Back Visiting- Our Craigslist Kitchen



 
I'm back for a few visits!  I've gotten so many emails from people asking for updates, so I decided to dedicate a few posts over the next couple months to show you what we've been up to.  We are still not completely finished with the house... it's been a long, laborous process, and I honestly wouldn't recommend it to anyone.  ;)  What we thought would be mostly cosmetic changes turned into a full-out rebuild.  Literally y'all... we've replaced almost every single wall and floor joist in this house.  Should you ever lose your brain and decide to undertake such a project, by all means, DON'T LIVE IN IT!  My advice... plop an RV on the property and call it home until the renovation's over. Hindsight.  *sigh*  
 

I posted a while back (here) about this unique kitchen set we found on craigslist.  It was made by the kitchen cabinet company, Smallbone, and came out of a fancy, schmancy house in a golf course community.  Here it was in the original house:

 

The beauty of English country kitchens is that they are usually free floating pieces, similar to  furniture.  So it was easy to reconfigure the pieces to suit this empty room in our farmhouse:

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We kept the wood cabinets as they were, but repainted the painted pieces a creamy white for a more simple look:

 
 
The island came from our last house, where we had used an old buffet (also bought on craigslist!) and turned it into an island. We repainted it the same white as the cabinets to make it unified. The iron wall unit came from Pottery Barn. 


Besides the carrara marble counters and pendant lights, it's the only new thing in the whole kitchen.  Everything else came used and from craigslist, including the appliances.



 

 



If you look closely, you'll see we still have some painting touch-up to do, and the ceiling still has the old pop-corn.  We have plans to do a rustic wood ceiling one day in the future. 


 
I plan to show you our finished dining and living areas in my next post.  This kitchen opens out to both of them.  Feel free to ask me specific questions you have in the comments section, and I'll reply best I can.  Thanks! 
 

71 comments:

  1. So good to see your home coming to shape. Moving is hard then add children and remodeling. Your doing Great.
    Cvet

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  2. Your kitchen looks lovely and what a lucky find - Smallbone (of Devizes) is one of the best (and most expensive) kitchen companies in Britain.

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  3. I'm glad you came back to show us the kitchen. It looks beautiful! I love the island and all the windows. What a great space. Looking forward to seeing the living and dining rooms :)

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  4. You don't know me from Adam, but I was a faithful blog reader of yours and am so glad to see you back blogging! Your kitchen is lovely already, but I know it'll be perfect once you get done adding your special touch to everything.

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  5. What kind of countertop do you have around your sink? We currently have laminate counters with medium-colored wood cabinets (much like the natural cabinets in your kitchen). I've had in my head to do carrera marble, but have been advised against it near the sink. I like what you've got!

    Thanks.

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    1. The sink next to the fridge has the carrara counter. We've had no problems with it with water. And we are definitely not careful with it!

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    2. Oh good!

      Out of curiosity still, what is around the main sink? I like the mix of two different types of countertops with two different cabinet finishes!

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    3. The other sink has a teak countertop. At came with the kitchen. Thanks!

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  6. I'm so glad I ran across your post today!! :) I miss your blog. :( Love your new/used farmhouse kitchen. The cabinets worked perfectly and I especially love the open atmosphere with no upper cabinets. :) Hope to see you blogging more in the future!! ;)

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  7. I'm SO, SO glad to see an update on your home! I follow you on Pinterest and saw your kitchen pins and had to do a double-take at them! I thought you had taken down your blog for good and was so disappointed I couldn't daydream at your photos anymore....THANK YOU so much for publishing it once again! Your kitchen and renovations are so beautiful and inspiring....living amongst it may be crazy, but your kids will fondly remember these times for a long time to come. :)

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  8. Thank you for posting an update! Your blog was the only decorating/organizing blog I still read and I really appreciate your style. It's fun to follow you on Pinterest but seeing your updates is a real treat. I know how difficult it is to keep up with a blog (I had to let mine go) but I am grateful you posted updates to your home for all of us. I love what you have done and absolutely love the Hallelujah sign.

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  9. I was so delighted to see a post from "Home and Harmony!" Your kitchen is just lovely. Oh, please come back to Blogland, Rie, even if just occasionally to let us see a glimpse of your beautiful renovations.

