Antique kitchen awning + shelves

I have been so excited about this project, you guys! It was so good for my chippy, vintage loving soul and even though I need to touch up some paint and things like that, I just couldn’t wait a second longer to share it with ya’ll!

It took me years to convince the hubs we needed to take down those upper cabinets by the sink. He kind of thought it was an unnecessary change and we needed the storage space, but.. I knew if I pouted long enough he would cave haha! And he did! He took them down and I couldn’t have been more right, you guys! Those cabinets had made our little kitchen feel so claustrophobic for so long! It’s amazing how much more open, and airy it feels now, since replacing them with open shelves. Plus they are so fun to style!

I wanted to use purposeful items on the shelves like cereal bowls and mixing bowls and these antique sherbet bowls, I found for $1.50 a piece at a flea market. But I also added things like plants, vintage insulators and antique seltzer bottles to bring in some old farmhouse style. I also love using heirloom pieces given to me from my sweet mama, that she found out junkin’ or also pieces from my sweet mamaw Irene in heaven. Seeing these special pieces out in the open in my home, makes me smile and think of them and my beautiful memories with them every single day.

When we took the cabinets down, there was a shelf at the top in between the cabinets, above our window. I wanted so badly to just rip it down and leave it all open. But.. there was an issue with that. We had an electrical box, attached to it with our light. I won’t go into the boring details of all that, but basically that shelf absolutely had to stay. I immediately knew that if it couldn’t be removed, I wanted to make it into something with tons of character and something that would maybe even make us glad we couldn’t take that shelf down, and I really feel like this ended up being just that. I absolutely love the character it added to our kitchen.

When I realized I had to design something to basically cover up the shelf, the only solution I could come up with to cover that awkward space was an awning. I sketched out what I wanted it to look like. Basically it would be two corbels on each side, with a piece of corrugated metal for the awning. Pretty simple and rustic.

It took me a couple of months to find the perfect corbels, in the right size, the right age, the right chippy and the right color. I wanted this space to have pieces with history. I searched local antique stores all over, but nothing that was a perfect fit. I widened my search online and had my friends searching for me too, but everything I loved was always missing something. Then one day, I was waiting at a chiropractor appointment and Brandon sent me a text. He had finally found the perfect ones! We quickly got those ordered and waited for them. We also didn’t have any old corrugated metal laying around. But Brandon’s uncle Herb had a chicken coop with tons of it, that hadn’t been used in years. He’s the sweetest and told us to come get whatever we needed. So we found a piece that was perfectly aged and slightly rusted on the ends, exactly like I had pictured. It was a match made in decor heaven!

Thanks to Uncle Herb and a salvaged shop, we discovered on eBay for the corbels, we finally had all the supplies sorted out. Brandon got it all built and put up in no time, and now we have the finished product and I couldn’t be more happy with the end result! It’s exactly what I had envisioned when I was planning for this space. I don’t know about yuns, but I feel like that hardly ever happens. I’m almost always settling for something similar to what I wanted or had in mind, because of this of that not working exactly right, so I’m so happy this turned out exactly like I designed it months ago. That’s what makes our little house so special to us. Looking around and seeing our hearts and hands in every inch of our home.

Thanks for checking out the blog today!

xx April

Simple Spring Home Tour

Kentucky weather is so crazy this time of year. We Kentuckians joke that we get all four seasons in one week. Literally, it snowed two days this week and then rained for a couple days and by Saturday it was 75 and sunny. Crazy I tell ya! It’s so unpredictable, but I couldn’t be more excited for perfect Spring weather and all the pretty blooms to come and stay!

