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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