Omigosh, omigossshh, OMIGOSH!!!! ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? ‘Cause I am. It’s week six of the One Room Challenge, my best fronds. And we all know what that means, right?! IT’S REVEAL DAY, BABAY!!!! She’s done. D-U-N, done. Honestly, I wasn’t sure this day would ever come. 😆 Three months deep in dusty home reno makes ya dizzy after a while.
This green kitchen glamazon in my 1934 Craftsman Bungalow was a labor of love and turned out better than I could have ever dreamed. It was hard work, mentally (and physically) exhausting and I learned a whole heck of a lot when it comes to major home renovation. Seeing the magic come alive in-person instantly made every single tireless effort worth it. I’m ready to reap the rewards. In other words, cooking for da-da-dayyysss!!!
I’m itchin’ to share the final outcome, so let’s take a brief walk down moodboard + memory lane:
— THE BEFORE —
— THE AFTER —
RESTORING 1930s CHARM
Where to begin?!! I love every nook and cranny of this dark green kitchen glamazon. What was already an expansive space feels enormous and is filled to the brink with brilliant texture, precious detail, mixed metals and, most importantly, charm.
My biggest goal for this renovation was to restore the kitchen back to a respectable state, whilst reflecting the period in which it was built. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to peel back the layers (oh boy, were there a lotta of layers) and this kitch sitch is thus forth revitalized!!! With a few modern and glammy amenities, of course.
When I started dreaming up my open kitchen design, it started out with the desire to pair green cabinetry with all the brass. Finding green cabinetry wasn’t an easy feat. After searching high and low for a cost-effective solution, I opted to design the space from scratch and paint them myself—Forest Green by Benjamin Moore. I sought shaker-style cabinets befitting the foundational character of a 1930s-era home. The design plan ensured ample storage from floor to ceiling; an open, flowing floor plan; and, most importantly, restoring the original red oak hardwood floors. How amazing are they?!!!
It was a major bonus being able to remove the old “partition” wall, and even more a delight when my contractor was able to restore the absent plaster ceiling swirlies. I’m so in love with the character of my “Van Gogh” ceiling, it’s ridiculous. I believe the house is, too. Additional kudos to my guys for finding a way to install flat, modern trim amongst the swarm of plaster protrusions!!
What took these dark green cabinets to the next level? These precious globe knobs and trail pulls from Emtek, that’s what. In fact, if you scroll back to the moodboard, you’ll notice other knobs and pulls were at play. Due to a backorder issue, there was a swift change in the hardware. Let me tell you, I couldn’t be happier with the sudden change in direction. The rounded knobs and pulls fit into the design even better and called out real dang good to the hardware on my antique white gas range. Emtek’s hardware is durable, hefty and sturdy; a beguiling addition I’m delighted I chose for my green kitchen glamazon.
One conundrum was where to put the paper towels! I’ve got the counter space, but who wants’m there? Nobahdy!! I fell head-over-heels for Pepe & Carols (P&C) brass paper towel holder. With a tip from a dear sweet friend, I installed the hardware underneath the sink for quick and easy (yet concealed) access—it’s the perfect place!
LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN
Let’s talk lighting. The Mitzi collection from Hudson Valley Lighting has got all the glitz and glam a girl could ever want. As soon as I discovered the Paige chandelier with her precious floral embellishments prettifying nine mega globes, I was smitten. Seriously, these big balls make a statement. That, plus two of’m paired together = supreme style machine.
Paige comes with an equally gorgeous selection of sconces, but this girl ain’t about that matchy-matchy, ya know. Puttering about, I stumbled across Little Miss Reese, the contemporary, Art Deco-inspired wall sconces of elegant dreams. What a unique design!! How can one not love that petite brass rim and teensy nub that follows? Who knew this brass edge would pair in so well with what came next: the backsplash.
Initially, I was on the fence about a backsplash. My vision struggled with the scant backsplash look (i.e.; underneath the first row of shelving only) as well as the unfinished look and feel at a cabinet end or ceiling line. When visiting The Tile Shop (TTS), I did a happy home jig 💃 when I stumbled upon the glossy penny round mosaic tiles. Nothing felt like it tied in more with the character of this bungalow. These itty bitty pennies brought in a subtly glamorous, glossy grandeur to the space—a little razzle dazzle, if you will
Fact: installing tile from countertop to ceiling was the best choice I ever made.
When I discussed my thoughts on tile looking “unfinished” at the ceiling line, Renee, Tile Extraordinaire of TTS, made the most tremendous suggestion: gold profile tile trim. Whaaauuuutt?!! There was no going back. A rapid ease of all concerns, I incorporated this gold edge not only along the ceiling line, but as a clean, polished edge where the upper cabinets on the stove side cease. This minute detail amped up the Reese sconces something fierce, and yielded a sophistication beyond my expectations. She’s got a bit of a French feel, and I’m 100% OK with that.
LIGHTS ON, LIGHTS OFF
With a modern-day kitchen comes modern amenities. The switches, outlets and wall plates from the adorne collection by Legrand are the perfect accoutrement atop the penny round backsplash. Even for an older home, this modern accent fits in seamlessly and boasts big style. I mean, that gorgeous brushed brass patina though!! That’s what sold me, but the adorne’s options are endless. Beautiful to look at and marvellously easy to use. I very well may need to update the entire house.
