Wednesday, July 18, 2007

My First Little Kitchen

I have been debating back and forth about this post this week. These pictures are of the kitchen in my first little house with one bathroom and very little square footage. We were so excited to be buying our first house and had very little money to remodel. We did alot of the work ourselves and used very affordable materials. My addiction to garage sales and flea markets is very well represented here! Well, life, finances and tastes have changed. It has been a long time since our daughters have fit into one bathroom, so we have not lived here for a long time , but I will always have the fondest of memories in my first little kitchen :


Breakfast nook

All new cabinetry: open shelving and glass doors opened it up.

I loved my old Wedgewood stove and my big splurge, a custom hood.

(I was visiting the blog of Heather at Splaneyo, and it turns out that we have cloned kitchens! )

42 comments:

Anna said...

Oh Katie - this is SO gorgeous!! I love it! I really want this look in my next house! I love the cabinetry and that gorgeous light over the kitchen sink is to die for!
XO
Anna

Anonymous said...

I love your old kitchen!! Similar in spirit to my current newly remodeled one in which I have the exact same wedgewood stove! Have photos to share if you're interested.

Splaneyo said...

You were right, but you know what they say about good taste...
What flooring material did you use? I love the wood countertops in some places. What was the other material? We have black granite, which I love and hate. I thought about the glass fronted cabinets, but decided I am so picky; I would never be satisfied with what I had displayed. We have a glass front corner cupboard and I never like the way things are displayed. I love the range - I really wanted one of the small Agas for our kitchen, but we too were on a budget. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Heather

katiedid said...

Thank you Anna! It was a cheery kitchen!

katiedid said...

Hello anon. I am always interested in other people's design pictures! Thanks!:)

katiedid said...

Hi Heather!
The flooring is something I would not use again. It was VCT, and very hard to keep clean. But I love the pattern! The counters were a large commercial tile, normally used on floors from Crosville tile. It was great: no maintenance and you could scrub with a brillo pad and it would be fine! It was a great little kitchen. :)

Another Shade of Grey said...

Beautiful. Love the light over the sink and the custom hood is awesome.

J Lee said...

Katie your kitchen was so great! I love the mellow yellow contrasting with the black and white and I'm not a fan of checkered floors but you totally made it work! GORGEOUS!
How could you not feel great eatting in that bright breakfast nook. I love this kitchen...so cozy!

Jenn~

girl meets glamour said...

It's perfect!!! Really, I love it and is and inspiration for our first little kitchen that we've been working on! Thanks :)

~Kate

Lisa said...

Well you know what I'll say about this kitchen! Style knows NO size! This is so pretty I don't know where to start! You are so very talented! Fantastic!!!!

Arch said...

What a fantastic job you've done of this space...I love it!

katiedid said...

Thank you all so much for your kind comments! It really does mean alot to me. I hope to post pictures of my new kitchen before too long. Some things will be similiar (I love white cabinets!) But it will be very different in many ways too!

kcdesign said...

charming perfection. I bet your friends were begging you to help them.

style court said...

To me this kitchen doesn't seem tiny at all, or humble :) I think it's pretty special. I love the yellow/ white/black combo and the hood seems so Suzanne Rheinstein. Great job!

The Peak of Chic said...

I think that is just the most charming kitchen! What a fantastic job you did- the colors, cabinetry, and that hood (!). You're quite a talent! :)

Bhavna said...

I really like your yellow bfast nook! Very appealing

katiedid said...

Again, I have to say Thank you! You are all so kind and it really makes my day when I get comments like this! Bhavna, I am off to visit your blog!

susan said...

I think it's so nice, beautifully designed, with lots of creative elements! It must be very comfortable to be in that room! I especially love the wall cabinets painted yellow in the back, that looks great. Love the hood bigtime and am wild about the stove. Love the dining area too....how many times can I use the word love? It's very nice, thanks for sharing it.

katiedid said...

Hi Susan! Thank you so much for visiting! And thank you for the nice comments. Coming from you, it is high praise!:)

kim. said...

OMG what a beautiful kitchen!!! Must have been sad to leave it (and custom hood!).

suburban mom said...

Beautiful!

I love the ceiling - did you do it yourself? or was it there?

And LOVE the rudbeckia :)

katiedid said...

Yes kim, it was sad to leave my hood! Luckily, we stayed in the "hood" so we could visit. We know the new owners who love our hood too.

katiedid said...

Thanks for visiting Suburban mom! The ceiling was there (in the laundry room) and we kept it. Loved it too!

