March 15, 2010

Kitchen Renovation

I promised a while back to show the progress in my house. Well, I only finished this room before Christmas but hey, I'm finally showing y'all right?

Here was our breakfast nook before we moved in.

This is a shot of part of the kitchen.

Remember these chairs I found at Goodwill for $9.99?

These were fun to makeover. The shape and lines of them were just so beautiful and I wanted them to go with my table that has wrought iron legs. So they were spray painted black.
And here is part of the results....

The curtains are canvas drop cloths that cost me all of 18 bucks for all of the curtains in the kitchen!! I replaced the old light that hung too low with one I found on clearance online for $30 bucks.

This swatch is the actual color of the wall. It is Silver Sage from Restoration Hardware.

This grate that I hung above the table is from Paris. It was on an old home in the early part of the 1900's.

A view into my living room.
The big black cupboard used to be in my craft room but it just "fit" in this room better.

MY theory on decorating is that is should all mean something to you and be very personal. Most of the decor or trinkets in my home have been collected over time or as I have traveled.

These gorgeous old stoneware bottles were made and used in the town my husband grew up in in Northern England. Bacup, Lancashire to be exact. Apparently, they were drank from and then you threw them in a recycling sort of bin at the time. They cleaned them, then refilled them with ginger beer and put a cork in it. My father in law found them in an old house and gave them to me.

I made that clock above the pantry.

The colors are not showing up "true" because it was a night shot but you get the idea.

No- I do not still have my Christmas tree up. These are old photos ;-)
I have been tinkering still with placements of things and making it more cozy but I wanted to share with y'all.
Oh- and remember I said "personal decor"? The painting near the microwave was bought by me and my hubby in England at an antique store about 5 years ago and I never had the right place for it.
I do now!!

Hope you enjoyed the little tour of my kitchen.

xoxo Emily xoxo


Kristina P. said...

It looks amazing, Emily. I love the wall hangings.

Ellen said...

beautiful reno! I really like how you infused the room with touches of your personality and memories. I just finished our kitchen so I know ho fabulous it fees to be done with it and in it!

come check out the pics!

Debby said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Natalie Meester said...

I love your clock above the door! I have the same barstools right now, although I am looking at getting some new ones from Wisteria.

Love your kitchen tour!



Anonymous said...

You have such a beautiful home!

andrea creates said...

It's a great makeover!I know exactly what Silver Sage looks like ;) I had it in my old home and now I have it in my family room!Always a favorite :)

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Deedra said...

I've said it before, and I 'll say it're AMAZING!!! I think I want to move in with you. Got room?

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Martina said...

What a great job you've done Emily - it looks gorgeous and very stylish.
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Lisa B. said...

I love your style!! Each room has the perfect touches!!

The Haley Family said...

simply gorgeous. I kid you not, my kitchen would fit between your sink and microwave. so sad...

Darci said...

What a welcoming and charming little spot you created. I love it.

DJ Carrera said...

Hey Emily, I happened across your blog through Mindy's blog and I have to say I LOVE IT! Nice kitchen re-do!

Wendy said...

I love the curtain idea! I am assuming that you just put jaw hangers on the ends and slid them on the rod...?! I am trying to find an inexpensive way to dress my windows and I think I may have found it.
The kitchen is gorgeous!

Lettered Cottage said...

Awesome job!
So glad you dug the drop cloth idea- they look great. The herb crates do too!


Anonymous said...

Hi Emily!
Your house looks amazing. I am really intersted in knowing how you made that clock. I have been looking for a clock just like that. could you do a tutorial on it?