The Kitchen | It Has to Get Bad Before It Gets Good

First, let me say, I miss you all and blogging.  But this little mess has kept me busy:

Even with all that old plaster and gaping holes, I love it!  The room is so much brighter without those upper cabinets.  There is head room!  (By the way, we had a guest last week and will have guests this weekend–seemed like a great time to rip up the kitchen.)

And, a little archeological find totally made my day–possibly original wallpaper?  I need to go next door and ask Mrs. L if this was what was hanging back in the 1950s (go ahead, click on her story, you won’t regret it).  You can tell where there were little side shelves on either side of the window.

What keeps me going is pulling out my little bag of pretties to see what the kitchen and adjoining family room will look like soon.

I’m still deciding on the paint color for the cabinets.  It will probably boil down to eenie-meenie-miney-mo when Chris says it’s decision time.  I’m keeping the rug I ordered (that turned out to be really red.)  It’s dark, which means I will stress less about having it in the kitchen (I do have a child who loves grape juice).  And do you see that awesome piece of marble with the faintest of gray and brown striae?  These 6×12 tiles will be the backsplash–I’m including a pic with the existing granite countertop.  To think I was just going to do straight up white subway tile–until Sherry Hart  suggested this gorgeous marble.  What a fabulous way to update this common granite–eternally grateful!  This is why designers like Sherry exist–call one up!  And the hardware was a real find at Home Depot of all places, after I looked and looked at many a pricey handle!

Chris picked up a huge, rough-hewn oak plank to use for our open shelving.  It will look something like this:

Amie Weitzman Conneticut Cottage on Design*Sponge via A Curated Lifestyle

My homework includes painting this orange table (the result of being snowed in last year) to gray.

These lovely ladies will replace the parson chairs.

I’ll paint the frames a dull, dark yellow; and the fronts get this ivory vinyl and the backs will tease with a little peek-a-boo of this sweet fabric–another Sherry suggestion.  Love it!

Then it’s a game of musical lights.  Remember the polyhedron light I selected for the kitchen?  I knew the moment I ordered it that it was destined for the loft.  So the gilded rose chandy will be replaced with polyhedron light.  Rose chandy will go to our master bedroom.  And the kitchen?  I decided to move our original dining room light to the kitchen table because I found…

…this smoker at City Issue.  The dining room needs something a little edgy, and this is it.

Taking a cue from the giant globe bulbs of this vintage light, I’m using the globe pendants from Rejuvenation above the kitchen sink.  It will add the dose of mid-century the kitchen needs and offset the femininity of the crystal chandelier and the chairs’ cabriole legs.

I spent a day with Sherry and Ally at ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) recently looking at fabrics–which is the equivalent of kitties in sunshine surrounded by squirrels and chipmunks and mice and laser light pointers and an endless supply of catnip and Fancy Feast.  Here are a few–I’m so loving that Designers Guild floral, Amrapali indigo.  Pink is happening.  And who knew I would be hanging those camel velvet drapes again after storing them for two years?  I was convinced to give the secondhand drapes another try (I bought them from a lady in West U, Houston, 10 years ago) after seeing the camel drapery in the April House Beautiful (sorry, no pic).  A good reminder to keep an open mind about existing pieces.  My endless thanks to Sherry and Ally for keeping me focused at ADAC, and to Sherry for pulling a long day with me.  Hire a professional!

And, just a side note, I’ve been collecting jars and vases and such lately.  I like them all piled on the dining table for now.  Bunny is hanging out here while the dust plumes in the kitchen.

It’s been a tricky balance lately of projects, painting, collapsing, and homeschooling.  But when there are days of homeschool dress up, how can you not have fun?  Girlfriend was all over her Ancient Greece lessons.  I’m not kidding that she started dancing around the kitchen yelling, “Odysseus!  Odysseus!  Yea! Odysseus!” when I told her that our copies of the Iliad and the Odyssey had arrived from Amazon.  I, for one, do not remember doing that as a 6-year-old lass.

So, I’ll keep you posted on the kitchen progress.  In the meantime, I’ve got some stuff to paint.  See you soon!

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  1. At least this way, no one expects you to cook! That chandelier is FANTASTIC!!!!!! Im going to come steal it. And brass pulls, of course. Seriously you make homeschooling look almost painless. How cute is she, I think that should be the new uniform. Love getting a little update! Its going to be so good!

