I’ve done a few posts about adding mouldings in various parts of the house (here and here for example), but I evidently can’t get enough of little Victorian style flourishes in my home. So naturally I’ve started to add them into the area I’m working on most recently; that pesky, upcycled kitchen.
For those of you who are new to reading the blog I started our kitchen when we moved into the house, three years ago now. Electrics have been inserted, along with plumbing and we’ve since run out of money. COVID hasn’t helped us . My husband’s business is attached to the cruise industry in the States and we’ve had minimum money for a year as the industry has been dormant throughout this period.
My main aim in doing the kitchen was to ensure that as much as possible was from upcycled items because I wanted a vintage feel, the furniture should be more substantial than we can normally afford and it’s far less expensive. I could go on about the environment but, to be honest, I just like old things.
We still have some more structural work that’s come up due to design changes and so there will be lots of boring jobs there for a while, but I’ve been working on the kitchen cupboards with some details. Before I do a post on that I thought I’d share with you what inspired me.
All of these you can reproduce to a greater or lesser extent with some adaptions of wood mouldings/panels and I hope to be doing this in various parts of my home in the coming months. So let’s go…
Window above sink
I think these are a wonderful idea if you don’t want a traditional window treatment in a kitchen (think grease), or you want a simple blind, but still want to add a wow factor. These can be reproduced with a ready made bracket like this one I found on ebay or, if you want something more in line with the salvaged, vintage feel, there are gingerbread mouldings that are sold so you can have the look of the second image in this set.
Unfortunately as French windows open internally, this this is just not an option for me. I hope to come up with an alternative though, so I’ll keep you updated.
I love these and I’ve already thought of areas in my home where reproducing something like this and using voile curtains could give a light, airy feel. I’m thinking that you could use panels like this joined together with longer pieces of wood and some corbels or brackets like those above.
Obviously the first three images are original features in a home, but if you can’t afford an artisan to come a reproduce something of this quality then imaginatively using laser cut MDF panels such as the link above, along with corbels and other salvaged items is an option.
The last images in the series demonstrate that using more simple designs could get you an effective look, with the latter two suiting tastes of those who like a more pared down look.
These are all images from the hallway and can add interest to a part of the house that could be bland if you haven’t the room for furniture.
The image that orginally inspired me for the kitchen, the one from the tv series The Good Witch that I’ve used in my introduction, uses this kind of room divider between kitchen and informal dining area. Although we plan on having a breakfast nook the space just doesn’t allow for a clear partition like that. To be honest I can’t think of anywhere in my home where I need to identify seperate area, but I thought you might enjoy these.
The first image is a screen door, but I love how they’ve introduced this look into the kitchen with pantry doors. I like things more hidden in a pantry, but I’m thinking of reproducing this look into the kitchen itself. I’ll keep you updated.
As I said, I’m going to post about my cupboard soon, but this is a great idea and easily reproduced.
Whether from salvaged items, used as breakfast bar details, shelves or door mantles these all work.
It would take a little work for our stairs to do this effectively as we have straight, not staggered, sides. Again, not too hard or overly expensive to achieve.
I wanted to include this as you may find a salvaged piece that you can’t integrate, but you love. What a fantastic idea!
Now, I’m back to work!