Friday, March 21, 2014

More spring farmhouse kitchen...

I thought I would show y'all the rest of my spring kitchen. You can see part I HERE.

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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:


And now...


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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35 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Anita, It looks and I am sure it feels like home. I still love your counter tops and I am sure you will love them for a very long time.
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    1. Thank you!! We really are loving them and so glad I jumped in and just did it!

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  2. I love your kitchen and the way you accessorize it is always such a treat to see. Hugs, Marty

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  3. What a perfect country kitchen Anita...you did a great job with it! The counters are lovely and it's also very cozy and inviting !
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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    1. Thank you Fabby! We are enjoying it:-)

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  4. Oh, I almost forgot! I love that big White pitcher with the rolling pins...it's awesome!
    FABBY

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    1. Thank you Fabby...it was $5 at an antique shop here!

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  5. Everything looks so cozy and homey, and like a kitchen that's actually used rather than just for show. The new countertop looks beautiful and I know exactly what you mean with the cabinet. I did the same myself, until I got my vintage Chambers stove up and running and needed the extra inches. It will be interesting to see what you come up with for an island as the current one divides the space nicely. Your love of home shines in every picture.

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    1. Wow, the stove sounds wonderful!! Thank you so much -- that means a lot to me:-)

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  6. Anita:

    What is the color you have on the walls? Just love it!

    Deborah

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    1. Hi Deborah, it is "Secluded Guestroom" Colorplace at Walmart. I love the color and that brand of paint having used expensive paints in the past. This one required one coat over the red I had before.

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    2. Thank you, Anita! I am going to tuck this away as a possibility for the new home I am building in Pittsboro. Hope your weather in Asheville was as nice today as what we had here in Raleigh. Take care.

      Deborah

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  7. I love the pops of pink against your blue walls. It looks so springy and your counter tops are gorgeous!
    Cindy

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  8. Anita...your kitchen is absolutely beautiful, from the pretty shade of blue walls to the wood accents. I especially love the way you have hung your pans and cutting boards, I'm always looking for creative ideas like that. And your dishes, so pretty and spring~like!

    We recently bought a place in Asheville, in addition to our home here in the Midwest. We will be spending about 7 weeks a year there and I would love to have the opportunity to meet up with you sometime! I think it would be fun! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. Yes, Jane, that would be awesome!!! Funny, but the idea I have in my head for my cabinet here by the fridge facing the other way I believe is one I got from your kitchen. I'll have to go back and look because it was a while ago.

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  9. Anita, let me just say that I could sit in your kitchen for hours and just take it all in! Everything feels so warm and inviting. I can see how much love you have poured into every detail! It is absolutely beautiful!

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  10. Your kitchen is just wonderful - so very warm and welcoming, you should feel very proud to have created such an inviting and special room for your family.

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  11. Hi Anita,
    Due to a medical issue, we didn't make the trip up on Saturday as planned. We will be leaving tomorrow and hopefully arrive tomorrow night. Our island is very much the shape of yours, but it comfortably holds six and it seems like everyone can see each other better than a rectangular islands. We had the stove/ovens put in the island, along with a prep sink. Email if you and your husband would like to come see it. We love how it turned out.
    Regards,

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  12. So pretty. Love your thematic rooms! Lots of inspiration here. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. It is all beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  14. Your kitchen looks really pretty for spring. I love the re-claimed wood counter tops and the screened pantry door. The soft colours are very pleasing. Have a wonderful week!

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  15. I love your kitchen Anita! Your reclaimed/repurposed family heirlooms really make it special...and so interesting (and beautiful!)

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  16. The dreaded breakfast bar brackets!!! I got complaints about those, too, Finally just had to have them removed to keep from arguing about it. Wish I could get them back. They looked really good.

    There is a noticeable difference between what you had before and the current counter top. You've made it look much nicer. Funny how little changes can have such a big impact.

    Your kitchen is beautiful, and I just love that ceiling! !!!!!!!!

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  17. It's all absolutely perfect Anita! You have made it into your dream and having your loved ones all around able to enjoy it is what makes that dream a perfect one. I especially love the center island, the heart of the kitchen. I can see all of you gathering around, spending time together, laughing and talking about the day....just perfect!

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  18. I love your kitchen and every single detail. It is so inviting. You have done a wonderful job with your remodels and accessories. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  19. It's really beautiful! Your eye for color, mixing and matching the cabinetry is amazing. I love the open shelves too that are next to the sink. I also really like that you feel ok about the black appliances and are resisting the "must" of stainless steel. I am a black appliance girl, keeping grungy fingerprints off stainless steel drives me nuts! Visiting from A Stroll Thru Life . . . have an awesome week :)

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    1. Thank you Melanie! I love black appliances also and chose them over the option of stainless. I have never liked stainless appliances, and now I am SO glad I didn't cave to that trend. Yes, getting the fingerprints off drives me nuts just on my toaster, lol, so I can't imagine a fridge. The funny thing is, although I wanted a white cast iron sink, my husband "helped" me choose a stainless steel sink, and I am so happy with that stainless choice. Glad he steered me that direction!

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  20. Hi Anita! Oh, your kitchen is just lovely. I love all of your sweet changes and I spy pieces of Pyrex peeking out all around. :)
    Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    Enjoy your day. Hugs.
    Maria

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  22. Thanks for sharing your kitchen again with us, Anita! I always love seeing all the beautiful things you do in there and throughout your wonderful home. I am always pinning things from your blog to my boards and my followers often re-pin, so your style ethic is a hit, not only with me, but with many others!

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  23. Wow...Your Kitchen was so beautiful..Thanks for sharing it..
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  24. Thanks for sharing, you did an amazing job. Your kitchen looks gorgeous, warm and inviting!
    FABBY

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  25. Anita, what a beautiful job you did. Your countertops are gorgeous. Everything is just beautiful. It shows a lot love and hard work went into it. Very nice. Thanks for sharing. Denise

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