But First! Let me tell you the background story on my house and how it became HOME.
Let me start with the story of my house and the journey it took to make it mine . I bought the house the day before Thanksgiving in 2013. The house had been vacant for a few years. For some reason every time I went through the listings, I would write the house down but would never actually go look at it. The pictures of the outside looked great but the inside looked like a journey back in time or the inside of a Pepto-Bismol bottle. The pastures were over grown and dead and the house smelled musky. On my last attempt to find a house, I finally went and looked at what is now my house. When I saw it, it was love at first sight. The view was amazing!!! The old vacant house sat in middle of pastures and was hidden away down a hill. Like I mentioned before the inside of the house was not in the best shape but it wasn't terrible. Every wall in the house was white and the ceiling was the old popcorn crap that held smell. It had the most beautiful red brick floors throughout the house but the previous owner had laid down ugly gross carpet in all the bedrooms. The bathrooms were both made for handicap people and were outdated back to the 80's. While I do love a pink bathtub with gold accents.... it just wasn't for me. All the windows in the house had window boxes over them and were covered in TERRIBLE fabrics. My absolute favorite thing about the house (besides the view) was the big kitchen. It has tons of cabinets and space. I am a cook and spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so that was an important factor to me. After a few different viewings I decided to purchase my first house knowing that it was going to take some money and work to get it up to date. I started by getting quotes from contractors and after about 7 different quotes I realized I might have got in over my head. Luckily for me I am a pretty handy person and have a head full of creativity. I knew exactly what I wanted and the other people just didn't quite get it. I found a guy named Pancho who just needed work and did amazing tile work and really could do anything. He made my master plan a reality. The communication was the most difficult part. Pancho spoke Spanish and I can barely speak English. So a lot of our communicating was done with drawings. Pancho lived inside the house while we remodeled and I lived in my living quarters horse trailer in the drive way. Not the easiest living situation but it worked out great. We started with my ceilings, scraping all the popcorn off was ridiculous! Popcorn ceiling got everywhere and caused a dust storm in my house for the following 2 years. I would suggest maybe hiring a professional for that part of it. After that was done we started the remodel process. I can't wait to take you through the rooms my house and show you the goods! My kitchen was actually the last room in the house done but since its my favorite and the first room you see when you walk into the house. I shall start my house tour there.
First things first... You need to know that blue has always been one of my favorite colors. I knew as soon as I saw that beautiful huge kitchen, it shall be blue! So I had Pancho call in a painter friend, whom I call Lefty. I picked out my beautiful blue color and he went to slapping it on. The appliances in my house were all outdated and I really wanted to have stainless steel with my Blue Kitchen. During the holidays there are a lot of good sales going on. This was a perfect time to take advantage of those savings. BUT i'll let you in my secret.... A lot of times people buy appliances and get them to their house and they do not like them or they don't fit right. When people do this and bring the appliances back they instantly go on sale. I got my Super nice Stainless Samsung Refrigerator, Stainless Samsung Dishwasher and my perfect Stainless Steel Double Oven with a blue inside, for a total of around $1000. All were items people brought back to Lowes, plus I got the red tag savings from the holidays.
The open cabinets where I have all my Fiesta dishes and colorful cookware had cabinet doors but I decided to take those off so that you can see all my beautiful, colorful dishes. Its a shame hide them. With all the dishes I added a few decor items such as a vintage western cartoon flashlight, a hand painted "Airstream Cuisine" arrow sign that I made, my super awesome MadCow Company Spurs and a vintage pink cash register.
I have an assortment of different styled glass jars for all my dry ingredients I use frequently like sugar, flour, cornmeal, brown sugar and one for my spaghetti noodles. I made all my rustic flower arrangements out of vintage vases I found at flea markets or antique stores. You can get the rustic flowers at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. My Kitchen Aid adds a spunk of color and is one of the most handy things in my kitchen. The Dinner Bell Farm sign is just leaned up against the wall behind all my assorted jars.
The Wagon Master Poster is vintage and I bought it at the Junk Gypsy Headquarters. The aztek bowl is from TJ Max. Salt and Pepper shakers are pure ivory and were given to me. I have a yellow calf hide in the middle of the table to spunk it all up
The Old Butter turner and roller are some of the only things I have that belonged to my Dads mom that I never had the privilege to meet, so they are dear to my heart. I used a vintage sifter as a vase and through some feathers in with my flowers.
Hope you enjoy my kitchen as much as I do and if your ever in my town let me know and I'll cook ya some dinner!
xoxo- Wonder Years Co.