eating in

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.

Flea Market Style Eat-In Kitchen

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.

Flea Market Style Eat-In Kitchen

Cookbook Collection

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!

Blueprint Wallpaper & Industrial Galvanized Pendant Light

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.

Pallet Wood Kitchen Wall 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.

Ward Bennett Vintage Mohair & Walnut Chair

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.

Industrial Galvanized Pendant Light

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.

Salvaged Kitchen Style - Blueprint Wallpaper & Serve Service sign

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.

kitchen before

There is something about a yellow kitchen that just injects energy.

Vintage Font/Text - Serve Service Sign in Kitchen

What’s your favorite flea market find?

Flea Market Style Eat-In Kitchen - Vintage Serve letters, Blueprint Wallpaper, Galvanized Pendant Light

Linking to: Funky Junk Interiors, Jennifer Rizzo, Be Bold Challenge

like the ocean

Another project that I completed last week was giving this little oak cabinet a facelift.  Don’t be distracted by the Gorton’s Fisherman.  We’ll get to him later.

So would you believe me if I told you someone was going to throw out this little gem?  True story.  There wasn’t anything wrong with him before his little makeover yet he was cast aside anyway.  Luckily, I swooped in and saved the day…and his life.

Plus if you have been following along for a while you probably know that I love solid oak pieces.  I know sometimes oak can look a little country or dated in a bad way but they’re typically well made and sturdy.  And that loose open grain of wood.  There is something about it that I just love.  It still comes through even under a layer of paint.

I started painting the entire chest white with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Ironstone.  Then I decided that it would need a pop of color.  I painted Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Aubusson Blue on the drawers and to highlight the accents on the doors.  I went over the blue with a coat of white.  The results remind me of the ocean!  The entire piece got a coat of clear wax.

Queue the Gorton’s Fisherman! My parents picked up this oil painting of the sea just days prior.  Ryan interpreted it as a captain who died at sea.  My mom referred to it as the Gorton’s Fisherman.  I just liked the colors really.  What do you think?

Turns out the ocean in the painting and the painted drawers are pretty well coordinated, don’t ya think?  And I love the pop of yellow.  I’ve been on a kick with old paintings of sailboats and the sea.  I want to put together a gallery wall full of them at our beach house.  I have 3 like this so I guess it is a collection now!  I just need to figure out where to display them.

Back to the furniture at hand…I opted to keep the original brass hardware on the drawers.  They’re large unique pulls and shockingly were all there.  Finally, I lined the drawers with old blue prints.  I have a pretty great stash of blue prints that belonged to Ryan’s dad and were created by him.  They are all 30-35 years old and most are dated and even have an address.  I can’t wait to put them all to good use.

Overall, I can think of about a million uses for this curvy little cabinet – bedside table, office/printing station, extra kitchen storage, end table… I am sure it will be put to good use.  As for the Gorton’s Fisherman, I can almost guarantee that you will be seeing him again soon.  Wink.

The oak cabinet is currently available for sale at West End Garage in Cape May.  We should be receiving our shipment of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint any day now and it will be for sale in our shop and online.  Let me know if you want to reserve a color!

Linking to Miss Mustard Seed & Primitive & Proper