Friday, August 23, 2013

Vanessa's Home Renovation: Kitchen Reveal!




Ta Da!!! Here it is...my dream kitchen! Still some things to do yet, but for the most part...done. Can you guess what has to go?? Yep...that BLACK stove. We bought that when we moved in as a temporary stove. Found it at a yard sale and thought "black appliances look good in some white kitchens". Well...not mine! I actually have an amazing vintage stove that belonged to my husband's great-grandmother. We got it checked out and $1500 was the quote we got to get it fixed. $1500!!??! So we're gonna get a second opinion. 



I've posted about the cabinets before. We bought the unit in pieces from Station 8 in Columbia Falls. It's obvious why I wanted these particular cabinets. THAT COLOR!! Well my husband was not feeling too good about having spent so much money on something that was literally falling apart in the trailer on the way home. I totally understood. So I had to remind him (as well as myself) that we wouldn't find anything cheaper, it will take some work, and it will look incredible in the end. I mean isn't that the story of the whole house? Well it didn't take him long. I was amazed at how well it came together. He wrapped the counter top with galvanized steel. Yes...it would look AMAZING with butcher block counters, but that was more pricy, more work, and I love the easy cleaning of the steel. 


This shelf was just recently put together. I've known all along what I wanted above those cabinets...


...THIS!


I just couldn't decide how to make it. My husband said it would be an easy make (yay!), it's just getting that old look! I mean that real authentic old look. At first I was thinking I'd have to find barnwood with paint flaking off. Then I talked to a few people, did a LITTLE research (because I'm NOT a researcher), and thought maybe I could make it look old. The thing is, I don't like stain on top of paint and I wasn't sure how painting on top of fresh stain would work (without primer), so it was a major experiment.


We bought the wood (just plain white pine). I took a piece to experiment with. I stained it with some darkish stain. Then I used the method I found online which was using a block of wood to paint with. The paint goes on very unevenly. Then I lightly sanded, not enough to sand through the stain, and I loved how it turned out. 



So in a day my husband built the shelf. Then I stained the whole thing. Then I used about 3 different colors of cream and white and layers them on, first using the dry brush method and then using the block method. Then I sanded. It was hard for me to decide if it would REALLY fool me if I didn't know it wasn't old. Does it fool you??



The light fixture shades and the sink faucet I got off of ebay.




So the plan is to put in two skinny windows on either side of the big shelf...eventually. Right now there is an old rotted shed attached to the back of that wall, but it will be coming off and windows in and then I can see into the backyard. 



So what do you think? 
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45 comments:

  1. Kudos on finding that AMAZING vintage cabinet + opting to design a kitchen around it. Love your shelf; I pinned your inspiration, myself! Can you post a link to the block-of-wood painting method?
    KAY
    redbirdv.wordpress.com

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    1. Oh boy....I don't think I could find it again. I don't even remember what terms I googled. But all it was was a small block of wood, about the size of the palm of your hand, and you dip the flat end into paint and spread. It misses spots and goes on heavy in others. Sorry I don't have a link for you.

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  2. LOVE IT!!!Great job!

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  3. Gorgeous Love all the color and your shelf is perfect
    awesome job!!!
    xxoo
    Pam

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    1. Thank you so much! I'll have to get better pics of the shelf.

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  4. Love this. Such time and love put into this

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  5. Incredible!!! This kitchen is so my inspiration in my future dream home :)
    xoxo

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    1. That's so sweet! Still more work to do yet before it's perfect, but I'm glad it inspires.

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  6. Are you kidding me?!?!?! It looks AMAZING!

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    1. Haha! Well you saw it in person (minus the shelf). Thank you!

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  7. I have to say I love most of it! Some of it is a little too "newer vintage" for me. If I can remember it from my childhood, it's not old enough. :-) But I love your cupboards and your sink - gorgeous!

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  8. I was completely fooled! and I am not easily fooled by faux aging/painting...I love it...great job on you both...

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    1. Thanks Anita! Did I not show you when you were here?

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  9. Absolutely one of the MOST beautiful kitchens I have ever seen!! Love it all! Congrats on having your dream Kitchen!!!

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  10. Love it, it's so inviting! where did you find all those lovely ironstone pieces? Do you have chalkboard/artwork ideas too?

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    1. Oh goodness...I've been collecting all the bowls and platters for years. I love chalkboards but not in my house I think. Mainly because they are black...haha...and I obvious love white with warm neutrals and color. I haven't gotten to decorate much though. All my artwork and mirrors and decor are piled in a room. I'm hoping soon to be able to do that fun part...the decorating!! And filling in the spaces that need filling.

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  11. so beautiful! i love your collection of cake plates!

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  12. Your hard work has paid off vanessa...great job! I love the stacking cake stands ontop, it's like adding the cherry ontop of a very big banana split!
    Thanks for taking your time to share.
    I need to find out if your doing salt lake city, Utah market this year, I'll get word out to my customers, they are asking and I WANT TO SELL THERE THIS TIME! YEAH! brenda

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    1. Oh thank you!! Oh I'm so excited that you'll be joining us in SLC this time! Ok so just email us at thevintagewhitesmarket@gmail.com and put in the subject line "SLC vendor request". Then I'll email you the application in a week or so.

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  13. This is absolutely stunning!!! Can't believe this is the same kitchen...

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  14. Where do I start?? You're kitchen is AMAZING!!! I've pinned away, I am so enamored. Thank you so much for sharing!!
    ~Shanon

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you like it! Still a few things to do before it's complete yet. But it's turning out to be a pretty happy kitchen.

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  15. Amazing! Gorgeous! Perfection! I adore an unfitted kitchen and this is just the best example of it. What an inspiration.

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  17. You like old materials in the kitchen.

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  19. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this kitchen remodel! Wow! Such a great job! The whole project turned out amazingly antique and shabby chic! You are a genius!

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  20. I got to admit. Your kitchen looked better before. I am not much of a fan of the vintage look. But hey if you like it then that's all that matters!

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  21. This is the cutest stinkin' kitchen EVER! As in EVER! I LOVE it!!!

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  23. This post is so amazing... I so loved to hear the story behind that beautiful Kitchen Cabinet Cubby your Husband built. It makes the miniature one I made EVEN more special to me to know the story behind the photo that inspired me so very much. It is a special little cabinet in my personal Miniature Collection :o) What an amazing Before and After of your Home... Your shabby chic chippy kitchen is AMAZING! I love it all! Your Blog is such eye candy for the creative senses! Warmly, Roxanne, BakingInMiniature.blogspot.com

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  24. Oh goodness but your new kitchen is beautiful!

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  25. It looks great! I was wondering... did you have any plumbing problems when remodeling your kitchen?

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  26. When you are remodeling your kitchen, a few things should always be kept in mind. Your cooktop should be out of the traffic area, at a certain height, so that kids don't reach that easily. Also, plan enough space for the door clearance while kitchen remodeling.

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  27. Wish I could come visit and share a cup of coffee and sweet roll with you, as this kitchen is so sweet I can hardly stand it! By the way, you can use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to make a "black" board in any color you want.....you can write on it just as if it was black... just sayin... Enjoy your kitchen.

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  28. Forgot to ask this... What is the font on your blog header? Love it too!

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  29. I always felt that my kitchen lacks proper ventilation, so I my family helped me to call a professional remodeling expert who can complete kitchen overhaul, as per the budget and requirement. The job was done so perfectly that I felt as if it was a true gift for me on my wedding anniversary.

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