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When we last left off with the kitchen, we had a pretty, minty pocket door. We were toying with the idea of removing a wing wall from the dining room leading into the kitchen*, and we were debating between three shades of white paint for the cabinets. Now, we’ve moved on to the hired work – but what started as an estimated one day job of electrical additions, pocket door installing and gas line moving has turned into a four day job, which, really, we sort of expected. This old house never stops throwing curve balls, so any time the smallest part of a wall has to come down, there will be surprises. And simply put, we’ve found a lot of surprises. Imagine us saying: uh, what’s this vent doing here? or wait, why was that outlet installed 1″ off the floor?

For the last several days, we’ve had a rotating crew of contractors in our home, and in typical fashion (or at least, as we’ve found it to be in this house), one small project turns into something much larger – because if we’re going to remove an eight foot strip of drywall, we might as well fix those furnace issues, right? That is, while the kitchen is torn up anyway?

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Moving, adding and removing outlets has proven to be a job that has our kitchen looking a bit more torn up than we imagined, and considering that Scott and I volunteered ourselves to handle all the drywall repair (to cut down on overall contractor costs), we’re starting to feel a little, um, worried? It’ll be a larger to-do than we expected, and we’ll need to tape, mud and sand (mud again, sand again, mud again, sand again, repeat!) before our new cabinets can be installed. We might need to hire out some of the more extensive work as we race against the clock, but then again, we might surprise ourselves! So, challenge accepted?

As you saw in the original kitchen plans, the wet wall will extend 2′ to the left, and we’ll be installing a dishwasher, touchless faucet and disposal. Initially, we had outlets that were too high (and not enough of them), so below, you’ll see the makings of an updated kitchen – a switch for the disposal, additional outlets, and electrical for under cabinet lighting. What you can’t see inside those remaining cabinets are even more outlets for the dishwasher, faucet and disposal. The housings are in place, wires will be run, but! So many modern conveniences, yeah!

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Across the room, we’ve nixed that window! Surprisingly, it hasn’t eliminated that much natural light from the room, since Chicago homes are notoriously close together. The only view it had was a wall of our neighbor’s siding (within arm’s reach), so, good riddance, window. When our current back door (below, on the right, which leads into our backyard) swings open, the amount of light is insane, but it will be another couple of weeks before our transom window and sidelights arrive. We. Can’t. Wait.

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Moving in closer, do you see that yellow, crinkly supply line? That’s our new gas connection for the stove! Before all these photos were taken, we slid the stove into place to get a feel for the new layout, and OMG. So much space! We could have a dance party in our kitchen! The difference was amazing, and it made us realize that a sizable kitchen island could, actually work. (Well, not too big.)

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The now-empty wall to the left of the furnace closet still has the old gas line (below, on the left), and unfortunately, we’ll need to cut into the ceiling below to properly and safely bury it. Because we have tenants currently living in the garden unit, that’ll have to wait for another day when we won’t disturb them, likely when they’re out of town.

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And finally, we’re making pocket door progress! We’ll talk about that more later, but right now, do you see that soon-to-be outlet to the left of the door? It was once housed inside those closely-spaced studs just to the right, but because that would interfere with any trim we would use for the door (the horror), we had to move it to the left of those studs. And to do so? We had to run a whole lot of new conduit, cut open the ceiling, and as it goes, just generally create more chaos. Going back to the whole well-if-we’re-going-to-tear-up-the-wall-anyway mentality, it’s one of those small details that will be worth the effort. You know, once our pocket door is impeccably trimmed to the nines.

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The good news with all the missing walls is that the contractors will patch in the larger pieces, so that can’t be too bad, right? (Tape, mud, sand. Mud. Sand. Mud some more. Sand some more.) Even as I type those words and loathe the upcoming task, I can’t help but get so excited for what’s to come! It’s all kitchen talk around this house, all the time. Or, more accurately, kitchen talk, dog canoodling. Kitchen talk, kitty canoodling.

*Sadly, we had to let go of eliminating the teeny wing wall. After poking countless holes and getting a good look at the structure, it’s tied a bit too closely to a load bearing support beam.

