Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lost and found


My kitchen has come a long way from when I first moved in.

This, of course, is what it looks like now:



Below is what it looked like before, when I had first moved in.

Do any of you remember the post with this picture?


Brown walls and cabinets... ewwww.

Back then, I promised to share pictures of the progress if I ever found them and I did find a few, while I was cleaning out old emails.

Here it is with the cabinets painted white (because I couldn't stand living with the brown for longer than I had to) and the gross countertop torn out:


Tile done and authentic 1930s sink in:


And the full view:



I'm sure a few ladies out there will like this white look better, but it just didn't feel right to me.

For the most part, the kitchens of the 1920s and 30s had moved on from the bright white kitchens of the early teens, which were promoted because of the scare of germs and disease, and had embraced color. So, I wanted to be true to that feeling.

Plus, with a few exceptions, I've always had white cabinets in my old homes, and was ready for something fun.

I found plenty of inspiration, as you might have seen in the post I mentioned earlier, but these two pictures were my main go to:





I chose the plain white tile for the counters, because there is a strip of it that went around a corner of the tiled back splash and I knew that was what had to have been there originally.

Also, I could have gone with the red floor pictured above, but I since I was keeping the aforementioned blue, green, white, brown and yellow tile on the back splash and I had painted the cabinets green and yellow,  I went with a somewhat different shade of green and yellow floor. I suppose I could have gone with blue or brown somewhere instead of one of those colors, but I didn't want the kitchen to look too busy.

Anyway, I personally love how it turned out and I think I stayed true to the time period in which the house was built :)






Looking through posts for full pictures of the kitchen made me realize how long it's been. These were taken almost a year ago!

I guess I should remedy that soon ;)


Anyway, going through my inspiration pictures led me to a little project that I just completed.

Remember the tiled yellow and green tiled kitchen above with the clock on a shelf, over the sink?

 And see that little shelf, the clock on the left is sitting on, below?



I happen to have a little shelf above my stove:


And I felt inspired.


So I painted it to match my cabinets:





Much better, I think :)





And a wonderful finishing touch :)

I love easy projects, don't you?

xo
rue





PS

I'm really behind on my visiting blogs and responding to those of you that don't have a blog.

I think almost 3 posts behind.

Yikes!

I'm really sorry and I'll try to catch up as soon as possible :)







62 comments:

  1. It was so fun to see the before and after, Rue! I love what you did with the kitchen, and how you kept true to the house. It is so charming! I love the special details, too...the sink and tile, the floor. and all of your personal decorations. Beautiful!

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  2. I love those inspiration photos and your kitchen is just adorable!! You must have had such fun with the research - what a great style your home is!

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  3. I so love that you kept your kitchen with the era of your house. It makes a house so special to be true to it's roots. Unless it is my house which was built in 1970. I do not have a 1970's kitchen LOL.

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  4. I love the drain board sink and white tile...Perfect!! Glad you found your remodel pictures too. It's so nice to have things to look back at what once was :)

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  5. Looks great, Rue. I do prefer one colour on the cabinets; either all yellow or all green :)
    Sue
    xo

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  6. Hi Rue, your kitchen is filled with charm. I love it and how you kept with the period of your home with your color and design. Love the little shelf you added to go with your cabinets.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Have a great weekend ahead. xo

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  7. I love the little green matchbox holder you have! I have been looking for one like it for ages myself. I love the colors of your kitchen! My rental was built 1970 so my kitchen still has ALL ORIGINAL avocado appliances! And harvest gold / avocado/ with touch of red/black spec lino on floor and harvest gold countertops with wood 'paneling' backsplash and on one wall the original 'veggies' wallpaper!!! So I have embraced the colors and have decorated with vintage look, trying to reproduce the combined kitchens of my mother when I was little girl (early 1960s) and my grandmothers' kitchens. I am a HUGE fan of the 1930s / 1940s kitchens...
    GADawn57

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    1. I think your kitchen sounds pretty neat and you know... that kitchen is also starting to be a retro look for a lot of people, just like the 1950s kitchens. Check out Retro Renovation :)

      There are some matchbox holders on Etsy, but it took me awhile to find the right color come up, so keep looking.

      Thank you for your kind words!

      xo

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  8. Very nice. If we ever get finished with my kitchen, I will share but I have to warn you, mine will be boring to compare with yours!

    Grace & Peace

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  9. Your kitchen is so cozy...I can't imagine it any other way. The inspiration pictures are so cool. I love the green and yellow.
    Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  10. Quite the project! Not sure I would have attempted it! Pat yourself on the back and be proud.

