Pretty in Pink
No, my kitchen is not pink (nor is anything else in my house), but I feel like the Molly Ringwald character in the movie, because I'm definitely not part of the 'cool crowd,' cited on a recent post. And like that character, I'm taking some basic materials, and re-working them into a low-budget/no-budget creation that no one else would wear to the prom. Where I could, I've re-used materials, used scraps and other materials that we'd stockpiled, and shopped ebay, craigslist, and thrift stores.
Although I've posted most of this information in the Smaller Homes forum, here is some background, and I'll link the kitchen album, and the original thread below. My kitchen would probably be more suited to a blog, but I don't have a blog, so I've included captions on the album pictures.
The house, built in the late 1920's, seems a mix of styles--cottage, bungalow, four-square, and maybe cape-cod with the doors on the gable ends. If it ever had any charming features, they were long gone before we purchased it 17 years ago. The kitchen had been remodeled in 1981 by the PO, cabinets built on site, ceiling dropped, and a wall opened between the kitchen and LR for a snack bar. The snack bar was ousted, and the wall closed up, before we moved in--didn't want anyone at the front door looking at my dirty dishes.
I'm trying to reproduce vintage farmhouse style with salvaged pieces and inexpensive new pieces that fit the old style. I can't move plumbing, or heating ducts, or tear out the ceiling. Other than widening the opening between the kitchen and DR to improve traffic flow, and making the two rooms essentially one large room (13x26, including stairs), I can't change the layout or basic structure.
The kitchen has had cream painted cabinets for 17 years--now the cabinets are a shade or two lighter--Adobe white, with some Dried Hydrangea green cabinets thrown in to break up the white (and I loooove that color green). Perimeter countertops are, or will be black, with a work table/island of Carrara marble. It's been mostly neutral with some touches of turquoise/blue-green, but I'm trying to add some color with vintage pottery and textiles. The appliances (bisque) will be staying. I've purchased an apron-front SS sink (I know, not American farmhouse original style), and a used bridge faucet. The range hood is DIY barrel style, painted to match appliances.
Haven't decided on a backsplash--am considering beadboard (the fake stuff), or tile, left over from another project.
I think I may be at about the half-way point, with no end in sight. If anyone has any advice, I'd love to hear it.
And, thanks to plllog, not just for her encouraging thread, but also for her beautiful range hood, which was one of my inspiration pics.
Here is a link that might be useful: Kitchen thread in Smaller Homes