy weekend.

From me and my gatehouse and my faux brick kitchen….

….may your day be full of sunshine and joy. 🙂

disclaimer:  This post was written in collaboration with Walls Need Love.

All opinions on brick walls and gatehouse kitchens are completely my own.

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    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      They are the wallpaper! It came with the panels and they were numbered and just put it up! It was so easy and I can't BELIEVE how realistic it looks! I think it would be perfect for a renter or dorm room or even a small space in a house1 Happy day! karianne

  1. Image for Kathy Stewart Kathy Stewart

    Loving your blog ,but having trouble with mouse sticking. Just wondering if anyone else is having the same problem? I wait every morning for your blog but very frustrrrrrr...

  2. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Miz karianne....surely you jest! WALLPAPER? ? ? I can hardly wait to see the tutorial...would that be appropriate for the backsplash area between kitchen counter top and cabinets? Oooh, I can see this on the Master bedroom wall behind the king sized bed.....and on into the bath for an accent wall....finally, something I might actually be able to get started on...looks good.

  3. Image for tara tara

    Hi KariAnne! Somehow, I was able to vote for your Frogtape room today. Just wanted to let everyone know. Also, I gotta have this wallpaper!

  4. Image for Suzanne Suzanne

    OMG I have been looking and looking for brick to put on a small wall in my kitchen so when I saw the title of your blog this morning I did the HAPPY DANCE! CAN HARDLEY WAIT to get all the info. I love the way this looks. And thank you for the tour.

  5. Image for Brit Brit

    Can I point out the one thing in the room that has made my morning? Like, lifted a huge weight off? Your counter tops. My husband and I are in the middle of purchasing a 1944 dairy barn converted into a house and it needs some work! Your blog, along with several others, have given so many ideas and inspirations for how to make our home truly "ours".

  6. Image for Nancy Bailey Nancy Bailey

    I cannot believe the change.! It is FABULOUS! We are building our new 'after the fire' house and I can see using this wall paper in several places. Thank you for the inspiration.

  7. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen

    Oh Karianne, this is awesome...I can't believe it's wallpaper! And can we just pause a moment and reflect on the beauty that is the light fixture????? I adore that! Please tell me it's made out of paper too! Your make overs are so wonderful, and I love that they are within the common persons reach. Some bloggers are very talented but when a focal point of a make over costs $500.00 well, shoot, I know I can't afford that. Yours are within reach. And beautiful...and I want to be you when I grow up...okay, okay, I'm 65 and that makes no sense but you know what I all you do, friend. Linda

  8. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    I absolutely love it!! I recognized all the sweet IKEA of my favorite places to shop. You never cease to amaze!!! Happy Friday, friend!!

  9. Image for Laura Laura

    Well, howdy doody! That is the most exciting decorating idea I have seen in a while! I suddenly have an urge to faux brick everything. I wonder if it would stick over the wallpaper in my kitchen......

  10. Image for Jeanne @ I Dream of Jeanne Marie Jeanne @ I Dream of Jeanne Marie

    Good morning KariAnne, Oh my goodness, what a delight to see this post today!!!! We haven't yet touched the kitchen in our 1892 house, but I have wanted a brick wall in it since... f-o-r-e-v-e-r...and this just might be MY wall! I love it and can't wait to see how it's done. We still have drywall splotches on our walls... (so lovely) and a "non-lovely" temporary peel and stick tile on our floor. It's so nice to dream that maybe some day I'll have a lovely cottage style kitchen! Oh, you have made my day... full of dreaming and looking back at the other links you posted! Thanks so much, Blessings, Jeanne

  11. Image for vicki vicki

    Hi. I clicked over to the Walls Need Love site but only found traditional red brick available in the $40/roll Removable Wallpaper. The white was only available in a $200 mural. Is that what you used? Thanks!

  12. Image for Ardith Ardith

    L.O.V.E. IT! Love the whole space, KariAnne. With the gatehouse being such a lovely place to hang out, are the girls running the main house in your absence? Cheers and have a fabulous weekend, Ardith

  13. Image for Pamela A Pamela A

    Love the transformation, so chic and rustic all at the same time. Can't wait to see your tutorial, love this look. Thank you for sharing another fabulous website with all the cool things for home.

  14. Image for Kris Kris

    Love it! I've been debating on using removable wallpaper for an accent wall in my son's room--I'd kinda like a weathered wood look ... anyway, it's your fault I spent wayyyy too much time on Walls Need Love . ;)

  15. Image for Rowena Philbeck Rowena Philbeck

    I didn't know that was faux!! Looks wonderful. Sure gives you an idea of all the options for our houses. Thanks, Rowena

  16. Image for Peggy Peggy

    That is wallpaper?!! I can't wait to see the tutorial! Oh my goodness! I can change my kitchen! I'm thrilled... Beyond words!

  17. Image for Susan Susan

    OMG...I cannot believe that is's just sooooooo realistic...and I soooooo love the simple little vignette you created in front of it with the little table and chairs and the's absolute perfection! I'll bet it feels good to have the gatehouse looking much closer to your personal aesthetic, yes? What an amazing use of a dish-towel, too, using it as window-dressing...LOVE how you think out-of-the-box! I can't wait to see the tutorial on the wall...I may just have to do this in my little home!

  18. Image for Sherrie Pfeiffer Sherrie Pfeiffer

    It's WALLPAPER? OK, I have sworn on a stack of HGTV magazines that I would never, ever put up wallpaper again. Like, NEVER! It goes up easy and comes down like a bear, taking half the drywall with it. I have cried poor pitiful me tears over ruined walls. And now this. I'm so tempted! I'm going to have to see some testimonials that people don't get divorced over the wallpaper removal process. LOL! It's time to do some research on this product, because that is seriously gorgeous! What a cozy room!

  19. Image for Cherie Cherie

    I have been wanting to do brick in my kitchen so couldn't believe it when I saw your post! It looks SO great and gets me even more excited!!! Thanks, KariAnne!

  20. Image for Michelle Mortensen Michelle Mortensen

    Well, the whole thing just looks simply clean, airy, and amazing. I love it! Great job. How long did it take from start to finish? (Did you say and I just missed it because I am so tired? I hope not.) Best & Bisous, Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

  21. Image for Mary Mary

    Karianne, I absolutely love everything about your home, especially the budget part! I so wish you could come to Michigan to help me! Thanks for sharing., Mary.

  22. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    :-o That's wallpaper? It looks so real! I love it and I can't wait to read the tutorial. Love the new look of the kitchen. I liked the brights but I really do like the farmhouse look better.

  23. Image for Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous. I love the brick wall. I have been wanting to try something like that in my kitchen. You have done a beautiful job on your kitchen!!!

  24. Image for Mimi Mimi

    Karianne, a brilliant idea! A bit like the Trompe L'oeil used in days gone by. Very clever! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou. Mimi xxx

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