  • Heidi - January 21, 2015 - 9:25 AM

    It’s looking so good! I’m living my future house dreams vicariously through you, lady! ;)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 21, 2015 - 12:56 PM

      Maybe if you guys come over enough, you can get your other half to be on the same page as you. Team Future House!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Burnett - January 21, 2015 - 3:21 PM

    wow this is actually very interesting. I was trying to do something similar to what you are doing but these days cannot trust a single contractor out there…..or at least where i live you cant. i went with one who had some o fht eh highest ratings in my area and well it worked out good for the first little bit until the actual work came into play. his people never showed up and there was constantly half ass work all over my kitchen. At one point i ended up leaving the house because i had pretty much no kitchen, water was turned off and the gas lines were still being routed differently. Luckily i have a friend who is in the trades he came in and was able to piece together what was going on and finished it up for me for free but its just boils my blood that this guy could get away with my money for an unfinished job and to take him to court would probably cost more than the job itself…. so there ya have it my little rant but thanks for the infoReplyCancel

  • Erin - January 21, 2015 - 5:55 PM

    Could you share the faucet you chose??ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 22, 2015 - 8:50 AM

      We’ll be going with the Sensate from Kohler, and we’ll definitely share more details once it arrives!ReplyCancel

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  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - January 22, 2015 - 3:54 PM

    Yay progress! 1 day of work turning into 4 doesn’t seem too bad. maybe we’re both getting used to renovation timelines :) I would be quaking in my boots in the face of all of that drywall repair. It will definitely be worth it in the end though!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 22, 2015 - 4:24 PM

      We’re weirdly looking forward to it… Scott’s already started the taping!ReplyCancel

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We picked up this giant elk photo alongside the hutch at The Brown Elephant, and although I was originally going to share it as a score earlier this week, I ultimately broke it into a separate post because 1) it’s not for the kitchen (we don’t think?) and 2) once I did a little Googling around, we were all whoa!

Let me explain.

It’s a 20″ x 30″ signed photographic print, and it was hung all very nonchalant-like by the restrooms. It caught my eye because it was cute, it was an actual signed photo (not an art print) and it was huge! We didn’t take it off the wall, but not able to find a price, we asked a sales associate, and after a quick hmm, he replied with $25.

The last thing we need is more art, but Scott was on board, and I thought, would I buy this for $25 if I saw this at an art fair? Yes! And so it came home with us. The frame, while nice, is more traditional than we’d lean, but with a clean white mat and an equally clean white frame, this print would really shine! You know we’re complete suckers for animal art in general, so really, no one should be surprised that we’ve added more animals to our repertoire. See that stud in the bottom left corner licking his lips? I love that guy.

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The surprise came the next day, however, when we took a look at the back of the frame and saw an artist statement from Thomas D. Mangelsen, a well respected nature photographer (and all around good guy, really!). Our photo, titled Winter Herd – Elk, is edition 32/950, and, um, you can buy it right here for the price of one month’s rent (maybe a small box in Chicago, but still).

I had a flashback to this movie (if you’re an art lover, it’s a fun flick) and then I thought, hmm. Why would someone give this away? I’m an overly nostalgic person, and it always makes me feel a bit weepy to see discarded artwork (I just think of those long nights I spent cooped up with classmates in our college-day drawing studio). Regardless of what the photo is worth, we love it, and we just feel so lucky that we totally scored.

Has anyone else found art while thrifting and come home with something that was worth much (much) more? Art, furniture or otherwise? (And on a side note, I swear I had a poster of Mangelsen’s snugglefest polar bears as a child. Didn’t we all?)

PS… We’re sharing a round-up of kitchen ideas on Bali Blinds today – with a lot of them coming straight from your own experience and input over the last month! You can check it out right here.

  • Katie - January 15, 2015 - 6:55 AM

    Whaaa?! Congratulations on winning the lottery and bringing such a beautiful and soulful piece of artwork into your home!ReplyCancel

  • Kyley & Ammo the Dachshund - January 15, 2015 - 7:19 AM

    my late grandmother had picked up this old/dirty landscape painting at a yard sale years and years ago. She was always collecting “treasures” most of which we always thought was junk. Over the years the painting didn’t survive well – it even had a hole punched through the front of it at one point. Years later my grandmother was at an auction house trying to find out if any of her “antiques” were worth anything. With no luck on the way out the door she mentions the painting with a hole in the front. Intrigued, the appraiser wanted to see it. Needless to say it ended up being valued at $30,000 – convincing my grandmother to sell it was a whole other challenge (as she needed $ to live off of)! It was a nice little surprise and goes to show you one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 15, 2015 - 7:26 AM

