Monday, February 14, 2011

A sneak peek at my new kitchen! (and old house love)

This post is really hard for me to write for some weird reason.  I'm starting to feel really emotional about leaving our current house where we've built up eight years of memories... The past few days, as I've been in a flurry of boxes and packing tape, I've hardly had a moment to think about the fact that we are (probably) moving in two or three weeks!  All of a sudden, with most things in boxes, it's actually hitting me!  As I said, we've lived in our little yellow house for nearly eight years, and in that time, I've seen a toddler and a two month old baby become "big kids."  I've grown a garden all by my self... I've gained friends, tried new things, laughed, cried, and all the in betweens. We've packed a lot into eight years.  It makes me wonder what the next eight years will hold as we step into a different kind of life, with different goals and hopes. 
 For eight years, I've played with my kids and been a goofy mama more times than I can count... (I've also chopped off this pretty long hair and lived to regret it... sob!)

 In this house, I've flirted with my man and tried to pretend that I wasn't someone's mama...

 I've taken great delight in fluffing my little nest, and spewing fun ideas about it all over my little ol' blog...
 While in this house, I went from being a pre-school mama, to being a private school mama, to being a home school mama, thus proving to my dearest friends and those who knew me well, that you should never say, "never," about me, or put me in a box.  I'm a box-buster.  Yeah! 
 Over the past eight years, I've welcome and invited tons of different people in for dinners, parties, gatherings, and holidays, making the most of each event...

And now... (I'm covering my eyes in nervous anticipation of what  you guys think, I kid you not!) this is going to be my new kitchen.  (Maybe.  If all goes well with our closing.)  It's small, sweet, old, and I have no idea whatsoever to do with it.  There is about 10 inches of clearance between counter and cupboards and I really need Layla. 

My thoughts are this:  My man will never let me rip apart cabinets that are original to a 100 year old house and put open shelving up instead.  He just won't.  I might yank off some doors, letting plates and cute things show... but I'm not sure if that will only add to a cluttered feeling.  So...the blue paint will be replaced with SW Ivoire, my fave, creamy buttery color... and I waffle back and forth about liking these cabinet handles, landing firmly on the idea that replacing them will probably not work unless I find something a little more subtle with the exact same handle holes.  The chandelier is going with the current homeowners, so I'm hunting for a new pendant light fixure for that spot that looks like it belongs in an old house.  I'm dreaming of simple cafe curtains or valances... and a butcher block island from Ikea with casters at the bottom...
I  don't know guys... what are your thoughts?  Why am I so nervous about showing you this??  Am I a nut?  (Don't answer that.)


50 comments:

  1. of course you're a nut which is why you are so loved!!!
    your new kitchen is so charming! & full of potential.
    oh yes, i think maybe we can help your campaign with adrain....shelves would be adorable. & not one for clutter either, i LOVE that look.
    ok, so bye bye chandie but i know you'll find the perfect piece. creamy white kitchens provide such a great canvas for your culinary creations!!
    i love that you shared some images from previous tables...YOU rock sasha & i know you will rock this new kitchen too!!

    happy <3 day my friend
    xo

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  2. sasha,

    just based on what i've seen you do to your current home on your blog, i have no worry about what you'll do to your place! i'm sure it'll be wonderful when you're done. and, i too, have wished i had open shelving in my little 1948 brick farmhouse....

    good luck! it's a whole new space to decorate! and, you're so good at it!

    ~tiff

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  3. You are obviously the bomb at making your house into a home and that is exactly what you will do with your new place. Don't be embarassed, embrace it. It's beautiful and full of character! I to would have to make a few minor changes but you would do that anywhere you were moving to...work it mama!

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  4. I think your new kitchen is lovely! You are going to make it yours when you get there. Don't fret. And, you will make many many new memories in your new "old" home. Your reward is a coming! :)

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  5. Seriously. So fun to be able to do this! I'm with Paige...open shelving would be beautiful, but knowing they are 100 years old just adds to the charm!

    It's really so beautiful already, Sasha! You're going to add so much to it. How exciting! :)

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  6. I think it's adorable - but I would probably want to change the hardware, too. Maybe it can be painted to be not so stark against the cabinets!

    How exciting for you!

