The Kitchen… Is My Happy Place!

Retro kitchen makeover-add pops of color to bring out the charm.

 

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.”

Retro kitchen makeover-add pops of color to bring out the charm.
Original Watercolors by:  David C. Brown (Thanks Uncle David!)
Retro kitchen makeover-add pops of color to bring out the charm.
Retro kitchen makeover-add pops of color to bring out the charm.
The table was my mother’s (Marjorie VanNorman). It was her Pride & Joy and has been in our family for at least 35 years.
Retro kitchen makeover turqoise blue with red pot rack and Mary Engelbreit inpirationsThe 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.
Retro kitchen makeover with antique salt and pepper shakers, depression glass with Mary Engelbreit inspirations
Retro kitchen makeoverRetro red hardware drawer pulls make the cabinets pop
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.
Benjamin Moore 297 Golden Honey as an accent colorBenjamin Moore 1654 Ashwood Gray as an accent color
Benjamin Moore AF-180 Wenge as an accent color
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.

Antique WhiteRetro kitchen makeover

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!

Retro kitchen makeover-remove cabinet doors to create display shelves
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.
Retro kitchen makeover-remove cabinet doors to create display shelves
Retro kitchen makeover with antiques and collectibles on display with Mary Engelbreit inpirationsI 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.
Retro kitchen makeover with antiques and collectibles on display with Mary Engelbreit inpirations
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.
Retro kitchen makeover with antiques and collectibles on display with Mary Engelbreit inpirations
Retro kitchen makeover distressed red window
Retro kitchen makeover distressed red windowIn 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.
Retro kitchen makeover distressed red window and redwork embroidery tea towel curtains and crocheted lace trim
Checker Board Duck Tape works great to cover old switch plates!
Checker Board Duck Tape works great to cover old switch plates!
Retro kitchen makeover add polka-dots for a whimsical touch
Retro kitchen makeover add pops of color to bring out the charm
Retro kitchen makeover cookie cutter display with antique salt and pepper shakers  with Mary Engelbreit inspirations
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!

~Warm Wishes

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8 Comments on “The Kitchen… Is My Happy Place!

  1. Im jealous lol its beautiful and I love the ME accents! Where did you find your mary crockpot, I have been wanting one since they came out.

    1. The crock pot was a gift from my mother in law a few years ago. I believe she may have ordered it from a catalog. If I come across information as to where they are available I will pass it on to you. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  2. Hi, still stalking this post. Im the anonymous user who wants your crock pot. I ll pay anything!!!! seriously!

    1. Dear Anonymous, I appreciate your passion about the ME Crock Pot. Unfortunately I just can’t part with it. I am going to up my efforts to find one for you. I am assuming you want this exact model. I have seen them with a white ceramic pot instead of the black.
      I am going to feature the pot in a post and put it on my Create~Craft~Chere Facebook page as well. My hope is that we can find one out there for you. My sister is also a great resource for me, so wish us luck. ~Wendy

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