      Wow, how awesome! Do you know or remember the name of the artist?ReplyCancel

  • Theresa - January 15, 2015 - 8:14 AM

    Holy cow! uh, maybe it should be holy elk!ReplyCancel

    • Sarah - January 15, 2015 - 11:11 AM

      Those elk without antlers (the females) are called cows, so “holy cow” works too :-)ReplyCancel

      • Theresa - January 16, 2015 - 11:23 AM

        Then I stand by my original comment. Holy cow! :)ReplyCancel

  • Trish - January 15, 2015 - 8:15 AM

    I’m a fellow Chicagoan and I love The Brown Elephant for treasures. While I’m a fan of the piece I am not so keen on the matting and framing. You have such good taste I think it will be great to see how you reimagine this piece in your space.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 15, 2015 - 8:29 AM

      You’re right – the frame and mat combo isn’t our style, but that’s an easy fix!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - January 15, 2015 - 8:49 AM

    You’re like the “Google-it” version of Antiques Roadshow! Except this isn’t an antique really. I wonder how donated items are assessed when they come into a thrift store – like do employees have time to do any kind of internet search on the value of an item, or is it just “all men’s pants: $1″ kind of generalization?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 15, 2015 - 4:51 PM

      I think for some items, they would HAVE to google, right? This one slipped through the cracks!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - January 15, 2015 - 9:56 AM

    I love how much you two love animal art haha. This was such a great find! This is going to look great in your home.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 15, 2015 - 10:09 AM

      We’re like 2 moths to a flame. What is wrong with us?ReplyCancel

  • Jen - January 15, 2015 - 10:23 AM

    WOW. Great find! It already has so much character. And with white matting, it will be incredible!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - January 15, 2015 - 10:23 AM

    WOW! That’s so awesome! We want this exact experience, but with an Ansel Adams (a girl can dream, right?)

    I feel similarly about discarded art, BUT I think it’s really art looking for a new person to love it. We recently purchased a piece at an antique mall. It’s a relief print that appears to be an early work of a St Louis artist. It’s signed and numbered (two things we’ve decided we’re sticklers about when building our collection) I emailed the artist hoping to get some more details, which I’ll post if we get them.

    I think the biggest score we’ve had is our couch, which we think is by a famous mid century furniture designer (and therefore worth WAY more than we paid even after the reupholstery) but we haven’t been able to confirm yet.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 15, 2015 - 10:28 AM

      Aw, yeah, I really like the way you put it! Our friend asked us if we were going to sell it, and we were like, no way! We love it. I guess it was looking for us? :) Is it too much to ask for this experience again, but maybe for a Diane Arbus? Or maybe a Richard Avedon?

      So cool about your relief print!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - January 15, 2015 - 10:53 AM

    A Mangelson PHOTO for $25?!?!? That is a major score!! I love his work, but I only have a signed poster of his that I got back in the mid-90’s that I framed and still have hanging on the wall in the guest bedroom. Its his famous grizzly bear snagging a salmon mid-air shot that I just LOVE!! Great find!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 15, 2015 - 11:08 AM

      Yes! Love that shot (and hungry bear)!ReplyCancel

  • Alison G - January 15, 2015 - 11:04 AM

    Wow if that isn’t a find. Good for you. You have a big house with lots of walls to fill, of course you needed it.ReplyCancel

  • GreenCanary - January 15, 2015 - 11:06 AM

    I once found a 1973 screenprint entitled “Telephone Poles in Yellow” at a thrift store that I really liked. I got it home, did some research, found the artist (Arnold Mesches), and struck up a great email conversation with him! He was excited to hear how his artwork had traveled out into the world and found its way to my grubby little hands :-)

    ALSO! I once found a beautiful Danish modern rocking chair in the garbage. Turned out to be a Frank Reenskaug Model 182 rocking chair, designed for Brahmin Mobler in 1958. It’s my prized possession.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 15, 2015 - 11:08 AM

      Awesome!! Garbage finds are sometimes the best finds. People don’t know what they have…ReplyCancel

