Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Back Visiting- Our Craigslist Kitchen

I'm back for a few visits!  I've gotten so many emails from people asking for updates, so I decided to dedicate a few posts over the next couple months to show you what we've been up to.  We are still not completely finished with the house... it's been a long, laborous process, and I honestly wouldn't recommend it to anyone.  ;)  What we thought would be mostly cosmetic changes turned into a full-out rebuild.  Literally y'all... we've replaced almost every single wall and floor joist in this house.  Should you ever lose your brain and decide to undertake such a project, by all means, DON'T LIVE IN IT!  My advice... plop an RV on the property and call it home until the renovation's over. Hindsight.  *sigh*  

I posted a while back (here) about this unique kitchen set we found on craigslist.  It was made by the kitchen cabinet company, Smallbone, and came out of a fancy, schmancy house in a golf course community.  Here it was in the original house:


The beauty of English country kitchens is that they are usually free floating pieces, similar to  furniture.  So it was easy to reconfigure the pieces to suit this empty room in our farmhouse:


We kept the wood cabinets as they were, but repainted the painted pieces a creamy white for a more simple look:

The island came from our last house, where we had used an old buffet (also bought on craigslist!) and turned it into an island. We repainted it the same white as the cabinets to make it unified. The iron wall unit came from Pottery Barn. 

Besides the carrara marble counters and pendant lights, it's the only new thing in the whole kitchen.  Everything else came used and from craigslist, including the appliances.



If you look closely, you'll see we still have some painting touch-up to do, and the ceiling still has the old pop-corn.  We have plans to do a rustic wood ceiling one day in the future. 

I plan to show you our finished dining and living areas in my next post.  This kitchen opens out to both of them.  Feel free to ask me specific questions you have in the comments section, and I'll reply best I can.  Thanks! 


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