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  7. I think it is darling and you will make it quite charming! Cannot wait to see what you do with it!! In this past year I went from having a beautifully done ranch style home, where I pulled out no stops to have it beautiful... hard wood floors, quartz countertops amish made cabinets custom built to a new life in a new town in a 110 year old house desperately in need of some TLC! My other house is rented out... and here I am having the time of my life redoing this one and on this our first anniversary my hubby has taken a few days off and today we are faux finishing the countertops!

    Have fun as you make memories in your new home and may God grant you peace in the transition!!!

    Nancy

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  8. I think the new-old kitchen is so charming! I'd remove a few upper cabinet doors and replace the countertops (butcher block would be cute, or a gray stone/granite) but I think the hardware is just fine as is!

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  9. Just reading this post reminded me of why I just ADORE your blog. Your sense of style is just fabulous and I don't see a single thing that you make which I don't just love and want to copy. :) On that note... don't even worry about the new kitchen because I KNOW that it will be goregous. With you decorating it, it couldn't not be perfect. You will do a great job. I can't wait to see your new adventure of making it your own!.

    http://humblehomemaking.blogspot.com/

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  10. When we moved in our old house everyone thought I should paint the barn red cabinets but the more I lived with them the more I grew to love their charm. That being said...old kitchens are full of character, imperfections and whimsy. I know you'll make this one your own in no time. What fun! btw...you're not weird, we girls are just like that.

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  11. I think it is so charming! I think if you replace the hardware and paint the walls, it would be adorable! Remember, to make it feel home takes time! As always, thanks for sharing and Happy Valentine's Day to Ava's Mama from this Ava's Mommy!

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  12. I adore the hardware. A.Dore. The countertops are...interesting. But the space oozes charm and you will no doubt put your stamp on it to make it divine. And really, the process is half the fun. Really.

    Blessings,

    Alison

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  13. Your new kitchen is charming. You have a window over the sink, for starters. And I can't wait to see what you decide to do. Whatever it is, it will be awesome.

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  14. Hi LMM, new to the comments section but only because I had time to figure out how to do it; I am however an avid LMM reader for about 1.5 years! I love your blog and I love your way to cute ideas and in general I think you're just too cute.
    Oh about your new kitchen....it's cute too and I picture you adding some fabulous touches to it....JulieinMichigan

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  15. Adorable post! Love the new old kitchen. I have been bugging my hubby for a year to take down our 80 year old cabinets and put up shelves and he wont budge for me either!lol ;) Maybe some day. I cant wait to see how your kitchen turns out with just a few changes~ Rachel
    French Farmhouse 425

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  16. Look at all the cabinet space! And I love the glass door...it is wonderfully charming. I can't wait to see the LMM touch to it! I do think if you can find some knobs to replace those on the doors (those bucket pulls sideways aren't doing the cabinets justice). Moving into a new house is SO exciting! Oh the possibilities that await you! I can't wait to see the rest of the house!

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  17. I think your new kitchen is so cute and full of potential. With your creativity, the possibilities are endless! I love your idea of painting it cream and I think you should totally go for taking off some of the cabinet doors. In our old house, I did that and what a difference it made to open up the space. My cabinets were cream and I had all my cream dishes, mugs, pitchers, etc. on display and LOVED it! That's the one thing I really miss in our new house.

    And I don't think you are a nut at all! Can't wait to see what you do to make it HOME!

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  18. The new kitchen is too cute - and has lots of potential. Instead of changing the hardware - picture that kitchen with either black or stainless appliances. The "too much white" feeling disappears and the hardware seems just right to coordinate with the appliances. The whole idea of an old house is retaining the old charm. You have panache and you'll know just what to do with your new canvas.

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  19. girl you made me tear up. change is hard no matter how ready we are and good it is. you will make wonderful NEW memories in that adorable kitchen. AND YES...it will be adorable once Sasha gets ahold of it!

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  20. I think it is absolutely lovely! I think that the butcher's block island is a great idea. Can't wait to see the rest of it!

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  21. I think your new kitchen is charming! I love old homes, you are very lucky. :)

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  22. I see heaps of potential in that kitchen - you sound if you are a person who has vision and I guess that is all you need! It will be plenty of fun updating that space!

