Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Renovation Diary: Kitchen Lanterns

 
The lanterns arrived!
My contractor put them up (temporarily) to see if they were keepers. Looks like they are!
 
 
Here's a side view. The island will get a deeper counter.
The cabinets will be trimmed with moulding, making them seem taller and more substantial.
 
 
 
Remember my inspiration photo?
 
 
I enjoy using inspiration photos as guides, but I also have to stay within my budget and be honest with my needs.  
My kitchen won't have double-decker cabinets or an antique table for an island. I seriously love the idea--and I wanted to remove the island and replace it with my old farm table. But I had to be realistic. When I'm cooking, several projects are going on at the same time. I need counter space, not to mention storage. The present island offers both. Double-decker cabinets will look pretty, but I'd never use them, and it would be expensive to have them made and installed.
 
 
I still don't know what to do about the wall beside the refrigerator.
Now that the ceiling has been blown away, the wall doesn't seem to fit the space. Now, it's a dust catcher. I hate to keep chipping away at this kitchen, but I really think the wall needs to be removed or modified in some way.
What do you think? Any suggestions?

 
I'll return with an update.
This week, dry wall is going up in the kitchen:
 
Fingers crossed that the front door and accent window will be installed. I'm trying a lighter paint color in the powder room (just a swatch); the pedestal sink will be removed (hope it doesn't break so I can repurpose it!), and the little Restoration Hardware vanity will be installed. 
Thanks for keeping me company during this renovation!
 




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22 comments:

  1. it looks fantastic you are doing a wonderful job, the lanterns really clinch it~

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  2. I love the lanterns. This is going to be a fabulous space!

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  3. It looks fabulous! I love the lanterns! I cannot wait to see more!!!!

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  4. I am in love with your kitchen and your inspiration kitchen. Maybe in another life... Great Job!

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  5. The lanterns look great! I think you're right about the wall next to the frig. Is it load-bearing? If you take it out, will you just be looking at the side of the frig and cabinet above it, and will you hate that? Is the side of the frig that would be showing black? If it is, you might not like that... If you leave it in, maybe you could somehow trim out the top to match the cabinets and paint the side you're showing in chalkboard paint? Just a thought...no clue what I'd do ;)

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  6. The lanterns are keepers, definitely! But I agree the fridge wall from the view you've shown doesnt seem to work. @ different suggestions...1 - Lower or remove it (but enclose the fridge so it appears built in. #2 - use it like you planned it all along. Line the wall with tongue and groove wood or bead board.....and moulding and narrow depth shelving to place frequently used platters. Use wood dowels or stainless steel rods going across to hold items in place (keeping the industrial theme going). I have a good picture I saved for my idea board if you need it. (reply back to this and I can either email it to you or post it on my blog)

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  7. Great lanterns.

    Why not put a shallow dish rail, with thin dowels on the outside to protect them, on your refrigerator wall? It would add a lot of interest and would give you a place to display some of your magnificent dishes.

    - The Tablescaper

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  8. I"m in awe of your kitchen, Michael Lee. Popping the ceiling up was such a fantastic idea. Love your choice of lanterns too. As for the wall, you could turn it into a chalkboard. Put a nice molding around the edges and paint the center with chalkboard paint. Or add a piece of furniture to this space - builtin book case for cookbooks, baker's rack, small table or bench with something above it. I can see lots of possibilities without removing the wall.

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  9. Remove the wall, and have refrigerator boxed in with beadboard. Love the lanterns.

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  10. The lanterns are fabulous!!!...I think they are a perfect fit for the kitchen!!...Love, love!

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  11. It's wonderful! And the lanterns are awesome! I agree about removing a portion of the wall. Make it even with the cabinets. I was also going to suggest making the wall into a bookcase for cookbooks, etc. Can't wait to see it finished!

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  12. Those lanterns are fabulous Michael. I believe the wall needs to be removed, but something needs to conceal the fridge. I have no ideas about that though.

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  13. Those lanterns belong in the kitchen, because they are DE.LI.CIOUS!! What a gorgeous room!

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  14. Wow! Things are really coming along. The lanterns are fantastic. I like the idea of turning that wall by the fridge into some sort of shelves, book shelf, shelving for knickknacks, etc., even if the shelving is just among the top portion of the wall and maybe a small table? I don't know that's a hard one. I like the idea of making the fridge look like a built-in, too. : ) Good luck with the decisions.

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  15. I am thoroughly enjoying your renovation, and appreciate you sharing it with us ! You can never look at too many remodel photos !
    I love the idea of adding shallow shelves on the side of that wall, to display large serving plates or platters. I was going to suggest a wine rack, but I think the narrow shelves would look beautiful with a lovely display of large platters or iron stone.....

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  16. I am thoroughly enjoying your renovation ! Thanks so much for sharing it with us all .....

    I was going to suggest wine rack or wine storage on the end of that wall , but I love the idea of the shallow shelves to display large serving platters, ironstone, or any beautiful dish. It could make a lovely display !

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  17. It sure is fun to follow you along this reno! I LOOOVE the lanterns! They are just beautiful. I agree the wall looks funny now but you could, as I see others have suggested, make a plate rack or cookbook holder. Both good suggestions. XO, Pinky

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  18. Wow! The kitchen is really coming along and is so close to your inspiration picture! I'm so excited for you! I agree, that wall needs removing! You have been given a lot of good ideas from your readers. I particularly like the idea of boxing in the refrigerator with bead board. Or shallow shelves, but you would want the items placed on the shelves to be simple, so as not to distract from your gorgeous kitchen. Or, easy and inexpensive, if you don't want to remove the wall, just add a pretty picture or grouping to the wall. It's been fun to observe your journey!

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  19. Oh, those lanterns are spectacular! Definitely keepers! The best use of this space beside a refrigerator is to have cabinets built into the space with narrow shelves. You can store spices and small items on the shelves. My sister-in-law had that done. Another thought is to built a niche and make a place to display oversized and decorative platters.

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  20. Lanterns are wonderful! I agree with others that plate racks would look wonderful and also give you an opportunity for seasonal color changes when you switch out the plates. Cookbooks with especially gorgeous covers could also stand there with plates.....it would be SO you.

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  21. The wall needs to go. It cuts off the kitchen .Too abrupt. If you angled it like your island,recessing part of the wall,for shelving,then you could put cook books in, that way it flows and is utilized to next room? Lanterns are a gem.

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  22. Those lanterns are keepers! Building your dream kitchen is every woman's dream, and yours is remarkable! The ceiling’s barn-like shape, together with its height gives an illusion of a larger space. Everything is coming along and soon, it'll be more stunning than your inspiration. I hope everything goes smoothly! And share with us your newly remodeled kitchen. :)

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