Is anyone else soooo ready for fall?! I know I am really ready for a break from the 100+ degree temps. But I'm also not quite ready for pumpkins and mums, not just yet, anyway. I decided to freshen our black and white kitchen with a palette of mixed greens! It's the perfect cool, soothing mix of colors for early fall here in Texas :)
Our little galley kitchen in our 1926 Tudor-style home is just 8 by 10 feet. Believe me, this kitchen gets a workout, because I serve up three meals a day here! Maurie and I both love to cook, and we make almost every cuisine. Every inch has to count!
I use plenty of green in our home decor, and the Bordallo cabbage plates have long been a fixture on our shelves. Mixing these with the brighter, zippier green of Fiesta dishware gave me the *punch* of green that I was craving! I shopped the house, then headed out to my favorite thrift store to see what else I could find. When finished, I had given our kitchen a fresh, early fall look, for under $20!!
These black scrolly shelves decorate the wall between our kitchen and breakfast nook, and can be seen througout the house. It's a perfect spot for displaying items for each season! The table underneath is a former potting bench, and we love its chippy charm. This area gives us some great storage space, too. In a few weeks the shelf underneath will be bursting with freshly canned tomatoes, pickles, and anything else I can find locally to preserve. Yum!
Our circa 1970s Sears and Roebuck cabinets have been through a few transformations since we bought this house in 1986. I love their vintage vibe, and just spruced them up last winter with fresh white paint. One thing I will never change is the authentically-weathered cabinet doors, with their insets of chicken wire.
A few years ago I painted our lower cabinets black. It felt like we had a new kitchen! They are actually due for a touchup, and I'm thinking about a new treatment with some distressing and a touch of Miss Mustard Seed's white wax. I'm hoping it will bring out the charming detail on the doors.
An ever-changing display of seasonal goodies is contained in trays on either side of the sink. It leaves me less room for chopping and plating, but hey -- priorities!! The basket in this corner is small and just perfect for this tight space. I love that it's the color of the burlap curtains, which you can read all about here.
For years, this area contained a space-wasting pantry that didn't make any sense. A while back we ripped it all out, and added a lower cabinet and three upper shelves. The cabinet underneath gives us almost as much storage as we had with the old pantry, and now I have these wonderful shelves for seasonal display. Glass canisters help make up for lost pantry space.
Adding a bead board backsplash brightened the whole kitchen. Someday the countertops will be Carrera marble, but for now the wood tone suits us just fine :)
Glass knobs and a 50'sVent-A-Hood bring that vintage feel that I adore! On the stove, an old photo frame got a coat of black spray paint, and scrapbook paper to give this area a shot of color. A tiny cabbage plate holds our stainless salt and pepper shakers, and suddenly this area seems a lot more cheerful.
This simple palette is invigorating, but soothing also, if that makes any sense! I love the aura of simplicity and freshness that paring the colors down brings.
There's more to share, too! Soon I'll show the attached breakfast nook, my kitchen desk/office area, and our tiny laundry room that's off the back of the kitchen. Thanks so much for coming by to see my kitchen :)
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