Monthly Archives: September 2015

An Aqua Cupboard and Brown Transferware

By now you may have seen most of my farmhouse kitchen reveal. The final thing I would like to show you is in the far corner behind the peninsula.

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This little aqua cupboard is a piece I picked up at an estate sale several years ago. It was this color when I bought it and I didn’t have to do a thing to it other than fill it with treasures.farmhouse_kitchen_reno_after_24

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And fill it I have!

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I previously had a hodge podge of mostly vintage dishes and glassware displayed inside. I have a small but growing collection of brown transferware that was scattered here and there, mostly unnoticed. I wasn’t doing it justice so I decided that the aqua cupboard was the perfect home for it. I love the visual impact that grouping a collection brings.

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One of the amazing things about the cupboard is the way it was made.

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The inside has stair step notches running from top to bottom on each side. The notches allow for every possible shelf adjustment imaginable.They don’t make them like they used to!

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My favorite piece in the collection is this bowl that my mom used next to her kitchen sink to hold her sponge.

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I wouldn’t say I’m on the hunt for more brown transferware, but if I just happen to come across any at a rock bottom price I’ll make room for it in my collection.

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Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal Part 2

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen reveal, part 2!

You can see Part 1 here, including some before pictures.
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My vintage GE kitchen mixer found years ago at a garage sale for $10, and yes, I use it!

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My mail center consists of a vintage scale, a metal basket from Hobby Lobby painted the same color, a jar to hold pens, pencils and letter opener, and magnets to hold important things like KC Royals tickets!

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You may have been expecting to see my cabinets painted white, considering that I am moving toward a farmhouse style. Don’t think I didn’t think about it! I went so far as to mention the possibility to my husband who does all the painting around here. He was against it. Not because of the work involved (he actually enjoys painting) but because he likes the cabinets in their cherry state.

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I picked them out fifteen years ago when we did a complete gutting of the kitchen, but I had started entertaining the idea of painting them. Well, he gets his way this time since he hardly ever does! He very rarely has an opinion on decorating and I usually get to make all the decisions!

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This is what the top of my fridge looked like before the makeover. The wine rack was never meant to stay.

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I’ll eventually have a matching cabinet above, but in the meantime I discovered that this little cabinet that I previously had in my living room fit nicely in the spot. And the wine rack is much more suited to its new place above the corner cabinet.

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You may remember this box from a previous flea market finds post. I white washed it and set some succulent pots inside.

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To the right of my refrigerator sits my all important coffee station. I wanted to put together a little coffee mug display on some sort of pedestal stand. After trying a couple of things I already had and even buying something new only to bring it home and not like it, I decided to create my own stand. As I envisioned what I wanted it to look like the thought entered my mind that it would be cute with casters.

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Everything I used to put the pedestal stand together were elements I already had, with the exception of one caster. Later in another post I’ll share how plywood circles, cane strips and a small metal candlestick all came together to create my rolling pedestal stand.

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I used a small, old, zinc paper cutter as a tray to hold “the fixins”. I placed a faux flower stem in an upturned glass funnel to add softness.

Thank you for taking time to look around with me. That’s just about it for this reveal. I just have one more area to show you in another post. It involves a favorite piece of furniture and a vintage collection. Come back soon!

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