Friday, November 13, 2009

farmhouse dream kitchen

Updated Thursday 11/19/09
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This is my dream kitchen... unfit and fabulous! This style is called "unfit" because the room is put together with lots of different parts with nothing manufactured or matching. In this case it is all vintage, salvage and found pieces. There is a mix of materials, wood, stone, stainless steel, copper & iron. (See here for another kitchen post.)
In designing our kitchen, we wanted to create a warm space that was a tribute to our love for all things vintage.
We started by finding the two base cabinets at Water Street Antiques in Jackson, CA. They are European raw pine and we knew they would anchor this wall perfectly.

The Thermador 6-burner commercial-style range we purchased on eBay. It was the previous years model from a show room in New Jersey. Even with shipping we really scored a great deal.

The upper cabinets, Hubs constructed in one day on the back of his pick-up truck. ( the workshop had not been set us then). The heavy crown molding he used was salvaged from a furniture shop. We wanted open shelving to display our collection of vintage pottery pitchers and bowls.

The hood & mantle over the range is in my opinion one of Hubs sweetest transformations. The mantle was found at an antique store in Modesto, CA called Lulubelles. It was on markdown and I just fell in love with the patina. I knew Hubs could do something great. The corbels are from TJ Maxx, we found them on sale & thought they had possibilities. The copper hood was the very best find. We went to a barn sale out in the country & found lots of goodies. As we were leaving Hubs happened to see a piece of copper sticking up out of some weeds. It was an old copper hood. When Hubs asked if it was for sale, they said it was, for $5.!!!! So within a matter of about 2 months, shopping and gathering from lots of different places, we had found enough inspiration pieces for Hubs to create this fabulous hood & mantle.
The black iron stove back-splash is actually an old vintage stove back from a wood-burning stove. We found it at the Turlock Flea Market. Actually we found two of them, the 2nd is still waiting in the barn for the right inspiration. We really love the iron rope edge detail & the corner acanthus leaves.

Hubs is currently working on the most fabulous island, It will have a bowling alley floors will be the butcher block top and he is using old wainscoting for the sides & back. In Moss Landing, CA we found an old bin cabinet with 12 drawers that will anchor the island. In the meantime we are using a cool old sorting table from a cannery as our island. It has worked well but the new island will be spectacular!

The wall between the great room & kitchen has a wonderful vintage beam, hand hewn, from Pennsylvania that we found at Crawford's Antiques in Soquel CA. Hubs built it in so that it looks like it is structurally supporting the wall. The corbels on the sides are another Turlock Flea Market find. They are very old and full of patina!

Even our lighting in the kitchen is vintage. We found this fixture at a friends barn sale.
I am such a lucky lady to have a husband with such talent and vision!
Our kitchen was a real labor of love & I enjoy it each and every day!

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Anonymous said...

Just beautiful -- absolutely inviting and charming. I hate to cook, yet I can see myself mixing up a nice batch of brownies there!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh an eclectic kitchen after my own eclectic heart! I love how you repurposed so many things and made them uniquely you. Kitchens such as yours are so far from cookie cutter and are to be highly admired!

Warm and inviting it is! LOVE the ceiling too. And that exposed beam!! I'm looking at a few areas that could do with a beam.. hmm.. Does Hubs have a single twin brother also into carpentry?!? :)

Thanks for linking up to the party!

FJ Donna

Elegance Reclaimed said...

How wonderful! Your home shows your love for home harth warm times and fine food. What great times you must have there.

Thanks for sharing, have a GRAND weekend.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

what a wonderful kitchen~ I love all your creative ideas and the stove backsplash is just fabulous! Cindy

Jane said...

What a fabulous team you and your husband make! I love the kitchen and all of the repurposed items.

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

I LOVE your kitchen - all of your touches are amazing. Your husband is very talented too! Have a great weekend!

motherof3fellows said...

I'm in LOVE, so my style!! Great job! :)casts

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

So warm and inviting. So beautiful. I love it!!!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty - you and your husband did a great job.

A Little Of This And That said...

I admire folks who do things like this. I'd never be that brave.

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Fabulous doesn't even begin to describe your kitchen! It's amazing it only took 2 mos. to get all the treasures together.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Wow, Wow, Wow. Yours is one of the most unique kitchens I have seen in a long time. Such great character in your unfitted style. I am drooling over the chunky open upper cabinets, and he made them on the BACK OF HIS TRUCK! Keep him!
Hoping you share pics of the new island too.

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Gotta say - I love it. Good job both of you.


concretenprimroses said...

I love everything in your kitchen. Wonderful job

Anonymous said...

