The Kitchen at Buhrle Manor has always been the central hub of the house. Great Grandma Bradsby and Grandma Eleanor could always be found in the kitchen with their aprons on. Someone once said, “At the Burhle house, the door was always open and there were always the best smells of something cooking in the kitchen.”
|Original Watercolors by: David C. Brown (Thanks Uncle David!)
The table was my mother’s (Marjorie VanNorman). It was her Pride & Joy and has been in our family for at least 35 years.
The Pot Rack I picked up at a yard sale probably 10 years ago. It was originally shinny gold, which I spray painted black. It needed a new coat of paint so I thought I would switch it up and use RED.
I found the new kitchen hardware online through Historic Houseparts
, my new favorite place. I will be ordering a floor grate for our gas floor heater sometime in the near future.
Before my husband and I moved in, Aunt Lois had painted the kitchen walls a light green and the cabinets in a beige cream. I wanted to embrace the retro style of the kitchen and utilize my Mary Englebreit
collection. I researched retro kitchens online and on Pinterest.
Turquoise seemed to be a reoccurring color choice. I ended up with a paint color that was a little more blue because it matched the peacocks in the door curtains that I had already made. The baseboards, door trim, chair railing and wainscot are all painted with the Wenge AF 180 Benjamin Moore Semi-Gloss. Red and Black are always good accent colors!
I knew if I put stuff in the cupboards above the sink and refrigerator I would never see them again. I decided to remove the cabinet doors and paint the inside using the Honey Gold as an accent paint color. They now are functional display shelves for my collectibles and antiques.
I still have to finish painting the Ashwood Gray around the window. I will paint the window trim and sill with red and then use the distressed technique as I did for the small window that you will see below if you scroll down.
Eleanor’s Vintage Lincoln BeautyWare Chrome Cake Carrier. It was always on top of her refrigerator. The other Vintage Cake & Pie Keeper I found at an estate sale.
In the first picture you can see that the right side of the window is still painted solid, that is how it looked before I decided to distress it. The window has many layers of paint and looked old (let’s face it…It is old!) I thought why not enhance the old weathered look.The curtains are hand embroidered Tea Towels done in Red Work
. They were given to me years ago by my Step-Mother, Ruth Tonkin. I sewed the towels together, added the casing at the top and hand crocheted trim lace at the bottom.
Checker Board Duck Tape works great to cover old switch plates!
|A display idea I saw on Pinterest
To Be Continued…
I will be adding new photos from time to time. Providing updates and sharing vintage photos of the original kitchen. ~ Thanks for visiting!