So I have made some good progress on our mini-kitchen renovation. My father-in-law and I finished the subway tile backsplash and were able to get that grouted (we used white non-sanded grout and the smallest spacers you can buy). The vintage wood planks for the shelves came via freight a few days later. I had Larissa from Prodigal Pieces (a recent blog design client) source them for me. They were old floor joists from a factory built in 1901 by the Tappan Stove Company and were harvested in the late 1800’s. She and her husband found the wood, cut it to size, planed the boards, pulled all of the old square nails from them for me, and shipped them straight to my door. I was really, really happy with the wood when the shelves came. It’s 12″ deep and 2″ thick pine. I decided to stain them myself since much of the natural coloring from age was removed in smoothing them out. I tested a few stains but ended up using an old can of Minwax stain in Ebony I had on hand. To be honest, there was a ton of sediment at the bottom of the can, so I am not really sure I could duplicate the color with a new can of Ebony, but I am very pleased with how they came out. I also tried Honey by Minwax but found that the color was reading much more red than I wanted it to.
I was inspired most by Diana’s shelves in her own kitchen, which are reclaimed walnut, so I really followed most of the advise she gave on her blog when sourcing things for my own shelves, including the hardware to hang them. I purchased the track and shelves from the closet organization section at Lowe’s. They were a black semi-gloss, so I spray painted them in a matte black, along with all of the screws. My father-in-law hung them. The track system really worked best for me as it was able to be mounted directly into the studs in several locations, and not be screwed into the subway tile (but it did take some cutting down). Individual brackets would not have worked out with where my studs were located, so I am glad we opted for this system. I didn’t think I would like the track system as much but I love it now that it is up, and the shelves are really strong. I have no worries about loading them up with heavy plates or pots.
I also finally started painting my cabinets with the Annie Sloan chalk paint. I only did the small section of cabinets in the picture above, so the rest of my kitchen is still the “bisque” color that the cabinets were when we bought the house. I love the white, but I am not really loving the texture and awful (and I mean awful) paint job I managed to do. The paint is flaking off, globbed up in some areas, and seriously awful looking up close. I can even see every spot that wax went on unevenly when the sun shines on it… So I decided to hold off painting anything else until I get some other options together. I don’t really think there is anything wrong with the paint, I just clearly don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to painting cabinets… I’ve also never used chalk paint before, so maybe I was just a bit too ambitious with this one.
I do like that it gives me a good sense of what the cabinets will look like when they are properly painted white (my goal). Here’s a shot of the smaller shelves (from West Elm) next to my pantry door with the white and “Seapearl” by Benjamin Moore wall color… the overall look I am going for in the kitchen…
Overall, I like it. Can’t wait to get it finished, and hopefully painted by a professional.
The only things left to do are change the pendent lights (which are on backorder) and I also want to wrap the ceiling beam you see in the second photo above in wood, to add some more warmth to the center of kitchen…
Wish me luck!