Your husband is an amazingly talented man, and you are very talented as well. I love how you transform various old pieces into something unique and wonderful!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Fabulous kitchen!!! I love how you have incorporated so many neat things.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

What a GORGEOUS home! I love everything about it, but my fav is the hood, the corbels, the look of the stove area- wonderful. I am amazed. What wonderful treasures you found to make your house a home!
Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week, and as always thank you for being a friend in Bloggeritaville.
Tales from Bloggeritaville

Kirsty said...

Oh my! I am in love with your kitchen! So fabulous. I actually really like the island/table, but I'm sure the new one will be wonderful!

Looks great!

Shelia said...

Oh, your kitchen is just so lovely! Seems like you got what you wanted. Love all of the special touches. I'm not jealous a bit, no no I'm not! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

I just love your style...

Dianna said...

I never heard of "unfit style" but I like it. Your upper cabinets look similar to something we did in our kitchen with wainscoting.

When your done with your island table I'll take it, I love it!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Wow that is AMAZING or as my little 2 year old would say AMAZIN' PAZIN.

I would love for you to post this to my Its So Very Creative party--love it

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Miss Mustard Seed said...

Your kitchen looks gorgeous. I love the "free standing furniture" look of the cabinetry you used. It all looks so great! Nice job!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Really fabulous kitchen. Clearly, it was worth the hunt to find all of the components. The hood above the stove is a masterpiece!

Shirley said...

Now that's just amazing what you did with the found and refurbished things!! It looks great. And I love those two open cabinets your husband made. You are very creative!!

Teresa said...

Love it all- someday I hope to have an invite for cookies ;) so I can enjoy in person. =)

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

I really like how you combined so many antique pieces into a quaint and charming kitchen. It is truly lovely.

Tara said...

It is so beautiful. I love how all your inspiration pieces came together. It looks like a nice cozy family space.

Jenglamgirl said...

Excuse me, I had to grab a napkin I WAS DROOLING SO BAD. HA! No' seriously... you have my DREAM KITCHEN. I love all the different mixed matched materials and textures. Love primitive stars and all. LOVE the black distressed butcher block/ table! GREAT JOB!

Anonymous said...

So warm and cozy - looks like it came off the pages of Country Living. GREAT job!

pk @ Room Remix

Joyce said...

Your husband is very talented and you are so lucky. Your kitchen is lovely and I like the addition of that wonderful tray over the stove.

Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner! said...

Warm and cozy!! Enjoy it!! So lovely!
Mama Holli

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

Oh, I love your kitchen! My husband would never go for something like that though. You have done a beautiful job creating your dream kitchen. The mantle above the stove is gorgeous!

Jenny said...

This is amazing! I think it's awesome that you and your husband are working on it together!

Leah said...


Its So Very Cheri said...

This is an awesome kitchen--You've been featured today so go check it out and grab your I've been featured button and proudly display it-you deserve it. I titled the link:
Dream Kitchen-please don't wake me up


Cara said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! Wow, I am speechless!!

beth said...

I love it! A perfect farmhouse kitchen! :)

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I love your eclectic style! I am a big fan of all the different elements, and I love the colors you've chosen. Great job!

Cara said...

Deborah- Yes, that beauty is on my front porch. It was the old barn door on my inlaws farm, they tore down the barn this summer and I was lucky enough to get the door, a window and lots of barnwood for crafting!

Thanks for stopping by, and just know that your kitchen is totally MY dream kitchen, lol! I even showed it to DH who also loved it. Great job!


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi sweet Deborah!! I just LOVE your kitchen and all of the personal elements that you added to it. We seem to have similar shopping stops....Jackson and the Turlock Flea.

Just wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and to tell you how much grateful I am to have met you.


Corn in My Coffee Pot said...


I love your UNFITTED-Flea-market-Dream Kitchen... i mentioned it here.

I just wanted to let you know.
Thanks for sharing the inspiration, and the pictures!
Love it.

Anonymous said...

Awesome blog, I hadn't noticed previously during my searches!
Continue the fantastic work!

Deb said...

I didn't see any recent posts, so I hope you're still here!

I Googled 'unfitted kitchens' and found your blog. My husband and I have bought an old late 1800s farmhouse and have JUST started fixing it up. The kitchen is our first project. I'm definitely going for an unfitted kitchen look. I love your use of "assorted cabinets". Like yours, my husband can build "stuff" so he's going to be busy :) Ain't we the lucky ones!! I have just started a blog, if you'd like to take a look. It's
Be sure and "follow" or leave a comment so I'll know you were there!

Anonymous said...

Hey - I am definitely happy to find this. Good job!

venetia said...

Good Job. Love it. I am doing an unfinished kitchen (circa 1840ish) as well...minus "hubs" that sad!:)
Peace today, Venetia

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