Circling back to lighting, while on the hunt I came across Soraa’s lightbulb collection. It important to have gorgeous lighting to look at, but also physical light that makes the space shine. I’ve entertained a handful of times since this green kitchen glamazon’s inception and lemme tell you, the Radiant A-19 bulbs illuminate like no other. It sounds crazy, but these lights produce a crisp color that’s both calming and alluring. I literally told my yogi girlfriends how absolutely radiant they looked just hanging about, drinking some red wine. True to it’s name, ladies and gents. ☀️🍷🧘🏻♀️
LET’S GET COOKING
GUYS. Have you stopped, stared and drooled over this 36″ antique white gas range from Hallman yet? Well, if you haven’t, I certainly have. This stove is nothing short of striking, and she’s got quite the laundry list of meal prep a’coming. Those knobs, those handlebars, that stovetop with the brass burner detail … C’mon!!! #idie. This is the exact stove I yearned for and I’m losing my ever-lovin’ mind that it’s actually in my kitchen. 🤯 The range comes with an extensive list of impressive cooking options I’m gradually learning (I’ll be spending quite some time reviewing the handbook). I cannot freaking wait to share with you what this baby can do.
THE FINE DETAIL
Adorning the kitchen is an amalgam of artwork from the one and only Minted. There are so many inspiring pieces to choose from no matter your style or interest! I selected a blend of abstract, graphic and painterly artworks to compliment the space—each and every one special and distinct (and, of course, a few food-related, too!). What I love the most about Minted’s collection is the pieces are designed by independent artists. Having that infectious, entrepreneurial spirit via artwork in my home is a feeling I can’t even put into words.
PRO TIP: When you’ve got a wall of tile, use a sticky 3M hook. 👌🏻
The bamboo bar stools make my heart swell with happiness. I thrifted them two years ago in preparation for this renovation. The Mona Zebra Chartreuse pillows from SWD Studio incorporate such a bold and beautiful hue on these splendid vintage bamboo bar chairs. The craftsmanship of SWD’s made-to-order pillow covers is meticulous and their linen is simply rich.
Can we please talk about this gorgeous brass commercial-style faucet for a minute?! Eye catching, solid and seemingly indestructible, you couldn’t beat the price tag with a stick ($260). I’m planning to cook hard AND clean hard in this kitch sitch. Plus, it’s not too bad on splatter when you’re rocking a 30″ sink. Bring on them dishes!!!
On the sink side, it was important to me to have symmetry along the 14-foot long expanse. This meant the cabinetry would protrude into the archway about five inches. Nevertheless, that luscious dark green and Bianco Calacatta quartz countertop edge is a welcome sight. Gimme those graphic veins all day long! To further the balance, I installed four floating poplar shelves to display my hoarderculturalist side and all my collected “tchotch” acquired over time. Those sonovaguns were installed over these heavy duty floating shelf brackets and they ain’t going no-where.
In the depths of Home Depot’s website, I unearthed the perfect exterior French door, and to my pleasant surprise, with a custom paint option! After five years, all of my exteriors doors match; it’s quite the blissful feeling. I accented this spectacular find with the brawny and bronze Zeus Entry Set from Emtek. I treasure how effortlessly the hardware blends in with the french door. It’s allll right.
THE OUTDOOR SEATING AREA
Thankfully, the one downfall wasn’t in the kitchen at all. I got a little big for my britches anticipating time to paint the exterior during the springtime. The spring weather has been wholly uncooperative, making for rather poor painting conditions. Nevertheless, I must highlight the space I’m dying to complete. So glad I decided to update the outdoor lighting with these sleek Allenbury gooseneck sconce from Kichler. Once this bitty bungalow is painted (green, I think!), she’s really going to shine.
This green kitchen glamazon has turned out to everything I hoped it would be and more. I’m so incredibly grateful for this opportunity, and tremendously proud of my husband and I for accomplishing this major kitchen renovation together and 100% out of pocket. I truly enjoyed every step of the process—dust included—and as crazy as it sounds, I’d do it all over again exactly the same way.
Sweet fronds, thank you SO MUCH for following along and for your sweet, supportive and encouraging words throughout this entire process. Many thanks to Linda for inviting me to be a part of this wild ride, and enormous thanks to all of the sponsors who have helped support this budding blog and kitchen become what it aspires to be.
With love and gratitude,
— A PROPER BEFORE + AFTER —
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Appliances + Fixtures
Hallman 36” Antique White Gas Range
Haier 28″ French Door Refrigerator
Kitchenaid 24″ Top Control Dishwasher
Asyas 28″ Commercial Kitchen Faucet
APPASO 30″ Pro Kitchen Sink Undermount
Eternal Bianco Calacatta
Amor by Morgan Kendall
Humble World by Heather Francisco
Open Crazy Late by Paper Raven Co.
Abstract Seascapes Pt. Reyes by Caryn Owen
Chance Meeting by J. Wink
Roast Chicken by Elliot Stokes
Zuma Beach Malibu No. 7 by Kamala Nahas
Bamboo Bar Stools
Vintage Iranian Rug
Onion Bar Signage
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