Awhile back, I wrote a post on how to paint, trim and update dated oak kitchen cabinets, featuring the process and progress photos from one of my first friends in blogland, Kim from One Woman’s Cottage Life. Well, Kim has been busy, and her kitchen is about finished! It’s just beautiful, and (with Kim’s kind permission), there are tons of pictures to share with you.
When Kim bought her home, the kitchen was functional but without charm, interest or character. Builder basic oak cabinets, appliances and a popcorn ceiling made for a dreary space.
After her renovations, the kitchen is an airy, light-filled space with a mix of antique and modern sensibilities. Kim and her husband completed most of the work themselves, including a paneled and box-beamed ceiling, crown moulding, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, a freestanding island, farmhouse furniture, a white-on-white paint palette and a stunning cabinet updateI.
To achieve the dramatic change on her cabinets, Kim added moulding, trim, beadboard end panels and a multi-step distressed and antiqued paint finish. The saturated red injects the space with color and energy.
The addition of a freestanding island built from architectural salvage not only adds texture, but improved functionality by protecting the kitchen’s work core from traffic. As an added benefit, it provides a furniture-like view from the nearby dining area.
Kim also added a drum shade in the dining area, another nod to modern style. The unexpected shape adds a note of sophistication that sharpens the entire design.
By adding both modern displays such as the row of pears on the windowsill, and vintage-inspired charm like the countertop vignette, Kim has made her kitchen both modern in sensibility yet antique in charm. It is the best of both worlds in a kitchen that I find to be extremely inspiring. I hope you do, too!
Light fixtures: “House Beautiful Collection” by Kichler. Faucet: “Restoration Collection” from Kingston Brass. Kitchen island & kitchen table: Fuzzot Furniture. Window rods and rings: Wal-Mart. Curtains: Repurposed Queen sheets, Wal-Mart. Curtains at kitchen sink: Repurposed pillowcases, Goodwill. Wall paint: Valspar “Malted Milk.” Trim paint: Valspar “Anthem White.” Cabinet paint: Basecoat, American Tradition “Homestead Resort Parlor Taupe.” Topcoat, Waverly “Cherry.” Glaze, “Raw Umber” translucent glaze. Details here.