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...
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?