Monday, October 29, 2012

The Kitchen



Remember back when I showed you my new open shelving and pot rack, I also promised to show photos of our kitchen here at the Roost? Well, here it is!


There is SO much I would like to do to do in this kitchen to mold it to our taste (if only we weren't renting!). For starters, I'd love to rip out all the upper cabinetry, rip out the wooden valence (or whatever it is) over the sink, install a few open shelves in the space, and paint the bottom cabinets white. I'd also love to replace the appliances and the countertops (the wood planks are just not working- and are hard to keep clean!). Eventually I'd also like to paint the walls white for a cohesive, clean look.






Things I love about this kitchen are that it is a large, open space- very roomy, wood floors, vintage cast-iron sink with sides for drying dishes, and nice double-hung windows that let in lots of light. It is conveniently located right off the dining room as well as the den.



new open shelving and potrack


Here are some of the kitchen details:







a vintage tray holds all of our vinegars, cooking wines, and seasonings frequently used in cooking


An antique breadbowl holds fruits on the drop leaf table

So, in short, my kitchen could be a lot worse and I should be thankful. We used to have an island in the middle of the space, but about a year or so ago I sold the island and replaced it with this antique drop-leaf farm table we had. It's perfect for prepping, for use as a buffet for large informal gatherings, or for brunch for two. I feel like it opens up the space a lot more than the island did.

Another update we managed to make was changing out the ceiling fans for these awesome industrial-inspired light fixtures. They go well with the egg-cage pendant and light hanging in front of the open shelving.

vintage industrial light fixtures replaced ceiling fans


peeking from the dining room into the kitchen

I am hoping wherever we move to next I'll be able to start the kitchen design from scratch. I have seen so many wonderful kitchens that I adore either on the web, blogs or magazines, and it always leaves me with a feeling of kitchen envy. Do you have a favorite type of kitchen? I seem to love open, bright kitchens with simple open shelving and vintage details.



So there you go! Our humble kitchen is not so bad after all......even with mismatched appliances and unpainted stock cabinetry :)



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14 comments:

  1. Your kitchen is beautiful! I have a vintage farmhouse kitchen, cupboards are metal, floor is probably the first linoleum that came out, the wall oven is one of those super old stainless Tappan ovens that is about as wide as a turkey. Very thankful for the metal cupboards as they hold up well with farmlife. I can see why they chose them! Looking forward to re-painting them though. ;)

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    1. That is AWESOME. I would love to see your kitchen! I have always had a fondness for metal cabinets.

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  2. The kitchen has great bones! I absolutely LOOOVE the sink and the hardwood floors. You could do so much with it! But since you're renting I guess you can't go too wild. I really love bright airy kitchens - white cabinets, marble countertops, open shelving with a dark wood floor to anchor it all.

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    1. Thanks!! We must be two peas in a pod because I like all of those things too. Bright open farmhouse kitchens are the best.

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  3. You've made some wonderful updates and it has some really awesome features, like the sink and flooring. I would LOVE to have a kitchen that large!

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  4. Wow, Megan I love your kitchen, especially the sink and lighting fixtures. You've got such wonderful, warm details in there and it's so big! You lucky girl.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

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  5. I agree your kitchen is beautiful. I have some major sink envy *winks* Vanna

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  6. For what it's worth, I think your kitchen is beautiful! It's prettier than mine, and I OWN my home, lol! I love your shelves and pot rack, the lighting fixtures, and the large openness of the space. Found you through your link at Common Ground. Hope you'll come over and visit me, too! :-)

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  7. I think your kitchen is wonderful! You've done a great job!

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  8. What a cute kitchen! I love that transom window over the big doorway. Also love the adorable breadbox!

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  9. You've done a great job with the changes you were able to make even though you're renting. LOVE the transom windows. Gorgeous!!
    I'm happy to be a new follower, Mary Alice

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  10. I love those hardwood floors. Your kitchen is gorgeous. I may have to steal your vintage try next to the stove idea.

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  11. There are always things we'd like to change about our homes--rented or owned--but I think your kitchen is darling.

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