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  23. You will have no problem making that kitchen lovely!! You have a knack for it!! I love the cupboards... I like the idea of opening some up... and chalk board paint will look fabulous in there... which I am sure you will use!! =) LOVE the big white molding... *sigh* I heart old homes too!! We have left a few rental homes after babies (I can't imagine leaving our owned one..even though I don't like it... ha ha) anyway... we left rentals with our babies... and I found it harder than ever before... the mama heart swells with precious memories ...bonds you with that man of yours... and well... you know!! =)

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  24. Sasha,
    This kitchen is adorable and so full of light! I know you'll put your mark on it and make it your own. Open cabinets will be lovely, because you are NOT one for clutter! Any thought in painting cabinets? Or some appliances that aren't white? That way you could bring in something else of color. I saw the cutest chalkboard cabinets once. When we re-did our kitchen in our first house we went to the re-store and purchased mismatched knobs and pulls and it was so cool looking and just a little off.
    Can't wait to see what you do with this space. You are so blessed girl!

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  25. Once you throw your own touches you will love it and it will be yours! I actually like the wall color but I love the color it will be. I'm loving the hardware and I think once you paint you might like them as well!

    As you look out the window what do you see? I love the door leading into a mud room is it?

    Can't wait to see all you do to it!

    Megan

    Giveaway at my neck of the woods. Please stop on by and enter. Its art so how perfect if you win for your new old house!

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  26. Change is SO hard. Even when it's good change, change that we want and have prayed for, it is still hard. Give yourself a break--it's ok to mourn what you're leaving behind for a little while, and then put your happy face on, and leap with joy into your new space. Which is adorable, and I cannot wait to see how you make it work for you. :-) Blessings today!

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  27. *LOVE* that cute kitchen!

    Here is a thought...I had very similar cabinets in my kitchen. I found lattice (really thin wood) which was about 1 1/2" wide. I applied it to the outside edge of my cabients all the way around. BEYOND AMAZING what a difference it made. Everyone that saw them before then after swore we bought new cabinets. The simple, shaker style goes so well with an older house, too. So there is my two cents. Oh, and I agree...changing the handles would be a great idea!

    Check out dlawlesshardware.com. They have everything in every size!

    Good luck! Can't wait to see more updates!

    Mary

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  28. I think it's absolutely gorgeous!!! I even like the blue (sorry - I know you have your fave but I'm a blue gal at heart!)

    But most of all - I love the fact that you called yourself a "box buster". And it inspired me to right a post about just that...to which I will HAVE to link back to you.

    So...someday soon, I will have to stop back and share that link with you! Thanks for inspiration!

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  29. i absolutely LOVE your new kitchen! I love the cabinet pulls. too bad the chandie is going. Have fun!

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  30. Sasha it is adorable! So excited for you and cannot wait to see what you do with your new nest. I always get so much inspiration from you. Last night I stumbled on a lovely blog where she made her own anthropologie inspired pendant lamp. I'll e-mail you the link! Hugs, Jennifer

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  31. Ohhh... fellow nut here! i have a 100 + thousand sq foot home... nothing screams improvise and creativity like an old tiny house! you will do just fine! I think i have decorated every sq inch of this place.. and have nothing left... but to start all over and redecorate.... or move....ohhh well thats a whole nother story... good luck I love reading your posts... its like reading my life too! Im def in a "creative funk" bc well as you know when selling a house it has to be basicaly impersonalized... and i HATE that... and well... i hate not knowing... or thinking "maybe we should make do with our little house" and add on down the line... wish someone has the answer for me! ugg im hopeless... ok... ill stop rambling now.....ill save that for my blog, but just wanted to let u know how much i enjoy yours!

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  32. I LOVE your new kitchen! I think that new knobs, maybe glass knobs would soften the look of the cabinets and make them look easier on the eyes. The knobs seem to me a bit over whelming. But....you do what makes you happy because you are the one who will be enjoying this space day in and day out and it has to make YOU happy while you're in it.

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  33. awww! what a bittersweet post...i was wondering if you would be getting a little emotional about moving...i've thought about it a million times whenever we talk about moving. AND your new house looks adorable!! i can't wait to see the rest...you'll make it so cute :)

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  34. I love the idea of opening the uppermost cabinets as display space. That's the only area where the hardware seems cluttered. Otherwise I love the chunky hardware, especially with a few dark touches in appliances or chalkboards. Our house is 99 years old and had all its character stripped from it as it was modernized. We are working to add it all back and I know you'll do an amazing job of putting your own memory-making touches on this new home. Best of luck, sweetie!!

