I was supposed to be making progress on some of the projects that were already under way but one thing sometimes leads to another. When I was finishing up painting in the kitchen, I got sidetracked and started a new one.
The kitchen has gone through a few different stages. This is what it looked like when I bought the house, the scrambled eggs and band-aids color combo. It's been painted a few times including the hideous tile that was primed and painted BM Decorator's White.
To make room a new bathroom, I gave up about 2-1/2 feet out of the kitchen.
That ended up looking like this. I had a 1960s dishwasher (used only for storage) on one side of the stove, and a microwave cart on the other. The old table in the middle of the kitchen that used for prep space was too big for the smaller kitchen.
I tried the green antique console table which looked great but was too low and too small to be practical.
I was lucky to find an old, paint spattered lab table with slate top that was the perfect size and height for an island. A real bargain found in Maine. So, as I was painting, I thought this dishwasher and microwave cart solution was just a little too pitiful. So I scoured the house for Home Depot gift cards and cashed them in for a few adult kitchen cabinets.
I primed and painted them with Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray. It was great luck that the top to the old dishwasher and microwave cart fit the cabinets so I didn't have to buy countertop although I have my eye on a butcher block slab at IKEA.
Yes, I've decided to go without a microwave. Totally old school.
I thought this looked so much better although not a great deal more efficient. As much I loved my vintage cow print above the stove, I thought open shelving would let me keep things I use everyday (and a few snazzy decorative items) right at hand and open up a little room in the cramped pantry.
Back to Home Depot.
And voila, new kitchen shelves. The brackets are a 10" wood bracket that I painted Benjamin Moore White River. The walls are Sweet Spring. The shelf is 1x8-inch pine to which I tacked a 1x2-inch board on the front to make the shelves look chunkier. You can see what I mean on the end of the shelf (above).
But from the front, it looks just like thick slab of wood.
I'm still working on where everything goes, but I love having everything at hand. I also added a vintage metal clipboard that's perfect to keep a recipe at eye height.
I painted the sink cabinet to same Rockport Gray as the new cabinets. The old upper cabinets match the open shelves for a consistent look.
A few weeks ago when I met Carol from House and Home Defined, she mentioned that she liked going antiquing so we made a play date and went to the Cambridge Antiques Market today to look for a few things I wanted for the dining room and kitchen shelves.
The Cambridge Antiques Market is a multi-dealer store and has a little something for everyone. This was one of my favorite booths.
I have real weakness for pottery and this stuff was beautiful.
As luck usually has it, you never find what you're looking for but you find a few things you didn't know you needed.
I came home with these old mezzalunas and some weird pair of clippers. I think they're great as sculpture.
And those have found a home on the wall as you walk into the kitchen.
Carol and I had a great time. I can't tell how nice it was for me to walk around such a place with someone who shares my excitement and vision for things. What until you see the little project she talked me into!
I'll add it to the list.