Last week I showed y'all the evolution of the living area, which, by the way, got a whole new seating arrangement yesterday. But more on that later:-) Today I wanted to share the different looks in the kitchen over the years.
Here is how it started out 6 years ago. I still like that look, despite the horrible photography and the counters we replaced.
Here it is a year or so later. I hand painted the backsplash and had a nice collection of Turkish, Spanish, Mexican Talavera and Bolivian pottery.
After the microwave caught on fire, I painted the backsplash in a more neutral tone and added ceramic tile. I honestly didn't like that but did like the English cottage feel I got by adding the fabrics and taking off the doors under the sink.
Then the same *blue* bug that bit me in the living room, got hold of me here and I painted the kitchen "Secluded Guestroom" (Colorplace) and started going toward a more vintage look. Since the wall color was a color from the old house, I also started adding more vintage and farmhouse/cottage style like the feedsack cafe curtains and antique lantern. I painted the lower cabinets a grey color, "Grand Smoky Mountain" (Colorplace) from the old house and stained/painted the upper cabinets.
I tried a ton of different looks.
Things started to come together when we made the wormy chestnut countertops from wood off the old house. After we installed them, I decided to take out the cabinet to the right of the sink and add shelving.
I'm so glad we did that. I found old wood on the property and added iron brackets to hold the shelves. I have truly enjoyed changing them out with different accessories.
Once we added the countertops, huge stainless steel sink and a new faucet, my vision of a vintage farmhouse kitchen really became a reality.
I enjoy changing out the valance and skirt under the sink for different seasons also.
Christmas used to look like this...
...then this way a couple years ago.
And last Christmas, it looked like this.
Of course, I'm planning something totally different for this Christmas:-) I do enjoy the versatility that different fabrics and accessories offer. It's always fun to re-imagine a space simply by changing things around a little.
So that is where my kitchen came from and where it is today. In all honesty, I'm just trying to work with what I have and make the most of it on a small budget because I spend a lot of time there. I think those restrictions have made it a unique and warm space for me to share with my family--and that's the most important thing:-)
I'll be joining: