Collecting Ironstone

Collecting Ironstone | Edith & Evelyn |

Are you a lover of antique and vintage ironstone dishes like I am? For me, collecting ironstone dishes began with one very special piece…. ………a piece that I had completely forgotten that I even had. About five years ago, I … Continue reading

Where Can I Find a Mora Clock?

Mora Clock from Antique FarmHouse

“Where can I find a Mora clock?” I get this question asked all the time, and if you have followed me for awhile, you know that I’m a wee bit obsessed with them. Swedish Mora clocks are such an iconic … Continue reading

Kitchen Update

A quick kitchen update on our home renovation.  In case you missed it, you can read about the purchase of our new “old” home here.   The first room we decided to tackle was the kitchen.  I’m not so sure that was a wise decision, but we felt the kitchen was the most critical!  It’s definitely been a learning curve and pretty slow going at times, but so far we are very pleased with the progress.


We have placed wood and crown moulding over all of the old sofits, scraped the popcorn ceiling, and added a wood planked, whitewashed ceiling.  Of course I couldn’t just stop there, we also added decorative trim to all the woodwork.  After painting, I have glazed all the details to give the wood a vintage look.  


We’ve torn out some of the old cabinets; added beadboard to an enclosed alcove, which will also have cabinets installed; torn up the old tile floor and laid a wide planked, handscraped oak floor.  Everything is getting painted Sherwin Williams Snowbound.  The existing cabinets that we kept had a poly finish on them, so they all had to have one coat of oil based primer, three coats of the paint, then finished with glaze.


We installed Carrara marble for countertops.  I have researched countertop materials until I am blue in the face and have waffled back and forth between granite and marble.  In the end, I knew I would forever be disappointed if I didn’t go with what I have always loved, so the Carrara marble won out, and I love it.


We have had to add several cabinets to replace the ones that were not salvageable.  Custom cabinets were not in the budget and we knew that we had to make the new ones “blend” with the old existing cabinets.  So we purchased stock cabinets from Home Depot and added decorative trim to each drawer and door, giving them a custom appearance.  I love kitchen cabinetry that has the look of furniture.  To achieve this, we added furniture feet at the bottom of the cabinets.  We trimmed out the old existing cabinet fronts with the same trim and will add feet to the bottom of them as well, so that new and old cabinets flow together.  After painting and glazing, they look just like custom cabinetry for a fraction of the cost.



The farmhouse sink (love this sink!) and the new Delta faucet are installed, though the cabinets on that side of the kitchen still need to be painted.  We are working on finishing those up, hopefully this week………..did I mention that we are slow?  


The kitchen island was one of the old existing cabinets.  We just added decorative wood trim and furniture feet, then painted it a complimentary gray, Sherwin Williams Pussywillow, then glazed the details.  The glaze we used is by Valspar from Lowes.  It’s really easy to use and  gives the cabinets an old world feel.  



The chandeliers are hung, one in the kitchen over the island, and the other one in the breakfast nook…….yes, that’s blue and green painter’s tape still on the windows………that window trim is on the (long, never ending) list to get painted.  The walls still haven’t been painted in the breakfast nook either, but soon will be.  We are going with Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.  It’s a gorgeous shade of gray and works so well with the other neutral colors.



We’re slowly adding some details here and there as we finish up each space.  



Some close up shots of the wood covered sofits with crown moulding details.  You can also see a touch of the wall color here.   I feel like the renovation is coming along so slowly, until I look at where we started!  We still have a little bit to do………adding a few more cabinets, finishing the painting, adding a range hood, putting down the thresholds on the wood floor, adding hardware to the cabinets, finishing the alcove, etc.  But we are getting there, slowly but surely!


You can see from this angle that there’s still lots of painting to get done on this side!  But we are very pleased with how it’s turning out and it’s amazing to see how bringing the space into a lighter color palette has enhanced the original architectural details of the home.   The original lead glass windows with stained glass panels in the kitchen now look beautiful instead of old and outdated.


In case you have forgotten about where we started……………here’s the before……..


The kitchen with all the original avacado appliances.......remember those?


Hopefully, I will have the final reveal soon!!  Thanks for following along on this total home renovation!  

Eucharisteo (thankful),


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