I thought I would show y'all the rest of my spring kitchen. You can see part I HERE.
We finally finished up the countertop on the remaining section of cabinet.
In all honesty, I'd rather build in a cabinet that goes all the way up and opening to face the other cabinets, but this is what we have for now. At least we got the ugly laminate off and replaced it with antique wormy chestnut.
Here is a reminder of what it looked like before:
I could not love how the chestnut counters we made last summer are holding up any more. I'll write a post on that later, but I am 110% sure I made the right choices in finishing and love the patina they have already.
As for the rest of the kitchen, lots of pink and green for spring. The blue wall color, "Secluded Guestroom" Colorplace paint at Walmart, reminds me of the Carolina blue skies we enjoy here, but is actually a match for one of the colors out of the old house here.
Towels I made from my grandfather's feedsacks, muslin and lace cafe curtains and sink skirt definitely add farmhouse style.
I added these iron brackets to the island last winter just to give it a little more detail, but the two who sit on each end, hate them because they are always hitting their knees against them. I figure they will get used to them being there eventually. Right?
Franciscan "Desert Rose," Franciscan "Ivy," Wedgwood "Queen's Plain," and Fostoria "Moonstone" pink glassware work so nicely together to add a spring touch paired with vintage Oneida A-1 "Meadowbrook" silver plated flatware.
This is another DIY countertop update that I am SO glad I did.
Another update I would like to tackle is reconfiguring this island into a rectangle. There is a lot of wasted space and not room for everyone to sit, so I hope I get to it...someday.
I added these pieces of reclaimed wood trim several years ago to hang pots, pans, and cutting boards, and love having everything within easy reach. I used plain screws to hold the pots like I had seen in a book on English cottages. So utilitarian and simple, but works great.
On this side I attached cabinet pulls.
I really do enjoy my kitchen now, and it has certainly come a long way. I love that it is unique and authentically collected from the paint colors and wood down to every accessory.
We have added so much vintage/farmhouse charm using reclaimed, repurposed and family heirlooms that it really feels like an old house now, but with modern conveniences -- and on a *very* limited budget.
We spend so much time here and nothing makes me happier than to have everyone either sitting or standing around the island just chatting about the day.
I treasure these moments while the children are little and my parents are right next door.
Ultimately, it's all about family for me and that's what makes my kitchen not a showroom, but the heart of our home:-)
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