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  11. I've got a 1921 Wardway Home book and it's got the exact blueprint of our home and drawings of what the kitchen looked like when it was built. There basically was no kitchen other than a sink cabinet and pull-down ironing board! It's fun to see your inspiration photos and that you were able to keep all the original cabinets and even the pretty backsplash tile. Your shelf now looks custom made for your charming kitchen. Sometimes the simplest changes make a world of difference!

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  12. it's just beautiful rue!
    i especially like the open shelves on the left.
    they always say "cottage" to me. and your colors are perfect.
    xo

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  13. Your kitchen is so 'you'...authentic, charming and just a tad 'colorful' ;)

    Now you REALLY MUST stop by! I have a new blog!

    XXX

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  14. Your kitchen is so 'you'...authentic, charming and just a tad 'colorful' ;)

    Now you REALLY MUST stop by! I have a new blog!

    XXX

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  15. So great to see another post from you. I've missed you. I LOVE your kitchen and the little shelf over your stove is perfect now with just a little paint. It makes your timer and s&p shakers stand out.

    Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  16. I have to admit, I love your kitchen with the cabinets painted white. But I totally understand why you painted them yellow and green to keep with the 20's & 30's theme of your kitchen...and color is always a good thing! The little shelf over your stove really blends in with the wall art around it. It's amazing how much of a difference even a little project can make. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  17. Rue, I really like your kitchen and the way you're holding to the era of the house. I hate it when someone buys a charming 1930s house and then starts tearing down walls for an "open concept."

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  18. Absolutely perfect Rue! I know it was a ton of work, but it truly was worth it all!

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  19. I adore that kitchen! Stepping right into the past.
    Brenda

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  20. Your kitchen has so much personality. So cute.

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  21. You know I love your charming kitchen, Rue. Your planning definitely paid off. I have to tell you, I hadn't really noticed the floor before. It really pulls everything together and I agree, the shelf looks just perfect now. The little details definitely matter!

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  22. Little changes pack a big punch!

    I absolutely LOVE your kitchen.

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  23. I love your house!! Your kitchen is so fun. I would love to come visit!!

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  24. I love your kitchen---it's YOU! And that sink is to die for! You did a great job and followed your dream. Bravo. You could come and redo my kitchen anytime1 :)

    Jane

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  25. I love the little shelf makeover. I think it looks great with your vintage kitchen. By the way, Rue, I absolutely love your kitchen. I'm so jealous of that sink. My Grandma had one like it and I still remember her doing dishes at it. Fond memories! Have a great weekend.

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  26. Wow! What a difference. Your sink and tile are sooo much better than what was there. And your colours are beautiful. Also, you always have such pretty flowers in your kitchen:) Charming.

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  27. You've done a lot of work on your kitchen, Rue, and it looks nice. I like the little shelf above your stove. I used to have white cabinets at our old house, and wanted a change too. Your kitchen is organized; that's always nice when we cook.

    ~Sheri

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  28. Rue I love and admire your design choices, they reflect the period of your house and match your personality. In other words your style rings true and makes us (readers) sense happiness fills the home. The little shelf is adorable.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  29. It is so appropriate to your house's time period and I love the green with the yellow. What a difference that strip of green makes! I like the green on the floor better than if you'd went with red. And your little project of painting the clock shelf is perfect over your stove. But the best thing I like about your kitchen is that it's a real cooking kitchen.

    I keep checking Pinterest for green and yellow kitchens because painting our lower cabinets green made me fall back in love with our yellow walls.

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  30. Looks old fashion! Love it! Great job!

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  31. I can see my sister Kris in your kitchen. I'll be sitting in your cute kitchen nook with our mom waiting for my homemade bread and jam that she made with love. Also she'll be wearing a handmade apron.
    Adding the green on the shelf adds dimension and flows with the cabinets.
    What a happy and warm retro kitchen!
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. II wish I could have been around to see such a lovely picture, Kathleen :)

      Thank you, my friend.

      xoxo

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  32. Love your charming kitchen Rue and the way you stayed true to the era. Reading your post brings back warm memories of my grandmother's kitchen. Her's was a happy space, just like yours.

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  33. I love your kitchen. It is warm and inviting. I'd love to sit down in that little breakfast nook (that you have shared in other posts), have coffee or tea with you and giggle!

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  34. Hi Rue! To be such a young little thing you really have a love for the older look and you really know how to put to work in your home. I love your kitchen, it's so bright and sweet and every where I look you have something just so cute. Love your little clock over your stove and painting the shelf like your cabinets is just perfect. Hope you're doing well. Since I broke my kneecap, I've slowed down! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  35. Your kitchen is so charming. I love that sink.