  • Monika - January 15, 2015 - 11:23 AM

    Whoa, you’re right, big time score! Good for you. Knowing your affinity for critters, this is an even better acquisition. Well done. Mangelson used to live in my home state of Colorado and is especially well regarded around these parts. You guys are soooo lucky! Big time congrats. Enjoy those elk wherever they may roam in your Chicago home. :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily P - January 15, 2015 - 11:28 AM

    I knew that was a Mangelsen photo when it popped up in my feed! My husband would die if he knew you found a Thomas Mangelsen piece in a thift store. Thomas Mangelsen is his favorite photographer, and we always peruse his art galleries when we’re in Denver and Omaha. Unfortunately, we can’t afford anything, but we pick our favorites and imagine what we would buy if we ever won the lottery. I hope you enjoy the picture! His work truly is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - January 15, 2015 - 11:39 AM

    That’s the dream right there! It’s a really cool photograph as wellReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - January 15, 2015 - 4:41 PM

    I totally love it and would have bought it too. Can’t believe what a steal!ReplyCancel

  • alexis - January 15, 2015 - 11:26 PM

    I was with my mom at the salvation army on a 50% off day, she’s has an amazing eye and found a beautiful Pacific Clay tall urn in great condition for $30. We got it home, did a little research and the urn is worth more than $1,000. It’s crazy, I’m just mad I didn’t spot it first!ReplyCancel

  • ryan - January 16, 2015 - 1:36 PM

    I have a little painting that I picked up at the thrift store up the street from my house. Its one if those “all sweaters are $2″ kind if places. The painting is in framed and I don’t know enough to know if its acrylic or oil. The subject of the painting is a farm landscape with a big tree and a barn. The notes on the back lead me to discover that it was mist likely painted by a patient in a government run hospital in wyoming for soldiers suffering PTSD, or battle fatigue/shell shock as it was then called. This particular man would have served in WWI and based on census records had been at the hospital for near 20 years.

    I love this little painting that I picked up for $1 two summers ago. I like to think about why he painted it, and what it was like living in an institution in the 1930s.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 16, 2015 - 1:46 PM

      Wow, what an interesting story! It’s sort of how I like to look back at all those vintage photos and wonder about the people in them. Curious minds… ;)ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - January 16, 2015 - 2:39 PM

    Great post, and score!
    Question: Do you ever just pull out your phone and google the artist while you’re contemplating on whether or not to buy it? I find that I do that more often than not. Either way, if you love it, I suppose it doesn’t matter if it is a famous artist or not. I have actually taken a picture of the picture, and noted the name, gone home to “research” it on the internet, then returned to find it was gone. Can’t wait to see what it looks like reframed.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 16, 2015 - 2:50 PM

      Oh, yes, we definitely do that! We didn’t do that for this print for some reason, but we’ll quickly google any maker marks on furniture, etc. Regardless of what we find out, we’ll still only buy if we love it – not because of a name. I’m always trying to declutter around here, and we’re still making our way through furniture from the old home that we can’t quite seem to find a place for in this house!ReplyCancel

  • Julianne - January 16, 2015 - 7:49 PM

    I bought an Atlantic coffee table book by photographer Jake Rajs for $20 at the used book store still in the plastic. Inside was a signed photo print that goes for $175 on his site and the book itself goes for $75. I was just happy to get the book because it is huge and the pictures are beautiful but the signed photo was a nice bonus.ReplyCancel

  • Nadia - January 19, 2015 - 2:07 AM

    The lips-licking fella stands out so much. =DReplyCancel

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It’s mid-January, and we thought we were going to be eyeballs deep in kitchen renovations and drywall dust – but nope. We’re not surprised (eh, it’s to be expected and there have already been a few minor setbacks), but we are off to a slower start than we would have liked. The contractors will actually begin their work at the end of this week – moving electrical, gas lines and installing a pocket door! – which means that this coming weekend, Scott and I will begin our drywall patch and repair work! I can’t say we’re excited about that, exactly, but we are excited to move forward. Onward!

While we had hoped work would begin last week, we took it as a sign to relish every minute of this past weekend and relax (somewhat), you know, before this kitchen takes over our lives. Instead of our usual monumental to-do list, we did normal, everyday things – cleaned the house, watched a movie, and slept in – but we also spent a day tile shopping and thrifting (the best way to spend a day, we think!).

