This post is loooong past due homies. We have been updating our dark, 130 year old, barn (rental) kitchen over the last few months and I have been showing snippets, and vignettes of it but haven't showed the whole shabang since it's been updated... As a reminder...we do live in a rental in Europe, so we are limited on what we are allowed to do to this joint. Because our home is super short on storage, we have had to be really creative and add lots of cabinets, baskets, and exposed shelves. It has worked our perfectly for my little family and I!
With our landlord's permission, we painted the walls some nice neutral colors and installed new light fixtures! Light fixtures are one of the greatest and easiest ways to give a place a facelift and it takes only a few minutes to put the old cruddy ones up when it's time to leave! Also, it means we get to take our fantastical vintage light fixtures with us wherever we go! The rug we bought at an antique shop last year has about every color in it and it ties all of the muted colors we have going on in the kitchen area. We went with all these colors to brighten up the space and give it a playful and quirky feel, yet the shade of the colors keep it sophisticated and vintage looking. You can find out how we did all this on a basically non existent budget by heading over to the tutorial section of the blog!
Besides paint, we can take everything we have worked so hard on with us to our next home!
Our inspiration for this kitchen was all the pastry shops we've stumbled on in Europe!
And here it is in it's present state... but we all know that will probably change over the next week or so. Grab a coffee or a glass of champs... it is going to be a long post FULL of pictures!
This rug is what ties all the colors we have going on together and makes our many random colors into a color scheme.
Painting the ceiling in between the beams really made the hugest difference! I will be doing this in our forever home!
Our 130 year old, barn kitchen sure has become a sunny, bright and fresh space that my sweetie and I enjoy our meals! We feel so blessed to have made a home here in Germany.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour, who am I kidding, stupid-long tour* of our kitchen!
All the projects that we did in our kitchen and the rest of our home can be found in the tutorial section.
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