  2. Oh just loved looking at all the new detail you’re adding – and I totally agree with you – the kitchen looks great without those upper cabinets! It’s a lot of fun to see the progressive you’ve made. Of course, my absolute favourite picture was the last one… talk about cute! What a little sweetie and so pleased to be all dressed up. :)

  3. We miss you too! Love the update. Your kitchen will be killer!

  4. Molly says:

    So excited to see this tranformation!! It’s looking AMAZING already!

  5. Love all your plans! Can’t wait to see the finished product!!! And that little grecian maiden. Beautiful!

  6. Lazy Susie says:

    Oh, my, it is just a perfect mess of beauty! All of it! The demo…the bits of pieces that will all come together. That dining light though…I want it to take off into space and fly west to my dining room. I’ll leave the doors open for it.

  7. Donna Aitken says:

    A wonderful new look for our princess! Want to come see your kitchen when it’s finished. I’d also like some of those vegan burgers you made for us when we were there.

  8. Peggy says:

    I loved your kitchen the way it was and was sad to see it torn apart! However, I know the redo will also be fantastic. I’m waiting. Love the princess girl!

  9. Exciting!!! Totally in love with the marble for the back splash and the new hardware. It rocks!

    And your sweet Grecian goddess? Adorable. :) And I’m sorry, but I found The Iliad an absolute bear to read. {And I love to read!} Have fun!

  10. “equivalent of kitties in sunshine surrounded by squirrels and chipmunks and mice and laser light pointers and an endless supply of catnip and Fancy Feast” That explains that eerie glow on the horizon and the after shocks. I thought it was missile tests.

  11. Oh my. Where do I begin????
    Well, with the most gorgeous thing in your post, of course! Your daughter!! Give her a smooch for me, k?

    LOVE so much about your kitchen plans. Oh, my!! My faves? that hardware! Your bulb drop lights! open shelving! those yellow chairs {love the yellow!!! glad you will still have some yellow on those ladies}! gray table, yay!!!

    you are still deciding on the cabinet color. I LOVE the navy that you show here, for what it is worth!

    loving to walk this redo with you. And being forced to eat out… not so bad. Me too, please!

  12. Angela….wow….it is all looking so good! Love every choice!!!

  13. Oh, it’s going to be SOO good!! Can’t wait to see it all come to fruition. Your choices (and Sherry’s) are amazing (as usual), and your daughter is adorable!!

  14. Insanely awesome! Can not wait to see it!!

  15. As if you needed any help! It’s always too much fun scheming with you. :)

  16. Love all the blue jars and the cabinets are going to be amazing. Cant wait to see it done.

  17. Angela your kitchen is going to be so fabulous and so liveable!! I hope you choose that wonderful midnight navy paint , the hardware wow! Also adore the open shelving!!
    You go you busy lady!! Princess is precious!

    I hope you will Come and enter my amazing Cross Bottle Guy Giveaway!You will love it!

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  18. Well…I like, I like! Great choices….and fun peeps to shop around with! Adding you o my faves to keep an eye on. Cause I can.

  19. Can’t WAIT to see the finished product–I love the vision and the elements. Love that marble–definitely a great choice.

    Reading this post made me tired. And dizzy. I felt like I was whirling around and around, looking at everything in a huge and wonderful antiques mall or shop, liking everything and not knowing where to stop looking and liking. (That’s a strange compliment. You know when you are giddy with the looking? yes, that’s it! it’s exhausting!)

    Man, that light fixture is killer. I love it!!

  20. Hi Angela! your kitchen looks like it will be amazing!!! What great selections and colors. And that painting in another post!! Smashing. I’ve been so overwhelmed with work, work, work and life in general, have not been able to check in on all my favorite blogs!!
    Getting some rest up in Sweden at the moment. Thrilled about it. Happy Easter!!

  21. Renae says:

    Ohhh…can’t wait to see the final on the kitchen. Sweet Chris has been at it again! :)
    Love the story about Mrs. L! AND those chairs are killer, can’t wait to see them too!

  22. elizabeth says:

    I’m curious to know what color your cabinets were before you painted them. I love the old color AND the new one!

  23. Do you remember the manufacturer of your pulls? Thanks!

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