We came home feeling inspired and excited for what’s to come, and better yet, our wagon was loaded up with this:

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Our new kitchen layout will allow for a skinny island in the center of the room, and to the right of our soon-to-be wall of windows, we’ll have space for a small hutch! We’ve been on the online hunt for a while now, but a sporadic stop into The Brown Elephant (during a 50% off sale, no less!) had us hauling home this tiny cutie for all of $62. $62! It’s super petite at 34″ wide and maybe 5′ tall; in other words, it was made for our kitchen.

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Now, it’s going to need work. The finish is too orange for our tastes, but we want to warm things up by keeping the wood alive with a really thorough refinishing job. Up close, we can tell that it was already someone’s project at one point, as there are telltale drips of polyurethane and door pulls that are just ever-so-slightly crooked. This will be a test in patience, for sure, but I’m going to attempt to strip the poly and re-stain.

The inside of the hutch is a bizarre two-toned finish, the glass panels are chipped and the drawer knobs look as though they were installed a half inch above the original knobs (what?). If we don’t forgo the glass altogether, we’ll have new panels cut, and we’re thinking of smoothing out those zebra stripes with paint – but only on the inside shelving! The whole thing will get finished off with new hardware, and whew!, are we excited to see what a difference that’ll make.

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In other ‘Things’ news, we got ourselves a kitchen runner! With a lot of our finishes being white and gray, we wanted to bring in saturated color with a vintage rug, and after making the eBay rounds (like, every day) for months, we fell in love with this beauty. She was so, so pretty online, but my goodness. In person? She is drop. Dead.

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It’s 2’x10′, which will run perfectly along our sink wall, and while we know that there are two sides to the whole rug-in-a-kitchen thing, well, we’re willing to take that chance. Plus – it’s red! It’ll hide our two favorite foods: pasta sauce and wine. (I mean, right?) It’s taking everything I’ve got to keep her folded up in storage, but the day she sees the light will be a happy one.

As for our tile shopping, we have fallen in love with matte white subway tile, and although we like the look of a classic install, I may or may not be trying to convince Scott to throw in a framed pattern above the sink. We will see! We have time to noodle on that, but it was thrilling nonetheless to land on a look we’ll love for the long haul. And about that countertop debate? We’ve collected a few more estimates on other options, but at the very least, we are now leaning towards a white/gray stone, so, we consider that huge progress.

Baby steps, people. That is, until it all starts crashing down. Yeah, kitchen!

  • Anne @ Planting Sequoias - January 13, 2015 - 9:08 AM

    Oh, man, that rug is great! I have a rug in our kitchen, and I have to shake it out every few days to get rid of crumbs, but I woudn’t have it any other way. And I’m excited to see what you do with the hutch!ReplyCancel

  • Debra - January 13, 2015 - 10:15 AM

    Oh, I just love that rug! Great find.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - January 13, 2015 - 10:21 AM

    Ahhh, I love that hutch! I’ve been on the daily Craigslist hunt for a buffet/dresser with a similar shape. You guys got it at a great price. I can’t wait to see its makeover!

    We got a kitchen rug this year and my bf was so sure it would be gross, but I actually love it! It makes the kitchen feel warm and comfortable and its gotten me in the habit of vacuuming every 2-3 days, which is great. The whole kitchen area feels cleaner now. I’m going to try and just take it out once or twice a year when it gets warmer to beat it and maybe spot wash/dry it a bit? We’ll see!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 13, 2015 - 10:58 AM

      Glad to hear! We have a rug cleaner place we like that’s not too pricey, so it could get a thorough cleaning every year or so, but a vacuum and shake should be sufficient in-between!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - January 13, 2015 - 10:34 AM

    Love the vintage rug! We’re rug-shopping for our kitchen right now too. But ours has to be both food-friendly and kid-friendly, so I’m looking for an indoor-outdoor version that can stand up to dirt and my cooking mayhem. ;) Maybe not as design-y as I’d like, but maybe I can find something pretty AND durable. Definitely getting something colorful like yours – great at hiding stains!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 13, 2015 - 10:58 AM

      The good news is that outdoor rugs have come a long way. So many of them are pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - January 13, 2015 - 10:53 AM

    That rug is beautiful. Mind sharing the source? I’m constantly browsing ebay for rugs, and it’s always nice to have a recommended seller.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 13, 2015 - 10:59 AM

      The seller is orientgoods. Love a lot of his inventory, everything arrives super clean from the get-go, and his prices are reasonable!ReplyCancel

      • Megan - January 13, 2015 - 1:08 PM

        Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Emily P - January 13, 2015 - 1:05 PM

    We did matte white subway tile for our backsplash as well! I think the matte looks so much better than shiny – the shiny subway tiles tend to make me think of a bathroom. Not ideal.

