Sunday, October 7, 2012

Barn Kitchen Reveal!

To see a VERY post on our kitchen and niche, click here!

Mangia! That's "eat" in Italian. We finally have finished our kitchen! Yay! And, just in time for my family to come visit us in Germany, then we are off to bella Italia! The kitchen is always the most important place (for me) to complete in a home first because it is the area that is most used, the area people congregate in, and we all know it's the heart of the home. This rental kitchen was bright yellow, neon orange, and very dark before. With permission from the landlord I have painted the walls and ceiling (to show off the gorgeous beams more). I also switched out the light fixtures for ones that I found at a flea market in Belgium. Lights are the easiest thing (besides paint) that you can do in a rental to really customize the look. When you move out, put the old ones back in and take your gorgeous fixtures with you!
Here is what our kitchen looked like before..




 and here is after...

 Hanging the wooden spoons and copper Turkish espresso pot on little hooks reminds me of the gorgeous kitchen we saw at a restaurant in Brugge, Belgium. Click here to check it out!
 One of my favorite things to do is highlight simple things by putting them on display, like the cup of coffee beans in the picture above.
 Everything in my kitchen has a purpose and is set up to maximize the space. 
 I hung a vintage tray over the stove so that I can magnet recipes to it while I am cooking. 


 I used the island that I bought from Ikea for our contemporary kitchen. I spray painted it cream since the high gloss white didn't fit in with the cabinets so well. I added the German antique meat grinder, baskets, copper and mixing bowls to make it a bit more rustic looking. Also, I just needed to store that junk somewhere...
 I absolutely love having a fireplace in our kitchen... It is so cozy and quaint feeling in this little barn. The rug in the picture above (that I also got for a bargain at a thrift shop) really ties the red of the fireplace in with all the greys I have going on in the kitchen. 
 This cage is perfect for keeping my pomegranates from flying away. Decorating with food keeps the room feeling fresh, colorful, and natural.
 The ladder below was found in the barn before it was renovated and works great as a towel rack. The Polish pottery-cow head is a lovely apron holder. I picked up this French bottle dryer in Metz, France. I have been wanting one of these for years and finally scored one I could afford. They are typically between $400-600 on the low end for one this large when purchased in the states. 
 To see how I created my cafe style chalk board, click here.
I was blown away at how my creme dining set matched our kitchen so, so perfectly. It looked as if it was made for the kitchen. To see how I quickly and inexpensively transformed my (free) dining set by painting my own fabric and re-upholstering the chairs, click here. Phew, that was a long sentence. 







I am off to work on some fall decor and shoot some of our other finished rooms! Don't worry, not with a gun, with a camera...
Until next time,


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42 comments:

  1. Wow!! It looks amazing! Now that is a kitchen that will be a joy to cook in! It is so beautiful! Have fun with your parents!!

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa! I can't wait for them to come! Hope you are enjoying your monday!
      xo

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  2. Oh my word, Molly! What a FANTASTIC space you have created. I'm in LOVE with those beams and that chandelier. Everything is so "you"—beautiful and rustic/homey. AMAZING work! :)

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    1. Thank you Bre, that means so much to me :) miss you

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  3. Very lovely especially the all your beautiful details!

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  4. Molly! You've outdone yourself, great job!!

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    1. Thank you Ann! If ever you are in Europe you will have to come over! Hope Japan is treating you well :)

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  5. Wonderful, Molly! I would have never guessed this was a rental! You've turned it into a cozy little home. Well done!

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    1. Thank you so much Bronwyn! I really appreciate your sweet words :)

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  6. I love it! It's making me miss my Dutch house right now!

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    1. Awww yeah I am really going to miss this place when we have to leave :(

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  7. Just gorgeous...those beautiful beams are just too much ! love it all...xo

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    1. Thank you so much! I am so glad you stopped by! I hope you have a very blessed day :)

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  8. Um, wow! You did a great job! I am seriously so impressed!

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    1. Thank you so much Ashley! That makes my day :)

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  9. Wow! it looks really nice. You have made it as a heaven.

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    1. Why thank you Adelaide! I am really enjoying cooking in it!

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  10. It really looks very nice. I loved each and ever part of your design. It looks awesome.

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  11. Wow this is absolutely amazing. You did a fabulous job. I love all of your pictures! This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. :-)

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Paula! I am thrilled to be a new follower and did your party :) I hope you are having a blessed day!

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  12. I love your kitchen, and it look so beautiful. I really like how you showcase the "simple" things. Everything in the kitchen now flows and has purpose. It's really a great space that you have brought back to it elegant state. Really beautiful, and an outstanding job! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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  13. What an amazing transformation! I love everything you did. That cage thing for the fruit is cool. Everything looks just fantastic :)

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    1. Thank you so much Sandy! I really appreciate your kind words!!
      xo

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  14. What a great makeover. I love those beams. This will be one of the features at the party this week.

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  15. Gorgeous kitchen, you did an amazing job..congrats! I love this kitche decorn and all your cloches, specially the wire one, makes me swoon. You're featured at Kim's and I just came from there. Big hugs,
    FABBY

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    1. Thank you so much Fabby, that is so sweet of you :) I am so thrilled you stopped by my little corner of the world to visit! I hope you have a blessed day!
      -Molly

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  16. Thanks for sharing your makeover. You did a fabulous job. I love the way you took the small space and maximized it to fit your style. Enjoy. I found your link through Savvy Southern Style blog linkup. If you get a chance stop by my blog Recipe for Life and check out my family favorite recipes. Blessings, Deborah H. Bateman-Author

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    1. Thank you Deborah! I will definitely check your blog out! I am always looking for good new recipes... I rarely post them but have a few this week.. I sure need to get cooking some more :) I am thrilled you stopped by and I hope you have a very blessed day! :)

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  17. You have a very beautiful barn kitchen. Thanks for sharing this inspiring photos! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Aileen! That is very sweet of you! I hope you have a blessed day!

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  18. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love, love, love your chandelier. Hopped over from Liz Marie and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Blessings ~ Judy

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    1. Thank you so very much! I would love to pop by your blog too! heading there now!

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  19. I LOVE your kitchen!!!!! I'm trying to make my kitchen over in a European style. Hope you don't mind if I copy-cat a little :) And I'm more than just a little jealous of your bottle drying rack, I'd love to have one, but a bit smaller {table top size} Thank you for sharing your ideas!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim!I would feel so honored if you used ideas from our home! i would absolutely LOVE to see some pictures when you are all done! If you live in the states, Cost Plus World Market has some small table top bottle dryers for a really great price. If you are in Europe, hit up as many flea markets as you can, they are few and far between but are worth the buy! Good luck and I hope you have a blessed day!

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  20. Hey Molly,
    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back last week at the Humble Brag! Hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects. Also, you were featured! So stop by a grab a button to show it off - you earned it!
    http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-6/

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  21. barn kitchen has been raveled and you can see it here

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  22. What a beautiful home! I love the bare beams and the unique character the barn brings. You are very talented and inspiring Miss Molly!

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Thanks for the lovely comments! Each and everyone means so much to me! xo

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