After 2 months of renovating this California ranch house, we are finally ready to reveal our kitchen! It’s been ready for a few weeks now except for 2 things:
- Paul wanted to build a stand for our small wine fridge that I found at Goodwill for $50 when thrifting with my friend, Katie. It was originally just sitting on the floor under the used to be desk. I’m not going to do a tutorial on what he did because I honestly have no idea, but it went from looking like this…to this after it was painted to match the existing cabinetry.
- We were waiting for our island hood to get installed. That happened this past weekend and now the kitchen truly is ready….Remember this?Well, after lots of manual labor, painting, appliance shopping, etc…..drum roll please….I love the open shelving where the desk used to be:After the counter was modified to match counter height and granite was installed on top, we were able to extend the counter and use the space underneath for the wine fridge. I think open shelving is a great concept because you can see a lot of the dishes that you don’t get to use everyday of the year. I incorporated some old kitchen tools I’ve collected at antique stores over the past few years as well. Can you pick them out amongst the dishes?
To the right of the kitchen is a small breakfast nook space where we typically eat…breakfast. We’ve had the table since our very first apartment together in Jacksonville, FL. My parents gave me the placemats for my birthday. The hammered medal pendant light we found at World Market on sale for $39.99. We made the chalkboard in Virginia out of an old window, some spray paint and chalkboard paint. Please don’t judge my “slice of pizza” art skills. We found the sink nozzle hanger at an antique store in Virginia, the 1,2,3,4,5,6 hanger at Marshalls and the chalkboard pig and rooster at World Market for $9.99.
The heart was a gift from my sister bought at the Leaping Lizard Gift Shop in Virginia Beach and the farm boy and girl pot holders were found thrifting with Katie, again, here in Lemoore. Let’s talk about the sink for a minute. Paul and I really like farm house style houses. For any of you who watch “Fixer Upper” on HGTV, the show hosts house is pretty much our dream home. An old farmhouse renovated into a beautifully updated french country themed farmhouse. Since, we don’t get to choose where we get to live right now, we decided to bring that idea to a 1970’s ranch home in Lemoore, CA. That being said, I really wanted an apron front farmhouse sink. Paul wasn’t too sure at first, probably because the price tag is about $400 over that of your conventional stainless steel sink, but eventually he saw the farmhouse vision as well and we went for it. We love this guy! This is the exact sink we bought through Lowes here. It breaks up all the gray we have going on and really pulls in the white subway tile backsplash. We are so happy with it and look forward to sharing the rest of our renovations with you in the next “house update”. Here’s a quick before and after recap so you can really get the idea of all the changes.