Southern Heart said...

It was a lovely kitchen...you are truly gifted!

ALL THE BEST said...

The yellow, black and white are wonderful! So bright, yet sophisticated. I too have a special place for my first kitchen, Thanks for sharing these great memories and photos.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

eeek, that kitchen is enormous! I can only wonder how big your kitchen is now!:-)

Sarah Dennis said...

Tag, you're it Katie!

Players list 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, players then tags 8 people by posting their names and makes sure they know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at the tagee’s blog.

Anonymous said...

I love the white cabinetry, and the simple style. These days as we're starting to build it seems like I'm constantly confronted by over the top carving and ornate design. Yikes! It's been a chore trying to show our builder what we want.
When will your new kitchen be done?? I live in the Sac. area, and am always trying to find simple, paired down ideas- amidst the crazy carving and tuscan tragedies, as my husband says. :) Christopher Peacock is one of my fav. sources for cabinetry ideas, but obviously not local. Good luck w/ your renovation project!

katiedid said...

Thank you Southern Heart and Ronda for your kind thoughts!

katiedid said...

Hi Maryam! Really the kitchen was only 10'x10' with a mudroom and nook attached!

katiedid said...

Hello anonymous! Thanks for stopping by. I know exactly what you mean! I think if I hear the the words "Tuscan Villa" anywhere outside of Italy I will scream! I tend towards the very clean and classic, which I beleive has alot more staying power. It is easy to change accessories when your tastes change, but not overly carved cabinetry and intricate tile patterns. I'd love to see your progress too!

Leah said...

Tag, you're it!

Here's how it works: Players list 8 facts/habits about themselves. At the end of the post, players then tag 8 people by posting their names and making sure they know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at the tagee’s blog.

;-)

Leah

patriciagrayinc.com said...

What an utterly charming first kitchen. I love the cozy breakfast nook and the arched entry way into it, and I think the custom hood fan adds such a touch of class. Well done and let us see how you top this one. All the Best

katiedid said...

Thank you so much Patricia!

Calie Anderson, C.I.D. said...

What a warm and cheerful kitchen! I hope my first real kitchen exudes the same emotions.

Fairfax said...

Katie... this kitchen is a lot like the kitchen i remember in Louisiana... simple, classic and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Sorry it's taken me so long to respond back again. I'm the 'tuscan tragedy' comment girl. :) I completely agree w/ the less is more, and staying power comments you made. Can't wait to have pictures of our kitchen, it will be a while though. We're pouring this next week! :) I'll def. keep you posted. When is your kitchen going to be done? Take care! And thanks for a great blog, it's esp. fun that it's local to where we are and refreshing that you step outside of the box. I can't tell you how tired I am of street of dreams tours and supposed custom homes that are really big boxes! Thank you!!! :)

katiedid said...

Hello Anon!
I am right there with you! To be honest, I have not been to a Street of Dreams tour in a very long time. I found them way too depressing.
I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but it will be a month or two longer I am afraid.
I look forward to seeing some pics of yours!

Good luck back at you!

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

It's lovely!! We are in the process of doing our kitchen-when will it ever end!!! But, it's lovely to look at a fully-finished kitchen!

JS said...

I'm finding your "first" kitchen a long while since you posted the photos but I really admire it. We'd like to do the same black tiled counters. Can you share the type of tile and grout and how you managed the edges?

katiedid said...

Hi JS and thanks for the visit! The tile is by a company called Crossville Tile. It is from their "Cross-colors" Series color # A890 Ebony in the matte finish. We used a black grout to match. They have trim peices, but the color run all the way through the tile so your tile setter should be able to bull-nose any sharp edges. It held up extremely well and, being a procelain tile was impervious to staining. With the matte finish we had no problem with scrubbing it.

Good luck with your remodel! :)

Linda/"Mom" said...

* This was/is (well, it "WAS" for you, and it "IS" for "them" now!) just STUNNING!!! What an incredibly DEEEEELIGHTFUL place to enter in the a.m., share morning hugs & pour a hot cuppa to share w/ those you love (oh yes, and of course "get the dog a bone"!!!)~~~ It's so absolutely enchanting that it just sings "Oh, what a beautiful morrrrning...."~~~

Sometimes our very DEAREST memories are of those days when $ & size of our spaces didn't MATTER, just the amount of LOVE THEM, waiting for us!!! This made me stop n' "remember when"~ and I THANK YOU!

Warmly, Linda in AZ *