Friday, because I had a lot of photos to go through before
posting about it, but my mom is going on a camping trip
today and she wasn’t too happy when she found out she
wouldn’t get to see my kitchen until she got home late Sunday night.
I stayed up until the wee hours this morning
finishing this post for you, Mom –
I hope you like it and have fun camping!I think the hardest part about this kitchen remodel
was getting the whole room clean at the same time so
I could take photos of it. Every time I turned around
there were more dishes by the sink, or someone’s junk was
stacked on the kitchen table, or the floor needed sweeping again.
But I got up early before anyone could make a new mess, and got the photos taken!
Welcome to my kitchen! Come on in and sit down.
My daughter even baked some fresh German chocolate cupcakes for you.
This kitchen was fairly outdated.
It had a very small window above the kitchen sink that wasn’t
doing justice to the lovely view of the pasture and forest beyond it, so
our goal was to open up the view and let as much natural light as possible come in.
My husband installed a new, large window over the sink and added
another one right next to it on the adjacent wall.
We also installed an antique window from a historic courthouse
between the kitchen and the living room to open up the view
between the two rooms and allow some of the light from the kitchen
into the living room as well, which has only one window.
For those of you who are “skip the details and give me the big picture” kind of people –
you just got it. You’ve seen the overall kitchen.
For those of you who are into every little detail…
you’re in for it!
I’ll take you around the room, from top to bottom, starting at the sink.
Remember the door that I’ve created a bunch of coat racks out of?
Well, the side piece that had the hinges became the shelf over the kitchen sink.
I made something out of every single piece of that door.
Not many moms tell their kids not to eat fruit,
but I had to guard this fruit from my kids until
I could take photos. It was killing them not to eat the clementines.
Lots of canning jars sit in the smaller new window.
My old eyeglasses display hangs above our drinking glasses.
I love the typography on both of these.
The corner by the entryway has my old cook stove
and the ironstone display I made from another part of the door.
Underneath is another display of tarnished spoons.
Half of an old wooden screen door makes a mock window
above the stove, with some curtains made
from flour sack towels.
To the right of the ironstone display is the doorway from
the entryway into the kitchen. We have another milk
can light in the entryway and I placed a little ruler
over the doorway with the Golden Rule on it.
Believe it or not, these rulers were made by the Coca-Cola
company. You rarely see advertising like that anymore.
On the other side of the doorway is the wall between the kitchen
and living room I showed you a few weeks ago.
Turning the corner is my counter with the window
that came from a demolished, historic courthouse.
Everywhere you see the “tin” ceiling tiles (they are really
flexible plastic!), is where cabinets previously had hung.
We needed a way to hide the damage left from taking them
down, so my husband came up with using the faux tin tiles.
He’s one smart cookie!
He reused some of the glass cabinet doors to make an
illuminated cabinet over the refrigerator where I keep my favorite white
serving dishes. The backside of the cabinet faces the living room
and also has glass doors, so it’s visible from both sides,
with a different vignette showing on the other side.
On the other side of the refrigerator is a little alcove for the stove.
Since I have very limited cabinet space, everything
becomes wall art in my kitchen, like all my
cast iron skillets. Food staples look pretty in glass jars,
so they become decor also.
Small wooden crates made a perfect spice rack.
I paid just a few dollars for these at an auction.
All the shelves in the kitchen were made from the top
of an antique table. My husband just cut the pieces to size.
All the brackets were purchased 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby.
An old bank bag makes a pretty vase sleeve.