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  35. Maybe instead of taking off those old doors you can either replace just a few with glass front (opaque if you are worried about clutter) or you could cut a window in a few and add glass or even wire.

    The first thing I noticed was all the hardware. Maybe new hinges that don't pop so much?

    I'm actually giddy about this project and it isn't even mine!! Please let us know everything you are doing!

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  36. Ok I've decided I really like the handles. I'm really interested in the pendant you find for the space

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  37. I think its sweet, quaint and charming. Every home I have lived in has always had a "smaller" kitchen than I had hoped for, but this one is sweet and I can't wait to see what life it takes on with your own personal touch. I love it!

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  38. My 2 cents on the hardware:
    I LOVE it on the drawers (horizontal) but not so much on the cabinets (vertical).
    Also, painting the cabinets a fun color could add some real fun to a room you spend so much time in. Especially if your walls are going to be a creamy neutral. You could just paint the lower cabinets and leave the upper cabinets white/ open shelving.
    It will be a fun adventure, regardless. It is always hard moving, but every new memory you make in the new home will make it become a hApPy place just like your other home.
    As my grandma (preacher's wife who moved a lot) said, "It takes a heap of living to make a house a home!" :)

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  39. Just wanted you to know I stopped by! I have no great opinions on your kitchen, but I think it's adorable and I'm excited for you! Grieve leaving your old house and get excited for the new memories that await you :). Hugs!

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  40. I LOVE the light in there. That window over the sink is my favorite. The only thing I'm not sure about is the hardware because it seems to darken it so much...or maybe they are just too big. BUT I am NO expert on decorating whatsoever!!! I think opening up a few cabinets would be cute and could add some color. It'll all come together...you've already shown how you have great taste. Beautiful recap on the little yellow house btw.

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  41. Love the new kitchen, it has so much potential!!! I think the cupboards are very cool, busy yes, but cool. I can't wait to see what you do with the space. You are so creative...!
    Valentine giveaway over at my blog. Would love to have you participate!

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  42. I've seen some really cute pendant lights made with old blue ball jars lately.

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  43. Oh I missed this post before I posted on your newer post. So anyway....this kitchen is really adorable. And you have every right to be a little sad about leaving your home. But just think of all the new memories you will make! :)

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  44. Hi LMM!

    I LOVE your new kitchen! I'm actually fond of the blue walls, the hardware, that fabulous door and the nice thick mouldings! You are actually VERY lucky....with very little, this kitchen will be great!

    Okay, so my 2 cents as an Interior Designer: If you spend $$ anywhere, change the countertops (even before paint). It would change the entire look of the kitchen! Granite, tile and even a newer formica would do that little kitchen a world of good!

    Can't wait to see what you do!

    PS - Be super careful replacing the hardware. It's not as easy as it sounds. You'll need to match up holes precisely, or you'll surely regret the extra work of caulking, painting...EEK!

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  45. I missed this post the other day. Love your new kitchen. Wow, is it really a 100 year old house? I would definitely have a hard time wanting to change things if it is, but that being said i agree about changing those pulls on there. I was going to suggest ripping out cabinets and putting up open shelving too until I read it is a 100 year old house. That counter top is really thick...or do I have bad eyes. Definitely your butcher block idea sounds way better and I totally heart the pendant light you want to put in there.

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  46. Major potential. 100 yr old cabinets, makes giggle in anticipation. You are going to enjoy this.

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  47. makes ME giggle. Clearly I need to preview before publish. :)

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  48. WOW i really love the new kitchen. It looks like it's been updated recently. I like the blue paint too. Why don't you just live in it for awhile and get a feel for the house. Staying in character with a hundred year old farm house is good. I like the hardware. Can't wait to see the rest of the place. How cool to get a neat old house like this!! Do you have a big yard?

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  50. I love old kitchens, and I'm sure you'll make some sweet lemonade in there! Some things to think about: depending on what is beyond the pretty french door in the photo, you could open up that wall to increase your elbow room to the right of your stove and that would probably help you not feel as though you are in the corner for time out while cooking. And as for your pulls, while it would be ideal to find something with identical hole placement, you could go a bit batty looking for it. You might be surprised how well you can hide those holes with wood putty and paint should you choose to go with single knob (as opposed to a handle- a knob could lighten up the look too since your hinges are visible). What ever you decide, may your new home be blessed!

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