Not the best before pictures, I lost all my old ones. These are from the website when we bought the house.
||Rug | Similar Gold Shelf | Similar Canisters | Round natural tray on top open shelf | Copper nesting bowls($16) | Spoon holder next to stove | Soap Dispenser | Calendar | Similar Wood Cutting Boards | Bar stools are from Ikea several years ago ||
Yay! We have finally completed all the finishing touches on our kitchen! When we bought our house the kitchen was outdated, which is expected in a house built in 1948. There was laminate wood floor on top of another form of laminate flooring, on TOP of sub-flooring which was ALL on top of the wood floors you see above! I absolutely adore our kitchen floor! We stained it with a light grayish stain and it gave the wood a milky hue that I can’t get enough of! They certainly aren’t perfect…there are lots of nicks created from pulling up all the other flooring, but we just filled it all in with wood putty. You can see where we filled in all the spots, but I think the imperfections add to the cottage appeal and look I have been going for! This rug is from RugsUSA and I am SO happy with it! Very soft and plush, and the colors are perfect! I don’t have a rug pad underneath it, and it doesn’t slide all over the place. Great price too!
The cabinets and pulls are original. We repainted the entire kitchen, including the cupboards, white, and added thick baseboards. I love love love white walls, it totally brightens up any space! Jake built our counter tops himself. He bought a few bundles of tongue and groove wood boards, that are used for flooring, and pieced them together with wood glue. Once they dried and were super sturdy, he cut them down into the shape we needed, put them on and then stained them black. I love the look, but black counter tops are HARD to keep looking clean.
The concrete farm sink is probably my favorite feature. My brother in law, Mike, built it for us! He used his own mold and created this HEAVY duty masterpiece. If we move, I feel like I might try to take it with us(even though I know it’s not a possibility) because it will be so painful to part with. It never looks dirty either! #win Mike and Jake did our subway tile back splash as well. I’m all about white, as you know, and I’ve never had a problem keeping it clean.
A friend of ours let me go through his grandparents house and pick out anything I wanted as they are getting rid of everything. I got the silver canisters and gold metal shelf. I snatched up a few things that are original from the 60’s. The metal shelf is actually a book shelf, but I just piled plants on it instead for some greenery. If you type in, ‘mid century gold metal stand’ on google, and click on the shopping tab….you’ll find several very similar racks on Etsy, but not in bulk stock. I don’t actually store flour, sugar or spices in my canisters, since they aren’t airtight, I use a set of old Tupperware ones I snagged at a garage sale. I put candy, bags of chocolate chips, and things I’m not worried about, in the ones on my counter.
For my open shelves, we just painted two boards from Lowe’s Home Improvement, and put them up. I found my copper pieces at a garage sale(of course) but they are a cool set that are from Turkey. The books are random books we got at Goodwill that in no way pertain to anything kitchen, or cooking related. Heh heh, just for show. Other pieces are from Hobby Lobby and Home Goods. I am ADDICTED to Hobby Lobby…they have everrrything and such great weekly sales! Jake just grins every time I say I’m going to run over there really quickly…because you can’t just run in and out unless you’re wearing blinders.
Where the bar is at, used to be a washer and dryer. We moved those into a closet at the end of the hall, and Jake built that little space for me. It is my spot. I am always sitting on my stool, with my feet resting on the other stool. I pull Crew’s highchair up to it and that’s where her and I do all of our eating. My kitchen is absolutely my happy place. I love it. It’s bright and cozy, and when I step into it, endorphins get released! I’m not being dramatic…I really do love being in this room!
I am so thankful for my amazing brother in laws! Fred and Mike can basically do everything plumbing, electrical, construction related and Jake and them got after it! Sanding, working, painting, moving outlets. I mean, they were just absolute blessings, especially when you’re on a budget and don’t want to spend an insane amount of money paying people to do it. I am forever grateful.