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  10. How nice to see a post here from you! Your kitchen has turned out great. I can tell you have been beyond busy. It is never ending when you attempt to overhaul an old house- Blessings- xo Diana

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  11. wow amazingly gorgeous! curious to know where the pendant lights are from. thanks!

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    1. The lights are from Lowes. Thanks!

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  12. so glad you posted. It is beautiful!

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  13. beautiful! thanks for sharing.

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  14. Looking so nice! I have lived through a whole house renovation with a large homeschooling family, and sometimes I loved my house and sometimes I hated my house! It was a long, hard process, but at the end it was worth it and we did make some good memories in the process. Hang in there - you're doing a great job!

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  15. looks so great! you are such an inspiration! i wish you were still blogging on a regular basis.
    i would love to see other changes you have made in your new house sometime.

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  16. Hi, I'm excited to read more of your blog! Your Craigslist Kitchen post got my attention. We're doing the exact same thing - with lot's of experience under our belt already but this has been the biggest undertaking for us EVER! Wasn't quite in the plan at this season of our life but this is where we landed! My husband and I both agree with your best advice "DON'T LIVE IN IT" which of course is exactly what we are doing!! Anyhow, most everyone we know thinks we are crazy but it's nice to find a fellow crazy person and see how your journey is going :)

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  17. I am so glad you posted! When I first saw your kitchen I thought it was unfitted (freestanding, like furniture) I was right! I have always wanted an unfitted kitchen but the only companies that make them are in Europe! Shipping would be insane! Now I know to check Craig's List!

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  18. Oh it is so nice to see you back for a visit.
    Kitchen is beautiful.

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  19. Beautiful! I am sure you are thinking "hallelujah!" that you are "done" with the kitchen! :) what a job! It looks great though and I look forward to more posts in the future. BTW, I love the simplicity of your stools...am looking for something similar...may I ask where they're from? Thx!

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    1. They are the Flint stools from CB2. And absolutely right about the "hallelujah the kitchen's done!" :)

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  20. I love your kitchen, Rie!
    You gave that Smallbone cabinetry a new, prettier second life!
    I laughed when I read the last comment from JoLynn about your "hallelujah" sign. I was thinking the same thing.
    Maybe I should get a similar sign when we finally finish Patina Farm!

    Thank you for you honesty and generosity.

    xo
    Brooke

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  21. Love it!!! Where is your three tiered basket from?

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    1. It is from World Market, but I bought it years ago. Sorry!

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  22. What a happy update to receive! Your craigslist kitchen looks wonderful. I'm a big fan of marble countertops--our kitchen is so tiny I think we could do it economically-ish but I wonder if I'd worry too hard about stains (red wine? berries?) and such. I don't know! Anyhow, I love this european-country-look!

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  23. Sigh - as usual Rie. A feast for the eyes and soul.

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  24. I'm so happy to see you! I was just thinking about you the other day! I love your kitchen. Always amazed at what you put together. You have the magic touch.

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  25. Simple & Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Would you share where your 'hallelujah' sign came from?

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    1. I made it. Sorry, that's probably not much help!

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  26. YEAH!!!! I'm so glad that you are back to posting...I've been curious how things are turning out.

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  27. WOW ...WOW ... and more WOW! You guys are amazing! (I just noticed you have 2222 followers ... I tend to notice things like that. FUN!)

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  28. OH I am soooo glad you are back!!! What an amazing kitchen!! Can't wait to see more!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  29. Also LOVE the Hallelujah sign!!!

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  30. Thank you for sharing your kitchen! I think the "hallelujah" sign is perfect.

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  31. Rie, what a delight to see your lovely house again. Thanks for visiting the blog.

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  32. Rie, what a delight to see your lovely house again. Thanks for visiting the blog.

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  33. Looks amazing! Thanks for the update!

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  34. Thanks for the reply! I will have to check the stools out. :)

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  35. Beautiful! I'm so glad you came back to post updates. Your style is amazing!

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  38. oh rie...it was nice to pop over after so long and see your beautiful kitchen again....hope you guys are doing well.

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  40. Welcome back - we have missed you!

