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

3 comments on “Antique kitchen awning + shelves

  1. It is stunning, April! I am so excited for you, your vision came to life and it’s just perfection…every detail is so gorgeous, so unique and so you. You and Brandon killed it with this one!

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