Basically, I feel like a crazy woman, because I don't know what I am doing. I am a designer wannabe. This lovely woman at For the Love of a House has amazing taste. Her kitchen is my inspiration for this remodel. For the record, she buys and trades antiques for a living. I wipe noses, and I used to sell drugs (not on the street...in a drug store, a CVS to be exact.) This is not exactly the resume for the massive project we are undertaking. Thank goodness for all the wonderful blogs, Houzz, and Pinterest. With all the research I have done, I think I have earned a degree.
I bought this Currey lantern like the one you see here at my favorite store in Charlotte, Traditions Interiors. It is a substantial lantern at 34 inches tall and 25 inches wide.
It will be replacing the very traditional brass chandelier that hangs in our dining room. Because of the simple design of the lantern, it will not block the view of the lake. Take a closer look at the one we have...
A fire hazard, don't you think? It flickers and buzzes every time we turn it on.
My son threw a ball...well, this tells the story.
Here you can see the floors and how orange they had become. These pine floors came out of an old hunting lodge at William Blackstock's plantation in Blackstock, SC. In some places they were so worn.
We added some new pine floors in a hallway leading to our bedroom. They lack the worm holes as in the older floors, but look good and very close with the stain added.
Here the floors have been sanded. We have added more recessed lighting and the fan will come down in the living room. We have not resolved what to put in its place. Here is where a real decorator would come in handy! We face several challenges.
When we moved here twelve years ago, this entire space was painted a dark red. Can you even imagine? It was awful and distracted from the view of the great outdoors. We lived with it for seven years before painting it Benjamin Moore's Monroe Bisque.
Here are the finished floors with an English walnut stain.
They turned out beautiful! No more orange!
Here was the kitchen at Christmastime. You can't see it, but there is a really ugly ceiling fan above the table.
You can see the fan in the reflection of the window! It will be replaced with these two hanging lanterns for more light.
These are Crestwood lanterns from Progress lighting. If you want to see more examples of lanterns or kitchens with hanging lanterns, check out my pinterest boards, here and here.
The walls will get a fresh coat of paint in Perfect Greige by Sherwin-Williams.
The light fixture over the bar will be replaced with this Landmark Chadwick industrial pendant.
What can I say? Ahhh....the sink. The hot water handle was broken off. The disposal was held together by duct tape. It was time.
We are replacing the sink with this two-bowl Shaw apron sink and this Perrin and Rowe faucet as seen here at Decor Pad.
In all my photos of the kitchen, I tried to hide these cabinets and knobs. Brass has its place, but these are dated. The cabinet doors were hanging and the drawers did not work efficiently.
As you see in my inspiration photo at the top, I wanted the lovely soapstone. I had my husband sold because it is non-porous and wouldn't show crayon or marker mishaps. When we went to the showroom, the sales lady said, "I wouldn't use soapstone with young children, because it can chip off."
Bad sales lady, bad!
And that was the end to my beautiful dream of soapstone.
We found this lovely slab of granite in Silver Silk, which I hope to get in a honed finish. We tagged it, but a few weeks later, the store changed management, and the slab was gone. These are the kinds of things that are making me want to check in to the third floor of our hospital (psych unit.) Back to square one.
We chose this Artic Gray subway tile by Dal-Tile for the backsplash. It will be honed, as well. If you look at the Lemon-lime photo, you can see that our cabinets come right up to the casings and molding. We chose white cabinets in a simple design like the inspiration kitchen above. This Artic Gray has enough white, gray and hints of brown to tie everything together; or at least I like to think so.
This beautiful hand-knotted rug did not get to stay in my kitchen. I adored it. I bargained for it. I begged for it. It wasn't practical for the space with three sticky children who spill and drop food and throw basketballs at chandeliers (certainly not at the price tag that came with it.) But, the muted colors were so perfect!
These types of projects always have a domino effect. "Well, if we do that, than we need to do that..." We started planning for this project about a year and a half ago. The floors were in bad shape. At Christmas, our refrigerator broke and leaked on these beautiful old floors and added to their advancing demise. The disposal was broken, but held together with the tape. And then, I caught the oven on fire. That's another story. Let's just say, I will be defending that I actually do have a college degree.
I chose to do a simple kitchen with soft colors for one basic reason. Rob is not going to change one thing in this kitchen until it breaks again. Since, I love to decorate, a monochromatic canvas will let me do just that; change the small things and add different colors at different times.
Everything that was taken out of our house was recycled. Habitat for Humanity and the Historic Brattonsville took the cabinets, fixtures, and faucets. Our friend, Jesse Lee, who fishes out here and has been for a hundred years or so, took the appliances to re-wire and use; although, I think the stove was beyond repair.
I tried to pick quality and timeless pieces in the hopes that they will carry us through another 15 years, at which time my babies will be gone. I can hardly think of it. Yes, I will enjoy the moments of spilled milk and jelly on the rug...the marks of a family that lives here.
Thank you so much for stopping by!
And thank you to my faithful readers who contacted me via e-mail to make sure I was okay during this extended absence. I missed blogging and so missed the kindness that you all have shown me here at Three Pixie Lane.
P.S. Please go visit For the Love of a House blog! She is amazing, and I adore every single detail in her house.
I am joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style.
I am joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style.