Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer 2013 Barn Kitchen Tour


This post is loooong past due homies. We have been updating our dark, 130 year old, barn (rental) kitchen over the last few months and I have been showing snippets, and vignettes of it but haven't showed the whole shabang since it's been updated... As a reminder...we do live in a rental in Europe, so we are limited on what we are allowed to do to this joint. Because our home is super short on storage, we have had to be really creative and add lots of cabinets, baskets, and exposed shelves. It has worked our perfectly for my little family and I!
With our landlord's permission, we painted the walls some nice neutral colors and installed new light fixtures! Light fixtures are one of the greatest and easiest ways to give a place a facelift and it takes only a few minutes to put the old cruddy ones up when it's time to leave! Also, it means we get to take our fantastical vintage light fixtures with us wherever we go! The rug we bought at an antique shop last year has about every color in it and it ties all of the muted colors we have going on in the kitchen area. We went with all these colors to brighten up the space and give it a playful and quirky feel, yet the shade of the colors keep it sophisticated and vintage looking. You can find out how we did all this on a basically non existent budget by heading over to the tutorial section of the blog!
Besides paint, we can take everything we have worked so hard on with us to our next home! 
Our inspiration for this kitchen was all the pastry shops we've stumbled on in Europe!

So, here is the before!





 And here it is in it's present state... but we all know that will probably change over the next week or so. Grab a coffee or a glass of champs... it is going to be a long post FULL of pictures!








This rug is what ties all the colors we have going on together and makes our many random colors into a color scheme. 

Painting the ceiling in between the beams really made the hugest difference! I will be doing this in our forever home!





















Our 130 year old, barn kitchen sure has become a sunny, bright and fresh space that my sweetie and I enjoy our meals! We feel so blessed to have made a home here in Germany.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour, who am I kidding, stupid-long tour* of our kitchen! 


All the projects that we did in our kitchen and the rest of our home can be found in the tutorial section.


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Glamorous, Affordable Life  Liz Marie Blog
 Too Much Time On My Hands

35 comments:

  1. It is truly incredible what y'all have done!! It is beautiful! It's so inspiring too that y'all took the time to do this in a place that y'all are renting. It's easy to just decide not to do too much in a house that you won't live in forever...but it's so much sweeter to take the time to do it and thoroughly enjoy living in it every single day!!

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    1. Kristen, that is so sweet of you to say! I couldn't agree with you more, I really feel like it is so important to make a home of everywhere you are ! besides the paint, we are able to take all of our hard work with us to our next home too!! I hope you are having the most lovely summer day!! xo

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  2. GORGEOUS! Your country kitchen turned out so pretty, warm and inviting and the chandy sure makes a huge statement..magazine worth! Thank you for sharing and enjoy your lovely new place to have coffee with cake!
    FABBY

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    1. Thank you so much! It always blows me away how much a light fixture can change a room! your seet words really made my day! Thank you so much! I hope you have a lovely day!

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  3. It´s beautiful!!
    Is full of awesome details.
    I love it!

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  4. Oh, you have such a wonderful home and you kitchen looks gorgeous!
    I especially adore your open shelves in the small corner next to the door… and how you styled them!

    Love, Midsommarflicka

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! The open shelves really ended up being a life saver!! especially with our VERY little storage!! Open shelves belong everywhere ;) I hope you are having a lovely day! xo

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  5. Your kitchen area is wonderful, light and shows creativity in every bit of space. I can see the pieces that will travel with you to your forever home and love that thought. You've done a brilliant job. I enjoyed every photo. Kudos to you!

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    1. Thank you so much Vickie!! That is so sweet of you!! It sure will be fun to carry these memories with me forever!! I hope you are having a great day and thank you for stopping by my blog!! xo

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  6. Love, love your site Molly!!! How wonderful to live abroad & to embrace the journey! I adore your home, you have made it just lovely in every way! I am going to feature your kitchen on FB if that is ok, just love it! Have a great day! Jen-City Farmhouse

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    1. Jennifer, you are the best!! Thank you so much for sharing it on FB, because of you I got a lot of traffic! I really appreciate it! AND, your site is the one I am drooling over!!

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  7. Gorgeous! I saw this and knew immediately this is what I am going for in my kitchen!

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    1. Oh wonderful!! I am so glad this could inspire you! I would love to see pictures of your space when you are done! I hope you have a blessed and beautiful day!!

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  8. Cutest kitchen I've ever seen! Great job!

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    1. Thank you so much Dawn!! I really appreciate it!

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  9. Amazing kitchen! I love it! I'm going to share it on my FB page today ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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    1. thank you so much Jamie!! That is so sweet of you!!! Thank you!!

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  10. I love all the photos. Your home is beautiful. I especially love the chalkboard in the kitchen. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much Miss Virginia! I am so glad you like it! I hope it was able to give you some ideas!! I hope you have a gorgeous day!!

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  11. Wow, every detail is absolutely stunning!!

    Fotini

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    1. Thank you so very much!! You are so sweet!!

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  12. Just gorgeous! There's so much to love. You've done a fabulous job. :)
    kelly

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    1. Thank you so much!! I hope you have a beautiful day!

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  13. WOW! I love those beams and how the chandelier contrasts with them is beautiful! And all the taxidermy - LOVE! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods!

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    1. Thank you so much Jenna! thank you so much for hosting! I hope you are having a beautiful day! xo

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  14. I could get lost in this post. It is so warm & inviting & every detail is perfect!!! YOu where featured!!! Have a great day-Jen City Farmhouse

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    1. Thank you so much Jennifer!!! I really appreciate it!!

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  15. Simply fabulous. Love those beams. This is definitely a wow.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! I hope you have a beautiful day!

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  16. Beautiful! Please tell me the make of the oven hood - perfect size I am looking for, thanks!

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    1. Hey there! I am actually out of the country right now, but will check the make as soon as I get back! Thank you so much and have a beautiful day!

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    2. thanks! Im having a challenging time finding one small enough for my petite kitchen. Look forward to the info. Cheers.

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  17. Wow! Your landlord is going to thank you for the greatest improvement ever!, love it! Those beams and garden doors, all the other cute vingnettes are adorable! Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much Dawna!! You're so sweet! I hope you have a fabulous day!! xo

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