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  36. That's such a beautiful little kitchen. All white cabs are so in nowadays - and so blah. Good on you for living life colorfully!

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  37. I would have never thought to do the kitchen like that, but I love it! You have such a fun sense of style.

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  38. Thanks for taking us through your kitchen transformation. I love how it turned out and that sink is perfect! My neighbor has one in her basement that she took out of her kitchen. I may just have to see if she would sell it to me.

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  39. I fell in love with your oven timer and salt and pepper set from the minute I saw it. Love the illustrations of old kitchens, too. Your house is a work of art.

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  40. Nice work on that shelf. I remember ( now ) seeing that old ad for the kitchen on here a year or so ago and I loved it and your kitchen just as much on this round! :)

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  41. Rue I absolutely LOVED this post. It was gorgeous and informative! You really captured the look of your inspiration photos.
    It is such a joy to have you join the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You really help to elevate it to something very special.

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  42. Your kitchen really has come a long way! The "new" sink, backsplash, and cabinet colors made such a huge difference... I just love it! And you have such an eye for the small details too, like the pretty updated paint on the little shelf. Great job! ~Hope you are having a great weekend! :) Rhonda

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  43. Rue, Great job on the kitchen. Had you not shown the pictures I would have thought you were lucky and found the kitchen that way when you bought the house. Your eye for detail is amazing. Keep up the inspiration for all of us struggling with old house renovation.

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  44. Well our present kitchen is white / blue / grey and the colours work well together.
    Your kitchen does look lovely and inviting ... for many people it is just the hub of the home where family and friends congregate, and fun times and special memories can be had and made ...

    All the best Jan

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  45. Hello!!! LOVE the little painted shelf. It is the perfect finishing touch that ties it all together. In fact, I didn't like it there before...it looked off...something wasn't right. Isn't funny how a simple touch can make a BIG impact. PPPPerrrrfect now!!!!
    I also liked the original knobs...thought they were cute/original. Do like what you changed them to. WHY??? do people paint over hings???? Lazy!!!! Good for you... tackling that job.
    LOVE~LOVE the change on the floor...again Perfect!!!! What was up with the orange floor???? gross!!!
    Keep up the good work.....embracing the past...it was a lovely simpler time!!!

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    1. Hi Addie :)

      No, the knobs that I changed out were not original, unless we were importing cheap ones from China in 1930 LOL I changed the knobs to what was on two of the original cabinets that were spared from the change by the last owners.

      The orange floor was classic 80s linoleum and it was gross lol

      I don't think they were simpler so much as classier ;)

      Thank you,
      rue

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  46. Your kitchen is charming, perfect for the style and age of your home. More importantly, it's perfect for you. xo ~ Nancy

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  47. Hi Rue,
    Wow, your kitchen is beautiful right down to the smallest details. I just love it! It looks larger now for some reason and oh so cozy! What a fabulous redo! You must love cooking in your kitchen!
    Linda
    Mysewwhatblog

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  48. It is just SO NEAT to see your world - just plain 'ole FUN!

    Great job with the little shelf - looks perfect. : - )

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  49. I like it white, I like it yellow and green. Frankly I like most of what you come up with. You have a good eye for decor. My mothers kitchen had the same tin ceiling as in the first yellow/green kitchen photo. Brings back nice memories.

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  50. Cute kitchen! I love the sink and also like the yellow. It brightens it....Christine

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  51. Rue, you did an amazing job on this remodel. Thanks for sharing. I like the yellow and green. What a great space!

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  52. Came over from Foodie Friday. OMG, I love your kitchen! I grew up in my Grandmothers ouse and this SO reminds me of her kitchen. The match holder, the timer and S and P on your dself, the SINK!!! It is the same sink we had! THANK YOU for the memories!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Pinky! I love getting compliments like that :)

      xo

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  53. It just makes me happy to see your kitchen. It's so darling!

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  54. That is a very cute kitchen and very retro fun. I read the post about making comments on blogs. I am an example of everyone not being in the same shoes. I have time now to do what I call "blog social media". It does make a difference to many people whether a blogger has time to chat. I had a shop for 28 years and when I started blogging in 2008 I didn't realize that. By 2015 I could see that by not responding to other bloggers comments as much as others - my blog party just suffered. But here's the deal: I didn't just work full time - I worked at least 60 hours every week. Now I am retired and can "chat away". It's just a fact of life.

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