Monday, January 17, 2011

Vintage charm for cheap

When we moved to Red Gate Farm a little over 6 years ago, I was surprised to find out that none of my "modern" appliance would fit on my kitchen counters.  The upper cabinets are hung fairly low.  Now being a little on the short side, this is kind of handy, but where to put my KitchenAid or the espresso maker.... Since there is a "breakfast room" right off the kitchen, well that became the most likely spot to do something.  I'd painted the walls the perfect shade of green and the trim white right after we moved in.






















Then a couple of weeks later my husband came across a nice old cabinet for just a few dollars at our local salvage/re-use it store (The ReStore).  We planned to make some sort of built in pantry, complete with beadboard.  For 2 years, this is what my wall in the breakfast room off of my kitchen looked like. Complete with a cheap bookcase (originally one of my kids) made of cardboard and particle board plunked next to the cabinet.  Instant pantry and place to store the Kitchenaid... for a short time.






















Fast forward 2 years and the project finally got off the ground.

















Salvaged beadboard, also from the ReStore being installed.  This is the real kind that fits together and is very thick.  A great base to build the shelves on.






















New wooden "countertop".  With facing trim salvaged from the cabinet.  We'd originally thought of using an old slab of wood out of the garage, from a work bench but decided it was too nice to use here since we were going to paint it.






















Shelves in and painted.  Lower shelf is built to accommodate the KitchenAid mixer when in the "up" position. Green for the beadboard and white for the rest... inside and out.






















Pretty vintage green milk glass knobs.  Lots of different jars and a new pantry.  And more important, a spot for the KitchenAid mixer and now the espresso machine as well.  The whole project came in at less than $200, not bad for an entire wall... complete with my vintage style.


















Since today was a holiday, here's to a short work week,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

linking to:
cottage instincts



and

 http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/
and

Gettin' Krafty With It


28 comments:

  1. Awesome! I have one of those kitchens as well. I love the beadboard and I am trying to convince my hubbie to do it. I love open shelving and that is what I have now. I love using all white dishes and clear canisters. It looks so clean!

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  2. Great job! I love that cool green.

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  3. Just gorgeous with all of your canisters and jars lined up so neatly! Really great job- I love beadboard. I used to live in a house full of it! Would love for you to share this at my link party if you get the chance!

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  4. Another built-in and this one is just as perfect as the first - excellent placement and I bet you use it hecka more then you thought you ever would...


    And Im a canister girl too! Love me some ikea ones; they make things look good all the time :)

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  5. Wow!! That does not even look like the same space. I can just imagine how thrilled you must be to have a place for everything in this shiny, bright area...Good for you!

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  6. Fabulous! Brilliant!
    They look like they have been there the whole time. I like the way you left a spot for your crocks. What is the maker on your crocks? Since you are in the states I have no idea who would have made them.

    I have a whole bunch made from Medalta or Medicine Hat or Redcliffe Potteries.

    oH and I know what you mean about the kitchen-aid....when I made our cupboards big bird brain me did NOT take into the account the height of the kitchen aid... and now I have nowhere to store it...

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  7. I love the light green with the white ... they look so nice together! What a great project done on a great budget ~ that's what I like to see. And it is all so practical and functional, not just pretty to look at!

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  8. To say I love this would be an understatement. Just amazing ... looks like it belongs in a Real Simple or Martha Stewart magazine. Well done : )

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  9. Looks like a totally different space..I love the green. In Arizona we don't see much beadboard...

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  10. That is beautiful! Love the green! And where in the world did you find those huge crocks? They are great.

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  11. Oh my goodness, I love it!! Especially the green, which is not usually my choice but it looks so pretty! You have amazing vision Chris. This post is being shown to the Artist. : ) $200? I love that most of all and those crocks, I've never seen one so tall before!

    ~Andrea~

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  12. This looks so great!!! Love the white and the vintage green. The crocks are awesome!! What do you put in yours, if anything? I have quite a few, but just have them sitting out. Would like them to be more useful!!

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  13. Very pretty all your jars look so pretty lined up. And I love the green paint.

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  14. Oh Chris! Cottage perfection....that green is to die for!!! Would you come organize my kitchen? Pretty please???? :)

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  15. Looks amazing, Chris! I just love using beadboard! Be sure to check out my latest post. Passing The Stylish Blogger Award along to you!

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  16. Chris-this is absolutely wonderful. I LOVE the colors, bead board, design, everything. It is absolutely perfect and the way you decorated it-perfect. Again--is your husband available for rental? ;)

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  17. Love your open shelves with all the glass canisters. So appealing to the eye.

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  18. That green is the prettiest shade...do you remember what color it is?

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  19. Wonderful. Love your canister collection and colors ! Have a great day !

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  20. Okay...I'm drooling all over looking at these beautiful pics...love the beadboard and the look you have going on here:) Thanks so much for sharing with us at my NTT PARTY.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  21. Chris, I too love the Re-store and find way too much good stuff there. The pantry turned out beautiful on the cheap. Just the way I like it.

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  22. Hi friends... a number of questions have been asked about my crocks...

    I don't know the makers... I think I'd have to look that up somewhere based on the "logo".

    The larger crock was my great-grandmother's (can't imagine making anything that would need this large of one!) and the smaller, lidded one we purchased at an antique store in Cloverdale (British Columbia).

    We use them to store our dog food in. We have 2 large dogs and one small dog... so the two crocks work well. One of these days we intend to make a lid for the larger crock, to keep the snacking down.

    ~Chris

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  23. Hi Chris, it's so nice to "meet" you! Your home looks so beautiful in the snow - I look forward to reading older posts and seeing it in other seasons! This post was great - what a beautiful pantry you put together! When we remodeled our cottage kitchen, I too had to have a special piece built to house my essential tools - the Kitchenaid mixer, blender, etc.!

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  24. Oh very perfect! Such a great addition to your home. I love how vintage and organized it looks!

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  25. Featured your gorgeous shelves- hope you'll swing by and pick up a featured button!

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  26. OMG...what a WONDERFUL shelf and it looks as though it was ALWAYS there. Love beadboard and that green is a favorite and just *goes* with my very favorite vintage reds. Great job :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  27. I missed this post before but I'm so glad I stumbled across it today. I love what you did. We have the same problem in our little post WWII cottage - can't fit much between counter and cupboards. We ended up finding a perfect freestanding island and nestling it against a long wall and it has the espresso maker on it. Adore that green!

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