Friday, August 28, 2015

my kitchen update



It’s been awhile since I’ve shared my kitchen with you so I decided to snap a few photos and show you some recent changes.

I finally found a round dining table for the kitchen nook along with a cool, industrial letter from the same antique store and well, you know how that goes…suddenly I got inspired to spruce things up a bit.


My kitchen gallery wall

Yesterday I decided to shop my house and garage and I pulled together a few items for a new gallery wall. 

What do you think about art in the kitchen? Even before I saw it HERE, I’ve always thought that art –especially vintage--in the kitchen can add warmth and soul to a space we spend so much time in.

Plus—now that we’re in a smaller house I have to be creative about using my paintings and prints.

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And the minute I saw this 32 inch tall “E” with it’s black metal front and the forest green sides I envisioned it next to this vintage oil painting I got years ago for my anniversary.

So in-the-kitchen the gallery wall goes.


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I’ve really been trying to decorate with what I have and luckily it worked out fine.

I even found some miscellaneous wood pieces outside-- leftover from our recent brick project with my Dad--- and it’s given me the idea for a little coffee station in the corner.


But back to my new table. Here’s a closer look at it.

I literally walked up to a new dealer who was still moving into her booth when I saw this table. It was exactly what I’d been wanting for this small space.

Have you had that happen too? You see something and you instantly know, “Yep, that’s the one.”

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Oh and I gotta you show you my door too.

Ever since we’ve moved into this home one of my “hobbies” has been to paint all these cheapo doors with BM’s Mopboard Black. I originally saw this shade of black—HERE. And not only do I love her taste but this particular black seems to have a lot of blue in it. Which feels right for our ‘beach’ cottage vibe.

I’m almost done…(only 3 more doors to go) but boy, what a time-consuming job.




If you’re new to this blog…. here’s what this kitchen nook looked like during our first Christmas here when we were using our outdoor table. 

I’ve  recently moved the big clock into our living room.

And though you might be thinking the rustic table looked just fine in here, the truth was, no one was eating on it because it felt too big for daily use.

We’ve already used our new round table more than the this one.




Hmm.. when I see this photo it reminds me of the chandelier I need to get fixed. 

Because this space is definitely missing a lighting fixture.

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My former kitchen

Remember this chandelier from my old home? Well two of the arms broke during our move, and I still haven’t fixed them, otherwise I’d put it up over the table right now.

Our old home had tall ceilings and the chandelier seemed a bit small in scale for it, but with the low ceilings in this house it might be perfect here.



Ok. So you want to hear my latest little project as of today?


When I found the leftover pieces of wood on the side of the house I decided to make shelves with them and turn this empty corner into a functional coffee central.



Simple, nothing designer-ish.  But it will be nice to have one place for everything coffee.


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Simply LKJ said...

Love the new table and the gallery wall. Love the mix of the oil paintings with the bit of rustic. Have a list of things I want to attempt, just haven't gotten to it yet. #1 is painting our kitchen island a lighter color.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

So charming.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Leslie I love love your new gallery wall and kitchen table!! Haven't done a project all summer just enjoying family time :-)

mdickson said...

Love the wall and the new table. The other table was nice too especially with all the Christmas decorations! Can't wait to see your coffee corner. Did you take the rug out of your kitchen?

Katie Mansfield said...

I love the table. It is the perfect size. That chandelier is gorgeous.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your kitchen is really taking shape, Leslie. The table is perfect for the space and highlights your pretty chairs and gallery wall. I love the industrial letter mixed in with your art! Your chandelier will add the finishing touch. You've made a lot of progress in a very short time!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love your charming gallery wall...and the coffee bar will be fun! Painting a dresser here...

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the new round table and that fabulous gallery wall.

Karen said...

I love the new table and wall gallery. I'm a big fan of art in kitchens for just the reason you mentioned. I also love the new-to-me trend of including silver trays in wall galleries. Question, when you paint the doors with Mopboard Black (I love Dear Lillie's style), do you use gloss or semi-gloss or what? I love how the paint color dressed up the flat door.
The house is really taking shape and I love your idea of a coffee station. When the weather cools I hope to begin some much dreaded painting around here.

La Contessa said...

LOOKS the wall and the table........
Husband is waiting so I must GO otherwise MORE WORDS!!!

Leslie Harris said...

Hi Karen, I used semi-gloss on the doors. And I totally know what you mean about this weather. Painting in hot, muggy weather is no fun. :)

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

I absolutely love your kitchen Leslie. I think the art wall with that large vintage letter is really fresh and interesting. It really attracts the eye to the wall yet it feels very light. I like that.
Hope all is well in your life. It has been a long time since my last visit but now that summer is wrapping up I am back to blogging and visiting my favourite hangouts!!

Art and Sand said...

Well, I must tell you that I pinned the old version of your kitchen because I love that clock.

I like your round table and that gallery wall is wonderful. What does the E stand for?

What am I working on - our kitchen. We have the pendant lights, but the electrician can't come until September 8. I am not very good about being patient!

We were in your old stomping grounds on Saturday. Steve's sisters live in Folsom and we had a little family get together on Friday. We drove into Sac for breakfast with KC and Jake before we left for home. We followed them through town as Jake showed us the way to a gas station and the freeway. They took us through The Fab 40's. Wow! I saw some amazing homes.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Leslie... your kitchen looks great! So much charm! Love the table. Have a great week.

Unknown said...

It is so fun to see your house becoming your true home, Leslie. That table is absolute perfection in your space. That 'E' is so fun and I love how you have styled the art for your kitchen. Beautiful!! A coffee station--sounds perfect for this very moment.
Have a wonderful week (and do join our Lifestyle Linkup on Friday;)
xx, Heather

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Leslie, The table is perfect for your home and I love the artwork. Your kitchen is being featured at this weeks Share Your Style party. Thanks for joining the party!

Pat said...

I agree, totally. . .the round table is "perfect"!!!
You've done a wonderful job of hanging your art work and painting those doors!!!
Thank you for sharing, dear one!!!

Debra@CommonGround said...

SOOOO love that table with your chairs, and your gallery wall is wonderful!!

Stacey said...

I'm late to the party here but I'm loving your gallery wall! That big letter is wonderful. You did a great job mixing that little bit of industrial in with the feminine pieces.

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