If you saw the tour of my family room, you could see that it opens right up to the kitchen.
I really like the size of this kitchen. There’s lots of counterspace to work on. And trust me, sometimes I have stuff spread all over the place.
What I don’t particularly like about this kitchen are the finishes. I’ve mentioned a few times before that this is a spec house, so it is what it is. And since this isn’t my forever house, I’m not willing to spend the thousands that it would take to change the granite counters, tile floors, backsplash, refinish the cabinets and replace the appliances. So…I’ve tried to not only learn to live with it, but to embrace it as best I can.
There are very slight green and red undertones in the backsplash tiles, hence the wall color (Sherwin Williams, Lemon Verbena, SW7726) and fabric selections.
I’ve tried to diminish the impact of the backsplash by hanging plaques and pictures on them (with Command Strips) on one side of the kitchen…
…and by placing large canisters and a vignette on the other side.
I think that the use of colorful accessories helps to keep your eye from focusing on the granite that I’m not very fond of.
There are large apothecary jars on the island. Did you know that Walmart is great place to buy faux fruit? Very realistic and affordable. I’ve had several people ask me if the apples and lemons are real.
I love this little lamp. It has followed me to three different houses. I had it custom made and the rooster isn’t attached, so I usually change out what’s displayed on the base during the different seasons.
Yes, like so many of you, I have roosters in my kitchen. I love ’em!
These containers sit on a marble cheese board to the right of my stove. The yellow canister contains kosher salt, which I use when I’m cooking. The other two are empty, but we’ll pretend that the red bottle contains olive oil and the little green one contains balsamic vinegar.
The green and white polka dot topper isn’t a topper at all. It’s a cabinet knob that I picked up at HobLob. I found the red rooster stopper at Pier I.
Even more roosters reside in this little vignette in the corner.
I even have them on the top of my cabinets.
I found this proud guy on ebay a few years ago.
I found these cute little guys on the left at HomeGoods in Wilmington, NC. I loved them so much that I couldn’t decide on just one, so I bought them both!
I love you all so much that I got up on a ladder so I could be at eye level to snap these photos of the tops of the cabinets. As a result, you can see the blocks and plate stands that some of the items are displayed on. They aren’t visible from the floor and they keep things from disappearing back behind the crown moulding on the cabinets.
These glass canisters sit to the right of my refrigerator along with the coffee pot. I found them at KMart a couple of years ago. One contains sugar and the other contains chai tea bags. I used a chalk pen to write on labels that I cut out of black vinyl.
Get it? Sweet. Tea. harhar
My pantries (yes, plural) and laundry room are located back behind the wall that
the refrigerator sits against. The white door that you can see leads out to the garage.
These two topiary prints are hanging on the wall leading to the laundry room and food pantry. I’ve had these for years too.
Because of the narrow hallway in this area, I had to step out into the garage to get a picture of where the food pantry is located. I couldn’t get far enough away from it to give a view of the inside, but just picture deep wire shelves full of mostly organized stuff.
This is looking directly into the kitchen from the garage.
The door to the second pantry sits on the wall behind the open garage door. It was originally a coat closet, but we have another one in the family room area, so Pookie converted it into an appliance pantry for me.
Isn’t it amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years???
I made this window treatment that hangs above the kitchen sink.
It is mounted on 1x4x3 boards. The decorative buttons are covered with the same fabric that the boards are covered with. The inside of the “bells” and the banding across the bottom are made out of a cute little coordinating plaid.
The light fixture above the table isn’t the one that was originally in the house. I found this one for a very good price and searched out some shades that I though were a cute shape and covered them with the same fabric that the window treatment is made from.
I trimmed them out with apple green grosgrain ribbon.
And I recovered the chair and barstool cushions with same plaid that was used on the window treatment.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of my kitchen. So many of the pictures have a golden tone to them that I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of!
I’ll leave you with a look at the view outside of the window above the sink right now.