Kitchen Inspiration

I want to apologize right now for not offering any of the “before” images of what our kitchen looked like when we purchased our 1960’s brick colonial from the original owners. The Mr. was literally peeling pale pink wallpaper and removing the olive green fridge and matching-non-working oven as I was directing the movers where to place things in the house from off the truck…hence the fact that there are no photos. What I can offer you is a humorous mental picture of what it looked like…

Pink and green must have been the "it" color combo of the early 60's...because it was ALL OVER our home when we first purchased it.

Pink and green must have been the “it” color combo of the early 60’s…because it was ALL OVER our home when we first purchased it.

There was a pink “Tiffany style” lamp with a brass/gold chain hanging in the middle of the room, that you would bump your head on if you walked underneath of it. There were “almond” colored cabinets with gold knobs. There was a white formica counter top with gold flecks in it…reminiscent of Goldschlager. The wallpaper was white and pale pink, that had a raised texture to it. The light fixture above the sink was a florescent tube. And the floors…two layers of vinyl, glued together, that have the appearance of pale yellow bricks. Oh, and did I tell you that leading into the kitchen was pink shag carpeting that covered up beautiful, flawless honey oak wooden floors? Yes, I know…I’m a lucky woman.

What I will be able to show you in the coming weeks is our “temporary before,” that we have lived with for the past few years, and a brand new “after.” In the meantime, here’s some vintage and farmhouse-style kitchen eye-candy to get us both inspired!

What do you think about Sharon Osbournes country inspired kitchen?

What do you think about Sharon Osbournes country inspired kitchen? (photo from Architectural Digest)

This photo is from Marion’s lovely updated kitchen at Miss Mustard Seed. I LOVE her chalkboard paint wall. Our kitchen is shaped almost identically to hers…


Check out her marble tile floor and chalkboard painted wall! Adorable! (Photo from Miss Mustard Seed)

I don’t know where this photo originally came from…but I have clipped this image over and over. I LOVE this kitchen…maybe because it’s a lot of different pieces coming together to create a very inviting space?


Check out the antique enamel bread box and architectural elements that were added for display.

These lights are awesome! You can own a pair just like them from Schoolhouse Electric…that offers reproduction antique lighting at affordable prices. Hmmm…I may have to find a place for one!


I totally wish we had glass front cabinets, but that ain’t happenin’ in this round of renovations!

Okay, if these floors don’t give you heart palpitations, then you best check your pulse. DROOL!! And if you look closely in the background…some of the old floors have been painted in a black and white/cream checkerboard pattern…OMG!

reclaimed barn wood

Yum…enough said.

I have always loved yellow in a kitchen…it just makes the room sunny and welcomes conversation. This kitchen is a great example of a restoration job.


What do you think about a vintage style fridge?

I like this updated version of country charm…butcher block counter-tops, wainscoting, open shelves and farmhouse sink.

vintage kitchen (2)

I like open shelving…but that means you have to be super neat and tidy!

I thought this kitchen was fun and friendly. Again, I noticed their vintage style bread box on the counter and jadeite dishes on the shelves.


We have the exact same black vintage rotary phone in our kitchen!

More open shelves…discuss!


Nice white washed wooden floors…

Love the wainscoting on the ceiling…nice touch!


How do you feel about blue in a kitchen? Does it come off as cold?

What do I like about this photo? The antique sign (red) with the pale yellow walls, antique white cabinets, butcher block counter tops, bread box….do I need to continue?

kitchen beadboard

More country, vintage kitchen goodness…

Okay folks…I don’t know where this image originally came from…maybe Better Homes and Gardens…but I find this kitchen to be elegant, soothing, soft and inviting. I love the sea foam green walls, the marble countertops, the farmhouse sink and that ceiling! Look at that  ceiling! So cute!!


After reading this, try and guess what elements from these photos that I’ll incorporate in our little kitchen “makeover.” What do you think we’ll include? Which kitchen from this group is your favorite?

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4 thoughts on “Kitchen Inspiration

  1. Are you SURE you can’t have glass-front cabinets? I once had a carpenter cut out the middle panels of four existing cabinet doors and then install glass insets for me. Not very costly, but those four doors made all the difference in the look of the room. Meanwhile. The original wood kitchen cabinets from current our house (built in 1957 and now forever cursed with a “luxurious” 90s kitchen) are now doing storage duty in the garage and utility rooms. The outside is sunflower yellow. But open them and you see … Pantone 1777!

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