It brings me great joy to introduce our new little kitchen.
Do you remember where we started eighteen months ago? Brace yourself, hide the children….
This is a 400 square foot room, with a bathroom, that’s attached to the back of our barn. In its past life it was a very dude-ly office for the old sawmill that’s on our property. When we bought the house and property, I didn’t even fully realize this room was back here. It was all an overwhelming mess and now it’s one of my favorite spaces.
Over the past year we’ve primed and painted the walls and ceiling, painted the concrete floor, ripped out the old sink and cabinet and added in lots of beautiful, inexpensive pretties.
One more before, because can you even believe the difference? This proves that Every Space has potential. Every one of them. No space is too far gone to be lovely, and the most inexpensive item–paint, almost always makes the biggest difference.
Let’s talk about some of the biggest changes.
1. Clean & Paint
When I first saw the space, I didn’t even like being in the room. It was filthy, smelly and dark. All I knew was that it needed to be disinfected and sealed with some primer and white paint. I didn’t care to make any other plans for the office, all that mattered at first was a few coats of primer and some white paint.
After everything was white and we could actually see what we were dealing with, we started planning the room.
Yes, let’s try to work in a tiny kitchen! This kitchen will help with the barn events we have–so I don’t need a lot of pots and pans and storage but more of a place to heat up and store food and drinks and make coffee.
Yes, we can use this as a guest room (we have plans for more than one twin bed for sleeping) but for now we have a twin.
Yes, this can also be an office for me and serve as the bathroom for the barn!
2. Kitchen Style
We went with Ikea cabinets–we have them in our house kitchen and love them, they are easy to put together and have a 25 year warranty. And those simple, elegant appliances are from the new GE Artistry Series — FINALLY there’s an affordable option for sleek, simple design that we don’t have to sell a car to afford.
Let’s face it, the refrigerator steals the show. It’s all vintage meets modern meets adorable and it’s only $1200. I admit I checked craigslist for the past year searching for a SMEG refrigerator–it would have been twice the cost and half the size for the same style. This is a win!
Since this isn’t a typical kitchen that gets used daily for a family, we didn’t have to fret over the perfect layout. I really only had two small walls to work in a full kitchen so I incorporated a wheeled cart that can be rotated when we need to use the dishwasher, or it can be rolled out of the room into the barn if we need to use it as a serving cart. I basically walked into Ikea and asked them what cabinets they had in stock that I could take home that day, and this is what we got.
I’m so happy with my cute little kitchen!
It took us about a year to get this little space to where it is today. This kitchen wall gives me great hope for the untouched places in our house, the bathrooms, basement, screened in porch…it’s such a great reminder to look back at where a room started and compare it to where it is today.
Paint: Kilz Paint & Primer, Sherwin Williams : Pure White
Floor Paint: I think the color is “sand” it’s some type of concrete paint, yikes, I can’t find it!
Rugs: Joss & Main
Appliances: (they sell them in black too!) Special thanks to GE for supplying the Artisan Series appliances for the Nesting Place kitchen project!
- GE Artistry Series ENERGY STAR® 20.3 Cu. Ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator (model # ABE20EGEWS)
- GE Artistry Series 30” Free-Standing Electric Range (model # ABS45DFWS)
- GE Artistry Series Dishwasher with Top Controls (model # ADT521PGFWS)
- GE Artistry Series 1.6 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Microwave Oven (model # AVM4160DFWS)
Towels: Home Goods
Wood wall hangings : Hobby Lobby
Pottery: One King’s Lane
Mirror: Pier 1 (years ago)
Stool: Joss & Main
Wood Board: World Market
Gold Tray: Target
Three Tiered Stand: Joss & Main
Wood Bowls: Pottery Barn & Local (years ago)
Coffee Urns: Amazon
Pink Column: The Depot at Gibson Mill
To see photos of our real, actual kitchen in our house, click here.
Don’t forget to browse the Nesting Place Holiday Hostess Sale with Joss & Main. Sale ends Tuesday at 11 am EST.