today we’re going into the kitchen!
this is the view of the kitchen from the dining room. the walls are again silver sage by restoration hardware and i’m not sure of the white – i know it was one of the brightest i could find.
i’m one of those people who like to know where everything goes in a kitchen, so i’m going to tell you what mine is like. the cabinets above the fridge hold large drink dispensers and carafes, baking sheets, muffin tins and cooling racks. to the right of the fridge is our pantry. its a pretty odd shape and suuuuper deep so everything is on roll-out shelves. tucked in under the upper cabinets is a little nook for our coffee maker baking supplies, paper plates, etc, and cofee mugs are to the upper left of the stove. under the counter on the left is where we keep our snacks and dry goods. bottom right of the stove are the pots and pans and cooking utensils. above the toaster are spices and oils, and never used cookbooks.
our island is the workhorse of this room. it is topped with pine butcher block and we cut right on it (other than meats). we oil it every once in awhile and we just sanded it down (lightly) for the first time to take out a couple minor stains. yes there are cut marks all over it, but i love that. we have our microwave set in the island because i really didn’t want to see it up high or take up counter space. under the micro is a drawer for tupperware and the tall drawer to the left is the trash can.
since we are using all side of the island, there are some false fronts on this side. only the middle drawers are functional, as well as the cabinet under the sink. the top drawer holds all prep utensils (anything you’d need to use standing at the island). the next drawer holds mixing bowls, and the bottom drawer holds misc. baking dishes.
all the hardware in the kitchen, and on all the cabinetry throughout the house, is from houseofantiquehardware.com.
the bar stools are from ikea (a gift from my parents) and they are showing their age. when we replace them i think i want something metal…
on each side of the stools are wine racks. or toy storage. under the counter where the stools are is more storage cabinets holding random holiday decorations.
this area next to the sink holds all of our daily dishes. the top cabinets hold mostly cake plates. the drawers on top of the counter hold cloth napkins and placemats. under the counter in the big drawers are silverware, plastic wrap/tinfoil/sandwich bags, kid plates, and kid cups. the drawer to the left of the sink hold dish towels and under it is deep storage for all our small appliances. the sink is a single deep bowl and i love it!
i stole the idea of using baskets here form a friend. they pretty much hold lots of junk that needs to be weeded through, but at least its not on the counters!
the counters are a quartz composite called caesarstone, in a color called either cement or concrete. the have been great so far. we are by no means gentle with them. when there is any sort of blemish you can just use the scrubby side of a sponge and get it out. the subway tiles on the backsplash are from a local company in town.
i really like to use hooks, i’m realizing! we have some in every room! i love how the aprons add a pop of color and texture to this bright white area.
just past the kitchen is the tiniest hallway between silas’ room and the guest bath. on the wall hangs my family rules sign.
i just added this bottle opener – love! (from world market)
see how its all pretty much one big room?
after i saw meg’s kitchen i knew i had to steal her idea with the globes!
i put my mom on the task of finding thrifted globes for me. she is very good! i love how the luggage adds to the effect.
the school house pendants over the island were from who knows where and i paid god knows what for them. all i know is they were too much money, but i needed to get ones with a swivel top since we have a vaulted ceiling and i needed 2 different custom lengths.
the fabric covered board on the side of the fridge is just soundboard covered in fabric and nailed into the wood. under it is a chalkboard.
i hope you enjoyed my kitchen! if you have any questions i’ll answer them in the comment form rather than emails.