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  41. So pretty! I grew up in a house under construction. It's was a 100yr old farmhouse that we gutted room by room. I swore I would never so much as break down a wall in a house while living in it after that. I have had my husband do some things around the house so I guess I got over it :)

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  42. I've been wondering how everything was going! I've lived through a century home renovation, it's awful and rewarding. Your kitchen is lovely. It's so airy. Perfect for a young family. Thanks for giving us a peek.

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  43. Rie, I'm so glad you popped in for a visit! I was wondering how things were going and came over just in case. So happy and surprised to see an update!

    We are getting ready to move walls in 3 rooms, gut our master bedroom and basically replace 1/2 of our main floor. I broke out in hives last night just thinking about the construction of it all. We are no strangers to the dust of remodeling and I'm not a fan, lol. If you can get through it, then I suppose I can too.

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  44. Can you tell me the color of your cabinets and walls in your kitchen? It looks beautiful!

    Lindsay

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    1. The paint color on the cabinets is "Cottage White" by Behr. The walls and trim are both "Clean White" by Valspar. Hope this helps!

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  45. I had just discovered your blog when you posted your 'Moving On' post. I am so excited to see that you've posted some updates. I recently started blogging myself and it definitely is time consuming. I appreciate that you have taken the time to document the house progress! Thanks!

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  46. Rie, Good to hear from you again! I love your kitchen and I love that hardly anything is new! You have such fantastic style and thanks for the advice about not living in the construction because we've been considering buying an older place and fixing it up (while living in it). Maybe I should think again... we lived through one house-gut, but it wasn't to this extent. Can't wait to see more updates in the future :)

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  47. Oh my word! What a gorgeous kitchen!! I haven't seen that system from Pottery Barn, and I'm going to check it out... I'm pinning this too! Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  48. Beautiful!!! This is the way to go! It saves money and it look collected over time.

    I just finished my kitchen too, and half the kitchen, including the island, is moveable, though not from Craig's list. I use my armoire for kitchen storage and food boxes.

    We are doing a total home remodel too and it's a ton of work and one never knows what will turn up.

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  49. Great job, will look especially wonderful when you get the wood ceiling in to warm things up a bit. I was curious about the windows, did you have to replace each one or did you somehow manage to shorten them up and rework them?

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    1. Yes, we replaced all the windows.

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  50. hi rie,
    glad you're back with an update! LOVE the new kitchen and your style is so unique which i appreciate. i'm heading over to the "rest of the room" post to check that out too.
    judi

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  51. Thank you for sharing your lovely home and inspirations. Congratulations on a beautiful creation. Can you please share about the wall shelving hardware. It looks like barn door track and rollers. What are the shelves constructed of?

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    1. Oops - I see you already stated they are from Pottery Barn, but i don't see them on Pottery Barn website.

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    2. It's the Markson Rolling Modular Storage on the Pottery Barn website. It's on sale! But the shelfy thing is sold out. The brackets/rod and wheels are $34 right now though.

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  52. So beautiful. I so want to do my tiny kitchen over and have fantasies about finding everything I need on Craigslist and Build it Green NYC, a local recycle resale business. Great inspiration.

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  53. I just came over from Miss Mustard Seed. Your kitchen is Stunning! You have given me so many ideas. Thanks!

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  54. How I have missed your posts. You kitchen is absolutely beautiful. I wouldn't have expected anything less. Blessings to you and your family.

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  55. Great job, will look especially wonderful when you get the wood ceiling in to warm things up a bit.

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  56. Craigslist?! GENIUS, and so beautiful. I found you through Miss Mustard Seed, and I will definitely keep checking back! {Also: We are doing a gut renovation that we thought was going to be "cosmetic" also...pure hell! I get it.} :-)

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  57. So happy I had a few hours to catch up with my favourite blogs; I was just going to reread some of your old posts as I thought you weren't blogging anymore but yey! I admit, I stumbled upon your blog too late in the game- probably just a week before you wrote that you would no longer continue to update. I'm so glad you are though! Your home is looking beautiful and very welcoming. I know renovating is a pain, but it really will all be worth it. In years to come, it's all be just "Remember that time...Haha!" Love from Ireland! :)

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  58. Welcome back! Finding you here once again has made my day. xo

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