Friday, December 14

~ Our Kitchen ~


We use this old Carpenter's work bench as our kitchen island.  I had been coveting a carpenter's table for a long while.  We finally found one in Colorado, but I had the gut feeling that the dimensions of the table exceeded the carry-on limit for the plane ride home.  Six months later, I found this one at our local junker's paradise - Shinola.  Find them {HERE}. I recommend carving out several hours for a visit. The place is a bit overwhelming, but all the while a fantastic experience.  

This work bench is OLD.  And well used.  Meaning: dents and scratches and nooks and crannies that collect crumbs.  Our builders always joked with me saying "You're going to lose your sandwich in there!"  I needed to figure out a way to level the top and make it more efficient for use in the kitchen.  I had a piece of glass custom made for the top, but it only took a month to crack.  Plus, the sharp corners weren't very child friendly.  So as an alternative, I finished the top with an epoxy glaze.  I used {THIS}. Ended up being quite a mess, but it worked.  Smart idea: do this outdoors.  Take my advice. Unless you want to ruin your new hardwood floors.

Wedding china displayed in the refinished china cabinet.  More about the china cabinet {HERE}.

Microwave cabinet.  Our kitchen space is limited, so we had to be creative here.  This is working out great for us.  I love love love that it is tucked away and out of sight.  We also have a cabinet for the toaster.

My favorite dishes on display in our glass cabinets.  All of our cabinets are Martha Stewart from Home Depot.  We saved a good chunk of change doing it this way.  I have no complaints.

We eat A LOT of pasta in our house.  Of course, I need it all to be within arms reach.  

Re-purposed china hutch as a pantry.  We didn't bother to make space for a real pantry, since our kitchen is tight on space.  This belonged to my husband's grandmother.  I have a special place in my heart for family heirlooms.

Beadboard backsplash.

Homemade Mason Jar lights hanging above the sink.  I originally posted about these {here}.

And a close up.

 Finally, our $5 rusted kitchen sink.  I can't tell you how much I adore this sink.  Would you be surprised to know the rust is my favorite part?  I'd say it was 5 dollars well spent.  Such a steal, I didn't even try to bargain with the guy.


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