Basement Rennovation Into Summer Kitchen

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Our basement began life as the stable of our one-hundred-year-old dairy barn.  When we converted the barn into shops and a tearoom restaurant, the front section of the stable became a garden shop.  After thirteen years, we closed our restaurant, converted the shops into a rustic home, and opened a collectable shop in the basement.  We operated Farm Grove Collectables for another thirteen years.

But the life of this vintage room changed again when we closed our home-based business and retired to a life of mentoring, gardening and maintaining our barn home.  My husband put doors made of wainscoting on the simple shop cabinets turning them into primitive kitchen cabinets.  With rustic primitives I had collected from auctions and family and reproduction primitive cabinets my father made, we had the trappings of an early 1900’s summer kitchen–the time period when the barn was originally built. An old wood-burning stove I used for display in our shop is the crowning touch to our new basement room.  I would love to restore the stove to make it usable but venting the stove properly is not possible with three wood stories above it.  Although the stove and sink do not work they add charm.  However the cabinets work wonderfully,  holding all my canning and camping supplies.

The room is the lower entrance into the barn where we have easy access to garden tools and supplies.  It also serves as a mud room where we can change out of soiled shoes and boots before going upstairs.

Ah the joy of having a place for everything and everything in its place.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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2 Responses to Basement Rennovation Into Summer Kitchen

  1. Looks fantastic! Who moved that stove? Wink:)

    • Sharon L. Clemens says:

      Super Dirk and Mighty Travis. Super Dirk was especially delighted to be given the opportunity. No Kryptonite was employed.

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