Sunday, August 13, 2017

Updates in the Kitchen

Friends, it's been so long since I blogged!  My apologies.  No excuses here....just life.  We are winding down summer vacation before homeschool begins again, so of course I'm attempting to squeeze in multiple house projects while I have the time.
I'm working my way through a project list, and the kitchen is my current focus.
You may recall the kitchen from previous blog posts and a feature in Romantic Country magazine.  I think this photo from Mark Lohmann is one of my favorites:



This area of the kitchen hasn't changed much, but I am trying to sell the chairs (and a bistro table) on craigslist, while looking for a primitive wood bench to use for seating.

I haven't ever shared the stove area of our kitchen before, because, well, it's boring.
As you can see below, there was an original narrow built-in at the wall which I believe housed a pull-out ironing board.  (We found the cupboard door for this built-in in our basement).  Love those 1939 features.

Along the way, someone had installed these tiny shelf holders inside.  We decided to have glass cut for little display shelves.  Here's an older photo (circa 2012):

Cute, but not all that useful and the glass shelves & glasses always got dirty being so close to the ventless stove.

My recent idea was to turn this built-in into a plate rack, at least on the upper shelves.  So I grabbed one of my favorite books "A Touch of Farmhouse Charm" by Liz Fourez and used her tutorial for a plate rack as inspiration.

I bought some 1 x 3" boards for 3 shelves ...


... and also these flat trim pieces. It doesn't hurt to use a cute pencil for measurements:


Next I painted all the wood pieces white and nailed the trim in place.  Just a tip - it helps to use tiny finishing nails for this, since the wood trim is so light and thin. I tried a bigger nail and the wood started to split:

I touched up the white paint, and here's my new plate rack!

I could have removed the other tiny shelf holders, but that would have been tough and would force me to do more touch-up and painting.  They don't bother me enough (wink).
 
Now I've got another place to showcase my vintage plates and platters - yay!


Thanks for visiting, friends.  I try to post more on Instagram these days, but blogging is better to describe more in-depth projects.
Enjoy the rest of summer!

 
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