The eat-in portion of our kitchen was an addition on the original house put on by a previous owner. Rumor has it that the addition was redone three times because the lady of the house was not satisfied with it. (And my husband thought I was high maintenance with home projects.) They finally got it just right making for a cozy dining nook aside from the kitchen galley.
However, the time was long overdue to erase their style (read: lots of wallpaper) and put our own twist on the space.
I’m thankful the previous owners expanded this room because otherwise it must have been so cramped. Like most homes, our kitchen seems to be the center of the house. This is where the cooking and eating occurs followed by hours of lingering and occasionally we work in here too. With that said, it was important to me that this space be comfortable. And definitely full of personality and many eclectic finds.
Ryan and I spent the last two weekends bringing that vision to light with a little sweat equity, paint and flea market finds. If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember the blueprint wallpaper I installed at the 2013 Philly Home Show. We carefully removed them after the show. Now they’re permanently on display in our kitchen. The vintage blueprints are all original to Ryan’s father. Each one tells a story. Some we know. Some we make up!
We got a head start with kitchen updates a few months back when turned the trio of chairs into an upholstered grainsack bench. And before that we updated the laminate cabinets and installed a pallet wood backsplash.
But now it is all about the eat-in nook. We do not have a formal dining room. This is it. With that said, we decided we wanted all upholstered chairs. The head chairs are one of my best scores to date. They are original walnut & mohair Ward Bennett chairs that fit nicely with the new-to-us copper top table. More about the table here.
But the game changer for me was the industrial pendant light. Does anyone know what this is? I found the galvanized, cloche-like piece at the flea market and we upcycled it into a light. The seller was unsure of its provenance too. I’d love to hear your opinion. I am guessing some sort of farm equipment.
At the same market, I bought the SERVE letters. One of my favorite finds for sure. We can only assume that they were part of a SERVICE sign at some point. Perhaps from a gas station.
The rest of the room got updated with a coat of buttercream yellow paint. Thank goodness the wallpaper and border are gone along with the matching valances. Were matching borders over wallpaper really necessary? This picture is from when we first saw the house.
There is something about a yellow kitchen that just injects energy.
What’s your favorite flea market find?