I made this little spot, mostly out of things I already had from last Spring, and just switched up the placement. I was excited to use my Fresh Flower Market sign from Magnolia again and pull out all my faux flowers. I added a few twigs of wildflowers to the DIY wreath I made at the begining of the year, to take it from January to March. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on new items to get a whole different look. I love those vintage inspired terra-cotta pots stacked up and overflowing, for Spring and Summer! I’ve used these same ones from Hobby Lobby the last couple of years and everyone that comes over, asks me if they are real antiques. They look so authentic and the textures on these are so well done and pretty. One of the new things I did pick up is this olive tree, I found at tjmaxx. I fell in love with it! I loved the authentic looking crock it came in. This is definitely not it’s forever spot, I’ve actually already moved it around quite a bit. Next time you see it, I’m sure it will be in a different location but I couldn’t wait to show you guys, so it ended up here for our Simple Spring Home Tour!

Does it get any better than old chippy doors and baskets of florals? This was such a simple addition, but I feel like it helped bring so much Spring into this spot.

Hydrangeas were a part of our wedding flowers and they’ve always been my absolute ever favorite since I was a little girl. I picked these up at Whole Foods Market. They always have gorgeous, full hydrangeas. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are my favorite places to pick up fresh blooms. We live a little more than an hour away from both, so a lot of times, by the time we get home, they are already wilted and I cry haha. These here were the victim of one of those times, but I was able to revive them, thanks to some great tips I got a couple of years ago from some of my Insta buddies. The advice I got was so good! I’m definitely no garden expert, and of course it depends on how far gone the blooms are, but if they have any life left in them, I’ve learned from experience, that a lot of these are worth a try. I thought I’d pass along a few of these tips with you guys.

So, if your hydrangeas are looking puny, you can try..

– Cutting the bottom of the stems 1/2 inch from the bottom at a slanted angle before putting them in water. Every few days, repeat.

– Placing the entire stem under water, blooms and all. I’ve heard some say this should be for at least half an hour. I only left these a few minutes and it still worked. It can be kind of scary submerging the whole bloom, but a lot of times it does work! If you’re afraid to dunk them, use a plant spritzer or spray bottle and at least to wet the blooms and stems.

– Use warm water instead of cold

– Add a few pinches of sugar in the water

– Try an aspirin in the vase of water

– Make sure your vase or container is clean before adding your flowers. I used to think a good rinse out was enough, but apparently  it’s not. They need to be scrubbed with soapy warm water and rinsed well to get rid of any bacteria that could contaminate your stems.

 

We made some big changes to the kitchen recently and my favorite part are these open shelves! I love how much more open and bright it looks now. It was a fairly easy change that made a huge difference in our little kitchen.

We took down the two upper cabinets by sink and replaced them with these wooden floating shelves from Target. I loved adding milk glass and these fluted tumblers from the Hearth and Hand – Magnolia line.

I really hoped to have the awning above the sink finished for this post, but the antique corbels we purchased, haven’t made it here yet, mostly because it took me a month to find the perfect ones! So.. that will be in the next post! I can’t wait to show y’all!

 

I kept the living room pretty simple. I added florals to the galvanized wall vases, and these gorgeous chenille and ticking stripe pillows from With Lavender and Grace. I love using fresh and faux florals and greens. There are so many authentic looking stems now and it’s nice because you can reuse them each year, all season long. I love these faux olive stems from Decor Steals. They also have these at Magnolia. Adding water to the vase makes my faux stems look even more life like.

 

Our bedroom is small, so I have to get creative with decor in here. I love adding pieces with character to this night stand. Old books, vintage bottles and florals are always my go to pieces. I find vintage books all the time, at yard sales, flea markets and ebay.

I actually took down our “Spirit Lead Me” sign from Smallwood Home, to try and change up the space for you guys, and do something a little bit different, but I just love it so much, I ended up putting it right back up on the mantel. It’s still one of my favorite signs in our home.

Thank you so much for checking out our Spring Home! I hope y’all enjoyed it! Check out my Instagram post and stories to see all of the other incredible Bloggers, who I am honored to call my friends, that are part of the Simple Spring Home Tour! I know you’ll love them all!