Here's a photo of my kitchen with the floors complete.
I love all kinds of kitchens, and I am a bit obsessed; I pin them all the time. But my favorites are the small ones in cottages: vintage, French, Swedish, Euro, retro, and American and so on. Ours is a little bit of everything I love and fairytale. Open shelves, and baskets are not for everyone, but for us, we can find what we need. The big basket on the refrigerator holds snack foods in bags, but it looks like it could of been at a picnic with Alice. I found the bucket at my favorite nursery, and it looks like it could hold a bunch of roses, but it holds a smaller garbage can! This photo shows the floor's distressing, and how it looks in the kitchen.
I missed the kitchen's second birthday, because everything on this side, except the shelves was removed to install the floors. I can't imagine tiring of its retro, cottage personality; I'm still loving its creativity. The teacups were my daughter's idea and she encouraged me to get a blue refrigerator after our first choice fell through. If you were not here from the beginning, my spouse and I did all the work on this side, even the walls, and ceilings. We have changed a few things over the two years. We added baskets to the island, hooks for tea cups, and now the floor. I left the wood natural and it is starting to gray. The cabinets on this side are and ikea island hack.
It's not quite a white kitchen. The kitchen's walls are a light french gray, and the walls in the adjacent rooms, the dining room and living room, are a greenish gray by SW, gateway gray, because I wanted the cabinets in this small space to look nice with the more creamy furniture. I once had a white kitchen, and I thought it was too white next to my furniture. This time, I was meticulous about choosing the cabinet finish. For everyday use, there are seat covers for these chairs.
The china that was on some of the living room bookshelves in the armoire is stored in here, and I gave some of the stuff that was in here to charity. It seems that we are still downsizing. It was not easy to move from a larger home to a small home, and sometimes, we still feel like Alice in the White Rabbit's home. Yet, there is something comforting about a small home: less worries, less cleaning, and more adventures.
Here's the living room side. The windows look great now that they have been stripped, and glass replaced, both tempered and regular, but twice as thick, and reglazed. The process had me worried. It took two weeks, and windows were boarded up, because the original glass, which was already cracked, broke during the paint removal. But there was no lead or anything like termites that would cause the project not to proceed or succeed. I'm pleased that we took the repair risk with the windows; it might have been a costly fail, and I would have had to still replace them, but I would have regretted not trying to save these special seventy-one year old windows. They go right to the floor and make a corner of the house, which is unusual.
By the time I got around to photographing, the fruit was gone from the fruit bowl :)
It's a small living area, but it is deceiving, because the furniture pieces are large. Putting the house back together after having floors installed in the living areas has been quite an adventure, but it was an opportunity to clean some of the clutter that accumulates. It would have been better to do the floor project before there was anything in here, but things go wrong and some projects take priority like plumbing and electricity, but it was worth the wait and mess.