Almost there…

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I’m really not into posting “before” photos until I have some finished pics to follow them up with.  I personally like seeing a pretty picture after an ugly one.  But I figure with how things are moving along over here… it could be awhile.  ;)

A few months ago I posted about the English Smallbone kitchen we found on craigslist.  I posted about it here

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Here’s the kitchen in it’s original home.  A little old school country, but with so much potential.

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And here it is installed in our new-but still in progress-kitchen:

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There were two painted pieces mixed in with the wood, and I decided to repaint them in a creamy white. 

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I just love the look of wood and white.  Instead of subway tile, we’ll be installing wide horizontal plank boards on the walls of the kitchen, painted white.  I think it will give it a cozy modern farmhouse vibe that will feel warmer than tile.

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We’ll be using honed carrara marble for some of the counters, including the island. 

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The beautiful teak on the farmhouse sink counter will stay, as will the butcher block counter:

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Does the island look familiar? 

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We took it with us from our old house when we moved.  I painted it the same creamy white as the new cabinets and took the fabric off the back of the wire…just for a change. 

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I also used the same Restoration Hardware drawer pulls on the new cabinets as I did on our island for a unified look:

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By the way, we got our Jenn-Air stove on craigslist too for $200!  It was an especially good find, since we needed a downdraft stove due to the windows above.  Downdraft stoves are hard to come by, especially used. 

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I have always loved wrap-around windows in a kitchen. 

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The view out of our new kitchen is worth the lack of storage space from upper cabinets. Don’t mind the unkempt yard… that’s a whole other project.

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I’ve gotten so much inspiration from so many places, it’s hard to narrow down one kitchen in particular that’s inspired the new space.  But here are some, which will give you an idea of what I’m envisioning for the walls, ceiling, and window finishings:

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I hope by sharing these sneak peak pics, you can share in my vision (and excitement) for the finished product.  Almost there!

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62 comments:

  1. This is amazing...glad to see so much progress! Wonderful job...love the wrap around windows!

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  2. It is looking wonderful, Rie. All good things are worth waiting for. I love how the kitchen is all coming together. It is just beautiful. I have a downdraft JennAire that I love,too. My own is just the cooktop and I have double ovens by it. I can't wait to see everything done. I think the board walls will be wonderful. xo Diana

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  3. It's gorgeous already. I can't wait to see the finished kitchen, Sally x

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  4. Your kitchen is already absolutely stunning. It will be perfection once finished. I love everything about it!

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  5. You are well on your way to one amazing kitchen!!

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  6. Hello,

    The room is beautiful and love all the light from the windows. Can't wait to see more. Pretty inspirational pics.
    Take care,
    Claudia

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  7. You are almost there and of course you kept that amazing island.

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  8. I already love it
    beautiful combination and amazing craiglist finds!!
    xxoo
    Pam

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  9. Your kitchen is going to be lovely. I know you will enjoy it.

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  10. OH Rie, I am in love! YOur kitchen is truly and inspiration! I do believe we are going to start looking on Craigslist again... just for smaller things like an oven and hood. And I must say I love your old kitchen as well. In fact the article was how I found out about you.... it has been the inspiration for many a kitchen for us. (we move a bit!)

    Truly lovely!

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  11. That is wonderful and beautiful progress!! Such a wonderful blend of old and new and repurposed and renewed - thoughtfully woven together.

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  12. It's going to be so lovely! Craigslist has been a goldmine in your restoration!

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  13. WOW.WOW.and WOW again!!! Absolutely stunning! (Even in the work in progress state.) What a glorious open space too!

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  14. THIS IS GORGEOUS! can't wait to see the finished product. But this is really amazing. Love the size of the kitchen!
    I love subway tile, but i agree...I think the wood planks will be softer/warmer. Can't wait to see what that looks like!

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  15. Amazing! I can't believe you found so many things on Craigslist. Love your inspiration photos, and can't wait to see yours all finished. It's going to be gorgeous!!

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  16. stunning ... will be truly beautiful when done.

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  17. This is going to be so beautiful! I love how you painted some of the cabinetts, while others are left wooden! The large cupboard in the corner is really awsome, I bet there's space for a lot of stuff in there. Planks will be better than subway tiles, definately...

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  18. It looks great and I can't wait to see what you do to finish the project..I love the wood and white mix too..Have a great week..

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  19. Wow! What a vision. I love every detail. Thanks for sharing. You have done so much and rather quickly I might add. Hope hubby is getting some rest in between projects. Amazing reno!!

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  20. Rie! it looks so great already!
    I love the flow and the 'built over time' feel it has to it.

    Now...while waiting for the completion...your adding 'time' to the finished project...

    I don't mind seeing before the completion pictures... I like in progress pictures!
    ~Pat

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    1. The "built over time look" is exactly what I was wanting, so thanks!

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  21. Rie, it's going to be so beautiful! I love seeing the pictures along the way too. It's fun to see the little things coming together. I can't wait to see it finished, and love all your plans for it!
    xo,
    Jilly

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  22. Can't wait to see it all done, but I LOVE the island:)

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  23. Wow I have to say the before photos are really not ugly...it looks great.
    Bristol

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  24. Oh my, Rie! So near!!!!! Keep a positive attitude, you are almost there. Can't wait for the finished product. We know it will be stunningly beautiful.

    Keep the faith!

    B.