    What was your search for finding that beautiful rug? I need to find a runner that size for my upstairs hallway. Thanks for sharing your progress!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 13, 2015 - 1:24 PM

      What color grout did you go with? We’re on the fence.

      When we search, I start by searching for ‘rug runner’, then I select antiques, then I sort by price low-high OR just “buy it now” options, since I hate the bidding game! I’ve found some favorite sellers that way, and I bookmark for them later and check in all the time.ReplyCancel

      • Emily P - January 13, 2015 - 2:41 PM

        Thanks for the ebay advice! Buying on Ebay intimidates me, but my husband is a pro at it (he loves vintage Culver glassware). As for grout color, we did a light gray (maybe an oyster gray?). I think it provides enough contrast to highlight the tile without being distracting. I found that the darker grays were too distracting. Our countertop is light as well (a gray-white granite) and I think the grout marries well with the light countertop. Plus, we have tile to the ceiling on one wall and I think a darker grout would’ve felt overwhelming. Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

      • Emily P - January 13, 2015 - 2:43 PM

        Not sure if my other comment published, but I’ll summarize: we did a light gray (probably oyster gray). I think anything darker would be overwhelming or potentially be too heavy for a lighter countertop (ours is gray-white granite). Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - January 13, 2015 - 2:58 PM

          Thanks, just saw your comment stuck in the spam filter! We’re toying with a medium gray, but ours will just be backsplash. So happy you’re satisfied with the matte white subway tile. Thank you for the input!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - January 13, 2015 - 3:28 PM

    Oh my gosh that rug!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kyley & Ammo the Dachshund - January 14, 2015 - 8:15 AM

    exciting your kitchen will start soon! We just finalized drawings with out cabinet maker on Monday. We have to get a start on our demo soon & will be drywall patching too! We also finally picked out our countertops which will be a stone grey Quartz (with white cabinets). I originally wanted something more white with swirls of grey but the husband was dead set on grey. Which I think will still look just as nice. Can’t wait to see how yours progresses as we’re in the same boat! Although our cabinet maker is booked up until maybe April so ours might take a bit longer. The wait is killer! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 14, 2015 - 9:16 AM

      Eh, I guarantee ours will somehow take just as long. We’re already jumping through hoops and we’ve barely broke ground…ReplyCancel

  • amanda - January 14, 2015 - 11:36 AM

    Beautiful rug! Randon – but I think your rugs are the reason I rediscovered how much I love pops of red. It’s not a color I see a lot on blogs. It’s going to look great with your neutral color scheme for the kitchen. And I am happy that you’re making progress with your countertops!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 14, 2015 - 11:43 AM

      It’s funny, because red is not a color we love to use in our home, and yet that first rug in the living room sort of started the whole thing! With our navy couch and other touches of navy throughout, however, we are now staying away from too much yellow to avoid the overly-primary-color look.ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - January 14, 2015 - 12:03 PM

    That hutch is so sweet! I’m glad you’re going to restore it’s former glory.ReplyCancel

  • ashley @ sunnysideshlee.com - January 15, 2015 - 2:27 PM

    i lurve the brown elephant! you can really find some hidden gems there :)

    when i volunteered there once, i was amazed by their “in-take” area in the back – mounds and mounds of stuff that they have no time to get through because the place is literally run by volunteers so sometimes there are only a handful of people that are putting stuff out!ReplyCancel

  • Karla - January 17, 2015 - 7:56 AM

    I’ve wanted to put a cool vintage rug in front of my sink but gave up on that years ago as all my previously fairly standard kitchen rug choices turned into something else that always needed cleaning. I’m on the hunt for one I absolutely love and plan to spray it down with that water proofing/protecting stuff you can find in the camping section of most stores; I figure since it’s worked so well at keeping my upholstered dining chair seats easy to clean and stain free maybe it’ll work on a rug. :)ReplyCancel

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  • […] to stretch those dollars in the areas that aren’t as permanent – such as a our vintage hutch, antique rug and now, our kitchen island! You Read Full Article […]ReplyCancel

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