Yesterday, I had the pleasure of a guest gig at The Handmade Home. I’m excited to be a regular contributor over there. Maybe I’ll put that as my occupation now when I fill out school papers. “Contributor at The Handmade Home.” Because I’m official like that. :)
I thought I’d update my newest followers on our kitchen. During the recent move to WordPress, my kitchen wrap-up post got lost in the shuffle. I’ve received boat-loads of questions about the kitchen so I thought this would be a good way to address them. Also, Emily A. Clark is having a link party today that involves “working with what you have.” I have certainly done that in this case.
My dream kitchen would be white with a modern farmhouse feel. That isn’t happening any time soon. I refuse to complain about my existing kitchen because it is updated and well appointed. Just not quite my style.
Just a few changes completely transformed the look without overhauling it. It feels like a different space.
-The wallpapered ceiling creates the cottage feel that I want.
- The paint color is Hazy Skies by Benjamin Moore.
-I replaced the pendant shades with these from Schoolhouse Electric. The light over the bar is from Ballard Designs.
-The high back barstools are from Ballard also (currently on sale). The metal stools are from Overstock. I plan to spray paint those darker at some point.
I did have more stuff above the cabinets but I’m in a major editing phase. When in doubt, take away. For more on the mirrors turned chalkboards, go here.
I believe I can make this kitchen into a version of my dream kitchen without painting the cabinets. Not to say that I never will, but I am embracing the “work with what you have” philosophy. I still have some changes up my sleeve but this is where it stands currently. Now, to add something different on the top of those cabinets…
The window mirrors that were previously up there are going on the screened porch. I can’t wait for porch season! Bring on the spring.
For more inspiration on working with what you have, check out the party.