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  25. oh my word rie! it is gorgeous already!!! and i have eabrnest prayers that we will one day {soon, before the kids are old!} have a yard like that! i waffle between feeling the deep desire in my heart for it, and not wanting to covet or be ungrateful for what we have!

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  26. Oh Rie, it is going to be fantastic! I love the cupboard painted. It looks like it has been in there forever...just gorgeous.
    Ness xx
    Marley & Lockyer

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  27. The vision is fabulous, Rie! Yes, sometimes we 'have' to show the 'in progress' shots to remind ourselves that there really is a purpose and a plan and that (what seems like) the 'inching forward' is, indeed going forward (thank goodness)! I have to second the white and wood. Working on a combination of that for our cabin now. We'll have painted base cabs and open weathered wood shelves in iron brackets (I think!) I'm in the process of finding that perfect warm white! And I have to say Yay!, too, for second-hand Jenn-Aire ranges! I found mine last summer at Salvation Army for $75! I bought it without even knowing where I was going to use it! Little did I know that less than a year later, we'd have a little cabin to put it in!
    Always so fun to see your updates!

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  28. Looking forward to the "after" photo's. So far-looks amazing!

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  29. Wow! I love it. What an inspiration. My new kitchen needs to be gutted and has no upper cabinets either. It's nice to see how you deal with that. So much light! I love it.

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  30. it's coming along...slowly but surely!
    and, it's looking absolutely beautiful....I can't wait to see more and more of the details come together!!

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  31. I could hug your neck! A downdraft range is exactly the solution to a reno problem we were having. It never occurred to me! Smarty pants you! I love the size of your kitchen and would give anything to have that much space to work with. It is going to be gorgeous! I'm also considering the horizontal wood for our backsplash. I love how it turned out in my studio closet!

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  32. HI
    Almost there…
    nice and useful! i would like to say thank you about this cool post & your Decent a site….
    thank you!

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  33. What a lovely kitchen you have in here. It's feels so fresh and clean! Very spacious too. :)

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  34. LOVELY PICS:) I really like your blog and I want to follow, do you have twitter or facebook??

    If you want some Swedish décor inspiration, you can check out my blog:)
    Have a great weekend.

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (Sweden)

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  35. Hello! I just came across your wonderful blog and was wondering if we could follow each other?
    whereORwhat.blogspot:Ilustrations, design and creativity.

    xoxo

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  36. Anything new going on that we need to see? New post when time allows...please?!

    Oh, I finally got the bread bin in one piece. It took them 5 tries. Think of the money that cost the company...your fav...Anthropologie! Close to $1,000. The shipping dept. is ridiculous!!!

    But I am a happy girl with my piece of art. Never will it hold bread!!! Too delicate.

    B.

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  37. Your photos are just amazing! I am so in love with them!

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  38. yes! i anxiously await the reveal (as i'm sure you do too.) love all the inpiration pics and how you've incorporated them into your home. truly will be unique and "home".
    judi

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  39. I love your style Rie...you have such a vision and I agree white and wood warm up a place....you are living my dream!

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  40. I love your style Rie...you have such a vision and I agree white and wood warm up a place....you are living my dream!

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  41. Hey
    Almost there…
    The articles is truly excellent:, I think that is among the most vital info for me, You are wonderful! Thank you!

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  42. You are sooo talented!! Julie and I love your pics and style!
    keep it coming!
    take care,
    Anisa

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  43. So neat seeing the before and after photos... Love the details that you've decided to keep, and the blend of neutral colors that are featured.

    Thanks for sharing it all!

    Katherine @ thistle handmade

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  44. Just a quick comment to say that I have just discovered your blog, and I love it! I have been through the renovation process a few times, and will soon be moving to a more rural area. For the first time in my life, I will not need to renovate! I am looking forward to enjoying the house and garden, and just pottering. I am also looking forward to reading more about your house renovation and family!.
    Kathy from Tasmania

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  45. You are the luckiest (most blessed) girl who every hunted Craig's List! :) I can't wait to see the finished kitchen and you had better believe I'm going to ask for a tour next time I'm in your nexk of the woods.

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  46. Wow! New here from the Nester! I would NEVER have thought to look on Craig's list for these things and you hit the jackpot!! Your vision is perfect for this space and the view out the windows, perfectly imperfect! Enjoy!
    Barbara
    The Treasured Home

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  47. I love it! The grooved teak as a sink drainer is fantastic! How is it working for you? We were thinking about grooving our marble like that but I worried it would be too hard to clean (and I'm not the best cleaner, just ask my husband!)

    Following you now so I can see the final after pics!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  48. Just found your blog! Love your kitchen inspiration. Can't wait to see where you end(ed) up!!

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  49. I LOVE what you are doing with your kitchen, I can't wait to see the finished results!
    Gorgeous!!!
    Patti

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  50. I like the kitchen window and the design, the sunlight has been not too intense to illuminate the inside.

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  51. So far so good. Everything seems to be coming along quite well. Thanks for sharing an update.

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  52. Wow, wow and wow. I can't believe how lucky you got with all these things on CL! I look everyday for years now and I never come/came across anything this fabulous! You must live in a very great stylish area ;)
    I love everything!

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  53. Oh I love this kitchen, its so illuminated and ventilated.

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  54. I really wish to go at The Residency Hotel as I am really inspired by the facilities and beauty of this hotel; I also want to taste the special cuisine there.
    Jazlyn

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