Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Knotty Pine Kitchen

 This Friday will make it two weeks we've been in our new bungalow.  Besides trying to finish unpacking, this will be my next project this Summer.

Knotty Pine might look great in a cabin deep inside the woods, but not for this home. . . . in my opinion.

I asked a local Michigander who was in the middle of renovating her home, "How do you paint Knotty Pine?"  and her response was, "Why would you?" . . .

I'm loving the size of this kitchen.  I'm also loving the space above the cabinets.  We will be replacing the appliances one at a time.  I get a new refrigerator next week.  I would love to find a retro gas stove in superb condition, Craigslist will be my friend.

This is my favorite spot in the mornings with my coffee and sometimes a kitty

I'm thinking of painting the cabinets and wood walls white.  I'm also thinking of giving it an old grandma kitchen theme with a modern flair - what exactly does that mean?  I have no idea. . .

I'm finding this little cove makes it very convenient for me to work in my kitchen, from washing dishes to putting them away to prepping food and making our coffee in the morning.

I wiped down all the cabinets and lined them before stocking them with all my dishes the whole time thinking I couldn't wait to get them painted.

The left entrance is into my little office and the dining room.  The right entrance are steps leading to the 2nd floor as well as to the front entrance of the house on the 1st floor. . .

I'm so thrilled with this spice cabinet, I've never had one like it before.

Wood-Mode is the company who made these Knotty Pine cabinets.  The history behind Wood-Mode Kitchens is very fascinating.  Knotty Pine was their best seller during the WWII era.  Click HERE to learn more about them.

Painting the kitchen is going to be a big project, much like selling and packing up our house in VA and moving 900 miles to Upper Michigan.  Meh!  Piece of cake . . . joking!  Our recent move was very tough.  We realized we're not as young as we used to be and praying it's our last move.  I also want to tile the backsplash and pull up the carpet in the kitchen, yes, this kitchen has carpet (why oh why?).  Hubby loves the Knotty Pine and says it gives the house character he also likes the carpet in the kitchen (??)  Hopefully the woodwork underneath the carpet will be in good shape so that I can refinish and stain it.

Well that's it for now.  I want to have my kitchen complete by the time the cold weather comes around so I still have a couple of months.  I will blog my progress if I'm able.

Until next time,

14 comments:

  1. Bev, I think your kitchen cabinets will be beautiful in white and I actually think the hardware you have will would make the white cabinets look even more like a cottage bungalow. I have a vintage white, gas stove. I purchased it four our home and never used it. If I can unearth it in the barn I will send you a pic and see if your interested, it's a beauty :)

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    1. Thank you Dawn and yes! I would love to see your retro stove. I agree, I'm keeping the hardware only because I wouldn't know how to replace the hinges.

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  2. Good morning Bev,
    You've got a great kitchen and dining room space there.
    I love the layout, and the spice cupboard is pretty great!! I too would paint the cabinets and walls a soft white color. Very cottage-y.

    We have wood cabinets in our new home, and my husband loves them, so for now they will stay.
    Maybe one day, when the 'new-ness' wears off, he won't mind me painting them :)

    Have a great day!

    K.

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    1. Thank you Kerin. I first thought it would take me a while before I got used to the layout but I have adapted rather quickly. LOL, I can see you painting your cabinets in the near future! ;)

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  3. It's fun to fill a new home's spots isn't it?
    I look forward to seeing your new look:)
    The light is great by that window for photos!

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    1. Monique, I love decorating a new home but I have to rely on either my sister to help me or on Pinterest. I was not given the "decorator" genes. My sister has vision and has an adorable place of her own. Those windows are a favorite spot of mine, our kitty cats too :)

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  4. A home that I once lived in was mostly paneling and I painted most of it over time. I did live through it if that is any help :)

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    1. lol Deb! I know it's going to be a monumental task. I haven't posted the mudroom and stairway leading into the kitchen, those areas are also covered in knotty pine. I still haven't decided whether I'm going to paint that area or not. Thanks for the encouragement though. :)

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  5. Hi Bev, I popped over to see if you had pics of your kitchen and here it is! Cute house and I love the James Earl Jones story, how cool is that? I think your kitchen would be gorgeous painted. I would ask at your paint supplier what they would recommend you prime with to make sure the knots don't bleed through. It's a task for sure, but it will be well worth it. :)

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    1. Thank you Christy. That's a good idea to ask my local painter. I would assume they would be a wealth of knowledge in painting over knotty pine. I would sure hate it if those knots bled through! Have a blessed day :)

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  6. That's a great kitchen but I can totally imagine it painted. It will be so cottagey and beautiful!

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    1. It is a great kitchen, I never had one so big. I think the white will make it look larger too and I'm okay with that. I like that will have that cottagey look :)

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  7. I know exactly what you mean by grandma's kitchen with a modern flare. I find that I like older kitchen cabinets mixed with modern graphic print fabrics like the chevron print you see everywhere now. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
    Traci

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    1. Thank you Traci. It's been fun checking out "Grandma's Kitchens" on Pinterest and getting a lot of great ideas. There's still so much I want to do but I have to be patient and get a little more pocket change :)

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