Furniture in the Kitchen

Furniture in the Kitchen

Our house had a kitchen FULL of built-in cabinets when we purchased it. In a way, I was excited about that because my little cottage that I was moving out of only had 2 cabinets. I couldn’t even buy a weeks worth of groceries because I had no where to put it! However, I much prefer antique furniture to built-in cabinetry. So I was contemplating how to add some unique furniture to my kitchen. Like this inspirational island made from a beautiful antique piano, or the antique hardware display cabinet:

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We actually own a display cabinet much like the one above, but ours is much too big to fit into the kitchen. I am seriously considering asking Mr. Menace to cut it down to size…..

Anyway, I did come up with an idea that wasn’t hard to implement and is working very well for me and gives some character to the room.

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This area of the kitchen was the obvious choice for a makeover. We didn’t need it for a breakfast nook because our table is right through that door on the left. So I decided to remove the tall cabinet beside the fridge that houses the microwave. All it took was a screwdriver and that cabinet was GONE!

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When I got this bookshelf from my mama, I intended to use it in the spare room for storage and display. She had painted it a mustard-y gold color and it worked for the room I first put it in.

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But then, plans changed! After I saw this inspiration picture below, I knew what my shelf was destined for.

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So. With the tall microwave cabinet out of the room I moved in the “book shelf” against the small wall. And we put this huge butcher block table under the window and beside the fridge.

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Then, as you will recall, I painted the Kitchen and Study,Β and I needed to paint the shelves. I considered painting it the same color as the walls so that it blended in, but I didn’t consider it for long.Β 

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And now the funnest part of all…. to style the shelves like the inspiration picture.

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I am very pleased with the final look. It was such a simple update and yet it took my kitchen out of the cookie cutter category and gave it a personalized look like no other.

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18 comments

  1. Carol says:

    I think bathrooms and kitchens should always have a piece of furniture to add warmth and a lived in feeling. Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Your Inspired Designs.

  2. Mary-the boondocks blog says:

    Niki, that is one great idea. I love that butcher block table; it is solid and really anchors the room. As for the bookcase. It is perfect and by painting it to match the color of the wall it looks as if it has always been there. Your plates and bowls are also adorable.

    • gwingal says:

      Thanks Jann. We love the scale too! I do like having my every day dishes and glasses so handy. It works great and I think it looks pretty great too.
      Lovely to see you again! πŸ™‚

    • gwingal says:

      Thanks Lorraine! I was very pleased. Sometimes, what I envision in my head, doesn’t always turn out just like I think it will. LOL πŸ™‚

  3. Debbie-Dabble says:

    Absolutely LOVE the shelf and the scale!! There is something charming about having vintage items in a Kitchen and yours is just swelling with charm!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

    • gwingal says:

      Thanks so much Debbie, charm and character is exactly what I am going for! I really enjoy having the open shelving in my kitchen. πŸ™‚

  4. Laura says:

    There is nothing better or more practical than furniture in the kitchen!
    Thank you for joining us at Thoughts of Home.
    Hope to see you next week too.

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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